This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International with the Whyte House Daily Devotional Bible Reading Episode #177. Where I read three chapters of the Holy Bible in the King James Version each day with my family as a part of our family devotions, to encourage you to read the Holy Bible in a year’s time. Today we are reading Joshua 21, Psalm 94 and 1 Corinthians 8.
D. L. Moody said, “The Bible will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from the Bible.”
Charles Spurgeon said, “Some people like to read so many [Bible] chapters every day. I would not dissuade them from the practice, but I would rather lay my soul asoak in half a dozen verses all day than rinse my hand in several chapters. Oh, to be bathed in a text of Scripture, and to let it be sucked up in your very soul, till it saturates your heart!”
1 Then came near the heads of the fathers of the Le’-vites unto El-e-a’-zar the priest, and unto Josh’-u-a the son of Nun, and unto the heads of the fathers of the tribes of the children of Is’-ra-el;
2 And they spake unto them at Shi’-loh in the land of Ca’-na-an, saying, The Lord commanded by the hand of Mo’-ses to give us cities to dwell in, with the suburbs thereof for our cattle.
3 And the children of Is’-ra-el gave unto the Le’-vites out of their inheritance, at the commandment of the Lord, these cities and their suburbs.
4 And the lot came out for the families of the Ko’-hath-ites: and the children of Aa’-ron the priest, which were of the Le’-vites, had by lot out of the tribe of Ju’-dah, and out of the tribe of Sim’-e-on, and out of the tribe of Ben’-ja-min, thirteen cities.
5 And the rest of the children of Ko’-hath had by lot out of the families of the tribe of E’-phra-im, and out of the tribe of Dan, and out of the half tribe of Ma’-nas-seh, ten cities.
6 And the children of Ger’-shon had by lot out of the families of the tribe of Is’-sa-char, and out of the tribe of Ash’-er, and out of the tribe of Naph’-ta-li, and out of the half tribe of Ma’-nas-seh in Ba’-shan, thirteen cities.
7 The children of Me’-rar-i by their families had out of the tribe of Reu’-ben, and out of the tribe of Gad, and out of the tribe of Zeb’-u-lun, twelve cities.
8 And the children of Is’-ra-el gave by lot unto the Le’-vites these cities with their suburbs, as the Lord commanded by the hand of Mo’-ses.
9 And they gave out of the tribe of the children of Ju’-dah, and out of the tribe of the children of Sim’-e-on, these cities which are here mentioned by name.
10 Which the children of Aa’-ron, being of the families of the Ko’-hath-ites, who were of the children of Le’-vi, had: for theirs was the first lot.
11 And they gave them the city of Ar’-ba the father of A’-nak, which city is He’-bron, in the hill country of Ju’-dah, with the suburbs thereof round about it.
12 But the fields of the city, and the villages thereof, gave they to Ca’-leb the son of Je’-phun-neh for his possession.
13 Thus they gave to the children of Aa’-ron the priest He’-bron with her suburbs, to be a city of refuge for the slayer; and Lib’-nah with her suburbs,
14 And Jat’-tir with her suburbs, and Esh-te-mo’-a with her suburbs,
15 And Ho’-lon with her suburbs, and De’-bir with her suburbs,
16 And A’-in with her suburbs, and Jut’-tah with her suburbs, and Beth-she’-mesh with her suburbs; nine cities out of those two tribes.
17 And out of the tribe of Ben’-ja-min, Gib’-e-on with her suburbs, Ge’-ba with her suburbs,
18 An’-a-thoth with her suburbs, and Al’-mon with her suburbs; four cities.
19 All the cities of the children of Aa’-ron, the priests, were thirteen cities with their suburbs.
20 And the families of the children of Ko’-hath, the Le’-vites which remained of the children of Ko’-hath, even they had the cities of their lot out of the tribe of E’-phra-im.
21 For they gave them She’-chem with her suburbs in mount E’-phra-im, to be a city of refuge for the slayer; and Ge’-zer with her suburbs,
22 And Kib’-za-im with her suburbs, and Beth-hor’-on with her suburbs; four cities.
23 And out of the tribe of Dan, El’-te-keh with her suburbs, Gib’-be-thon with her suburbs,
24 Ai’-ja-lon with her suburbs, Gath-rim’-mon with her suburbs; four cities.
25 And out of the half tribe of Ma’-nas-seh, Ta’-nach with her suburbs, and Gath-rim’-mon with her suburbs; two cities.
26 All the cities were ten with their suburbs for the families of the children of Ko’-hath that remained.
27 And unto the children of Ger’-shon, of the families of the Le’-vites, out of the other half tribe of Ma’-nas-seh they gave Go’-lan in Ba’-shan with her suburbs, to be a city of refuge for the slayer; and Be-esh’-te’-rah with her suburbs; two cities.
28 And out of the tribe of Is’-sa-char, Ki’-shon with her suburbs, Dab’-a-reh with her suburbs,
29 Jar’-muth with her suburbs, En-gan’-nim with her suburbs; four cities.
30 And out of the tribe of Ash’-er, Mi’-shal with her suburbs, Ab’-don with her suburbs,
31 Hel’-kath with her suburbs, and Re’-hob with her suburbs; four cities.
32 And out of the tribe of Naph’-ta-li, Ke’-desh in Gal’-i-lee with her suburbs, to be a city of refuge for the slayer; and Ham’-moth-dor with her suburbs, and Kar’-tan with her suburbs; three cities.
33 All the cities of the Ger’-shon-ites according to their families were thirteen cities with their suburbs.
34 And unto the families of the children of Me’-rar-i, the rest of the Le’-vites, out of the tribe of Zeb’-u-lun, Jok’-neam with her suburbs, and Kar’-tah with her suburbs,
35 Dim’-nah with her suburbs, Na’-ha-lal with her suburbs; four cities.
36 And out of the tribe of Reu’-ben, Be’-zer with her suburbs, and Ja-ha’-zah with her suburbs,
37 Ke’-de-moth with her suburbs, and Meph’-a-ath with her suburbs; four cities.
38 And out of the tribe of Gad, Ra’-moth in Gil’-e-ad with her suburbs, to be a city of refuge for the slayer; and Ma-ha-na’-im with her suburbs,
39 Hesh’-bon with her suburbs, Ja’-zer with her suburbs; four cities in all.
40 So all the cities for the children of Me’-rar-i by their families, which were remaining of the families of the Le’-vites, were by their lot twelve cities.
41 All the cities of the Le’-vites within the possession of the children of Is’-ra-el were forty and eight cities with their suburbs.
42 These cities were every one with their suburbs round about them: thus were all these cities.
43 And the Lord gave unto Is’-ra-el all the land which he sware to give unto their fathers; and they possessed it, and dwelt therein.
44 And the Lord gave them rest round about, according to all that he sware unto their fathers: and there stood not a man of all their enemies before them; the Lord delivered all their enemies into their hand.
45 There failed not ought of any good thing which the Lord had spoken unto the house of Is’-ra-el; all came to pass.
1 O Lord God, to whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, shew thyself.
2 Lift up thyself, thou judge of the earth: render a reward to the proud.
3 Lord, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph?
4 How long shall they utter and speak hard things? and all the workers of iniquity boast themselves?
5 They break in pieces thy people, O Lord, and afflict thine heritage.
6 They slay the widow and the stranger, and murder the fatherless.
7 Yet they say, The Lord shall not see, neither shall the God of Ja’-cob regard it.
8 Understand, ye brutish among the people: and ye fools, when will ye be wise?
9 He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?
10 He that chastiseth the heathen, shall not he correct? he that teacheth man knowledge, shall not he know?
11 The Lord knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.
12 Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O Lord, and teachest him out of thy law;
13 That thou mayest give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit be digged for the wicked.
14 For the Lord will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance.
15 But judgment shall return unto righteousness: and all the upright in heart shall follow it.
16 Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?
17 Unless the Lord had been my help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence.
18 When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O Lord, held me up.
19 In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.
20 Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law?
21 They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood.
22 But the Lord is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge.
23 And he shall bring upon them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness; yea, the Lord our God shall cut them off.
1 Corinthians 8
1 Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.
2 And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.
3 But if any man love God, the same is known of him.
4 As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one.
5 For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)
6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Je’-sus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.
7 Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled.
8 But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse.
9 But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.
10 For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol’s temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols;
11 And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?
12 But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.
13 Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.
When I was a teenager I wanted to get wisdom and knowledge, so I set out to read the big family Bible that many families had in those days. But I couldn’t get past Genesis 2 before I got bored with reading the Bible. I found out later in life that you have to believe on Christ and get saved before you can understand the Bible. So here is how I became a Christian and how you can too:
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 18:8: “Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at [email protected] and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.