This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International with the Whyte House Daily Reading of the Chronological Bible Episode #236, 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 Joshua 4.
1 And it came to pass, when all the people were clean passed over Jor’-dan, that the Lord spake unto Josh’-u-a, saying,
2 Take you twelve men out of the people, out of every tribe a man,
3 And command ye them, saying, Take you hence out of the midst of Jor’-dan, out of the place where the priests’ feet stood firm, twelve stones, and ye shall carry them over with you, and leave them in the lodging place, where ye shall lodge this night.
4 Then Josh’-u-a called the twelve men, whom he had prepared of the children of Is’-ra-el, out of every tribe a man:
5 And Josh’-u-a said unto them, Pass over before the ark of the Lord your God into the midst of Jor’-dan, and take you up every man of you a stone upon his shoulder, according unto the number of the tribes of the children of Is’-ra-el:
6 That this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean ye by these stones?
7 Then ye shall answer them, That the waters of Jor’-dan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it passed over Jor’-dan, the waters of Jor’-dan were cut off: and these stones shall be for a memorial unto the children of Is’-ra-el for ever.
8 And the children of Is’-ra-el did so as Josh’-u-a commanded, and took up twelve stones out of the midst of Jor’-dan, as the Lord spake unto Josh’-u-a, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Is’-ra-el, and carried them over with them unto the place where they lodged, and laid them down there.
9 And Josh’-u-a set up twelve stones in the midst of Jor’-dan, in the place where the feet of the priests which bare the ark of the covenant stood: and they are there unto this day.
10 For the priests which bare the ark stood in the midst of Jor’-dan, until everything was finished that the Lord commanded Josh’-u-a to speak unto the people, according to all that Moses commanded Josh’-u-a: and the people hasted and passed over.
11 And it came to pass, when all the people were clean passed over, that the ark of the Lord passed over, and the priests, in the presence of the people.
12 And the children of Reu’-ben, and the children of Gad, and half the tribe of Ma-nas’-seh, passed over armed before the children of Is’-ra-el, as Mo’-ses spake unto them:
13 About forty thousand prepared for war passed over before the Lord unto battle, to the plains of Jericho.
14 On that day the Lord magnified Josh’-u-a in the sight of all Is’-ra-el; and they feared him, as they feared Mo’-ses, all the days of his life.
15 And the Lord spake unto Josh’-u-a, saying,
16 Command the priests that bear the ark of the testimony, that they come up out of Jor’-dan.
17 Josh’-u-a therefore commanded the priests, saying, Come ye up out of Jor’-dan.
18 And it came to pass, when the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord were come up out of the midst of Jor’-dan, and the soles of the priests’ feet were lifted up unto the dry land, that the waters of Jor’-dan returned unto their place, and flowed over all his banks, as they did before.
19 And the people came up out of Jor’-dan on the tenth day of the first month, and encamped in Gil’-gal, in the east border of Jer’-i-cho.
20 And those twelve stones, which they took out of Jor’-dan, did Josh’-u-a pitch in Gil’-gal.
21 And he spake unto the children of Is’-ra-el, saying, When your children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean these stones?
22 Then ye shall let your children know, saying, Is’-ra-el came over this Jor’-dan on dry land.
23 For the Lord your God dried up the waters of Jor’-dan from before you, until ye were passed over, as the Lord your God did to the Red sea, which he dried up from before us, until we were gone over:
24 That all the people of the earth might know the hand of the Lord, that it is mighty: that ye might fear the Lord your God for ever.
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.