This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International with the Whyte House Daily Devotional Bible Reading Episode #273. 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 2 Kings 2, 2 Kings 3, and Job 31.
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.”
2 Kings 2
1 And it came to pass, when the Lord would take up E-li’-jah into heaven by a whirlwind, that E-li’-jah went with E-li’-sha from Gil’-gal.
2 And E-li’-jah said unto E-li’-sha, Tarry here, I pray thee; for the Lord hath sent me to Beth’-el. And E-li’-sha said unto him, As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they went down to Beth’-el.
3 And the sons of the prophets that were at Beth’-el came forth to E-li’-sha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Lord will take away thy master from thy head to day? And he said, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace.
4 And E-li’-jah said unto him, E-li’-sha, tarry here, I pray thee; for the Lord hath sent me to Jer’-i-cho. And he said, As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they came to Jer’-i-cho.
5 And the sons of the prophets that were at Jer’-i-cho came to E-li’-sha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Lord will take away thy master from thy head to day? And he answered, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace.
6 And E-li’-jah said unto him, Tarry, I pray thee, here; for the Lord hath sent me to Jordan. And he said, As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And they two went on.
7 And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to view afar off: and they two stood by Jordan.
8 And E-li’-jah took his mantle, and wrapped it together, and smote the waters, and they were divided hither and thither, so that they two went over on dry ground.
9 And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that E-li’-jah said unto E-li’-sha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And E-li’-sha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.
10 And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so.
11 And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and E-li’-jah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
12 And E-li’-sha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Is’-ra-el, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces.
13 He took up also the mantle of E-li’-jah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jor’-dan;
14 And he took the mantle of E-li’-jah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the Lord God of E-li’-jah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and E-li’-sha went over.
15 And when the sons of the prophets which were to view at Jer’-i-cho saw him, they said, The spirit of E-li’-jah doth rest on E-li’-sha. And they came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him.
16 And they said unto him, Behold now, there be with thy servants fifty strong men; let them go, we pray thee, and seek thy master: lest peradventure the Spirit of the Lord hath taken him up, and cast him upon some mountain, or into some valley. And he said, Ye shall not send.
17 And when they urged him till he was ashamed, he said, Send. They sent therefore fifty men; and they sought three days, but found him not.
18 And when they came again to him, (for he tarried at Jer’-i-cho,) he said unto them, Did I not say unto you, Go not?
19 And the men of the city said unto E-li’-sha, Behold, I pray thee, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord seeth: but the water is naught, and the ground barren.
20 And he said, Bring me a new cruse, and put salt therein. And they brought it to him.
21 And he went forth unto the spring of the waters, and cast the salt in there, and said, Thus saith the Lord, I have healed these waters; there shall not be from thence any more death or barren land.
22 So the waters were healed unto this day, according to the saying of E-li’-sha which he spake.
23 And he went up from thence unto Beth’-el: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head.
24 And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the Lord. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them.
25 And he went from thence to mount Car’-mel, and from thence he returned to Sa-mar’-i-a.
2 Kings 3
1 Now Je-hor’-am the son of A’-hab began to reign over Is’-ra-el in Sa-mar’-i-a the eighteenth year of Je-hosh’-a-phat king of Ju’-dah, and reigned twelve years.
2 And he wrought evil in the sight of the Lord; but not like his father, and like his mother: for he put away the image of Ba’-al that his father had made.
3 Nevertheless he cleaved unto the sins of Jer-o-bo’-am the son of Ne’-bat, which made Is’-ra-el to sin; he departed not therefrom.
4 And Me’-sha king of Mo’-ab was a sheepmaster, and rendered unto the king of Is’-ra-el an hundred thousand lambs, and an hundred thousand rams, with the wool.
5 But it came to pass, when A’-hab was dead, that the king of Mo’-ab rebelled against the king of Is’-ra-el.
6 And king Je-hor’-am went out of Sa-mar’-i-a the same time, and numbered all Is’-ra-el.
7 And he went and sent to Je-hosh’-a-phat the king of Ju’-dah, saying, The king of Mo’-ab hath rebelled against me: wilt thou go with me against Mo’-ab to battle? And he said, I will go up: I am as thou art, my people as thy people, and my horses as thy horses.
8 And he said, Which way shall we go up? And he answered, The way through the wilderness of E’-dom.
9 So the king of Is’-ra-el went, and the king of Ju’-dah, and the king of E’-dom: and they fetched a compass of seven days’ journey: and there was no water for the host, and for the cattle that followed them.
10 And the king of Is’-ra-el said, Alas! that the Lord hath called these three kings together, to deliver them into the hand of Mo’-ab!
11 But Je-hosh’-a-phat said, Is there not here a prophet of the Lord, that we may enquire of the Lord by him? And one of the king of Is’-ra-el’s servants answered and said, Here is E-li’-sha the son of Sha’-phat, which poured water on the hands of E-li’-jah.
12 And Je-hosh’-a-phat said, The word of the Lord is with him. So the king of Is’-ra-el and Je-hosh’-a-phat and the king of E’-dom went down to him.
13 And E-li’-sha said unto the king of Is’-ra-el, What have I to do with thee? get thee to the prophets of thy father, and to the prophets of thy mother. And the king of Is’-ra-el said unto him, Nay: for the Lord hath called these three kings together, to deliver them into the hand of Mo’-ab.
14 And E-li’-sha said, As the Lord of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, surely, were it not that I regard the presence of Je-hosh’-a-phat the king of Ju’-dah, I would not look toward thee, nor see thee.
15 But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the Lord came upon him.
16 And he said, Thus saith the Lord, Make this valley full of ditches.
17 For thus saith the Lord, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye, and your cattle, and your beasts.
18 And this is but a light thing in the sight of the Lord: he will deliver the Mo’-ab-ites also into your hand.
19 And ye shall smite every fenced city, and every choice city, and shall fell every good tree, and stop all wells of water, and mar every good piece of land with stones.
20 And it came to pass in the morning, when the meat offering was offered, that, behold, there came water by the way of E’-dom, and the country was filled with water.
21 And when all the Mo’-ab-ites heard that the kings were come up to fight against them, they gathered all that were able to put on armour, and upward, and stood in the border.
22 And they rose up early in the morning, and the sun shone upon the water, and the Mo’-ab-ites saw the water on the other side as red as blood:
23 And they said, This is blood: the kings are surely slain, and they have smitten one another: now therefore, Mo’-ab, to the spoil.
24 And when they came to the camp of Is’-ra-el, the Is’-ra-el-ites rose up and smote the Mo’-ab-ites, so that they fled before them: but they went forward smiting the Mo’-ab-ites, even in their country.
25 And they beat down the cities, and on every good piece of land cast every man his stone, and filled it; and they stopped all the wells of water, and felled all the good trees: only in Kir-har’-a-seth left they the stones thereof; howbeit the slingers went about it, and smote it.
26 And when the king of Mo’-ab saw that the battle was too sore for him, he took with him seven hundred men that drew swords, to break through even unto the king of E’-dom: but they could not.
27 Then he took his eldest son that should have reigned in his stead, and offered him for a burnt offering upon the wall. And there was great indignation against Is’-ra-el: and they departed from him, and returned to their own land.
1 I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?
2 For what portion of God is there from above? and what inheritance of the Almighty from on high?
3 Is not destruction to the wicked? and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity?
4 Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps?
5 If I have walked with vanity, or if my foot hath hasted to deceit;
6 Let me be weighed in an even balance that God may know mine integrity.
7 If my step hath turned out of the way, and mine heart walked after mine eyes, and if any blot hath cleaved to mine hands;
8 Then let me sow, and let another eat; yea, let my offspring be rooted out.
9 If mine heart have been deceived by a woman, or if I have laid wait at my neighbour’s door;
10 Then let my wife grind unto another, and let others bow down upon her.
11 For this is an heinous crime; yea, it is an iniquity to be punished by the judges.
12 For it is a fire that consumeth to destruction, and would root out all mine increase.
13 If I did despise the cause of my manservant or of my maidservant, when they contended with me;
14 What then shall I do when God riseth up? and when he visiteth, what shall I answer him?
15 Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one fashion us in the womb?
16 If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail;
17 Or have eaten my morsel myself alone, and the fatherless hath not eaten thereof;
18 (For from my youth he was brought up with me, as with a father, and I have guided her from my mother’s womb;)
19 If I have seen any perish for want of clothing, or any poor without covering;
20 If his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my sheep;
21 If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, when I saw my help in the gate:
22 Then let mine arm fall from my shoulder blade, and mine arm be broken from the bone.
23 For destruction from God was a terror to me, and by reason of his highness I could not endure.
24 If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence;
25 If I rejoice because my wealth was great, and because mine hand had gotten much;
26 If I beheld the sun when it shined, or the moon walking in brightness;
27 And my heart hath been secretly enticed, or my mouth hath kissed my hand:
28 This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judge: for I should have denied the God that is above.
29 If I rejoice at the destruction of him that hated me, or lifted up myself when evil found him:
30 Neither have I suffered my mouth to sin by wishing a curse to his soul.
31 If the men of my tabernacle said not, Oh that we had of his flesh! we cannot be satisfied.
32 The stranger did not lodge in the street: but I opened my doors to the traveller.
33 If I covered my transgressions as A’-dam, by hiding mine iniquity in my bosom:
34 Did I fear a great multitude, or did the contempt of families terrify me, that I kept silence, and went not out of the door?
35 Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me, and that mine adversary had written a book.
36 Surely I would take it upon my shoulder, and bind it as a crown to me.
37 I would declare unto him the number of my steps; as a prince would I go near unto him.
38 If my land cry against me, or that the furrows likewise thereof complain;
39 If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, or have caused the owners thereof to lose their life:
40 Let thistles grow instead of wheat, and cockle instead of barley. The words of Job are ended.
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.