This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International with the Whyte House Daily Reading of the Chronological Bible Episode #240, 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 8.
1 And the Lord said unto Josh’-u-a, Fear not, neither be thou dismayed: take all the people of war with thee, and arise, go up to A’-i: see, I have given into thy hand the king of A’-i, and his people, and his city, and his land:
2 And thou shalt do to A’-i and her king as thou didst unto Jer’-i-cho and her king: only the spoil thereof, and the cattle thereof, shall ye take for a prey unto yourselves: lay thee an ambush for the city behind it.
3 So Josh’-u-a arose, and all the people of war, to go up against A’-i: and Josh’-u-a chose out thirty thousand mighty men of valour, and sent them away by night.
4 And he commanded them, saying, Behold, ye shall lie in wait against the city, even behind the city: go not very far from the city, but be ye all ready:
5 And I, and all the people that are with me, will approach unto the city: and it shall come to pass, when they come out against us, as at the first, that we will flee before them,
6 (For they will come out after us) till we have drawn them from the city; for they will say, They flee before us, as at the first: therefore we will flee before them.
7 Then ye shall rise up from the ambush, and seize upon the city: for the Lord your God will deliver it into your hand.
8 And it shall be, when ye have taken the city, that ye shall set the city on fire: according to the commandment of the Lord shall ye do. See, I have commanded you.
9 Josh’-u-a therefore sent them forth: and they went to lie in ambush, and abode between Beth’-el and A’-i, on the west side of A’-i: but Josh’-u-a lodged that night among the people.
10 And Josh’-u-a rose up early in the morning, and numbered the people, and went up, he and the elders of Is’-ra-el, before the people to A’-i.
11 And all the people, even the people of war that were with him, went up, and drew nigh, and came before the city, and pitched on the north side of A’-i: now there was a valley between them and A’-i.
12 And he took about five thousand men, and set them to lie in ambush between Beth’-el and A’-i, on the west side of the city.
13 And when they had set the people, even all the host that was on the north of the city, and their liers in wait on the west of the city, Josh’-u-a went that night into the midst of the valley.
14 And it came to pass, when the king of A’-i saw it, that they hasted and rose up early, and the men of the city went out against Is’-ra-el to battle, he and all his people, at a time appointed, before the plain; but he wist not that there were liers in ambush against him behind the city.
15 And Josh’-u-a and all Is’-ra-el made as if they were beaten before them, and fled by the way of the wilderness.
16 And all the people that were in A’-i were called together to pursue after them: and they pursued after Josh’-u-a, and were drawn away from the city.
17 And there was not a man left in A’-i or Beth’-el, that went not out after Is’-ra-el: and they left the city open, and pursued after Is’-ra-el.
18 And the Lord said unto Josh’-u-a, Stretch out the spear that is in thy hand toward A’-i; for I will give it into thine hand. And Josh’-u-a stretched out the spear that he had in his hand toward the city.
19 And the ambush arose quickly out of their place, and they ran as soon as he had stretched out his hand: and they entered into the city, and took it, and hasted and set the city on fire.
20 And when the men of A’-i looked behind them, they saw, and, behold, the smoke of the city ascended up to heaven, and they had no power to flee this way or that way: and the people that fled to the wilderness turned back upon the pursuers.
21 And when Josh’-u-a and all Is’-ra-el saw that the ambush had taken the city, and that the smoke of the city ascended, then they turned again, and slew the men of A’-i.
22 And the other issued out of the city against them; so they were in the midst of Is’-ra-el, some on this side, and some on that side: and they smote them, so that they let none of them remain or escape.
23 And the king of A’-i they took alive, and brought him to Josh’-u-a.
24 And it came to pass, when Is’-ra-el had made an end of slaying all the inhabitants of A’-i in the field, in the wilderness wherein they chased them, and when they were all fallen on the edge of the sword, until they were consumed, that all the Is’-ra-el-ites returned unto A’-i, and smote it with the edge of the sword.
25 And so it was, that all that fell that day, both of men and women, were twelve thousand, even all the men of A’-i.
26 For Josh’-u-a drew not his hand back, wherewith he stretched out the spear, until he had utterly destroyed all the inhabitants of A’-i.
27 Only the cattle and the spoil of that city Is’-ra-el took for a prey unto themselves, according unto the word of the Lord which he commanded Josh’-u-a.
28 And Josh’-u-a burnt A’-i, and made it an heap for ever, even a desolation unto this day.
29 And the king of A’-i he hanged on a tree until eventide: and as soon as the sun was down, Josh’-u-a commanded that they should take his carcase down from the tree, and cast it at the entering of the gate of the city, and raise thereon a great heap of stones, that remaineth unto this day.
30 Then Josh’-u-a built an altar unto the Lord God of Is’-ra-el in mount E’-bal,
31 As Mo’-ses the servant of the Lord commanded the children of Is’-ra-el, as it is written in the book of the law of Mo’-ses, an altar of whole stones, over which no man hath lift up any iron: and they offered thereon burnt offerings unto the Lord, and sacrificed peace offerings.
32 And he wrote there upon the stones a copy of the law of Mo’-ses, which he wrote in the presence of the children of Is’-ra-el.
33 And all Is’-ra-el, and their elders, and officers, and their judges, stood on this side the ark and on that side before the priests the Le’-vites, which bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord, as well the stranger, as he that was born among them; half of them over against mount Ger’-i-zim, and half of them over against mount E’-bal; as Mo’-ses the servant of the Lord had commanded before, that they should bless the people of Is’-ra-el.
34 And afterward he read all the words of the law, the blessings and cursings, according to all that is written in the book of the law.
35 There was not a word of all that Mo’-ses commanded, which Josh’-u-a read not before all the congregation of Is’-ra-el, with the women, and the little ones, and the strangers that were conversant among them.
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.