This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International with the Whyte House Daily Devotional Bible Reading Episode #363. 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 Nehemiah 11, Jeremiah 13, and Ezekiel 4.
Martin Luther said, “The Bible is alive, it speaks to me; it has feet, it runs after me; it has hands, it lays hold of me.”
Charles Stanley said, “Wherever you go, God is with you – watching over you, protecting you, and providing the truth you need for every situation. The question is, will you open your heart to His Word, apply it to your life, and allow God to change you so that He can use you in ways far greater than you can imagine?”
1 And the rulers of the people dwelt at Je-ru’-sa-lem: the rest of the people also cast lots, to bring one of ten to dwell in Je-ru’-sa-lem the holy city, and nine parts to dwell in other cities.
2 And the people blessed all the men, that willingly offered themselves to dwell at Je-ru’-sa-lem.
3 Now these are the chief of the province that dwelt in Je-ru’-sa-lem: but in the cities of Ju’-dah dwelt every one in his possession in their cities, to wit, Is’-ra-el, the priests, and the Le’-vites, and the Neth’-i-nims, and the children of Sol-o’-mon’s servants.
4 And at Je-ru’-sa-lem dwelt certain of the children of Ju’-dah, and of the children of Ben’-ja-min. Of the children of Ju’-dah; A-thai’-ah the son of Uz-zi’-ah, the son of Zech-a-ri’-ah, the son of Am-a-ri’-ah, the son of Sheph-a-ti’-ah, the son of Ma-hal’-a-leel, of the children of Pe’-rez;
5 And Ma-a-sei’-ah the son of Bar’-uch, the son of Col-ho’- zeh, the son of Ha-zai’-ah, the son of A-dai’-ah, the son of Joi’-a-rib, the son of Zech-a-ri’-ah, the son of Shi-lo’-ni.
6 All the sons of Pe’-rez that dwelt at Je-ru’-sa-lem were four hundred threescore and eight valiant men.
7 And these are the sons of Ben’-ja-min; Sal’-lu the son of Me-shul’-lam, the son of Jo’-ed, the son of Pe-dai’-ah, the son of Ko-lai’-ah, the son of Ma-a-sei’-ah, the son of I’-thi-el, the son of Je-sai’-ah.
8 And after him Gab-ba’-i, Sal-la’-i, nine hundred twenty and eight.
9 And Jo’-el the son of Zich’-ri was their overseer: and Ju’-dah the son of Sen’-u-ah was second over the city.
10 Of the priests: Je-dai’-ah the son of Joi’-a-rib, Ja’-chin.
11 Se-rai’-ah the son of Hilkiah, the son of Me-shul’-lam, the son of Za’-dok, the son of Me-rai’-oth, the son of A-hi’-tub, was the ruler of the house of God.
12 And their brethren that did the work of the house were eight hundred twenty and two: and A-dai’-ah the son of Je-ro’-ham, the son of Pel-a-li’-ah, the son of Am’-zi, the son of Zech-a-ri’-ah, the son of Pash’-ur, the son of Mal-chi’-ah.
13 And his brethren, chief of the fathers, two hundred forty and two: and A-mash’-ai the son of Az’-a-reel, the son of A-ha’-sai, the son of Me-shil’-le-moth, the son of Im’-mer,
14 And their brethren, mighty men of valour, an hundred twenty and eight: and their overseer was Zab’-di-el, the son of one of the great men.
15 Also of the Le’-vites: Shem-ai’-ah the son of Hash’-ub, the son of Az-ri’-kam, the son of Hash-a-bi-ah, the son of Bun’-ni;
16 And Shab’-be-thai and Jo’-za-bad, of the chief of the Le’-vites, had the oversight of the outward business of the house of God.
17 And Mat-ta-ni’-ah the son of Mi’-cha, the son of Zab’-di, the son of A’-saph, was the principal to begin the thanksgiving in prayer: and Bak-bu-ki’-ah the second among his brethren, and Ab’-da the son of Sham’-mu-a, the son of Ga’-lal, the son of Je-du’-thun.
18 All the Le’-vites in the holy city were two hundred fourscore and four.
19 Moreover the porters, Ak’-kub, Tal’-mon, and their brethren that kept the gates, were an hundred seventy and two.
20 And the residue of Is’-ra-el, of the priests, and the Le’-vites, were in all the cities of Ju’-dah, every one in his inheritance.
21 But the Neth’-i-nims dwelt in O’-phel: and Zi’-ha and Gis’-pa were over the Neth’-i-nims.
22 The overseer also of the Le’-vites at Je-ru’-sa-lem was Uz’-zi the son of Ba’-ni, the son of Hash-a-bi-ah, the son of Mat-ta-ni’-ah, the son of Mi’-cha. Of the sons of A’-saph, the singers were over the business of the house of God.
23 For it was the king’s commandment concerning them, that a certain portion should be for the singers, due for every day.
24 And Peth-a-hi’-ah the son of Me-shez’-a-beel, of the children of Ze’-rah the son of Ju’-dah, was at the king’s hand in all matters concerning the people.
25 And for the villages, with their fields, some of the children of Ju’-dah dwelt at Kir’-jath-ar’-ba, and in the villages thereof, and at Di’-bon, and in the villages thereof, and at Je-kab’-zeel, and in the villages thereof,
26 And at Jesh’-u-a, and at Mo-la’-dah, and at Beth’-phe-let,
27 And at Ha’-zar-shu’-al, and at Beer-she’-ba, and in the villages thereof,
28 And at Zik’-lag, and at Me-ko’-nah, and in the villages thereof,
29 And at En-rim’-mon, and at Za-re’-ah, and at Jar’-muth,
30 Za-no’-ah, A-dul’-lam, and in their villages, at La’-chish, and the fields thereof, at A-ze’-kah, and in the villages thereof. And they dwelt from Beer-she’-ba unto the valley of Hin’-nom.
31 The children also of Ben’-ja-min from Ge’-ba dwelt at Mich’-mash, and Ai’-ja, and Beth’-el, and in their villages.
32 And at An’-a-thoth, Nob, An-a-ni’-ah,
33 Ha’-zor, Ra’-mah, Git-ta’-im,
34 Ha’-did, Ze-bo’-im, Ne-bal’-lat,
35 Lod, and O’-no, the valley of craftsmen.
36 And of the Le’-vites were divisions in Ju’-dah, and in Ben’-ja-min.
1 Thus saith the Lord unto me, Go and get thee a linen girdle, and put it upon thy loins, and put it not in water.
2 So I got a girdle according to the word of the Lord, and put it on my loins.
3 And the word of the Lord came unto me the second time, saying,
4 Take the girdle that thou hast got, which is upon thy loins, and arise, go to Eu-phra’-tes, and hide it there in a hole of the rock.
5 So I went, and hid it by Eu-phra’-tes, as the Lord commanded me.
6 And it came to pass after many days, that the Lord said unto me, Arise, go to Eu-phra’-tes, and take the girdle from thence, which I commanded thee to hide there.
7 Then I went to Eu-phra’-tes, and digged, and took the girdle from the place where I had hid it: and, behold, the girdle was marred, it was profitable for nothing.
8 Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
9 Thus saith the Lord, After this manner will I mar the pride of Ju’-dah, and the great pride of Je-ru’-sa-lem.
10 This evil people, which refuse to hear my words, which walk in the imagination of their heart, and walk after other gods, to serve them, and to worship them, shall even be as this girdle, which is good for nothing.
11 For as the girdle cleaveth to the loins of a man, so have I caused to cleave unto me the whole house of Is’-ra-el and the whole house of Ju’-dah, saith the Lord; that they might be unto me for a people, and for a name, and for a praise, and for a glory: but they would not hear.
12 Therefore thou shalt speak unto them this word; Thus saith the Lord God of Is’-ra-el, Every bottle shall be filled with wine: and they shall say unto thee, Do we not certainly know that every bottle shall be filled with wine?
13 Then shalt thou say unto them, Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will fill all the inhabitants of this land, even the kings that sit upon Da’-vid’s throne, and the priests, and the prophets, and all the inhabitants of Je-ru’-sa-lem, with drunkenness.
14 And I will dash them one against another, even the fathers and the sons together, saith the Lord: I will not pity, nor spare, nor have mercy, but destroy them.
15 Hear ye, and give ear; be not proud: for the Lord hath spoken.
16 Give glory to the Lord your God, before he cause darkness, and before your feet stumble upon the dark mountains, and, while ye look for light, he turn it into the shadow of death, and make it gross darkness.
17 But if ye will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret places for your pride; and mine eye shall weep sore, and run down with tears, because the Lord’s flock is carried away captive.
18 Say unto the king and to the queen, Humble yourselves, sit down: for your principalities shall come down, even the crown of your glory.
19 The cities of the south shall be shut up, and none shall open them: Ju’-dah shall be carried away captive all of it, it shall be wholly carried away captive.
20 Lift up your eyes, and behold them that come from the north: where is the flock that was given thee, thy beautiful flock?
21 What wilt thou say when he shall punish thee? for thou hast taught them to be captains, and as chief over thee: shall not sorrows take thee, as a woman in travail?
22 And if thou say in thine heart, Wherefore come these things upon me? For the greatness of thine iniquity are thy skirts discovered, and thy heels made bare.
23 Can the E-thi-o-pi-an change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.
24 Therefore will I scatter them as the stubble that passeth away by the wind of the wilderness.
25 This is thy lot, the portion of thy measures from me, saith the Lord; because thou hast forgotten me, and trusted in falsehood.
26 Therefore will I discover thy skirts upon thy face, that thy shame may appear.
27 I have seen thine adulteries, and thy neighings, the lewdness of thy whoredom, and thine abominations on the hills in the fields. Woe unto thee, O Je-ru’-sa-lem! wilt thou not be made clean? when shall it once be?
1 Thou also, son of man, take thee a tile, and lay it before thee, and pourtray upon it the city, even Je-ru’-sa-lem:
2 And lay siege against it, and build a fort against it, and cast a mount against it; set the camp also against it, and set battering rams against it round about.
3 Moreover take thou unto thee an iron pan, and set it for a wall of iron between thee and the city: and set thy face against it, and it shall be besieged, and thou shalt lay siege against it. This shall be a sign to the house of Is’-ra-el.
4 Lie thou also upon thy left side, and lay the iniquity of the house of Is’-ra-el upon it: according to the number of the days that thou shalt lie upon it thou shalt bear their iniquity.
5 For I have laid upon thee the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days: so shalt thou bear the iniquity of the house of Is’-ra-el.
6 And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on thy right side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Ju’-dah forty days: I have appointed thee each day for a year.
7 Therefore thou shalt set thy face toward the siege of Je-ru’-sa-lem, and thine arm shall be uncovered, and thou shalt prophesy against it.
8 And, behold, I will lay bands upon thee, and thou shalt not turn thee from one side to another, till thou hast ended the days of thy siege.
9 Take thou also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentiles, and millet, and fitches, and put them in one vessel, and make thee bread thereof, according to the number of the days that thou shalt lie upon thy side, three hundred and ninety days shalt thou eat thereof.
10 And thy meat which thou shalt eat shall be by weight, twenty she’-kels a day: from time to time shalt thou eat it.
11 Thou shalt drink also water by measure, the sixth part of an hin: from time to time shalt thou drink.
12 And thou shalt eat it as barley cakes, and thou shalt bake it with dung that cometh out of man, in their sight.
13 And the Lord said, Even thus shall the children of Is’-ra-el eat their defiled bread among the Gen’-tiles, whither I will drive them.
14 Then said I, Ah Lord God! behold, my soul hath not been polluted: for from my youth up even till now have I not eaten of that which dieth of itself, or is torn in pieces; neither came there abominable flesh into my mouth.
15 Then he said unto me, Lo, I have given thee cow’s dung for man’s dung, and thou shalt prepare thy bread therewith.
16 Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, behold, I will break the staff of bread in Je-ru’-sa-lem: and they shall eat bread by weight, and with care; and they shall drink water by measure, and with astonishment:
17 That they may want bread and water, and be astonied one with another, and consume away for their iniquity.
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:
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless.
This is Daniel Whyte III president of Gospel Light Society International with The Scripture & the Sense Podcast #699 where I read the Word of God and give the sense of it based on an authoritative commentary source such as the Bible Knowledge Commentary or Matthew Henry Commentary. This podcast is based upon Nehemiah 8:8 where it says Ezra and the Levites “read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.” The aim of this podcast is that through the simple reading of the Word of God and the giving of the sense of it, the church would be revived and the world would be awakened.
Today we are reading Habakkuk 2:19.
19 Woe unto him that saith to the wood, Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise, it shall teach! Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in the midst of it.
That was Habakkuk 2:19. Now here is the sense of it.
The Bible Knowledge Commentary reads:
God expressed His condemnation of the insidious sin of idolatry. Woe to him who says to wood, Come to life! Or to lifeless stone, Wake up! How absurd it is to stand before a piece of wood or some cold stone and cry out, “Arise! Awake!” The scene is like the prophets of Baal when they were taunted by Elijah. No help or guidance comes from a lifeless object even if it is encased in gold and silver. It has no breath or spirit and therefore no life. Isaiah frequently taunted the Babylonians for their trust in numerous false gods, which were nothing but man-made idols. Idols are valueless for they cannot talk, come alive, guide, or breathe. And idolatry-worshiping man’s carvings rather than the Creator-stands condemned under God’s woe.
Thank you for listening to the Scripture & The Sense Podcast. Remember to read the Word of God each and every day and pray without ceasing to God for wisdom to understand it and apply it to your life. Most importantly, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved. Please stay tuned for a complete presentation of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ so that you can get your soul saved from Hell to that wonderful place called Heaven when you die. May God bless you and keep you is my prayer.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International with the Whyte House Family Devotional Reading of Charles Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening podcast. This is Episode #309.
Charles Spurgeon was a prominent English Particular Baptist preacher. He was very influential among the Christians of various denominations during his age and even today, and is commonly called the “Prince of Preachers”. After some time of alternately searching for God and running from God, he had a powerful encounter which led him to give his life to Christ. Spurgeon was only 16 when he preached his first sermon and he began publishing books shortly afterward. At the time of his death, he had preached nearly 3,600 sermons and published 49 volumes of commentaries, sayings, anecdotes, illustrations and devotions. Spurgeon said, “encouraging thoughts are like honey to the heart”, and wrote this devotional in hopes that its uplifting messages for each day of the year would bring comfort and refreshment to our walk with God. He was inspired by Isaiah 50:4 which reads, “He wakeneth morning by morning. He wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned” and Psalm 63:5-6 which says, “My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips; when I remember Thee upon my bed, and meditate on Thee in the night watches.”
1 Chronicles 4:23 reads: “These were the potters, and those that dwelt among plants and hedges: there they dwelt with the king for his work.”
Potters were not the very highest grade of workers, but “the king” needed potters, and therefore they were in royal service, although the material upon which they worked was nothing but clay. We, too, may be engaged in the most menial part of the Lord’s work, but it is a great privilege to do anything for “the king”; and therefore we will abide in our calling, hoping that, “although we have lien among the pots, yet shall we be as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold.” The text tells us of those who dwelt among plants and hedges, having rough, rustic, hedging and ditching work to do. They may have desired to live in the city, amid its life, society, and refinement, but they kept their appointed places, for they also were doing the king’s work. The place of our habitation is fixed, and we are not to remove from it out of whim and caprice, but seek to serve the Lord in it, by being a blessing to those among whom we reside. These potters and gardeners had royal company, for they dwelt “with the king” and although among hedges and plants, they dwelt with the king there. No lawful place, or gracious occupation, however mean, can debar us from communion with our divine Lord. In visiting hovels, swarming lodging-houses, workhouses, or jails, we may go with the king. In all works of faith we may count upon Jesus’ fellowship. It is when we are in his work that we may reckon upon his smile. Ye unknown workers who are occupied for your Lord amid the dirt and wretchedness of the lowest of the low, be of good cheer, for jewels have been found upon dunghills ere now, earthen pots have been filled with heavenly treasure, and ill weeds have been transformed into precious flowers. Dwell ye with the King for his work, and when he writes his chronicles your name shall be recorded.
Thank you for listening to the Morning and Evening podcast. If you do not know the Lord as your Savior, here is how you can be saved from Hell and walk with the Lord morning and evening until you go to that wonderful place called Heaven when you die:
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.