This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International with the Whyte House Daily Reading of the Chronological Bible Episode #300, 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 15.
1 Samuel 15
1 Sam’-u-el also said unto Saul, The Lord sent me to anoint thee to be king over his people, over Is’-ra-el: now therefore hearken thou unto the voice of the words of the Lord.
2 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, I remember that which Am’-a-lek did to Is’-ra-el, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from E’-gypt.
3 Now go and smite Am’-a-lek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.
4 And Saul gathered the people together, and numbered them in Te-la’-im, two hundred thousand footmen, and ten thousand men of Ju’-dah.
5 And Saul came to a city of Am’-a-lek, and laid wait in the valley.
6 And Saul said unto the Ke’-nites, Go, depart, get you down from among the Am’-a-lek-ites, lest I destroy you with them: for ye shewed kindness to all the children of Is’-ra-el, when they came up out of E’-gypt. So the Ke’-nites departed from among the Am’-a-lek-ites.
7 And Saul smote the Am’-a-lek-ites from Hav’-i-lah until thou comest to Shur, that is over against E’-gypt.
8 And he took A’-gag the king of the Am’-a-lek-ites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.
9 But Saul and the people spared A’-gag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly.
10 Then came the word of the Lord unto Sam’-u-el, saying,
11 It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Sam’-u-el; and he cried unto the Lord all night.
12 And when Sam’-u-el rose early to meet Saul in the morning, it was told Sam’-u-el, saying, Saul came to Car’-mel, and, behold, he set him up a place, and is gone about, and passed on, and gone down to Gil’-gal.
13 And Sam’-u-el came to Saul: and Saul said unto him, Blessed be thou of the Lord: I have performed the commandment of the Lord.
14 And Sam’-u-el said, What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?
15 And Saul said, They have brought them from the Am’-a-lek-ites: for the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen, to sacrifice unto the Lord thy God; and the rest we have utterly destroyed.
16 Then Sam’-u-el said unto Saul, Stay, and I will tell thee what the Lord hath said to me this night. And he said unto him, Say on.
17 And Sam’-u-el said, When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Is’-ra-el, and the Lord anointed thee king over Is’-ra-el?
18 And the Lord sent thee on a journey, and said, Go and utterly destroy the sinners the Am’-a-lek-ites, and fight against them until they be consumed.
19 Wherefore then didst thou not obey the voice of the Lord, but didst fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in the sight of the Lord?
20 And Saul said unto Sam’-u-el, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the Lord, and have gone the way which the Lord sent me, and have brought A’-gag the king of Am’-a-lek, and have utterly destroyed the Am’a-lek-ites.
21 But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the Lord thy God in Gil’-gal.
22 And Sam’-u-el said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
24 And Saul said unto Sam’-u-el, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice.
25 Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and turn again with me, that I may worship the Lord.
26 And Sam’-u-el said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord hath rejected thee from being king over Is’-ra-el.
27 And as Sam’-u-el turned about to go away, he laid hold upon the skirt of his mantle, and it rent.
28 And Sam’-u-el said unto him, The Lord hath rent the kingdom of Is’-ra-el from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of thine, that is better than thou.
29 And also the Strength of Is’-ra-el will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.
30 Then he said, I have sinned: yet honour me now, I pray thee, before the elders of my people, and before Is’-ra-el, and turn again with me, that I may worship the Lord thy God.
31 So Sam’-u-el turned again after Saul; and Saul worshipped the Lord.
32 Then said Sam’-u-el, Bring ye hither to me A’-gag the king of the Am’-a-lek-ites. And A’-gag came unto him delicately. And A’-gag said, Surely the bitterness of death is past.
33 And Sam’-u-el said, As thy sword hath made women childless, so shall thy mother be childless among women. And Sam’-u-el hewed A’-gag in pieces before the Lord in Gil’-gal.
34 Then Sam’-u-el went to Ra’-mah; and Saul went up to his house to Gib’-e-ah of Saul.
35 And Sam’-u-el came no more to see Saul until the day of his death: nevertheless Sam’-u-el mourned for Saul: and the Lord repented that he had made Saul king over Is’-ra-el.
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.