This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International with the Whyte House Daily Reading of the Chronological Bible Episode #50, where I read the Holy Bible in the King James Version each day in chronological order. This unique viewpoint allows you to read the whole Bible as a single story and to see the unfolding of God’s plan in history. Today we are reading Genesis 48.
1 And it came to pass after these things, that one told Jo’-seph, Behold, thy father is sick: and he took with him his two sons, Ma-nas’-seh and E’-phra-im.
2 And one told Ja’-cob, and said, Behold, thy son Jo’-seph cometh unto thee: and Is’-ra-el strengthened himself, and sat upon the bed.
3 And Ja’-cob said unto Jo’-seph, God Almighty appeared unto me at Luz in the land of Ca’-na-an, and blessed me,
4 And said unto me, Behold, I will make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, and I will make of thee a multitude of people; and will give this land to thy seed after thee for an everlasting possession.
5 And now thy two sons, E’-phra-im and Ma-nas’-seh, which were born unto thee in the land of E’-gypt before I came unto thee into E’-gypt, are mine; as Reu’-ben and Sim’-e-on, they shall be mine.
6 And thy issue, which thou begettest after them, shall be thine, and shall be called after the name of their brethren in their inheritance.
7 And as for me, when I came from Pa’-dan, Ra’-chel died by me in the land of Ca’-na-an in the way, when yet there was but a little way to come unto E’-phrath: and I buried her there in the way of E’-phrath; the same is Beth’-le-hem.
8 And Is’-ra-el beheld Jo’-seph’s sons, and said, Who are these?
9 And Jo’-seph said unto his father, They are my sons, whom God hath given me in this place. And he said, Bring them, I pray thee, unto me, and I will bless them.
10 Now the eyes of Is’-ra-el were dim for age, so that he could not see. And he brought them near unto him; and he kissed them, and embraced them.
11 And Is’-ra-el said unto Jo’-seph, I had not thought to see thy face: and, lo, God hath shewed me also thy seed.
12 And Jo’-seph brought them out from between his knees, and he bowed himself with his face to the earth.
13 And Jo’-seph took them both, E’-phra-im in his right hand toward Is’-ra-el’s left hand, and Ma-nas’-seh in his left hand toward Is’-ra-el’s right hand, and brought them near unto him.
14 And Is’-ra-el stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon E’-phra-im’s head, who was the younger, and his left hand upon Ma-nas’-seh’s head, guiding his hands wittingly; for Ma-nas’-seh was the firstborn.
15 And he blessed Jo’-seph, and said, God, before whom my fathers A’-bra-ham and I’-saac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day,
16 The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers A’-bra-ham and I’-saac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.
17 And when Jo’-seph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of E’-phra-im, it displeased him: and he held up his father’s hand, to remove it from E’-phra-im’s head unto Ma-nas’-seh’s head.
18 And Jo’-seph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put thy right hand upon his head.
19 And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations.
20 And he blessed them that day, saying, In thee shall Is’-ra-el bless, saying, God make thee as E’-phra-im and as Ma-nas’-seh: and he set E’-phra-im before Ma-nas’-seh.
21 And Is’-ra-el said unto Jo’-seph, Behold, I die: but God shall be with you, and bring you again unto the land of your fathers.
22 Moreover I have given to thee one portion above thy brethren, which I took out of the hand of the Am’-o-rite with my sword and with my bow.
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.