This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International with the Whyte House Daily Devotional Bible Reading Episode #272. 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 1 Kings 22, 2 Kings 1, and Job 30.
R.A. Torrey said, “Do not study commentaries, lesson helps or other books about the Bible: study the Bible itself. Do not study about the Bible, study the Bible. The Bible is the Word of God, and only the Bible is the Word of God.”
Saint Augustine said, “Let us therefore yield ourselves and bow to the authority of the Holy Scriptures, which can neither err nor deceive.”
1 Kings 22
1 And they continued three years without war between Syr’-i-a and Is’-ra-el.
2 And it came to pass in the third year, that Je-hosh’-a-phat the king of Ju’-dah came down to the king of Is’-ra-el.
3 And the king of Is’-ra-el said unto his servants, Know ye that Ra’-moth in Gil’-e-ad is ours, and we be still, and take it not out of the hand of the king of Syr’-i-a?
4 And he said unto Je-hosh’-a-phat, Wilt thou go with me to battle to Ra’-moth-gil’-e-ad? And Je-hosh’-a-phat said to the king of Is’-ra-el, I am as thou art, my people as thy people, my horses as thy horses.
5 And Je-hosh’-a-phat said unto the king of Is’-ra-el, Enquire, I pray thee, at the word of the Lord to day.
6 Then the king of Is’-ra-el gathered the prophets together, about four hundred men, and said unto them, Shall I go against Ra’-moth-gil’-e-ad to battle, or shall I forbear? And they said, Go up; for the Lord shall deliver it into the hand of the king.
7 And Je-hosh’-a-phat said, Is there not here a prophet of the Lord besides, that we might enquire of him?
8 And the king of Is’-ra-el said unto Je-hosh’-a-phat, There is yet one man, Mi-cai’-ah the son of Imlah, by whom we may enquire of the Lord: but I hate him; for he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but evil. And Je-hosh’-a-phat said, Let not the king say so.
9 Then the king of Is’-ra-el called an officer, and said, Hasten hither Mi-cai’-ah the son of Im’-lah.
10 And the king of Is’-ra-el and Je-hosh’-a-phat the king of Ju’-dah sat each on his throne, having put on their robes, in a void place in the entrance of the gate of Sa-mar’-i-a; and all the prophets prophesied before them.
11 And Zed-e-ki’-ah the son of Che-na’-a-nah made him horns of iron: and he said, Thus saith the Lord, With these shalt thou push the Syr’-i-ans, until thou have consumed them.
12 And all the prophets prophesied so, saying, Go up to Ra’-moth-gil’-e-ad, and prosper: for the Lord shall deliver it into the king’s hand.
13 And the messenger that was gone to call Mi-cai’-ah spake unto him, saying, Behold now, the words of the prophets declare good unto the king with one mouth: let thy word, I pray thee, be like the word of one of them, and speak that which is good.
14 And Mi-cai’-ah said, As the Lord liveth, what the Lord saith unto me, that will I speak.
15 So he came to the king. And the king said unto him, Mi-cai’-ah, shall we go against Ra’-moth-gil’-e-ad to battle, or shall we forbear? And he answered him, Go, and prosper: for the Lord shall deliver it into the hand of the king.
16 And the king said unto him, How many times shall I adjure thee that thou tell me nothing but that which is true in the name of the Lord?
17 And he said, I saw all Is’-ra-el scattered upon the hills, as sheep that have not a shepherd: and the Lord said, These have no master: let them return every man to his house in peace.
18 And the king of Is’-ra-el said unto Je-hosh’-a-phat, Did I not tell thee that he would prophesy no good concerning me, but evil?
19 And he said, Hear thou therefore the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left.
20 And the Lord said, Who shall persuade A’-hab, that he may go up and fall at Ra’-moth-gil’-e-ad? And one said on this manner, and another said on that manner.
21 And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the Lord, and said, I will persuade him.
22 And the Lord said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so.
23 Now therefore, behold, the Lord hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the Lord hath spoken evil concerning thee.
24 But Zed-e-ki’-ah the son of Che-na’-a-nah went near, and smote Mi-cai’-ah on the cheek, and said, Which way went the Spirit of the Lord from me to speak unto thee?
25 And Mi-cai’-ah said, Behold, thou shalt see in that day, when thou shalt go into an inner chamber to hide thyself.
26 And the king of Is’-ra-el said, Take Mi-cai’-ah, and carry him back unto A’-mon the governor of the city, and to Jo’-ash the king’s son;
27 And say, Thus saith the king, Put this fellow in the prison, and feed him with bread of affliction and with water of affliction, until I come in peace.
28 And Mi-cai’-ah said, If thou return at all in peace, the Lord hath not spoken by me. And he said, Hearken, O people, every one of you.
29 So the king of Is’-ra-el and Je-hosh’-a-phat the king of Ju’-dah went up to Ra’-moth-gil’-e-ad.
30 And the king of Is’-ra-el said unto Je-hosh’-a-phat, I will disguise myself, and enter into the battle; but put thou on thy robes. And the king of Is’-ra-el disguised himself, and went into the battle.
31 But the king of Syr’-i-a commanded his thirty and two captains that had rule over his chariots, saying, Fight neither with small nor great, save only with the king of Is’-ra-el.
32 And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots saw Je-hosh’-a-phat, that they said, Surely it is the king of Is’-ra-el. And they turned aside to fight against him: and Je-hosh’-a-phat cried out.
33 And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots perceived that it was not the king of Is’-ra-el, that they turned back from pursuing him.
34 And a certain man drew a bow at a venture, and smote the king of Is’-ra-el between the joints of the harness: wherefore he said unto the driver of his chariot, Turn thine hand, and carry me out of the host; for I am wounded.
35 And the battle increased that day: and the king was stayed up in his chariot against the Syr’-i-ans, and died at even: and the blood ran out of the wound into the midst of the chariot.
36 And there went a proclamation throughout the host about the going down of the sun, saying, Every man to his city, and every man to his own country.
37 So the king died, and was brought to Sa-mar’-i-a; and they buried the king in Sa-mar’-i-a.
38 And one washed the chariot in the pool of Sa-mar’-i-a; and the dogs licked up his blood; and they washed his armour; according unto the word of the Lord which he spake.
39 Now the rest of the acts of A’-hab, and all that he did, and the ivory house which he made, and all the cities that he built, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Is’-ra-el?
40 So A’-hab slept with his fathers; and A-ha-zi’-ah his son reigned in his stead.
41 And Je-hosh’-a-phat the son of A’-sa began to reign over Ju’-dah in the fourth year of A’-hab king of Is’-ra-el.
42 Je-hosh’-a-phat was thirty and five years old when he began to reign; and he reigned twenty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Azubah the daughter of Shil’-hi.
43 And he walked in all the ways of A’-sa his father; he turned not aside from it, doing that which was right in the eyes of the Lord: nevertheless the high places were not taken away; for the people offered and burnt incense yet in the high places.
44 And Je-hosh’-a-phat made peace with the king of Is’-ra-el.
45 Now the rest of the acts of Je-hosh’-a-phat, and his might that he shewed, and how he warred, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Ju’-dah?
46 And the remnant of the sodomites, which remained in the days of his father A’-sa, he took out of the land.
47 There was then no king in E’-dom: a deputy was king.
48 Je-hosh’-a-phat made ships of Thar’-shish to go to O’-phir for gold: but they went not; for the ships were broken at E’-zi-on-ge’-ber.
49 Then said A-ha-zi’-ah the son of A’-hab unto Je-hosh’-a-phat, Let my servants go with thy servants in the ships. But Je-hosh’-a-phat would not.
50 And Je-hosh’-a-phat slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of Da’-vid his father: and Je-hor’-am his son reigned in his stead.
51 A-ha-zi’-ah the son of A’-hab began to reign over Is’-ra-el in Sa-mar’-i-a the seventeenth year of Je-hosh’-a-phat king of Ju’-dah, and reigned two years over Is’-ra-el.
52 And he did evil in the sight of the Lord, and walked in the way of his father, and in the way of his mother, and in the way of Jer-o-bo’-am the son of Ne’-bat, who made Is’-ra-el to sin:
53 For he served Ba’-al, and worshipped him, and provoked to anger the Lord God of Is’-ra-el, according to all that his father had done.
2 Kings 1
1 Then Mo’-ab rebelled against Is’-ra-el after the death of A’-hab.
2 And A-ha-zi’-ah fell down through a lattice in his upper chamber that was in Sa-mar’-i-a, and was sick: and he sent messengers, and said unto them, Go, enquire of Ba’-al-ze’-bub the god of Ek’-ron whether I shall recover of this disease.
3 But the angel of the Lord said to E-li’-jah the Tish’-bite, Arise, go up to meet the messengers of the king of Sa-mar’-i-a, and say unto them, Is it not because there is not a God in Is’-ra-el, that ye go to enquire of Ba’-al-ze’-bub the god of Ek’-ron?
4 Now therefore thus saith the Lord, Thou shalt not come down from that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die. And E-li’-jah departed.
5 And when the messengers turned back unto him, he said unto them, Why are ye now turned back?
6 And they said unto him, There came a man up to meet us, and said unto us, Go, turn again unto the king that sent you, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Is it not because there is not a God in Is’-ra-el, that thou sendest to enquire of Ba’-al-ze’-bub the god of Ek’-ron? therefore thou shalt not come down from that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die.
7 And he said unto them, What manner of man was he which came up to meet you, and told you these words?
8 And they answered him, He was an hairy man, and girt with a girdle of leather about his loins. And he said, It is E-li’-jah the Tish’-bite.
9 Then the king sent unto him a captain of fifty with his fifty. And he went up to him: and, behold, he sat on the top of an hill. And he spake unto him, Thou man of God, the king hath said, Come down.
10 And E-li’-jah answered and said to the captain of fifty, If I be a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And there came down fire from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.
11 Again also he sent unto him another captain of fifty with his fifty. And he answered and said unto him, O man of God, thus hath the king said, Come down quickly.
12 And E-li’-jah answered and said unto them, If I be a man of God, let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And the fire of God came down from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.
13 And he sent again a captain of the third fifty with his fifty. And the third captain of fifty went up, and came and fell on his knees before E-li’-jah, and besought him, and said unto him, O man of God, I pray thee, let my life, and the life of these fifty thy servants, be precious in thy sight.
14 Behold, there came fire down from heaven, and burnt up the two captains of the former fifties with their fifties: therefore let my life now be precious in thy sight.
15 And the angel of the Lord said unto E-li’-jah, Go down with him: be not afraid of him. And he arose, and went down with him unto the king.
16 And he said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Forasmuch as thou hast sent messengers to enquire of Ba’-al-ze’-bub the god of Ek’-ron, is it not because there is no God in Is’-ra-elto enquire of his word? therefore thou shalt not come down off that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die.
17 So he died according to the word of the Lord which E-li’-jah had spoken. And Je-hor’-am reigned in his stead in the second year of Je-hor’-am the son of Je-hosh’-a-phat king of Ju’-dah; because he had no son.
18 Now the rest of the acts of A-ha-zi’-ah which he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Is’-ra-el?
1 But now they that are younger than I have me in derision, whose fathers I would have disdained to have set with the dogs of my flock.
2 Yea, whereto might the strength of their hands profit me, in whom old age was perished?
3 For want and famine they were solitary; fleeing into the wilderness in former time desolate and waste.
4 Who cut up mallows by the bushes, and juniper roots for their meat.
5 They were driven forth from among men, (they cried after them as after a thief;)
6 To dwell in the cliffs of the valleys, in caves of the earth, and in the rocks.
7 Among the bushes they brayed; under the nettles they were gathered together.
8 They were children of fools, yea, children of base men: they were viler than the earth.
9 And now am I their song, yea, I am their byword.
10 They abhor me, they flee far from me, and spare not to spit in my face.
11 Because he hath loosed my cord, and afflicted me, they have also let loose the bridle before me.
12 Upon my right hand rise the youth; they push away my feet, and they raise up against me the ways of their destruction.
13 They mar my path, they set forward my calamity, they have no helper.
14 They came upon me as a wide breaking in of waters: in the desolation they rolled themselves upon me.
15 Terrors are turned upon me: they pursue my soul as the wind: and my welfare passeth away as a cloud.
16 And now my soul is poured out upon me; the days of affliction have taken hold upon me.
17 My bones are pierced in me in the night season: and my sinews take no rest.
18 By the great force of my disease is my garment changed: it bindeth me about as the collar of my coat.
19 He hath cast me into the mire, and I am become like dust and ashes.
20 I cry unto thee, and thou dost not hear me: I stand up, and thou regardest me not.
21 Thou art become cruel to me: with thy strong hand thou opposest thyself against me.
22 Thou liftest me up to the wind; thou causest me to ride upon it, and dissolvest my substance.
23 For I know that thou wilt bring me to death, and to the house appointed for all living.
24 Howbeit he will not stretch out his hand to the grave, though they cry in his destruction.
25 Did not I weep for him that was in trouble? was not my soul grieved for the poor?
26 When I looked for good, then evil came unto me: and when I waited for light, there came darkness.
27 My bowels boiled, and rested not: the days of affliction prevented me.
28 I went mourning without the sun: I stood up, and I cried in the congregation.
29 I am a brother to dragons, and a companion to owls.
30 My skin is black upon me, and my bones are burned with heat.
31 My harp also is turned to mourning, and my organ into the voice of them that weep.
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.