This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International with the Whyte House Daily Reading of the Chronological Bible Episode #365, 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 2 Samuel 16.
2 Samuel 16
1 And when Da’-vid was a little past the top of the hill, behold, Zi’-ba the servant of Me’-phi-bo’-sheth met him, with a couple of asses saddled, and upon them two hundred loaves of bread, and an hundred bunches of raisins, and an hundred of summer fruits, and a bottle of wine.
2 And the king said unto Zi’-ba, What meanest thou by these? And Zi’-ba said, The asses be for the king’s household to ride on; and the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat; and the wine, that such as be faint in the wilderness may drink.
3 And the king said, And where is thy master’s son? And Zi’-ba said unto the king, Behold, he abideth at Je-ru’-sa-lem: for he said, To day shall the house of Is’-ra-el restore me the kingdom of my father.
4 Then said the king to Zi’-ba, Behold, thine are all that pertained unto Me’-phi-bo’-sheth. And Zi’-ba said, I humbly beseech thee that I may find grace in thy sight, my lord, O king.
5 And when king Da’-vid came to Ba’-hu-rim, behold, thence came out a man of the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shim’-e-i, the son of Ge’-ra: he came forth, and cursed still as he came.
6 And he cast stones at Da’-vid, and at all the servants of king Da’-vid: and all the people and all the mighty men were on his right hand and on his left.
7 And thus said Shim’-e-i when he cursed, Come out, come out, thou bloody man, and thou man of Be’-li-al:
8 The Lord hath returned upon thee all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose stead thou hast reigned; and the Lord hath delivered the kingdom into the hand of Ab’-sa-lom thy son: and, behold, thou art taken in thy mischief, because thou art a bloody man.
9 Then said A’-bi-shai the son of Zer’-u-i-ah unto the king, Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? let me go over, I pray thee, and take off his head.
10 And the king said, What have I to do with you, ye sons of Zer’-u-i-ah? so let him curse, because the Lord hath said unto him, Curse Da’-vid. Who shall then say, Wherefore hast thou done so?
11 And Da’-vid said to A’-bi-shai, and to all his servants, Behold, my son, which came forth of my bowels, seeketh my life: how much more now may this Ben’-ja-mite do it? let him alone, and let him curse; for the Lord hath bidden him.
12 It may be that the Lord will look on mine affliction, and that the Lord will requite me good for his cursing this day.
13 And as Da’-vid and his men went by the way, Shim’-e-i went along on the hill’s side over against him, and cursed as he went, and threw stones at him, and cast dust.
14 And the king, and all the people that were with him, came weary, and refreshed themselves there.
15 And Ab’-sa-lom, and all the people the men of Is’-ra-el, came to Je-ru’-sa-lem, and A’-hith-o-phel with him.
16 And it came to pass, when Hu’-shai the Arch’-ite, Da’-vid’s friend, was come unto Ab’-sa-lom, that Hu’-shai said unto Ab’-sa-lom, God save the king, God save the king.
17 And Ab’-sa-lom said to Hu’-shai, Is this thy kindness to thy friend? why wentest thou not with thy friend?
18 And Hu’-shai said unto Ab’-sa-lom, Nay; but whom the Lord, and this people, and all the men of Is’-ra-el, choose, his will I be, and with him will I abide.
19 And again, whom should I serve? should I not serve in the presence of his son? as I have served in thy father’s presence, so will I be in thy presence.
20 Then said Ab’-sa-lom to A’-hith-o-phel, Give counsel among you what we shall do.
21 And A’-hith-o-phel said unto Ab’-sa-lom, Go in unto thy father’s concubines, which he hath left to keep the house; and all Is’-ra-el shall hear that thou art abhorred of thy father: then shall the hands of all that are with thee be strong.
22 So they spread Ab’-sa-lom a tent upon the top of the house; and Ab’-sa-lom went in unto his father’s concubines in the sight of all Is’-ra-el.
23 And the counsel of A’-hith-o-phel, which he counselled in those days, was as if a man had enquired at the oracle of God: so was all the counsel of A’-hith-o-phel both with Da’-vid and with Ab’-sa-lom.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 you.