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Series: “Ask The Professor: Insights on the Gospel of John”
Viewers will have a chance to test their knowledge of the book of John as Dr. Seif sets up the questions with insight and visuals that will help us explore more about this beloved Gospel.
Episode: “Jesus and the Feasts”
Using multiple choice questions, Dr. Jeffrey Seif tests viewers knowledge of the Jewish feasts talked about in the Gospel of John.

Caption transcript for Ask The Professor: Insights on the Gospel of John — “Jesus and the Feasts” (2/4)

  • 00:30 HEARTY SHALOM TO ALL OF YOU.
  • 00:33 JEFFREY SEIF HERE
  • 00:35 AND I AM THRILLED TO WELCOME YOU
  • 00:37 TO ZOLA LEVITT PRESENTS.
  • 00:39 THIS WEEK PRESENTING THE SECOND
  • 00:41 OF A FOUR PART SERIES.
  • 00:44 SOMETHING NEW FOR US
  • 00:45 CALLED "ASK THE PROFESSOR".
  • 00:48 IT'S NEW FOR US ON TELEVISION.
  • 00:52 IT'S NOT NEW FOR ME PERSONALLY
  • 00:54 BECAUSE I'VE BEEN A BIBLE COLLEGE PROFESSOR, SEMINARY PROFESSOR FOR TWENTY-ONE YEARS.
  • 00:58 AND NOW I'M GIVING YOU A LITTLE BIT OF THAT.
  • 01:01 I WANT YOU TO GRAB A NOTEBOOK...
  • 01:03 GRAB A BIBLE AND A PEN.
  • 01:05 I WANT TO PITCH SOME QUESTIONS TO YOU
  • 01:08 TO SEE HOW WELL YOU KNOW YOUR BIBLE.
  • 01:12 WE'RE WORKING THROUGH THE GOSPEL OF JOHN PARTICULARLY
  • 01:15 AND I'LL TELL YOU EXACTLY WHERE I WANT YOU TO GO.
  • 01:19 IN THE THIRD CHAPTER OF THE GOSPEL OF JOHN JESUS SPEAKS TO A FELLOW NAMED NICODEMUS.
  • 01:26 NICODEMUS WAS A RELIGIOUS LEADER IDENTIFIED WITH A PARTICULAR JEWISH SECT.
  • 01:34 MY QUESTION TO YOU IS,
  • 01:36 WHAT SECT WAS NICODEMUS ASSOCIATED WITH?
  • 01:40 WAS HE A PHARISEE?
  • 01:43 WAS HE A SADDUCEE?
  • 01:45 WAS HE AN ESSENE?
  • 01:48 WAS HE A HERODIAN?
  • 01:51 WHO WAS THIS GUY ASSOCIATED WITH?
  • 01:53 A...B...C...OR...D?
  • 01:56 WELL ACCORDING TO JOHN CHAPTER 3, VERSE 1 WE'RE TOLD,
  • 02:07 AND THEN WE'RE TOLD,
  • 02:19 HE WAS A MEMBER OF THE PHARISEES.
  • 02:23 HE SAID, "WE KNOW THAT YOU ARE A TEACHER COME FROM GOD."
  • 02:27 NOW WHAT I WANT YOU TO KNOW IS THAT HE SAID, "WE KNOW".
  • 02:32 MOST PEOPLE THINK, WELL THE JEWS REJECTED JESUS SO JESUS REJECTED ALL THE JEWS.
  • 02:37 WELL, IF THAT'S TRUE, NICODEMUS NEVER GOT THE MEMO.
  • 02:42 HE DIDN'T JUST SAY, "ANI YODAT", IN HEBREW, "I KNOW",
  • 02:47 IT WAS "ANNO NU", IN HEBREW THAT IS "WE KNOW".
  • 02:50 APPARENTLY THERE WERE INDIVIDUALS WITHIN THE UPPER CIRCLE OF THE JEWISH ELITE
  • 02:55 THAT WERE KINDLY DISPOSED TOWARD YESHUA.
  • 02:59 WE KNOW THAT JESUS WAS VERY POPULAR WITH THE RANK AND FILE.
  • 03:03 PEOPLE ARE TRIPPING OVER THEMSELVES TO EXPERIENCE JESUS IN THE JEWISH WORLD
  • 03:07 BUT THERE WAS A CONSPIRACY.
  • 03:10 WE'LL GET TO THAT LATER.
  • 03:11 BUT I WANT TO GO ON RECORD REMINDING YOU WHAT JOHN REMINDS US,
  • 03:15 THAT IS, THEY WERE PEOPLE FROM THE VERY HIGHEST ECHELONS OF THE JEWISH WORLD
  • 03:19 WHO WERE IN FACT KINDLY DISPOSED TOWARDS JESUS.
  • 03:24 BUT THEY WERE A LITTLE SHOCKED.
  • 03:28 WHY DO I SAY THAT?
  • 03:29 WELL IN THE BIBLE WE'RE TOLD THAT SOMEONE NEEDED TO BE BORN AGAIN.
  • 03:41 NICODEMUS WAS RATHER SHOCKED BY THAT.
  • 03:46 IN JOHN CHAPTER 3, VERSE 3, YESHUA CAME TO HIM...
  • 03:50 CAME BACK TO HIM AS A RETORT AND SAID,
  • 04:10 AND THIS OF COURSE THREW NICODEMUS ON HIS HEELS.
  • 04:14 NOW HERE'S MY QUESTION TO YOU...
  • 04:15 TRUE OR FALSE?
  • 04:17 DID YOU KNOW THE TERM "BEING BORN AGAIN" IS NOT UNIQUELY CHRISTIAN
  • 04:24 BUT HAS A JEWISH PRE-EMPLOYMENT?
  • 04:29 IS THAT STATEMENT TRUE OR FALSE?
  • 04:31 "BEING BORN AGAIN"...
  • 04:32 IS THAT A UNIQUELY CHRISTIAN EXPRESSION?
  • 04:34 OR IS IT A TERM BORROWED FROM THE ANCIENT JEWISH WORLD?
  • 04:40 WELL I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT THE EXPRESSION "TO BE BORN AGAIN"
  • 04:45 IS NOT UNIQUELY CHRISTIAN.
  • 04:49 WE FIRST HEAR THE TERM HERE IN THE CONVERSATION WITH JESUS AND NICODEMUS.
  • 04:56 SO BECAUSE WE HEAR IT FIRST
  • 04:58 THE NATURAL TENDENCY IS TO ASSUME THAT IT MANIFESTED HERE FIRST.
  • 05:04 THE TERM "TO BE BORN ANEW", HOWEVER, WAS PRE-EMPLOYED IN THE JEWISH WORLD IN DIFFERENT WAYS.
  • 05:10 WHEN AN INDIVIDUAL FOR EXAMPLE OF NON-JEWISH EXTRACT CONVERTED TO JUDAISM
  • 05:18 THEY WOULD GO THROUGH NEW MEMBERS CLASS IF YOU WILL,
  • 05:21 TO KIND OF GET ENCULTURATED INTO WHAT IT MEANS TO BE JEWISH.
  • 05:25 AND THEN WHEN THEY WERE READY TO TAKE THAT FINAL PLUNGE
  • 05:28 THEY WOULD GO THROUGH THE MIKVAH, THE RITUAL BATH.
  • 05:32 IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN THAT,
  • 05:34 WE ALIGHTED UPON THAT IN OUR PREVIOUS PROGRAM, PROGRAM NUMBER 1,
  • 05:38 BUT HERE IN PROGRAM NUMBER 2 WE'RE MOVING ALONG.
  • 05:41 AND AS WE MOVE ALONG I WANT TO REMIND YOU
  • 05:44 THAT INASMUCH AS BAPTISM WAS NOT UNIQUE TO THE CHRISTIAN ERA,
  • 05:49 THE EXPRESSION "TO BE BORN ANEW" HAS A PRE-EMPLOYMENT IN THE JEWISH WORLD.
  • 05:53 IN FACT, WHEN AN INDIVIDUAL WHO WAS NON JEWISH WENT TO THE BAPTISMAL
  • 05:58 THEY WERE UNDERSTOOD, AS THEY WOULD GO INTO THE WATER, A GENTILE
  • 06:02 AND THEY WOULD COME OUT OF THE WATER A JEW
  • 06:06 AND THEY WERE IN EFFECT "BORN ANEW".
  • 06:11 I REMEMBER PERSONALLY BEING CHALLENGED BY THE NEED TO BE BORN AGAIN.
  • 06:17 IT'S NOT ABOUT BEING A LUTHERAN OR A BAPTIST OR A METHODIST OR WHATEVER.
  • 06:22 RELIGIOUS DENOMINATIONS ARE FINE
  • 06:24 BUT INDIVIDUALS NEED TO EXPERIENCE THE NEW BIRTH.
  • 06:27 I WANT TO SHED MORE LIGHT ON THAT AS WE GO ON THE STORY THROUGH THE GOSPEL OF JOHN.
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  • 07:18 WE'RE ALL ABOUT TAKING
  • 07:19 A JEWISH LOOK AT THE NEW BOOK...
  • 07:23 THE NEW TESTAMENT.
  • 07:25 IF YOU CAN RECALL IN THE 5TH CHAPTER OF THE GOSPEL OF JOHN,
  • 07:30 JESUS IS ON RECORD IN CHAPTER 5, VERSE 39, SAYING TO THESE RELIGIOUS LEADERS,
  • 07:47 HERE'S MY QUESTION TO YOU.
  • 07:49 "WHAT SCRIPTURES ARE HE REFERRING TO?
  • 07:55 ENQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW.
  • 07:58 IS HE TALKING ABOUT MOSES?
  • 08:02 IS HE TALKING ABOUT MATTHEW?
  • 08:05 IS HE TALKING ABOUT MARK?
  • 08:09 IS HE TALKING ABOUT LUKE?
  • 08:12 PRAY TELL, WHAT DOES JOHN HAVE IN MIND IN QUOTING JESUS ON RECORD SAYING,
  • 08:19 "YOU SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES..."?
  • 08:24 HE'S TALKING ABOUT THE LAW OF MOSES.
  • 08:28 THE REASON WHY I SAY THAT,
  • 08:30 IF YOU LOOK IN VERSE 46 AND THEN IN VERSE 47, THE LORD SAYS,
  • 08:55 I THINK IT'S FASCINATING PERSONALLY HOW THE NEW TESTAMENT
  • 09:00 TALKS ABOUT SEARCHING THE SCRIPTURES
  • 09:04 AND MANY THINK ITS REFERRING TO THE NEW TESTAMENT, BUT IT ISN'T.
  • 09:08 IN FACT, ELSEWHERE PAUL GOES ON RECORD IN II TIMOTHY CHAPTER 2, VERSE 15,
  • 09:14 SPEAKING ABOUT RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD OF THE TRUTH,
  • 09:18 WANTING TO ENCOURAGE TIMOTHY TO STUDY UP.
  • 09:21 WHEN HE'S ENCOURAGING HIM TO STUDY THE SCRIPTURES,
  • 09:24 HE'S NOT TALKING ABOUT THE NEW TESTAMENT
  • 09:26 BECAUSE IT HASN'T BEEN WRITTEN AND GATHERED TOGETHER YET.
  • 09:29 HE'S ENCOURAGING HIM TO STUDY THE OLD TESTAMENT SCRIPTURES.
  • 09:33 AND MORE EXPLICITLY IN CHAPTER 3 VERSE 16 OF THE SAME BOOK,
  • 09:37 II TIMOTHY THAT IS,
  • 09:40 PAUL TALKS ABOUT,
  • 09:44 AND WHAT HE'S TALKING ABOUT OF COURSE IS THE HEBREW BIBLE.
  • 09:49 OH WHAT A SHAME THAT INDIVIDUALS NEGLECT IT...
  • 09:54 BECAUSE JESUS SEEMS GAME OVER AND AGAIN ON REFERRING TO IT.
  • 10:01 LET'S WORK A QUESTION NOW FROM THE 6TH CHAPTER OF THE GOSPEL OF JOHN.
  • 10:10 AND THIS IS GOING TO PRESENT TO YOU AS A TRUE OR A FALSE QUESTION.
  • 10:15 IN THE 6TH CHAPTER OVER AND AGAIN YESHUA REFERS TO HIMSELF
  • 10:21 AS THE BREAD OF LIFE.
  • 10:24 ITS INTERESTING OF COURSE, HE WAS BORN IN BETHLEHEM.
  • 10:28 AND IF ONE UNDERSTANDS THAT
  • 10:30 "BEIT" IN HEBREW MEANS "HOUSE"
  • 10:33 AND "LECHEM" MEANS "BREAD"
  • 10:37 ONE CAN UNDERSTAND HOW HE WHO WAS THE BREAD OF LIFE CAME FROM THE "HOUSE OF BREAD".
  • 10:43 AND THEN HE FINISHES UP BY THE WAY IN THE 12TH CHAPTER OF THE JOHANNINE GOSPEL SAYING,
  • 10:47 REGARDING HIS OWN DEATH,
  • 10:53 AND THEN BY VIRTUE OF A GRAIN OF WHEAT FALLING IN THE EARTH
  • 10:55 IT PRODUCES A WHOLE NEW PLANT
  • 10:57 AND IT JUST GOES ON MULTIPLYING FROM THERE.
  • 11:00 IN ANY CASE...
  • 11:02 HERE'S MY QUESTION TO YOU.
  • 11:05 OVER AND AGAIN YESHUA SAID "I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE".
  • 11:09 IT'S OFT REPEATED IN THE 6TH CHAPTER.
  • 11:12 TRUE OR FALSE?
  • 11:14 COMMUNION'S BREAD OF LIFE STORY WHERE JESUS SAYS, "TAKE, EAT, THIS IS MY BODY"....
  • 11:21 COMMUNION'S, THE EUCHARIST BREAD OF LIFE IS RELATED
  • 11:26 TO JUDAISM'S NEW LEASE ON LIFE...THE PASSOVER.
  • 11:30 WHEN JESUS SAYS, "I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE"
  • 11:34 CAN HE POSSIBLY BE REFERRING BACK TO THE PASSOVER?
  • 11:39 STATEMENT...
  • 11:41 COMMUNION'S BREAD OF LIFE IS RELATED TO JUDAISM'S NEW LEASE ON LIFE.
  • 11:45 TRUE OR FALSE?
  • 11:47 THE ANSWER IS "TRUE".
  • 11:52 DID YOU KNOW THAT JESUS FIRST ARTICULATED AN AWARENESS OF HIS MINISTRY...
  • 11:57 IT WAS PASSOVER TIME WHERE THE YOUNG JESUS IS BROUGHT TO THE TEMPLE WITH HIS FAMILY.
  • 12:03 AND OF COURSE MOM AND THE FAMILY GOES BACK AND...
  • 12:06 "OH, WE'VE LOST JESUS."
  • 12:07 "JESUS IS LOST IN THE BIG CITY JERUSALEM."
  • 12:10 HE'S THERE FOR THE PASSOVER WHEN HE ARTICULATES, "I NEED TO BE ABOUT MY FATHER'S BUSINESS."
  • 12:16 AND NOT ONLY DOES PASSOVER REPRESENT A BEGINNING,
  • 12:19 PASSOVER REPRESENTS THE END,
  • 12:22 THE LAST SUPPER.
  • 12:23 WE'LL LOOK AT THIS A LITTLE LATER.
  • 12:25 JESUS IS GATHERED TOGETHER WITH HIS "TALMIDIM", WITH HIS DISCIPLES,
  • 12:29 AND HE IS GOING TO TELL THEM, "TAKE, EAT, THIS IS MY BODY, THIS IS MY BLOOD."
  • 12:35 AND HE'S RE-ENACTING THE JEWISH PASSOVER SADDER.
  • 12:38 THIS IS VERY CLEAR IN THE NEW TESTAMENT.
  • 12:41 LUKE TAKES UP THE STORY...
  • 12:44 IN FACT; THEY ALL DO
  • 12:46 WHEN THEY GIVE VOICE TO THAT LAST SUPPER BEING A PASSOVER EXPERIENCE.
  • 12:51 TO ME WHAT HAS ME MIFFED
  • 12:55 IS HOW THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE JEWISH PASSOVER
  • 12:58 AND THE BREAD OF LIFE AND THE LAST SUPPER...
  • 13:02 IT'S ALL BEEN FORGOTTEN.
  • 13:05 IF YOU'RE WATCHING THIS PROGRAM...
  • 13:07 I GUESS YOU ARE WATCHING IT... (LAUGHING)
  • 13:09 ITS A STUPID WAY TO BEGIN A POINT...
  • 13:11 BUT YOU'RE THINKING "OH GOODNESS, I'M LEARNING SOMETHING NEW."
  • 13:15 LET ME REASSURE YOU IN TRUTH.
  • 13:17 I'M NOT TEACHING ANYTHING NEW.
  • 13:20 I'M SIMPLY GIVING VOICE TO THE THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN FORGOTTEN.
  • 13:25 FORGOTTEN BECAUSE PEOPLE HAVE LOST SIGHT OF THE JEWISH ROOTS OF THE JESUS STORY.
  • 13:31 PEOPLE HAVE LOST SIGHT OF THE JEWISH ROOTS OF THE MOVEMENT THAT FLOURISHED IN JUDEA.
  • 13:37 AND THEY'VE ACCEPTED AN ANTI-SEMITIC NARRATIVE, THAT IS,
  • 13:41 THAT IS THAT ALL THE JEWS REJECTED JESUS SO JESUS REJECTED ALL THE JEWS
  • 13:44 AND THEY'VE GONE ON DOWN THE ROAD AND JUST CHUCKED EVERYTHING JEWISH.
  • 13:48 THAT FRIENDS, IS VERY, VERY, VERY UNFORTUNATE.
  • 13:52 AND AS I'VE SAID, WHAT I'M GAME TO DO ISN'T CREATE SOMETHING NEW
  • 13:56 BUT RATHER TEACH THE THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN FORGOTTEN.
  • 14:01 WE'LL EXPLORE SOME MORE AS WE WORK THROUGH THIS SERIES CALLED "ASK THE PROFESSOR"
  • 14:06 AND WE TAKE A JEWISH LOOK AT THE GOSPEL OF JOHN.
  • 14:18 MY SUGGESTION...
  • 14:19 COME TO ISRAEL...
  • 14:20 YOU'LL ENJOY IT...
  • 14:21 THIS NINE - TEN DAY TRIP HAS TOTALLY REVOLUTIONIZED THE WAY I LOOK AT...
  • 14:26 THE PROFOUND MEANING AND THE HISTORY BEHIND EVERYTHING AND...
  • 14:29 WE'VE SEEN A LOT OF GREAT THINGS...
  • 14:31 WE'VE LEARNED SO MUCH...
  • 14:33 WHAT CAN BE MORE SPECIAL THAN COMING TO GOD'S LAND WITH GOD'S PEOPLE?
  • 14:36 IF YOU WANT TO FALL IN LOVE WITH ISRAEL AND GOD'S CHOSEN PEOPLE
  • 14:41 I INVITE YOU TO COME...
  • 14:42 YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.
  • 14:44 JOIN US IN ISRAEL FOR A TRIP OF A LIFETIME.
  • 14:49 WELL THAT'S ISRAEL.
  • 14:51 AND MANY, SAD TO SAY, WOULD PREFER THAT CHRISTIANS ABHOR ISRAEL.
  • 14:58 WE, HOWEVER, WANT YOU TO ADORE ISRAEL
  • 15:02 AND GO THERE WITH US
  • 15:03 AND TRACE, YOU'RE THE ONE TO HELP US DO THAT.
  • 15:07 THAT'S RIGHT.
  • 15:08 IT'S GREAT TO SEE YOU AGAIN.
  • 15:09 GOOD TO SEE YOU TOO.
  • 15:10 GLAD YOU'RE WITH US
  • 15:12 AND YOU'RE SO MUCH WITH EVERYONE EVERY STEP OF THE WAY THAT WANTS TO GO TO ISRAEL...YES?
  • 15:15 I AM...
  • 15:16 I'VE ACTUALLY LOVED COMING IN HERE
  • 15:17 BECAUSE THE FEEDBACK I GET FROM THE PASSENGERS,
  • 15:19 "OH, I SAW YOU ON TV TRACIE,"
  • 15:20 "I CANNOT WAIT TO GO TO ISRAEL WITH YOU."
  • 15:21 AND I FEEL LIKE OUR TOURS ARE LIKE A FAMILY.
  • 15:24 WE ACTUALLY ONLY ADVERTISE TO PEOPLE THAT WATCH OUR SHOW OR READ OUR NEWSLETTER
  • 15:28 SO THERE'S THE SAME HEART,
  • 15:30 THE SAME HEART OF THE PEOPLE,
  • 15:32 THEY COME AND THEY JUST REALLY EXPERIENCE YESHUA.
  • 15:35 THEY'VE WATCHED THE SHOW FOR YEARS
  • 15:36 AND NOW TO SEEING THEM COME ALIVE IN THE LAND...
  • 15:39 IT'S JUST UNSPEAKABLE.
  • 15:41 JUST THE FEEDBACK I GET FROM PEOPLE THAT HAVE COME...
  • 15:43 THEY LOVE IT.
  • 15:44 IT'S INTERESTING TOO BECAUSE DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS...YOU KNOW,
  • 15:47 PENTECOSTAL, NON-PENTECOSTAL,
  • 15:50 DIFFERENT THEOLOGICAL PERSUASIONS
  • 15:52 BUT UNITED IN AN INTEREST OF IN GOING AND WALKING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS.
  • 15:56 ABSOLUTELY.
  • 15:58 SAD TO SAY, MANY CHURCHES AND DENOMINATIONS DON'T AFFORD INDIVIDUALS OPPORTUNITIES TO GO THERE
  • 16:03 CAUSE MANY COULD CARE LESS ABOUT ISRAEL.
  • 16:05 THEY WANT TO GO "FROM" ISRAEL NOT "TO" IT.
  • 16:08 THAT'S RIGHT.
  • 16:09 AND AS YOU KNOW I'VE WORKED IN MINISTRY MANY YEARS
  • 16:11 AND I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW THE SIGNIFICANCE OF GOING TO ISRAEL
  • 16:13 BUT ONCE YOU'RE THERE AND YOU GET BAPTIZED IN THE JORDAN RIVER
  • 16:16 AND YOU TOUCH THE WAILING WALL
  • 16:17 AND YOU WALK WHERE CHRIST WALKED,
  • 16:19 IT WILL JUST INCREASE YOUR INTIMACY WITH THE LORD SO MUCH.
  • 16:24 AND WHAT WE DO, AS YOU WELL KNOW DR. SEIF,
  • 16:25 IS WE ACTUALLY TAKE CARE OF ALL THE DETAILS.
  • 16:28 I'M IN THE OFFICE FULL TIME...
  • 16:30 I'M READY TO TALK TO YOU.
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  • 16:41 WE'VE ACTUALLY GOT OUR TOURS UP THROUGH 2011.
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  • 16:46 WE'VE ACTUALLY BEEN DOING THIS TOUR 28 YEARS.
  • 16:49 NEVER CANCELLED ONE TRIP.
  • 16:51 WE HAVE IT DOWN PAT SO THAT YOU CAN COME AND EXPERIENCE THE LORD.
  • 16:56 AND WE WANT PEOPLE TO COME.
  • 16:58 ABSOLUTELY.
  • 17:00 WE WANT YOU TO GO "TO" ISRAEL,
  • 17:02 NOT TURN AWAY "FROM" ISRAEL
  • 17:06 AS SEEMS SO MUCH THE CASE IN THE CHRISTIAN WORLD TODAY.
  • 17:10 WELL YOU'RE NOT LIKE THE AVERAGE CHRISTIAN PERSON IN THE WORLD
  • 17:14 IF YOU HAVE AN INTEREST IN WHAT WE'RE ALL ABOUT.
  • 17:17 LET ME TELL YOU HOW YOU CAN LEARN SOME MORE.
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  • 17:42 THE OFFER ON THIS PARTICULAR PROGRAM IS A BOOK
  • 17:46 WRITTEN BY THE LATE ZOLA LEVITT,
  • 17:48 "JESUS, THE JEW'S JEW".
  • 17:51 AND THIS HARKS TO OUR WANTING TO EXPLORE JESUS WITHIN THE CONTEXT
  • 17:55 OF HIS CULTURE AND IN THE CONTEXT OF HIS PEOPLE.
  • 18:00 WE HAVE A DVD SERIES ALONG WITH THAT AS WELL,
  • 18:03 "JESUS THE JEW'S JEW",
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  • 18:14 AS WE MOVE ON NOW I WANT YOU TO LOOK AT ANOTHER BOOK,
  • 18:18 NOT "JESUS THE JEW'S JEW",
  • 18:20 BUT A BOOK WHERE JESUS IS LIVING AND FUNCTIONING AS A JEW,
  • 18:24 THE GOSPEL OF JOHN PARTICULARLY.
  • 18:28 THE REASON WHY I SAY "LIVING AND FUNCTIONING AS A JEW"
  • 18:31 IS BECAUSE JESUS KEPT JEWISH FEASTS.
  • 18:37 PEOPLE HAVE COME UP TO ME AND SAID,
  • 18:39 "WELL BROTHER SEIF HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A CONVERTED JEW?"
  • 18:42 AND I LIKE TO TELL THEM,
  • 18:44 "I'M NOT A CONVERTED JEW, I'M A CONVERTED SINNER."
  • 18:46 IT'S NOT A SIN TO BE A JEW.
  • 18:50 DID THEY COME UP TO JESUS AND SAY, "HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A CONVERTED JEW?"
  • 18:54 HE WOULD HAVE SAID, "EXCUSE ME?"
  • 18:56 JESUS LIVED AND FUNCTIONED AS A JEW
  • 18:59 AND AS HE DIED HE HAD A SIGN OVER HIM,
  • 19:01 "THE KING OF THE JEWS",
  • 19:03 THE BEST KITTY IN THE LITTER, IF YOU WILL,
  • 19:05 IS THE WAY THEY POSITIONED HIM.
  • 19:08 NOW, IN THE 7TH CHAPTER OF THE GOSPEL OF JOHN, JESUS EXPRESSED INTEREST IN KEEPING A FEAST.
  • 19:16 MY QUESTION IS,
  • 19:17 "WHAT OLD TESTAMENT FEAST?"
  • 19:21 PASSOVER?
  • 19:24 UNLEAVENED BREAD?
  • 19:27 FIRST FRUITS?
  • 19:29 OR, TABERNACLES?
  • 19:33 ENQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW.
  • 19:36 WHAT'S THE ANSWER?
  • 19:38 IF YOU LOOK IN JOHN CHAPTER 7,
  • 19:40 IF YOU'LL LOOK AT VERSE 2, WE'RE TOLD,
  • 19:49 AND THIS WAS THE BACKDROP WITHIN WHICH JESUS OPERATED
  • 19:53 AS HE MADE HIS WAY TO JERUSALEM TO KEEP THE FEAST.
  • 19:59 JESUS WAS TORAH COMPLIANT.
  • 20:02 WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THAT?
  • 20:04 AND AS I MENTION FEASTS...
  • 20:06 PASSOVER, UNLEAVENED BREAD,
  • 20:09 FIRST FRUITS,
  • 20:10 AND THEN TABERNACLES,
  • 20:12 LET ME ASK YOU A QUESTION.
  • 20:13 DO YOU KNOW WHAT THESE FEASTS ARE ALL ABOUT?
  • 20:17 IT'S A QUESTION FOR YOU
  • 20:19 BECAUSE WHEN CHRISTIANS THINK OF FEASTS WE THINK OF CHRISTMAS, AND EASTER.
  • 20:24 AND I'M NOT ALL ABOUT DISRESPECTING CHRISTMAS AND EASTER
  • 20:27 BUT I DO WANT TO INFORM
  • 20:28 THAT NO WHERE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT
  • 20:31 ARE WE ASKED TO GATHER TOGETHER AROUND THOSE EVENTS AND CELEBRATE THEM.
  • 20:35 IN THE HEBREW BIBLE, HOWEVER,
  • 20:37 JEWISH PEOPLE ARE ASKED TO CELEBRATE CERTAIN FEASTS.
  • 20:40 AND JESUS AS A JEW WHO'S LIVING AND WORKING WITHIN THE JEWISH MILIEU,
  • 20:45 HE DOES JUST THAT.
  • 20:50 IN JOHN CHAPTER 7, VERSE 38,
  • 20:55 IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE TABERNACLE CELEBRATION
  • 20:59 JESUS SAYS, AND I QUOTE,
  • 21:14 THIS IN PART IS BEST CONSTRUED
  • 21:17 WITH AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE JEWISH CELEBRATION OF TABERNACLES.
  • 21:21 THE GREAT DAY OF THE FEAST,
  • 21:23 THE LAST DAY,
  • 21:24 IS HIGHLIGHTED BY THE "KOHEN GADOL",
  • 21:27 THE "HIGH PRIEST" GOING DOWN TO THE KIDRON GETTING WATER
  • 21:31 AND TAKING IT AND POURING IT OUT ON THE ALTAR.
  • 21:34 THIS FANTASTIC PROCESSIONAL DURING TABERNACLES,
  • 21:38 AGAIN AT THE VERY END,
  • 21:40 WHERE THE HIGH PRIEST LEADS THE PARADE TO GO POUR OUT THE WATER...
  • 21:43 AND I CAN JUST HEAR YESHUA IN THE CROWD AS ITS ALL BEING TRANSACTED SAYING,
  • 21:48 "HEY, YOU'RE INTERESTED IN WATER?"
  • 21:51 "COME AND TALK TO ME."
  • 21:54 MY QUESTION IS WHEN HE SAYS,
  • 21:57 "HE WHO BELIEVES IN ME, AS THE SCRIPTURE HAS SAID,"
  • 22:02 "OUT OF HIS HEART WILL FLOW RIVERS OF LIVING WATER...
  • 22:05 WHAT SCRIPTURE IS HE REFERRING TO?
  • 22:08 IS HE TALKING ABOUT THE TORAH?
  • 22:11 WHAT WE CALL THE PENTATEUCH, OR THE FIVE BOOKS OF MOSES.
  • 22:15 IS HE TALKING ABOUT ISAIAH?
  • 22:18 IS HE TALKING ABOUT THE PSALMS?
  • 22:22 WE FOLLOW HERE WITH A REFERENCE TO DAVID
  • 22:25 SO WE MIGHT THINK WHEN HE SAYS TO ME, "HE WHO BELIEVES IN ME AS THE SCRIPTURES SAY..."
  • 22:31 IS HE TALKING ABOUT MOSAIC LITERATURE?
  • 22:34 DAVIDIC LITERATURE?
  • 22:37 IS HE INTERESTED IN ISAIAH?
  • 22:38 COULD IT BE ALL OF THE ABOVE?
  • 22:41 PERSONALLY I WEIGH IN WITH ALL OF THE ABOVE.
  • 22:47 AND THE REASON WHY I DO IS THE HEBREW BIBLE IS JUST SO RICH IN POINTING TO THE COMING MESSIAH
  • 22:55 WITH THE PROMISE OF A PERSONAL TRANSFORMATION FOR THOSE WHO IN FACT COME.
  • 23:02 I'VE SAID THAT TO SAY THIS NOW,
  • 23:04 HOW ABOUT YOU?
  • 23:06 I LIKE TEACHING.
  • 23:08 I HOPE IT'S INFORMATIVE.
  • 23:10 BUT WHAT ABOUT A LITTLE TRANSFORMATION ON TOP?
  • 23:14 HIS SAYING, "HE WHO BELIEVES IN ME AS THE SCRIPTURE SAYS, OUT OF HIS HEART WILL FLOW RIVERS OF LIVING WATER"
  • 23:22 IS NOT JUST A PROMISE,
  • 23:24 IT'S A PROFOUND STATEMENT
  • 23:27 AND OH, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD I WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO BE PROFOUNDLY IMPACTED BY IT.
  • 23:33 WHY NOT OPEN UP THE BIBLE?
  • 23:35 WHY NOT OPEN UP THE HEART?
  • 23:37 WHY NOT MAKE THE DECISION TO ASK THE PROMISED ONE IN THE BIBLE INTO YOUR HEART?
  • 23:42 AND SEE HOW IT'LL BE THAT YOU YOURSELF WILL BE TRANSFORMED
  • 23:46 AND OUT OF YOUR LIFE WILL COME THIS WONDERFUL NEW BEGINNING.
  • 23:53 ♪PROMISED BY JEHOVAH♪
  • 23:57 ♪THROUGH HIS PROPHETS♪
  • 24:00 ♪HOW THEY WEPT FOR YOU♪
  • 24:03 ♪MY ISRAEL♪
  • 24:06 ♪ISRAEL♪
  • 24:09 ...ISRAEL♪
  • 24:15 ♪IN THAT DAY♪
  • 24:16 ♪THE LORD WILL COME♪
  • 24:17 ♪AND ALL WILL BOW♪
  • 24:20 ♪BEFORE THE THRONE♪
  • 24:22 ♪OF HE WHO IS THE KING.♪
  • 24:28 ♪ISRAEL THE PROMISED LAND♪
  • 24:31 ♪WILL SEE HIS KINGDOM COME.♪
  • 24:39 ♪(ORCHESTRA PLAYING)♪
  • 25:18 ♪IN THAT DAY♪
  • 25:19 ♪THE LORD WILL COME♪
  • 25:21 ♪AND ALL WILL BOW♪
  • 25:23 ♪BEFORE THE THRONE♪
  • 25:26 ♪OF HE WHO IS THE KING.♪
  • 25:31 ♪ISRAEL THE PROMISED LAND♪
  • 25:34 ♪WILL SEE HIS KINGDOM...
  • 25:38 ♪COME !♪
  • 25:57 BEEN A SCHOOL TEACHER FOR 21 YEARS.
  • 26:01 IN THE PROCESS OF BEING A BIBLE COLLEGE PROF'
  • 26:03 I CAN ALWAYS LOOK AT THE STUDENTS.
  • 26:06 OF COURSE I CAN'T SEE YOU.
  • 26:09 THE REASON WHY I KNOW YOU'RE THERE
  • 26:10 IS BECAUSE YOU WRITE ME AND TELL ME
  • 26:13 AND I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR DOING THAT.
  • 26:16 YOU SHOW YOU'RE THERE AS WELL THROUGH YOUR FINANCIAL GIFTS TO THE MINISTRY
  • 26:20 AND I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THAT.
  • 26:21 I WANT TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO SEND YOUR QUESTIONS MY WAY AS WELL.
  • 26:26 YOU CAN GET TO ME THROUGH OUR WEBSITE.
  • 26:28 YOU CAN WRITE A LETTER.
  • 26:29 ALL THAT INFORMATION'S COMING.
  • 26:31 I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR CARING ABOUT ALL THIS
  • 26:33 BECAUSE SO MANY PEOPLE DON'T.
  • 26:36 I'M SO MUCH ABOUT WANTING PEOPLE TO SEE THE JEWISH ROOTS OF THE FAITH
  • 26:39 AND I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONCERNS IN THAT REGARD.
  • 26:42 AS YOU GO NOW,
  • 26:43 TILL NEXT WEEK,
  • 26:45 SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM
  • 26:47 PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM

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  2. Jesus and the Feasts
  3. The Good Shepherd
  4. His Last Days

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