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Series: “Esther (2017)”
For Such A Time As This
The Book of Esther is one of the Jewish people’s favorites. In this eight-program television series, Dr. Jeffrey Seif explains its details, and points out that, like Esther herself, we Believers may be alive for such a time as this.
Episode: “Chosen for a Purpose”
Though wickedness surfaces in various ways in every generation God positions His people to thwart the devil’s plans and fulfill His own. Here, we examine Mordecai and Esther’s placement—and our own; for we, too, are called to God’s work.

Caption transcript for Esther (2017): “Chosen for a Purpose” (2/8)

  • 00:05 Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel
  • 00:09 is that they might be saved.
  • 00:12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek
  • 00:15 for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon.
  • 00:40 Hi, I'm David Hart.
  • 00:41 Welcome to Zola Levitt Presents.
  • 00:42 And I'm Kirsten Hart.
  • 00:44 We are proud to bring an encore presentation of
  • 00:46 "Esther, For Such a Time as this"
  • 00:50 first aired in 2010
  • 00:52 and we're bringing it back with the new Guest Teachers and
  • 00:55 a Guest Analyst even.
  • 00:57 Yes, Jeffrey Seif is with us.
  • 00:59 Many of you know him already.
  • 01:01 Chaim Malespin is our new friend and we just love him
  • 01:03 and his wife will be bringing a Hebrew lesson.
  • 01:06 And Ted Pearce, he's a musician.
  • 01:09 And he will be here and we're going to
  • 01:11 talk about Esther and that amazing story.
  • 01:15 But first let's go to our dramatic reenactment where
  • 01:18 Mordecai overhears a plot to kill the king.
  • 01:24 While king Xerxes garnered favor with most of his subjects
  • 01:28 there were those who would usurp the throne.
  • 01:32 While sitting at the king's gate
  • 01:34 Mordecai overhears a disturbing conversation.
  • 01:38 He meets with Esther and informs her of a wicked plot.
  • 02:34 Contrary to popular mythology, Jews are a good, just, equitable people.
  • 02:44 Oh, to be sure, we have our scoundrels
  • 02:47 but these prove to be the exception and not the rule.
  • 02:53 I think Torah formation being built atop biblical principles
  • 02:56 has a way of developing character in individuals
  • 02:59 that wouldn't otherwise be there.
  • 03:02 That's the reality of the Jewish people.
  • 03:05 The myth however is that Jews are
  • 03:08 a horrible lot, a miserable lot.
  • 03:11 We see in the book of Esther, chapter 2
  • 03:14 where Mordecai is saving the king.
  • 03:17 Xerxes, if you can imagine that
  • 03:19 is about to be undone by a scheme.
  • 03:22 Mordecai discovers it, he informs the queen,
  • 03:25 and it turns out to his salvation.
  • 03:28 This to me, for my money, is prototypical
  • 03:30 of how Jews in so many ways
  • 03:33 bring so much relief and salvation to so many people.
  • 03:36 But that's not the story that's told.
  • 03:40 Preferred over facts are myths of Jews being a greedy sort,
  • 03:47 Jews being a vile sort,
  • 03:50 Jews being worthless,
  • 03:52 Jews being greedy,
  • 03:54 the world being in the "clutches" of the Jews,
  • 03:57 the Jews sucking life out of people.
  • 03:59 And that's the myth that prevails just on the other side of this border
  • 04:04 where Iranian proxies are in place and from which here in Lebanon
  • 04:10 they lob missiles over here into Kiryat Shammoth.
  • 04:15 22,000 people live over here.
  • 04:18 There's a nice, dense population.
  • 04:20 Those over here think it's a great target and they just
  • 04:24 indiscriminately lob their missiles
  • 04:27 on the basis of bizarre construal of history
  • 04:31 that Jewish Zionists are bent on the conquest of peoples,
  • 04:37 peoples that they subdue and then suck the life out of.
  • 04:43 Oh, the myth is incredible.
  • 04:45 The myth is very real.
  • 04:47 But the testimony in biblical literature is very true.
  • 04:52 And from this place with this book
  • 04:55 I observe taking my lead from Mordecai.
  • 04:58 A gorgeous story here.
  • 05:00 A story about a good man.
  • 05:03 A story about a Jewish man who's a good citizen in world where he inhabits
  • 05:08 and he's given to being a blessing
  • 05:10 and a help to the world where he abides.
  • 05:13 And that my friend isn't just the story of Mordecai.
  • 05:16 That is so much the story of the Jewish people.
  • 05:19 And it amazes me.
  • 05:21 I'm perplexed, not just amazed with wonderment.
  • 05:24 But it's perplexing.
  • 05:25 Jews have been around for thousands and thousands of years.
  • 05:29 And there are, to date, about 15 million Jews on planet earth.
  • 05:34 And why is that?
  • 05:36 It's because demonic forces are forever bent
  • 05:39 on hiving off sections of the Jewish population.
  • 05:44 Not long ago, in my parent's generation,
  • 05:46 6 million Jews were slaughtered.
  • 05:49 And if the people that are generating the fermenting discontent
  • 05:54 from coming over here from Lebanon,
  • 05:56 if those people have their way
  • 05:58 another 6 million Jews will be destroyed.
  • 06:00 And that is these that are dwelling in Israel proper.
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  • 08:07 Now, let's go back
  • 08:08 to our dramatic reenactment
  • 08:09 where everyone is bowing down to Haman
  • 08:12 except for Mordecai.
  • 08:22 And the King exalted Haman
  • 08:24 till he was above all the princes in the kingdom.
  • 08:28 All of the king's servants would bow before him...
  • 08:31 accept for one named Mordecai.
  • 09:20 It's like a fairytale from yesterday.
  • 09:23 A story long ago replete with the rags to riches queen,
  • 09:29 a heinous villain,
  • 09:32 all the ingredients of fairy tale.
  • 09:35 The problem is it's a story that
  • 09:38 belongs to today as much as yesterday.
  • 09:43 And it's no fairy tale
  • 09:45 but a tale it is.
  • 09:48 We read in the book of Esther in Chapter 3, Verse 2,
  • 10:01 He wouldn't bow.
  • 10:03 There was a villain Haman who demanded
  • 10:06 that individuals bow themselves to him.
  • 10:10 Mordecai would have none of it.
  • 10:13 It raises question if there's a time
  • 10:16 when individuals with biblical virtue
  • 10:18 need to stand up and resist evil people
  • 10:22 even if it means going against the
  • 10:24 prevailing currents or even what's sanctioned.
  • 10:28 Do individuals need to stand up
  • 10:30 "at such a time as this"?
  • 10:33 Well Mordecai believed he needed to stand up.
  • 10:37 Haman in response said that this Jew
  • 10:41 and all the Jews need to be put down.
  • 10:47 In Chapter 3, Verse 6
  • 10:49 in my version and then yours we're told,
  • 11:10 A better man may have been offended by one man and thought nothing of it.
  • 11:14 But no, so vitiated, so defiled was Haman,
  • 11:19 knowing that he (Mordecai) was a Jew
  • 11:22 the angst he felt about Mordecai
  • 11:24 stimulated juices within him to destroy a race of people
  • 11:30 That friends is tragic.
  • 11:33 And you know friends that story as well is today.
  • 11:39 Yesterday there was a Haman, oh yes there was.
  • 11:41 And that Haman was in Persia.
  • 11:43 Ancient Persia is where modern Iran is.
  • 11:47 And similarly there's a Haman there too.
  • 11:52 And his name is Ahmadinejad.
  • 11:54 Similarly at this very shelter where I am standing right now,
  • 11:58 and you're going to go into the bowels of it with me in a moment,
  • 12:02 in this very shelter people flee because rockets rain down on this place.
  • 12:10 The Jewish population is dense here.
  • 12:13 And what happens here is terrorists know they can
  • 12:17 hit a civilian target - so unleash rockets with fury.
  • 12:22 And this anger, this fury, these
  • 12:27 arms that bear down on Jewish people
  • 12:29 are sponsored by Iran of today.
  • 12:34 Hezbollah in affect is their proxy.
  • 12:37 And so much as yesterday we see Persian intrigue.
  • 12:42 We see an individual bent on destroying all the Jews.
  • 12:46 So today in this place many Jews run for refuge
  • 12:51 as forces from Iran bring pressure to bear
  • 12:56 to destroy the Jews even still.
  • 12:59 Come with me - let me show you what it looks like down here.
  • 13:15 Our Resource this week
  • 13:17 the series "Close Encounters with Yeshua" on DVD.
  • 13:21 This 10 program series focuses on how Jesus,
  • 13:24 Yeshua supernaturally
  • 13:26 came, ministered on earth
  • 13:28 and today calls people to draw near to Him.
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  • 13:34 a dramatic reenactment
  • 13:36 plus interviews with believers about their
  • 13:38 journey of faith in the Jewish Messiah.
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  • 15:02 And now let's go to Deanna Malespin
  • 15:04 for our Hebrew lesson today.
  • 15:12 Shalom Havarim
  • 15:13 Welcome!
  • 15:15 Today is Purim .
  • 15:17 Purim is a holiday here in Israel.
  • 15:21 Purim actually means "Lots".
  • 15:24 And we celebrate the life of Queen Esther.
  • 15:28 So during this holiday we like to
  • 15:30 greet each other by saying
  • 15:31 Chag Sameach "Happy Holidays".
  • 15:37 Thank you so much Deanna for our Hebrew Lesson.
  • 15:40 Weekly we get to learn Hebrew
  • 15:42 right here on Zola Levitt Presents.
  • 15:44 Today's word was Chag Sameach
  • 15:48 Very Good!
  • 15:48 which means...
  • 15:49 Happy Holiday!
  • 15:51 [sings] ♪ Happy Holidays ♪
  • 15:52 Yes, we need to experience a
  • 15:54 happy holiday in Israel sometime together.
  • 15:56 We will!
  • 15:57 And the Feast of Purim is
  • 15:59 a wonderful time to be there.
  • 16:00 It's festive, it's fun, it's happy,
  • 16:02 it's Chag Sameach !
  • 16:04 Very good! Yes.
  • 16:05 But not such a happy time was when Haman
  • 16:08 convinced the king to kill all the Jews.
  • 16:12 Let's go back to our dramatic reenactment
  • 16:14 the story of Esther.
  • 17:51 Mom's grab their kids by the arm
  • 17:54 and bring them down here.
  • 17:58 What's the "here"?
  • 17:59 It's a big room.
  • 18:00 It's a shelter, deep underground here in northern Israel.
  • 18:05 I's nice to see the beautiful pictures
  • 18:07 but it's sad because they are put on walls to distract the children.
  • 18:14 Mom's bring them here in haste because there's
  • 18:18 rockets going on uptown right above.
  • 18:23 And it happens all the time.
  • 18:25 And they have 60 seconds to grab them and get them in here
  • 18:28 because people get killed.
  • 18:30 And you want to take their mind off their troubles
  • 18:32 so there's some cartoons to lighten the atmosphere.
  • 18:36 There's books all over the place.
  • 18:38 It's a little library to get the kids off the current
  • 18:43 to get them into a book.
  • 18:45 Well I want to get you into a book too.
  • 18:50 It's a book that talks about what's happening here
  • 18:53 in the sense that it reminds that it's an old, old story.
  • 18:57 The rockets that are coming into Israel
  • 19:00 forcing people underground,
  • 19:02 a lot of this is funded by Iranian intrigue.
  • 19:07 And similarly here in the book of Esther
  • 19:11 played out in ancient Persia
  • 19:14 which would be the land where Iran is today.
  • 19:17 here there was a scheme enacted to destroy all Jews
  • 19:21 and it's explicit that the death sentence
  • 19:25 extends to women and children alike.
  • 19:29 It's not a very good story.
  • 19:31 In Esther Chapter 3, verse 13,
  • 19:34 I'll read it in my version
  • 19:35 and then give it to you
  • 19:37 in a way that's more understandable to you.
  • 19:49 And by the way, the Persian mail system was so efficient
  • 19:55 that it was even a model for our own "Pony Express" if you can imagine that.
  • 19:59 Well, here Haman dispatches these individuals
  • 20:03 carrying letters
  • 20:05 to all the provinces of the king.
  • 20:10 And here it is, it's ugly.
  • 20:33 And it says explicitly,
  • 21:00 Thank you Dr. Seif
  • 21:01 for that wonderful and powerful story today.
  • 21:03 We have our Guest Analyst with us today.
  • 21:06 Ted Pearce.
  • 21:08 So great to have you for this series.
  • 21:09 Thank you.
  • 21:10 Great to be back again.
  • 21:11 Good.
  • 21:12 Kirsten and I both grew up in the Church.
  • 21:14 I'm a Pastor's son.
  • 21:16 Kirsten's folks were in music growing up.
  • 21:19 And I know as kids we'd read the Bible.
  • 21:23 We loved reading the Bible but
  • 21:25 really didn't have a heart for what we were reading
  • 21:28 for Israel until about 8 years ago.
  • 21:31 And now our heart is there.
  • 21:33 Really, full time we love Israel.
  • 21:36 How about you?
  • 21:37 When was your experience of
  • 21:39 feeling like Israel is home?
  • 21:41 Well I grew up an atheist.
  • 21:45 I was 29 years old when this care dealer
  • 21:51 drew me into an argument about the Sabbath.
  • 21:53 And actually started reading the Bible
  • 21:55 to prove that it was wrong.
  • 21:57 I guess you see how that worked out.
  • 21:59 But for 4 months I was intent and obsessive about
  • 22:03 reading the Bible to find something wrong with it.
  • 22:05 Well after 4 months of not being able to do that
  • 22:08 I just issued a challenge to God
  • 22:11 while driving home one night in my car.
  • 22:13 And I was a different person.
  • 22:14 That was January 15, 1990.
  • 22:17 And then I began reading the Bible to know Him.
  • 22:22 To know this Jesus I had called upon in my car.
  • 22:25 And it was a totally different experience
  • 22:28 than trying to prove He was wrong.
  • 22:29 There were 2 things I learned right off the bat.
  • 22:32 Number 1 - Jesus was nothing like what I thought He was.
  • 22:34 And I think those of us who have been in
  • 22:37 the faith for a long time like yourselves,
  • 22:38 maybe sometimes we forget that those who don't know Him
  • 22:42 have just never met Him.
  • 22:43 Right
  • 22:43 Cause I just couldn't resist.
  • 22:45 I didn't really want to love God.
  • 22:47 But I couldn't resist when I met Him.
  • 22:49 But the other thing I noticed was
  • 22:51 as I read the New Testament,
  • 22:53 all these people are Jews.
  • 22:55 I mean, I thought Peter was the Pope
  • 22:57 and Mary was a Catholic,
  • 22:58 and John was a Baptist,
  • 22:59 and Paul was a Pentecostal.
  • 23:01 But you know where I grew up in Vidor, Texas
  • 23:04 we're known for racism and it would have been
  • 23:08 dangerous to be a Jewish person in this very religious city.
  • 23:12 And so anyways, I remember growing up
  • 23:15 wondering why they hated the Jews.
  • 23:18 I couldn't figure this out.
  • 23:20 I couldn't tell the difference by looking.
  • 23:21 So anyway all these years later I'm reading the Bible
  • 23:24 and I'm seeing all these people are Jewish.
  • 23:27 This is not what I was told.
  • 23:29 You know what I mean?
  • 23:31 So I wondered what happened to them?
  • 23:32 Where did they go?
  • 23:34 And I just started calling around
  • 23:36 looking for churches that
  • 23:38 had a lot of Jewish people.
  • 23:40 In Texas?
  • 23:42 In Dallas actually.
  • 23:44 And finally it was a Pastor told me about Baruch HaShem
  • 23:48 a Messianic Jewish Congregation
  • 23:51 where that was the first place that
  • 23:54 I walked into as a new Believer.
  • 23:56 And they're singing and dancing and clapping
  • 23:58 and having more fun than any of the bars
  • 23:59 that I was playing at with my band.
  • 24:01 And anyway I just walked into this totally new culture
  • 24:05 that sort of harkens back to ancient times.
  • 24:09 They're singing the Scriptures with this...
  • 24:12 to me it sounded Arabic you know?
  • 24:15 With this Middle Eastern sounding music.
  • 24:18 And I just remember listening to it
  • 24:21 and I would just weep all the way through the services
  • 24:23 cause it was so... Holy.
  • 24:26 Well you're talking about music and
  • 24:28 the wonderful Jewish flavor in music.
  • 24:30 Can we hear one of your songs?
  • 24:32 Oh, I would love to do that.
  • 24:33 Good, let's go to that now.
  • 24:35 Here's our special Guest Analyst
  • 24:37 and Musician, Ted Pearce.
  • 24:47 ♪ Yom Zeh l'Yisrael ♪
  • 24:51 [Repeat] ♪ Yom Zeh l'Yisrael ♪
  • 24:55 ♪ Yom Zeh l'Yisrael orah v' simcha ♪
  • 24:59 [Repeat] ♪ Yom Zeh l'Yisrael orah v' simcha ♪
  • 25:02 ♪ Orah v'simcha, Shabbat m'nucha ♪
  • 25:10 ♪ Yom Zeh l'Yisrael orah v' simcha ♪
  • 25:14 ♪ Shabbat m'nucha ♪
  • 25:16 [Repeat] ♪ Shabbat m'nucha ♪
  • 25:19 ♪ Instrumental Interlude ♪
  • 25:23 ♪ Yom Zeh l'Yisrael ♪
  • 25:27 [Repeat] ♪ Yom Zeh l'Yisrael ♪
  • 25:31 ♪ Yom Zeh l'Yisrael orah v' simcha ♪
  • 25:34 [Repeat] ♪ Yom Zeh l'Yisrael orah v' simcha ♪
  • 25:38 ♪ Orah v'simcha, Shabbat m'nucha ♪
  • 25:46 ♪ Yom Zeh l'Yisrael orah v' simcha ♪
  • 25:49 ♪ Shabbat m'nucha ♪
  • 25:51 [Repeat] ♪ Shabbat m'nucha ♪
  • 25:55 Hey!
  • 25:56 ♪ Instrumental Interlude ♪
  • 26:19 ♪ Yom Zeh l'Yisrael ♪
  • 26:23 [Repeat] ♪ Yom Zeh l'Yisrael ♪
  • 26:27 ♪ Yom Zeh l'Yisrael orah v' simcha ♪
  • 26:31 [Repeat] ♪ Yom Zeh l'Yisrael orah v' simcha ♪
  • 26:34 ♪ Orah v'simcha, Shabbat m'nucha ♪
  • 26:42 ♪ Yom Zeh l'Yisrael orah v' simcha ♪
  • 26:46 ♪ Shabbat m'nucha ♪
  • 26:47 [Repeat] ♪ Shabbat m'nucha ♪
  • 26:57 Please join us next week
  • 26:59 as we continue our series
  • 27:00 "Esther, for Such a Time as This".
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  2. Chosen for a Purpose
  3. Called to be Courageous
  4. Undone by a Woman
  5. God Rewards the Righteous
  6. Justice at Last!
  7. Fight We Must!
  8. The Triumph of God in Human History

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