This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International with the Whyte House Daily Reading of the Chronological Bible Episode #291, 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 1 Samuel 7.
1 Samuel 7
1 And the men of Kir’-jath-je’-a-rim came, and fetched up the ark of the Lord, and brought it into the house of A-bin’-a-dab in the hill, and sanctified El-e-a’-zar his son to keep the ark of the Lord.
2 And it came to pass, while the ark abode in Kir’-jath-je’-a-rim, that the time was long; for it was twenty years: and all the house of Is’-ra-el lamented after the Lord.
3 And Sam’-u-el spake unto all the house of Is’-ra-el, saying, If ye do return unto the Lord with all your hearts, then put away the strange gods and Ash’-ta-roth from among you, and prepare your hearts unto the Lord, and serve him only: and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Phil’-is-tines.
4 Then the children of Is’-ra-el did put away Ba’-a-lim and Ash’-ta-roth, and served the Lord only.
5 And Sam’-u-el said, Gather all Is’-ra-el to Miz’-peh, and I will pray for you unto the Lord.
6 And they gathered together to Miz’-peh, and drew water, and poured it out before the Lord, and fasted on that day, and said there, We have sinned against the Lord. And Sam’-u-el judged the children of Is’-ra-el in Miz’-peh.
7 And when the Phil’-is-tines heard that the children of Is’-ra-el were gathered together to Miz’-peh, the lords of the Phil’-is-tines went up against Is’-ra-el. And when the children of Is’-ra-el heard it, they were afraid of the Phil’-is-tines.
8 And the children of Is’-ra-el said to Sam’-u-el, Cease not to cry unto the Lord our God for us, that he will save us out of the hand of the Phil’-is-tines.
9 And Sam’-u-el took a sucking lamb, and offered it for a burnt offering wholly unto the Lord: and Sam’-u-el cried unto the Lord for Is’-ra-el; and the Lord heard him.
10 And as Sam’-u-el was offering up the burnt offering, the Phil’-is-tines drew near to battle against Is’-ra-el: but the Lord thundered with a great thunder on that day upon the Phil’-is-tines, and discomfited them; and they were smitten before Is’-ra-el.
11 And the men of Is’-ra-el went out of Miz’-peh, and pursued the Phil’-is-tines, and smote them, until they came under Beth’-car.
12 Then Sam’-u-el took a stone, and set it between Miz’-peh and Shen, and called the name of it Eb’-en-e’-zer, saying, Hitherto hath the Lord helped us.
13 So the Phil’-is-tines were subdued, and they came no more into the coast of Is’-ra-el: and the hand of the Lord was against the Phil’-is-tines all the days of Sam’-u-el.
14 And the cities which the Phil’-is-tines had taken from Is’-ra-el were restored to Is’-ra-el, from Ek’-ron even unto Gath; and the coasts thereof did Is’-ra-el deliver out of the hands of the Phil’-is-tines. And there was peace between Is’-ra-el and the Am’-o-rites.
15 And Sam’-u-el judged Is’-ra-el all the days of his life.
16 And he went from year to year in circuit to Beth’-el, and Gil’-gal, and Miz’-peh, and judged Is’-ra-el in all those places.
17 And his return was to Ra’-mah; for there was his house; and there he judged Is’-ra-el; and there he built an altar unto the Lord.
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.