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Episode: “His Last Days”
Dr. Jeffrey Seif concludes this mini-series from John’s Gospel with a closer look at the crucifixion and the last days of the Messiah on earth.
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.

Caption transcript for Ask The Professor: Insights on the Gospel of John — “His Last Days” (4/4)

  • 00:30 HEARTY SHALOM TO ALL OF YOU.
  • 00:32 JEFFREY SEIF HERE
  • 00:34 AND I AM PLEASED TO WELCOME YOU
  • 00:36 TO THE FORTH OF A FOUR PART SERIES WITH ZOLA LEVITT PRESENTS
  • 00:41 CALLED "ASK THE PROFESSOR".
  • 00:44 WE NAMED IT THAT
  • 00:45 BECAUSE I AM THAT.
  • 00:48 BEFORE I EVER FELL BACKWARDS INTO TELEVISION
  • 00:51 I WAS MOVING FORWARD AS A BIBLE COLLEGE AND SEMINARY INSTRUCTOR
  • 00:56 ALL ABOUT TEACHING THE BIBLE
  • 00:58 AND TEACHING IT FROM A JEWISH PERSPECTIVE.
  • 01:02 THIS GETS ME TO THE STORY OF TODAY.
  • 01:07 WE'RE LOOKING AT THE GOSPEL OF JOHN.
  • 01:09 WE'RE TRYING TO EXPLORE JESUS.
  • 01:12 IN THE 12TH CHAPTER OF THE GOSPEL OF JOHN,
  • 01:16 YESHUA MAKES HIS TRIUMPHAL ENTRY INTO THE CITY OF YERUSHALAYIM, JERUSALEM.
  • 01:24 TRUE OR FALSE?
  • 01:27 SEE IF YOU KNOW.
  • 01:29 JESUS WAS POPULARLY RECEIVED BY JUDEANS WHEN HE ENTERED JERUSALEM.
  • 01:37 TRUE OR FALSE?
  • 01:41 I LIKE TO ALIGHT UPON THAT
  • 01:43 BECAUSE MOST PEOPLE THINK THAT JESUS WAS REJECTED BY THE JEWS
  • 01:49 SO JESUS TURNED AROUND AND REJECTED THE JEWS.
  • 01:53 THAT'S POPULAR SENTIMENT IN MANY CHRISTIAN PULPITS...
  • 01:58 "WELL THE JEWS REJECTED JESUS."
  • 02:00 POPULAR AS THE NOTION IS, UNFORTUNATELY, ITS JUST NOT BORN OUT BY THE BIBLICAL TEXT.
  • 02:08 WE'RE TOLD IN JOHN CHAPTER 12, VERSE 12,
  • 02:26 "HOSHANA" OR "HOSANNA",
  • 02:29 "LORD SAVE US".
  • 02:31 AND THEN SAID,
  • 02:32 "BARUCH HABA HA SHEM ADONAI",
  • 02:35 "BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES"
  • 02:37 "IN THE NAME OF THE LORD",
  • 02:39 "MELECH YISRAEL", "THE KING OF ISRAEL".
  • 02:43 I MEAN THE CROWDS ARE FLOCKING.
  • 02:47 WHERE DO PEOPLE GET THE IDEA THAT ALL THE JEWS SETS THUMBS DOWN ON JESUS?
  • 02:51 IT'S NOT FOUND IN THE STORY.
  • 02:54 BUT RATHER IT'S FOUND IN THE GORY TRUTH THAT PEOPLE JUST HATE JEWS.
  • 03:01 JESUS DIDN'T HATE JEWS,
  • 03:02 HE CAME TO US.
  • 03:04 AND JEWS DIDN'T HATE JESUS,
  • 03:06 THEY CAME TO HIM.
  • 03:07 WHAT A STORY.
  • 03:10 WE WORK OUR WAY THROUGH THE STORY, THE 13TH CHAPTER
  • 03:14 WHERE YESHUA NOW HAS MADE HIS WAY INTO JERUSALEM
  • 03:17 THAT FINAL WEEK CALLED "PASSION WEEK"
  • 03:19 AND HE SITS DOWN AND HE CELEBRATES WHAT'S CALLED "THE LAST SUPPER"
  • 03:26 MADE POPULAR IN CHRISTIAN CONSCIOUSNESS WITH DA VINCI'S PICTURE OF THE LAST SUPPER.
  • 03:33 IT'S BEEN THE OBJECTS OF SOME BOOKS, MOST RECENTLY IN FACT.
  • 03:36 WHAT'S REALLY HAPPENING THERE IN DA VINCI'S "LAST SUPPER"?...
  • 03:39 YOU KNOW, THE DA VINCI CODE AND ALL THAT STUFF.
  • 03:42 NOW NEVER MIND THE POPULAR PICTURE,
  • 03:45 I'M INTERESTED IN WHAT KIND OF PICTURE WE GET FROM THE BIBLE.
  • 03:51 HERE'S MY QUESTION.
  • 03:52 WHEN YESHUA CELEBRATED THE LAST SUPPER
  • 03:56 HE WAS PARTICIPATING, OR HE WAS DOING IT IN CONJUNCTION WITH WHAT JEWISH FESTIVAL MEAL?
  • 04:08 IT'S MY QUESTION.
  • 04:11 WAS IT A THANKSGIVING MEAL?
  • 04:15 WAS IT A HANUKKAH FEAST?
  • 04:20 IS JESUS WORKING WITH "THE DAY OF ATONEMENT",
  • 04:24 A CELEBRATION MEAL THERE?
  • 04:27 OR ARE WE TO CONSTRUE THIS STORY
  • 04:29 IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE PASSOVER?
  • 04:33 WELL, FIRST OF ALL "THE DAY OF ATONEMENT" IS NOT A FESTIVAL MEAL;
  • 04:38 IT'S THE SEASON THAT'S MARKED BY NO EATING.
  • 04:41 THANKSGIVING OF COURSE IS A SECULAR HOLIDAY...
  • 04:44 THERE'S RELIGIOUS UNDERPINNINGS REMEMBERING THAT...
  • 04:47 FOR GOD GIVING US THE LAND AND THE BOUNTY AS EVIDENCED BY THE EATING OF SPECIAL FOODS.
  • 04:53 THE JEWISH BIBLE HAS ITS OWN THANKSGIVING FEAST..."SUKKOTH".
  • 04:58 "HANUKKAH" CELEBRATES THE DEDICATION.
  • 05:01 NO, IF YOU LOOK AT THE "LAST SUPPER" STORY HERE
  • 05:04 IT'S PLAYED OUT AGAINST THE BACKDROP OF THE JEWISH PASSOVER
  • 05:09 AND WHAT A STORY IT IS.
  • 05:10 I HAVE SOME PARAPHERNALIA HERE.
  • 05:12 JEWISH PEOPLE EAT UNLEAVENED BREAD AT THE PASSOVER.
  • 05:16 AND IF YOU LOOK AT THIS BREAD
  • 05:18 ITS INTERESTING TO ME THAT IT'S BOTH STRIPED AND PIERCED.
  • 05:22 AND WHEN HE SAYS, "TAKE, EAT, THIS IS MY BODY"....
  • 05:25 I MEAN JUST LOOKING AT PASSOVER BREAD HELPS YOU UNDERSTAND THAT.
  • 05:28 SIMILARLY THERE'S ALL KINDS OF WINE THE JEWISH PEOPLE DRINK AT HOLIDAYS.
  • 05:34 AND I SHOULD SAY THAT KOSHER WINE FOR PASSOVER HAS MORE ALCOHOL IN IT THAN REGULAR WINE,
  • 05:39 WHICH LETS YOU KNOW WHY A LOT OF JEWS LOOK FORWARD TO THE FEAST...BUT NOT ME.
  • 05:43 IN ANY CASE, WINE IS IMPORTANT.
  • 05:45 THE FRUIT OF THE VINE.
  • 05:47 TAKE IT HOWEVER YOU WANT IT.
  • 05:49 IT'S ALL PART OF THE PASSOVER MEAL.
  • 05:51 IF YOU LOOK IN THE 13TH CHAPTER
  • 05:54 OF THE GOSPEL OF JOHN,
  • 05:55 THE "FEAST OF PASSOVER"
  • 05:56 IS NOTED.
  • 05:58 AND I THINK IT'S FASCINATING BY THE WAY THAT YESHUA GOES OUT WITH THE PASSOVER STORY
  • 06:02 BECAUSE HE MADE HIS ENTRANCE WITH THE PASSOVER STORY
  • 06:06 AS I REFERENCED IN A PREVIOUS PROGRAM IN THIS SERIES.
  • 06:09 IF YOU LOOK AT THE LORD, HE GOES INTO JERUSALEM AS A CHILD WITH HIS FAMILY TO CELEBRATE PASSOVER
  • 06:15 AND THE FAMILY LEAVES.
  • 06:17 AND IT'S DURING THAT SEASON WHEN JESUS FIRST ARTICULATES,
  • 06:19 "I MUST BE ABOUT MY FATHER'S BUSINESS".
  • 06:22 WELL IN THIS PARTICULAR SEGMENT HERE IN THE 13TH CHAPTER,
  • 06:25 JESUS IS CELEBRATING EXACTLY WHAT THAT BUSINESS IS....
  • 06:28 HIS GIVING HIS LIFE FOR PEOPLE LIKE ME AND YOU.
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  • 07:17 IN THE JOHANNINE GOSPEL, THE 14TH CHAPTER, THE 18TH VERSE, THE LORD SAYS,
  • 07:25 MAYBE IT'S THE SEASON IN LIFE THAT I'M IN
  • 07:29 LOOKING AT 55 AND BEYOND NOW,
  • 07:32 I REALIZE I WON'T BE HERE FOREVER.
  • 07:34 AND I'VE ALREADY STARTED
  • 07:36 TO SET IN MOTION
  • 07:38 MY OWN INEVITABLE DEMISE WITH MY BOYS
  • 07:41 TO PREPARE THEM FOR LIFE WITHOUT THEIR DAD...
  • 07:43 WE'RE A PRETTY CLOSE FAMILY.
  • 07:45 I DON'T WANT TO GET MOROSE HERE.
  • 07:47 THIS IS THE LAST SUPPER AND THE LORD SAYS,
  • 07:49 "LISTEN, I'M HEADIN OUT."
  • 07:51 BEFORE HE DID SO HE TOLD THEM IN VERSE 17, RELATIVE TO THE HOLY SPIRIT WHOM HE WOULD SEND,
  • 07:58 HE SAYS,
  • 08:04 SO THERE'S THE PROMISE WHILE HE'S CHECKING OUT,
  • 08:07 THERE'S ANOTHER PERSONALITY THAT WILL BE CHECKING IN.
  • 08:11 HERE'S MY QUESTION MINDFUL OF THAT.
  • 08:14 TRUE OR FALSE?
  • 08:16 WITH THE COMING SPIRIT IN VIEW,
  • 08:19 QUESTION, TRUE OR FALSE?
  • 08:21 THE SPIRIT'S COMING WAS CLEARLY ENVISIONED IN THE OLD TESTAMENT.
  • 08:27 TRUE OR FALSE?
  • 08:29 WHAT SAY YOU?
  • 08:32 HERE THE LORD IS SAYING,
  • 08:33 "I'M GOING TO SEND THE SPIRIT."
  • 08:35 IS THIS THE FIRST TIME THE JEWS HEARD IT?
  • 08:37 OR WAS IT PRESAGED MANY YEARS BEFOREHAND?
  • 08:41 THAT'S THE QUESTION.
  • 08:44 WHAT'S THE ANSWER?
  • 08:46 THE ANSWER IS THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT'S COMING WAS CLEARLY ENVISIONED IN THE OLD TESTAMENT.
  • 08:54 IN FACT, ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST, AS YOU MIGHT RECALL,
  • 08:57 WHAT WE CALL "PENTECOST",
  • 08:59 CEPHAS...PETER, GETS UP AND SAYS THIS EXPERIENCE OF RECEIVING THE HOLY SPIRIT
  • 09:05 AND SPEAKING WITH SPECIAL LANGUAGE BACK THEN,
  • 09:08 THIS FULFILLS WHAT WAS SPOKEN OF BY THE PROPHET JOEL,
  • 09:12 WHO IN CHAPTER 2, VERSE 28, SAYS, AND I QUOTE,
  • 09:22 FLESH..."BASAR"
  • 09:25 ALL FLESH...
  • 09:26 NOT JUST JEWISH FLESH...
  • 09:46 THE SPIRIT'S BEEN AROUND FOR A LONG TIME IN THE BIBLICAL WORLD
  • 09:49 GOING BACK TO THE VERY FIRST BREATH WHERE WHEN GOD IS CREATING
  • 09:54 WE'RE TOLD THE SPIRIT OF GOD IS MOVING OVER THE FACE OF THE WATERS.
  • 09:58 AND INASMUCH AS THE LORD'S SPIRIT IS INVOLVED IN THE FIRST CREATION,
  • 10:02 WHEN WE'RE RECREATED,
  • 10:04 WHEN WE'RE BORN ANEW,
  • 10:06 WHEN WE BLOW OFF OUR SINFUL PAST AND BECOME NEW FRESH, CLEANED UP CHILDREN OF GOD,
  • 10:10 THE HOLY SPIRIT IS THERE AND AFTERWARDS AS WELL TO HELP GUIDE US INTO ALL THE TRUTH.
  • 10:18 THERE'S TRUTH AND THERE'S THIS THING CALLED "DECEPTION".
  • 10:23 WHAT HAPPENS IS YESHUA FINISHES THE LAST SUPPER AND THEN HE GOES OUT TO A PLACE CALLED GETHSEMANE
  • 10:30 WHERE HE'S GOING TO GO TO PRAY.
  • 10:34 AND WE'RE TOLD THAT YESHUA IS GOING TO BE ARRESTED THEN.
  • 10:40 RELATIVE TO HIS ARREST
  • 10:43 LET ME ASK YOU THIS.
  • 10:45 TRUE OR FALSE?
  • 10:47 JESUS' POPULARITY WAS SO GREAT
  • 10:51 THAT THEY NEEDED TO SNEAK HIS ARREST IN AT NIGHT TO AVOID BEING SEEN.
  • 10:58 TRUE OR FALSE?
  • 11:01 FIRST OF ALL LET ME...
  • 11:03 I DON'T WANT TO SAY APOLOGIZE...
  • 11:05 BUT LET ME JUST BACK UP FROM THE QUESTION.
  • 11:07 IT SEEMS A REALLY INSIGNIFICANT QUESTION AT ONE LEVEL,
  • 11:10 BUT TO ME THE QUESTION IS PROFOUNDLY IMPORTANT
  • 11:14 BECAUSE IF ONE'S WORKING WITH A CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK,
  • 11:17 "ALL THE JEWS REJECTED JESUS AND THAT'S WHY THE JEWS ARE UNDER A BLANKET CONDEMNATION"....
  • 11:22 "THEN THEY WENT TO ARREST JESUS AND THAT'S THAT."
  • 11:25 YOU LOOK AT THE GOSPEL RECORD, HOWEVER, WE SEE A DIFFERENT STORY.
  • 11:28 WE'RE TOLD WHEN THEY CAME TO ARREST JESUS IN JOHN CHAPTER 18, VERSE 3 AND 4 AND ON,
  • 11:37 WE'RE TOLD,
  • 11:51 ONE CAN EXPECT POLICE OR MILITARY TO COME WITH WEAPONS,
  • 11:54 BUT THE REASON WHY WHEN THEY CAME TO ARREST THE LORD THEY CAME WITH TORCHES AND LANTERNS
  • 12:00 WAS BECAUSE THEY ARRESTED JESUS IN THE WEE HOURS OF THE MORNING.
  • 12:04 AND THE REASON WHY THEY ARRESTED JESUS IN THE WEE HOURS IN THE MORNING
  • 12:08 IS BECAUSE THEY COULDN'T ARREST HIM DURING THE DAY.
  • 12:11 AND THE REASON WHY THEY COULDN'T ARREST HIM DURING THE DAY WAS BECAUSE JEWS LOVED HIM.
  • 12:20 WE CONSIDERED PREVIOUSLY HOW WHEN THE LORD MADE HIS WAY INTO JERUSALEM
  • 12:25 THEY FILLED THE STREETS.
  • 12:28 THERE WAS BARELY ENOUGH ROOM,
  • 12:30 BARELY ENOUGH OXYGEN...
  • 12:32 THERE'S THIS ENTHUSIASM...
  • 12:34 "HOSANNA!LORD SAVE!"
  • 12:38 IN FACT WE'RE TOLD THAT THE REASON WHY IN THEIR MIND
  • 12:42 "SOME" OF THE RELIGIOUS LEADERS ARE BENT ON DESTROYING JESUS...
  • 12:46 NOT ALL.
  • 12:48 WE CONSIDERED EARLIER IN THIS SERIES HOW NICODEMUS,
  • 12:50 A RULER OF THE JEWS, CAME AND SAID THAT HE AND THEY, SOME OF THEM, BELIEVED IN HIM, ETC.
  • 12:56 BUT THERE'S A CONSPIRACY AMONG SOME TO RID THE WORLD OF JESUS.
  • 13:00 THIS WANTING TO RID THE WORLD OF JESUS WAS PRECIPITATED BY THE RAISING OF LAZARUS
  • 13:06 IN RESPONSE TO WHICH SOME OF THE LEADERS SAID, "LISTEN, WE GOT TO DO SOMETHING..."
  • 13:09 "THE WHOLE JEWISH WORLD'S GOING TO GO AFTER HIM IF WE DON'T NIP THIS THING IN THE BUD."
  • 13:14 SEEMS TO ME THAT THE LORD WAS VERY, VERY, VERY POPULAR WITH JEWISH PEOPLE
  • 13:19 AND THIS INVOKED THE IRE OF SOME OF THE RELIGIOUS ELITE THAT FELT THAT THEY WERE BEING SIDELINED
  • 13:24 WITH JESUS BEING THE NEW PRIMA BALLERINA IN THE RELIGIOUS BALLET.
  • 13:29 I'M SURE THERE'S ANOTHER WAY TO SAY THAT BUT THE POINT IS,
  • 13:32 IS THEY WERE JEALOUS AND BENT ON HIS DEMISE
  • 13:36 SO THEY DON'T LOSE THEIR OWN POSITION.
  • 13:38 THIS VISION IT SEEMS TO ME IS MARKEDLY DIFFERENT THAN WHAT'S OFTEN TAUGHT.
  • 13:43 JOHN IS MADE TO SOUND ANTI-SEMITIC AS A BOOK
  • 13:46 THAT CATEGORICALLY CONDEMNS THE JEWISH PEOPLE
  • 13:49 BUT A CAREFUL READING OF THE JOHANNINE STORY SPEAKS OF A DIFFERENT STORY ALL TOGETHER.
  • 13:55 WE SEE GOD'S LOVE FOR THE JEWS
  • 13:57 AND WE EVEN SEE JEWISH LOVE FOR THE PERSON OF JESUS.
  • 14:09 MY SUGGESTION...
  • 14:10 COME TO ISRAEL...
  • 14:11 YOU'LL ENJOY IT...
  • 14:13 THIS NINE - TEN DAY TRIP HAS TOTALLY REVOLUTIONIZED THE WAY I LOOK AT...
  • 14:18 THE PROFOUND MEANING AND THE HISTORY BEHIND EVERYTHING AND...
  • 14:21 WE'VE SEEN A LOT OF GREAT THINGS...
  • 14:23 WE'VE LEARNED SO MUCH...
  • 14:24 WHAT CAN BE MORE SPECIAL THAN COMING TO GOD'S LAND WITH GOD'S PEOPLE?
  • 14:28 IF YOU WANT TO FALL IN LOVE WITH ISRAEL AND GOD'S CHOSEN PEOPLE
  • 14:32 I INVITE YOU TO COME...
  • 14:34 YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.
  • 14:36 JOIN US IN ISRAEL FOR A TRIP OF A LIFETIME.
  • 14:41 I WANT YOU TO READ THE BIBLE...
  • 14:43 YES I DO...
  • 14:44 AND I'D LOVE FOR YOU TO WALK INTO THE PAGES OF THE BIBLE
  • 14:49 AND BE TRANSFORMED TOO.
  • 14:52 THE WORD "TRANSFORMATION" COMES FROM THE WORD "METAMORPHE",
  • 14:56 "METAMORPHOSIS".
  • 14:57 "META" MEANS "CHANGE".
  • 14:59 "MORPHE" MEANS "FORM".
  • 15:01 PEOPLE CAN REALLY CHANGE INTERNALLY BY EXPERIENCING JESUS IN THE LAND.
  • 15:06 CORRECT TRACE?
  • 15:07 THAT IS A GREAT ANALOGY DR. SEIF.
  • 15:09 I CAN SAY THAT BECAUSE I'VE EXPERIENCED IT PERSONALLY.
  • 15:12 YOU'VE BEEN OVER TO ISRAEL MANY TIMES.
  • 15:14 I'VE BEEN THREE TIMES SO FAR.
  • 15:16 AND THERE IS AN INTERNAL CHANGE
  • 15:18 THAT YOU ABSOLUTELY CANNOT EXPECT
  • 15:20 BUT THAT DOES OCCUR
  • 15:21 WHEN YOU TOUCH THE WAILING WALL,
  • 15:23 YOU GET BAPTIZED IN THE JORDAN RIVER.
  • 15:25 I THINK THAT THIS TRIP EXCEEDS OUR PASSENGER'S EXPECTATIONS WHICH REALLY EXCITES ME.
  • 15:30 YES, BECAUSE MOST OF THE TIME WE'RE NOT VERY SATISFIED WHEN WE ENGAGE IN DIFFERENT VENUES.
  • 15:35 BUT IT'S HARD TO MESS UP A TRIP TO ISRAEL.
  • 15:38 WELL WHAT'S NEAT IS...
  • 15:40 GOING TO THE HOLY LAND WILL ALWAYS BE AMAZING
  • 15:42 BUT WE ACTUALLY TRY TO TAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL
  • 15:45 BY COORDINATING ALL THE LOGISTICS.
  • 15:47 I'M IN THE OFFICE FULL TIME EACH DAY.
  • 15:49 I ACTUALLY AM REALLY LIKE EACH PASSENGER'S PERSONAL TRAVEL AGENT.
  • 15:52 I HANDLE ALL THE DETAILS UP FRONT BEFORE THE TRIP.
  • 15:55 WE HAVE 7 OR 8 FULL TIME PEOPLE ON THE GROUND AND IN THE BUSES DURING THE TRIP.
  • 16:00 WE ACTUALLY HAVE MADE REGISTRATION EASIER THAN EVER,
  • 16:03 GETTING THE INFORMATION
  • 16:04 EASIER THAN EVER.
  • 16:05 GO TO OUR WEBSITE
  • 16:06 LEVITT.COM
  • 16:07 THEY CAN EVEN
  • 16:08 REGISTER ON LINE.
  • 16:09 WE TAKE CARE OF
  • 16:10 ALL THE DETAILS
  • 16:11 SO THAT THEY CAN TRULY
  • 16:12 SPEND THEIR TIME
  • 16:14 THINKING ABOUT THE LORD
  • 16:15 AND EXPERIENCING HIM.
  • 16:16 IT REMINDS ME TOO,
  • 16:17 A LOT OF TIMES FROM A TRAVEL PERSPECTIVE,
  • 16:19 THE TRAVEL AGENT'S JOB IS OVER ONCE THEY GET TO ISRAEL.
  • 16:22 BUT YOUR JOB ISN'T OVER UNTIL THEY COME BACK TO THE STATES,
  • 16:26 CAUSE YOU WALK THEM THROUGH
  • 16:27 THAT FIRST PHONE CALL
  • 16:28 1-800-WONDERS,
  • 16:30 THEY'RE GOING TO
  • 16:30 EXPERIENCE YOU
  • 16:31 AND YOU'RE GOING TO
  • 16:32 GREET THEM HERE
  • 16:34 AND MEET THEM THERE
  • 16:35 AND WALK WITH THEM...
  • 16:36 ME, YOU...MY WIFE
  • 16:38 ATTENDS SOME OF THE TRIPS WHERE
  • 16:39 WE'RE REALLY GUIDING PEOPLE
  • 16:41 BECAUSE ITS ANOTHER
  • 16:42 PART OF THE WORLD,
  • 16:43 NOT EVERYBODY KNOWS HOW TO GO AND WHAT TO DO.
  • 16:45 IT IS AND AS YOU'VE POINTED OUT BEFORE
  • 16:46 IS OUR GUIDES ARE MESSIANIC JEWS,
  • 16:49 YOU'RE A MESSIANIC JEW,
  • 16:50 THE BIBLE IS TOLD FROM A JEWISH PERSPECTIVE.
  • 16:53 THE PEOPLE THAT WATCH OUR SHOWS,
  • 16:55 OF COURSE, ARE CHRISTIANS MOSTLY,
  • 16:57 BUT THEY'RE REALLY WANTING TO KNOW ABOUT THEIR HERITAGE,
  • 16:59 THEY'RE WANTING TO KNOW ABOUT THEIR JEWISH ROOTS
  • 17:01 AND THAT ALL COMES ALIVE.
  • 17:02 WE'VE BEEN DOING THE TOUR FOR 28 YEARS,
  • 17:04 NEVER CANCELLED ONE TOUR;
  • 17:06 IT'S A GUARANTEED DEPARTURE TOUR.
  • 17:08 YOU COME WITH US,
  • 17:09 WE WILL GO AND WE WILL HOLD YOUR HAND EVERY STEP OF THE WAY.
  • 17:12 YES AND WE CERTAINLY WANT PEOPLE TO DO THAT.
  • 17:16 A LOT OF YOU ARE CHRISTIAN LIKE TRACIE SAID.
  • 17:19 I KNOW I GET LETTERS FROM JEWISH PEOPLE WHO DON'T BELIEVE IN JESUS,
  • 17:22 I GET LETTERS FROM MUSLIM PEOPLE WHO DON'T BELIEVE IN JESUS
  • 17:25 AND DON'T BELIEVE IN US
  • 17:27 AND I GET LETTERS FROM SECULAR MINDED PEOPLE.
  • 17:30 I TELL YA, I'M JUST GLAD TO GET LETTERS.
  • 17:33 YOU CAN WRITE US.
  • 17:34 YOU'LL SEE OUR POST OFFICE BOX
  • 17:36 COME UP ON THE SCREEN.
  • 17:38 YOU CAN VISIT US AT
  • 17:39 WWW.LEVITT.COM
  • 17:42 AND LET US KNOW
  • 17:43 THAT YOU LOVE US....
  • 17:45 LET US KNOW THAT YOU HATE US.
  • 17:47 AND WE'LL GIVE YOU REASON TO DO BOTH BECAUSE OUR MAGAZINE IS PROVOCATIVE.
  • 17:52 WE'RE NOT TRYING TO BE POLITICALLY CORRECT
  • 17:55 AND YOU'LL SEE WHAT I MEAN WHEN YOU GET OUR MAGAZINE.
  • 17:57 IT'S YOURS FOR THE ASKING.
  • 17:59 YOU CAN CALL 1-800-WONDERS
  • 18:00 AND ASK FOR TRACIE
  • 18:02 AND SHE WILL GUIDE YOU
  • 18:03 TO AND THROUGH ISRAEL.
  • 18:05 I'M A PROFESSOR KIND OF GUIDE.
  • 18:08 I'M ALL ABOUT GUIDING YOU TO AND THROUGH INFORMATION,
  • 18:10 BIBLICAL INFORMATION.
  • 18:12 THE OFFER ON THIS PROGRAM
  • 18:14 IS A TEACHING SERIES CALLED
  • 18:16 "DISCOVERING OUR JEWISH ROOTS".
  • 18:21 TRUTH BE KNOWN,
  • 18:22 THIS PROGRAM ITSELF, THIS SERIES
  • 18:24 IS ALL ABOUT TEACHING
  • 18:25 ON JEWISH ROOTS
  • 18:27 BUT WE'VE GOT MORE OF IT LINED UP FOR YOU.
  • 18:29 IF YOU'RE INTERESTED,
  • 18:30 DO THINK ABOUT ACQUIRING THIS.
  • 18:33 SPEAK OF ACQUIRING,
  • 18:35 LET'S OPEN UP OUR BIBLE NOW
  • 18:36 TO THE GOSPEL OF JOHN
  • 18:38 AND SEE WHAT WE CAN ACQUIRE
  • 18:39 AS WE FINISH UP ON THIS PARTICULAR SERIES.
  • 18:42 SPEAKING OF FINISHING UP,
  • 18:46 THE LORD FINISHES UP;
  • 18:48 HE HAS SPENT THE BETTER PART OF THIRTY-THREE YEARS IN THIS EARTH SUIT.
  • 18:52 THE REASON WHY I SAY THAT IS
  • 18:54 NEVER MIND THE END OF THE JOHANNINE GOSPEL,
  • 18:56 AT THE BEGINNING WE'RE TOLD
  • 18:58 THAT JESUS WAS WITH GOD IN THE BEGINNING...
  • 19:02 A CO-CREATOR... SOME OTHER EXISTENCE.
  • 19:04 BUT WE'RE TOLD THAT HE TOOK ON EARTHLY FORM AND WAS FOUND IN FLESH,
  • 19:09 HENCE THE TERM "INCARNATION".
  • 19:12 THE WORD "CARNE" MEANS "BEEF" OR "MEAT"
  • 19:15 AND THE LORD WAS "INCARNATED", HE TOOK ON FLESH.
  • 19:19 BUT IT WAS TIME FOR THIS FLESH TO GET ON DOWN THE ROAD.
  • 19:25 AND WE KNOW THAT HE ENDED WITH WHAT'S CALLED "CRUCIFIXION".
  • 19:29 I'M SURE IT WAS EXCRUCIATING,
  • 19:31 IN FACT, THE WORD "EXCRUCIATE" COMES FROM THE LATIN "EX CRUCIS"
  • 19:36 WHICH MEANS "FROM THE CROSS".
  • 19:38 HERE'S MY QUESTION FOR YOU.
  • 19:41 MINDFUL OF ALL OF THAT,
  • 19:44 ACCORDING TO THE NEW TESTAMENT, JESUS' CRUCIFIXION WAS FORETOLD IN THE HEBREW BIBLE.
  • 19:50 WHAT BOOK?
  • 19:54 I'M THINKING OF JOHN CHAPTER 19, VERSES 17 THROUGH 42 WHERE THE CRUCIFIXION STORY IS TOLD.
  • 20:00 JOHN HARKS BACK TO THE HEBREW BIBLE TO GIVE VOICE TO JESUS' CRUCIFIXION.
  • 20:06 WHAT BOOK?
  • 20:08 MARK?
  • 20:10 PSALMS?
  • 20:12 2 CHRONICLES?
  • 20:15 OBADIAH?
  • 20:17 WHICH ONE?
  • 20:20 WELL OBADIAH WAS A PROPHETIC INVECTIVE TO THE EDOMITES,
  • 20:24 DESCENDANTS OF ESAU,
  • 20:26 NOT HEBREW AT ALL.
  • 20:27 2 CHRONICLES WAS A HISTORY BOOK.
  • 20:29 MARK ISN'T AN OLD TESTAMENT STORY.
  • 20:32 THE BOOK OF PSALMS IS THE ONE WE'RE AFTER.
  • 20:35 PSALM CHAPTER 22 WHICH IS RATHER EXPLICIT.
  • 20:38 IF YOU'LL LOOK IN VERSE 18 OF CHAPTER 22 OF PSALMS
  • 20:44 THERE WE FIND SOME CONNECTION HERE.
  • 20:47 IT'S FASCINATING.
  • 20:49 IF ONE LOOKS AT THE STORY OF THE LORD ON THE CROSS,
  • 20:53 "MY GOD, MY GOD WHY HAST THOU FORSAKEN ME?"...
  • 20:56 YOU NEED TO LOOK AT
  • 20:57 THE 22ND PSALM AND YOU'LL SEE
  • 20:58 HOW IT CONNECTS RIGHT TO THAT.
  • 21:00 BEYOND THAT, THE HAVING HANDS AND FEET PIERCED IS NOTED IN THE PSALM AS IT IS IN THE GOSPEL,
  • 21:06 HAVING GARMENT DIVIDED, PEOPLE WANTING TO DIVIDE AND CASTING LOTS FOR,
  • 21:11 IS NOTED IN THE GOSPEL AND ITS NOTED IN PSALM CHAPTER 22 AS WELL.
  • 21:17 FASCINATING CONNECTIVITY THERE.
  • 21:20 AND CONNECTIVITY IS WHAT WE'RE ALL ABOUT.
  • 21:23 I REALLY WANT TO CONNECT YOU TO THE GOD OF PROPHESY
  • 21:27 BECAUSE INASMUCH AS HE CAN SEE THOUSANDS
  • 21:30 OR HUNDREDS IN A THOUSAND YEARS AHEAD IN DAVID'S CASE,
  • 21:33 THE WAY HE CAN SEE THINGS THAT HAVE THEIR FULFILLMENT IN JESUS...
  • 21:37 THERE'S A KIND OF POWER AT WORK THERE TO SEE INTO YOUR WORLD
  • 21:40 AND HELP YOU FIND A BETTER FUTURE FOR YOURSELF.
  • 21:43 AND BELIEVE ME, IF YOU WALK WITH GOD
  • 21:45 YOU'RE GOING TO FIND THAT BETTER FUTURE.
  • 21:47 IT DIDN'T LOOK GOOD FOR JESUS;
  • 21:49 TO BE SURE, IT DIDN'T FEEL GOOD
  • 21:51 IN THE SENSE THAT HE WAS CRUCIFIED.
  • 21:53 BUT THERE'S A FAMOUS SERMON THAT GOES "SORROW COMES BUT JOY COMES IN THE MORNING"
  • 22:01 AND WHILE THE LORD IS THERE FINISHING UP
  • 22:03 AND THINGS ARE RATHER DIFFICULT
  • 22:05 AND HE'S GIVING VOICE TO IT
  • 22:06 AND ITS CONNECTING BACK TO THE HEBREW BIBLE,
  • 22:08 OF COURSE THE LORD ROSE FROM THE GRAVE TO FULFILL PROPHECY
  • 22:12 AND THEN HE APPEARED TO HIS DISCIPLES
  • 22:15 AND HE KEEPS APPEARING,
  • 22:16 HE KEEPS RETURNING.
  • 22:17 INASMUCH AS HE VISITED THOSE THAT WALKED WITH HIM THEN
  • 22:21 HE'S MINDED TO VISIT WITH PEOPLE THAT WALK WITH HIM NOW.
  • 22:25 NOW HERE'S MY QUESTION,
  • 22:27 GOING TO THE JOHANNINE GOSPEL AND BRINGING SOME CLOSURE HERE.
  • 22:30 YESHUA, JESUS APPEARED IN VARIOUS WAYS AND AT VARIOUS TIMES TO HIS DISCIPLES.
  • 22:36 IN ONE CASE SOME OF THE DISCIPLES WENT FISHING AT PETER'S BEHEST
  • 22:41 IN THE WAKE OF WHICH JESUS APPEARED AND FACILITATED A MIRACLE CATCH.
  • 22:45 HERE'S MY QUESTION.
  • 22:46 WHERE WERE THEY?
  • 22:49 DO YOU REMEMBER THE STORY IN JOHN CHAPTER 21 WHERE THEY'RE TIRED AND HE SAYS,
  • 22:53 "TRY AGAIN... CAST THE NET AGAIN."
  • 22:56 WHERE WERE THEY?
  • 22:58 I'LL TELL YOU WHERE THEY WERE.
  • 23:00 IT'S A PLACE WHERE TRACIE WANTS YOU TO VISIT
  • 23:03 AND I WANT YOU TO VISIT
  • 23:04 AND YOU WANT YOU TO VISIT.
  • 23:06 WE'RE TOLD IN CHAPTER 21, VERSE 1
  • 23:16 AND I WANT TO SEE YOU THERE IF YOU CAN GO.
  • 23:22 WELL I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR GOING ON THE JOURNEY WITH US.
  • 23:25 I HOPE YOU FIND IT WORTHWHILE TO LOOK AT THE BIBLE
  • 23:29 FROM A JEWISH PERSPECTIVE.
  • 23:58 ♪WE FOUGHT THE WORLD FOR THIS♪
  • 24:01 ♪FOR JUST A PLACE TO BE♪
  • 24:05 ♪TO REST OUR WEARY SOULS♪
  • 24:08 ♪TO PRAY A PRAYER.♪
  • 24:12 ♪THEY CAME TO FIGHT WITH US♪
  • 24:16 ♪TO TAKE OUR LAND FROM US.♪
  • 24:20 ♪BUT WHEN THE BATTLE'S DONE,♪
  • 24:24 ♪WE WILL BE THERE...♪
  • 24:28 ♪WE WILL BE THERE!♪
  • 24:31 ♪WE WILL NEVER BE MOVED.♪
  • 24:35 ♪WE WILL ALWAYS BE THERE!♪
  • 24:42 ♪ON THE MOUNT OF MORIAH♪
  • 24:45 ♪WE WILL WORSHIP MESSIAH!♪
  • 24:49 ♪WE'LL PROCLAIM FOR ETERNITY♪
  • 24:52 ♪ISRAEL IS OUR LAND!♪
  • 24:56 ♪IN THE PAGES OF SCRIPTURE,♪
  • 24:59 ♪IN THE LAW OF THE BIBLE,♪
  • 25:03 ♪IN THE WORDS OF THE PROPHETS♪
  • 25:12 ♪ISRAEL IS OUR LAND!♪
  • 25:26 WELL YOU KNOW WHAT THEY SAY?
  • 25:28 THEY GO..."THAT'S A WRAP!"
  • 25:31 TV TALK FOR SAYING,
  • 25:32 "WE'RE DONE."
  • 25:34 AND WE ARE.
  • 25:36 BUT I HOPE THE END FOR THIS SERIES, THIS PROGRAM AND SERIES,
  • 25:40 WILL BE SOMETHING OF A BEGINNING FOR YOU.
  • 25:44 PEOPLE GET OLD WHEN THEY STOP LEARNING NEW THINGS.
  • 25:48 THE SCHOOL TEACHER IN ME WANTS YOU TO CONTINUE GROWING AND KNOWING.
  • 25:52 AND I HOPE THAT OUR TREATMENT OF JOHN GIVES YOU A WINDOW INTO THE LITERATURE AND THE LORD'S HEART,
  • 25:59 A WINDOW THAT WOULDN'T OTHERWISE BE THERE.
  • 26:02 I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR BEING THERE,
  • 26:04 FOR YOUR SHARING AND YOUR CARING ABOUT ZOLA LEVITT PRESENTS.
  • 26:08 WRITE US.
  • 26:09 IF YOU LIKE THIS SERIES LET ME KNOW ABOUT IT.
  • 26:11 IT'S NEW FOR US TO DO THIS "PROFESSORIAL" GIG.
  • 26:14 LET ME KNOW IF IT WORKS FOR YOU.
  • 26:16 THANKS.
  • 26:17 AS YOU GO NOW,
  • 26:19 SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM
  • 26:21 PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM

Episodes in this series

  1. John’s Gospel, A Jewish-Related Story
  2. Jesus and the Feasts
  3. The Good Shepherd
  4. His Last Days
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Levitt Letter
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