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Series: “Psalms of Ascent”
In this eight-part television series, Jeff and Sandra examine Psalms 120 to 134, which are known as the “Psalms of Ascent.” While these psalms may have been sung by ancient Jews going up to the Temple in Jerusalem, they are surprisingly appropriate and timely for Believers today. Eitan Shishkoff from Haifa and the music of Marty Goetz are also featured.
Episode: “Psalms 122 & 123”
A mantra of this ministry is “Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem” from Psalm 122. This city has had its share of battles, yet it is still central in the hearts of Jews and Christians as we look to the Lord for mercy and ultimate deliverance.

Caption transcript for Psalms of Ascent: “Psalms 122 & 123” (2/8)

  • 00:09 ♪PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM♪
  • 00:14 ♪JERUSALEM♪
  • 00:17 ♪MAY THEY PROSPER WHO LOVE YOU...
  • 00:21 ♪JERUSALEM♪
  • 00:24 ♪IT'S FOR THEM MY BRETHREN AND COMPANION'S SAKE♪
  • 00:30 ♪I WILL PRAY FOR YOU...♪
  • 00:34 ♪JERUSALEM♪
  • 00:47 SHALOM AND WELCOME TO ZOLA LEVITT PRESENTS.
  • 00:50 I'M SANDRA AND WE CONTINUE OUR STUDY OF THE PSALMS OF ASCENT,
  • 00:54 PSALMS 120 THROUGH 134.
  • 00:57 MY GOOD FRIEND DR. JEFFREY SEIF WILL DO THE TEACHING ON PSALM 122 AND 123
  • 01:02 IN ISRAEL ON LOCATION...
  • 01:04 ALWAYS EXCITING FOR ME...
  • 01:06 MUSIC...MARTY GOETZ JOINS US WITH SOME INSPIRATIONAL MUSIC.
  • 01:09 JOIN US NOW AS WE GO BACK TO KING DAVID'S TIMES AND THE GATES OF JERUSALEM.
  • 01:19 "I WAS GLAD WHEN THEY SAID UNTO ME,"
  • 01:22 "LET US GO INTO THE HOUSE OF THE LORD."
  • 01:25 "OUR FEET SHALL STAND WITHIN THY GATES O JERUSALEM."
  • 01:29 JERUSALEM IS BUILT AS A CITY THAT IS COMPACT TOGETHER.
  • 01:34 "PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM."
  • 01:36 "THEY SHALL PROSPER THAT LOVE THEE."
  • 01:39 "PEACE BE WITHIN THY WALLS AND PROSPERITY WITHIN THY PALACES."
  • 01:44 "FOR MY BRETHREN AND COMPANION'S SAKE I WILL NOW SAY, 'PEACE BE WITHIN THEE'."
  • 01:55 (Jeff speaking) "OUR FEET HAVE BEEN STANDING WITHIN THY GATES O JERUSALEM."
  • 02:00 A WORD UTTERED IN THE PSALMS WAY BACK WHEN.
  • 02:04 WORDS THAT ARE UTTERED
  • 02:06 IN THIS VERY DAY,
  • 02:07 NOT JUST BY THE PILGRIM'S
  • 02:09 THAT FREQUENT THIS PLACE.
  • 02:10 AND BY "THIS PLACE"
  • 02:11 I MEAN JERUSALEM
  • 02:13 WHERE I'M COMING TO YOU IN FRONT OF ONE OF THE MORE FAMOUS GATES...THE ZION GATE.
  • 02:19 AND IF YOU LOOK IN THOSE HOLES IN THE WALL BEHIND ME,
  • 02:23 THOSE WEREN'T DONE BY KAMIKAZE PIGEONS...
  • 02:26 NO...
  • 02:27 THERE WAS A BATTLE ROYAL THAT WAS ENGAGED IN HERE
  • 02:31 GOING BACK TO THE SIX DAY WAR
  • 02:34 WHERE THE JORDANIANS WERE VERY SPIRITED.
  • 02:37 OH AND THE FIGHTING WAS INTENSE AT WHAT'S CALLED "THE LION'S GATE",
  • 02:43 AT "THE DUNG GATE"
  • 02:45 THE BATTLE ROYAL RAGED HERE
  • 02:47 UNTIL FINALLY AFTER SO MANY YEARS SEPARATED FROM THE HEART OF JUDAISM...
  • 02:53 FINALLY, AS IT SAYS IN ANOTHER TEMPLE HOLIDAY
  • 02:58 "NES GADOL HAYAH SHAM"...
  • 02:59 "A GREAT MIRACLE HAPPENED".
  • 03:01 WHAT WAS IT IN THIS CASE?
  • 03:03 JERUSALEM FELL BACK INTO JEWISH HANDS WITH THE NET RESULT THAT JEWS CAN NOW SAY,
  • 03:08 "OUR FEET ARE STANDING WITHIN THY GATES O JERUSALEM."
  • 03:16 AND IF YOU STAND HERE LONG,
  • 03:18 BECAUSE WE'RE IN A JEWISH STATE
  • 03:20 YOU DISCOVER ITS NOT JUST JEWISH FEET THAT WALK THROUGH THE GATE,
  • 03:24 THE DOORS ARE SWUNG OPEN TO PEOPLE THAT PROFESS DIFFERENT RELIGIONS...
  • 03:29 BE IT ISLAM,
  • 03:30 BE IT CHRISTIANITY,
  • 03:33 BE IT SOMETHING ELSE,
  • 03:34 BE IT NO RELIGION,
  • 03:36 CERTAINLY JEWISH PEOPLE...
  • 03:37 THE DOORS ARE SWUNG WIDE OPEN WITH NO LITMUS TEST OF ACCEPTABILITY.
  • 03:43 AND THAT'S BECAUSE THIS REAL ESTATE FINALLY AND FULLY IS IN JEWISH HANDS.
  • 03:48 AND YOU KNOW...I'M EXCITED.
  • 03:50 AND SO IS THE PSALMIST WHO IN CHAPTER 122 SAID IN HIS LANGUAGE...
  • 03:56 LET'S WALK THROUGH IT SLOWLY,
  • 04:09 OH WHAT A THRILL IT IS TO BE ABLE TO SAY THAT.
  • 04:11 LET ME TELL YOU, THE FACT THAT I CAN SAY IT
  • 04:14 IS ATTESTED TO THE FACT THAT MANY PAID A GREAT PRICE
  • 04:18 IN ORDER THAT PEOPLE LIKE ME AND YOU CAN SAY IT.
  • 04:22 LET ME ENCOURAGE YOU BY THE WAY TO COME HERE AND SAY IT AS WELL.
  • 04:26 I'VE BEEN AROUND LONG ENOUGH AND I'VE SEEN THE FACES OF CHRISTIAN PEOPLE LIGHT UP
  • 04:33 WHEN THEY WALK THE STREETS OF JERUSALEM.
  • 04:36 AND WHEN THEY WALK THROUGH THIS GATE AND OTHERS LIKE IT
  • 04:40 IT IS SUCH A THRILL, SLEEPLESS ARE THE NIGHT,
  • 04:44 NOT JUST BECAUSE OF JET LAG
  • 04:46 BUT BECAUSE OF THE ECSTASY THAT ACCOMPANIES BIBLE READERS
  • 04:49 WHO AFTER READING THE STORY FOR YEARS CAN NOW WALK IN AFFECT BACK IN TIME
  • 04:55 AND INTO THE PAGES OF THE BIBLICAL TESTIMONY.
  • 04:59 WHAT A PLACE!
  • 05:00 I THANK GOD FOR IT.
  • 05:02 I'M SO THRILLED THERE'S A JEWISH PRESENCE HERE IN IT.
  • 05:05 IF WE GO THROUGH PSALM CHAPTER 122 WE COME TO AN EXHORTATION.
  • 05:10 BEYOND SIMPLY REJOICING THAT WE CAN BE HERE THERE IS A PETITION FOR PRAYER.
  • 05:15 IT SAYS,
  • 05:21 AND LET ME TELL YOU THAT THE NEED FOR THAT IS AS GREAT NOW
  • 05:26 AS IT WAS WHEN IT WAS UTTERED BACK THEN.
  • 05:31 INTERESTINGLY PILGRIMS WERE MAKING THEIR WAY TO JERUSALEM THEN AS NOW
  • 05:36 AND ONCE HERE THEY'RE HEARING LEVITICAL CHOIRS SING THESE VARIOUS PSALMS OF ASCENT.
  • 05:44 BEYOND THAT THEY THEMSELVES ARE PARTICIPATING BACK AND FORTH IN IT ALL
  • 05:48 AND THEY'RE BECKONED TO PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM
  • 05:54 FRIENDS AS A BATTLE ROYAL RAGES AROUND ISRAEL...
  • 05:59 ISRAEL'S VERY RIGHT TO EXIST.
  • 06:02 GOODNESS ISRAEL NEEDS PRAYERS...
  • 06:05 ISRAEL NEEDS CARES.
  • 06:07 AND LET ME TELL YOU WHEN JEWS VISIT ISRAEL JEWS EXPECT JEWS TO COME TO THE ANCESTRAL HOMELAND
  • 06:13 BUT I'VE SEEN IT ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION
  • 06:15 WHERE JEWISH PEOPLE ARE THRILLED WHEN CHRISTIANS COME.
  • 06:18 AND WHY IS THAT?
  • 06:20 BECAUSE MANY JEWISH PEOPLE FEEL THAT CHRISTIANS HAVE ABANDONED THEM OUTRIGHT HERE.
  • 06:25 OH THE PRESS IS PRESSING AGAINST ISRAEL.
  • 06:29 AND WHEN CHRISTIAN PEOPLE COME
  • 06:31 AND THEY SPEND THEIR MONEY IN THE RESTAURANTS AND IN THE HOTELS
  • 06:34 AND WALK THE LAND AND SHARE AND CARE AND OFFER A PRAYER
  • 06:37 IT DOESN'T GO UNNOTICED.
  • 06:40 THE LIKES OF PRIME MINISTERS AND GENERALS COME OUT TO GREET CHRISTIAN GROUPS.
  • 06:47 AND WHY IS THAT?
  • 06:49 BECAUSE YOUR PRESENCE IS APPRECIATED HERE
  • 06:52 AND YOUR PRAYERS ARE APPRECIATED HERE
  • 06:55 I DON'T SAY THAT SIMPLY BECAUSE IT'S AN EXTENSION OF MY OWN SENTIMENT...NO...
  • 06:59 THE BIBLE BECKONS US TO DO THAT.
  • 07:02 AND BY THE WAY IF YOU'LL PERMIT A LITTLE PARENTHETICAL EXCURSION HERE,
  • 07:07 INASMUCH AS THE BIBLE ENCOURAGES US TO PRAY FOR JERUSALEM AND FOR THE ISRAELITE STATE HERE,
  • 07:13 I'M HARD PRESSED TO UNDERSTAND HOW ANY BIBLE READING PERSON
  • 07:16 COULD DISAVOW A JEWISH PRESENCE IN THE ANCESTRAL HOMELAND.
  • 07:21 AND IS THE CASE TODAY MANY ARE ROUTING FOR THE PEOPLE
  • 07:24 THAT ARE TRYING TO DRIVE JEWS INTO THE SEA...
  • 07:27 CHRISTIAN PEOPLE... CLAIMING TO BE CHRISTIAN...
  • 07:30 CLAIMING THAT ISRAEL HAS NO RIGHT TO EXIST...
  • 07:32 ISRAEL IS A MISTAKE...
  • 07:34 IT'S A FLUKE IN HISTORY...
  • 07:36 ITS AN EXTENSION OF WESTERN COLONIALISM...
  • 07:39 GOD IS THROUGH WITH THE JEW...
  • 07:41 ITS ALL ABOUT YOU...
  • 07:42 THE JEWS ARE NON-EXISTENT...
  • 07:44 AND THEY'RE INSULTED BY THE FACT THAT THERE'S A JEWISH PRESENCE HERE.
  • 07:46 LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING...
  • 07:48 THAT IS NOT THE SENTIMENT OF THE PERSON WHO WRITES THIS BIBLE, WHO WROTE THIS PASSAGE
  • 07:52 AND IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE SPIRIT WITHIN WHICH IT IS WRITTEN.
  • 07:56 OH FRIENDS, TODAY NOW MORE THAN EVER, WE NEED TO IN FACT PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM
  • 08:02 AND STAND BEHIND THOSE MINDED TO CONTEND FOR IT.
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  • 08:51 PSALM 122 ENCOURAGES US TO PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.
  • 08:56 YOU HEAR US DO IT ALMOST EVERY SINGLE PROGRAM,
  • 09:00 "SHA' A' LU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM"
  • 09:02 "PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM"
  • 09:05 IF WE CAN DO NOTHING ELSE FOR ISRAEL,
  • 09:07 IF WE CANNOT GO TO ISRAEL,
  • 09:09 IF WE CANNOT SUPPORT ISRAEL,
  • 09:10 WE CAN CERTAINLY PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.
  • 09:14 HERE'S JEFF...PSALM 123
  • 09:20 A MAID SERVANT AWAITS HER REWARD
  • 09:23 TOTALLY DEPENDENT UPON HER MASTER.
  • 09:26 SHE WAITS.
  • 09:28 "BEHOLD, AS THE EYES OF SERVANTS LOOK UNTO THE HANDS OF THEIR MASTERS"
  • 09:33 "AND AS THE EYES OF A MAIDEN UPON THE HAND OF THE MISTRESS,"
  • 09:37 "SO OUR EYES WAIT UPON THE LORD OUR GOD UNTIL HE HAS MERCY UPON US."
  • 09:44 "HAVE MERCY UPON US O LORD... HAVE MERCY UPON US."
  • 09:54 THE KEY WORD HERE
  • 09:55 IS THE WORD "DEPENDENCE".
  • 09:58 THAT'S WHAT THE PSALMIST
  • 10:00 IS TALKING ABOUT
  • 10:01 WHEN HE LIKENS ISRAELITES
  • 10:03 TO A SERVANT
  • 10:05 AND GOD BEING THE MASTER.
  • 10:07 AND INASMUCH AS SERVANTS ARE DEPENDENT ON THEIR MASTER
  • 10:12 SO TOO ARE ISRAELITES DEPENDENT ON GOD.
  • 10:16 IT WAS A PSALM THAT WAS FRAMED IN TURBULENT TIMES.
  • 10:21 AND SPEAKING OF TURBULENT TIMES
  • 10:23 I'M COMING TO YOU FROM A PLACE WHERE INDEED THE TIMES WERE ONES VERY TURBULENT.
  • 10:30 HARKING BACK TO THE BATTLE OF JERUSALEM,
  • 10:33 JERUSALEM WAS UNDER SIEGE
  • 10:35 AND NEW IMMIGRANTS WERE JUST BASICALLY GIVEN A GUN AND SOME BASIC TRAINING
  • 10:39 AND MARSHALED INTO THE FLEDGLING ISRAELI DEFENSE FORCES.
  • 10:44 THEY DID THE BEST THEY COULD
  • 10:46 BUT THEY CAME FROM DIFFERENT NATIONS,
  • 10:47 THEY DIDN'T COMMUNICATE WELL
  • 10:49 AND SHY OF 150 OF THEM WERE SLAUGHTERED HERE AT A PLACE CALLED "LATRUN".
  • 10:56 AND HERE IN LATRUN COMMEMORATED ON THESE PLAQUES
  • 10:59 ARE SOLDIERS THAT DIED IN THE ARMORED DIVISION.
  • 11:03 I WANT YOU TO HEAR SOME OF THESE NAMES
  • 11:06 BECAUSE I WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND HOW JEWS REMEMBER THE BIBLE IN THE WAY THAT WE DO OUR NAMES.
  • 11:11 DANIEL...WELL FIRST,
  • 11:12 NAPHTALI OVER HERE...
  • 11:14 DANIEL...
  • 11:17 YISRAEL, ISRAEL...
  • 11:20 YOSEPH, THAT'S MY NAME IN HEBREW...
  • 11:23 MY ENGLISH NAME JEFFREY SEIF... YOSEPH LEVI, MY HEBREW...
  • 11:27 AVRAHAM, ABRAHAM...
  • 11:30 DO THESE NAMES SOUND FAMILIAR?
  • 11:33 EVEN IF THE SOUNDS DON'T SOUND FAMILIAR
  • 11:36 THE CONTEXT OF PSALM 123 MAY INDEED BE FAMILIAR TO YOU
  • 11:41 IF YOU HAVE EVER FOUND YOURSELF IN TROUBLE.
  • 11:46 THE PSALMIST AS I'VE SAID SPEAKS FROM TROUBLESOME TIMES.
  • 11:50 I WANT YOU TO HEAR HIM AND FEEL HIM.
  • 11:53 IN VERSE 1, HE SAYS.
  • 12:17 AND WHILE THE EYES ARE LOOKING THE HEART IS SPEAKING.
  • 12:21 IN VERSE 3...
  • 12:22 OH IT'S SO PASSIONATE,
  • 12:34 SURELY IT WAS THE HEART CRY OF THOSE WHO FOUGHT AND DIED HERE.
  • 12:41 IN FACT HERE IN LATRUN I INTERVIEWED AVIGDOR KHAHALANI SOME TIME AGO,
  • 12:46 A VERY FAMOUS GENERAL, RIGHT ON TOP OF HIS TANK.
  • 12:49 AND I ASKED HIM IF HE PRAYED AND HE SMILED AND HE SAYS,
  • 12:52 "WELL IN THE MIDDLE OF A BATTLE I DON'T' ALWAYS HAVE TIME BUT LISTEN,"
  • 12:56 "AT THE BEGINNING OF THE DAY IT WASN'T UNCOMMON TO START WITH A PRAYER."
  • 13:01 NOT EVERYONE IS AN ENDURING PRAYER WARRIOR THROUGH THE COURSE OF THE DAY,
  • 13:05 BUT STILL PEOPLE LIFT THEIR LAMENTS, THEIR CHALLENGES GODWARD.
  • 13:10 IN THE CASE OF THE PSALMIST HERE,
  • 13:13 THE CONTEXT OF ITS PENNING WAS THE ISRAELITES HAVE COME BACK FROM CAPTIVITY
  • 13:19 AND THE PEOPLES ROUND ABOUT ARE GIVING THEM THE DICKENS OF A TIME,
  • 13:25 A REALLY, REALLY HARD TIME.
  • 13:27 YOU CAN RECALL IN THE DAYS OF EZRA, NEHEMIAH
  • 13:31 HOW THE NEIGHBORING PEOPLES WERE TRYING TO PREVENT THE ISRAELITES FROM GETTING A TOEHOLD IN THE FLEDGLING STATE.
  • 13:41 THE PSALMIST GOES ON TO SAY,
  • 13:42 "WE'RE THE SCORN OF PEOPLE ROUND ABOUT."
  • 13:45 "THEY'RE JUST HUMILIATING US,"
  • 13:47 "THEY'RE DOING EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO THWART US."
  • 13:50 AND IN THE MIDST OF ALL THAT THEY'RE CRYING,
  • 13:52 "LORD BE GRACIOUS UNTO US", "LORD BE GRACIOUS UNTO US."
  • 13:57 ISN'T THIS A PSALM FOR TODAY AS ISRAELITES LIKE YESTERDAY HERE IN THE MODERN LAND TODAY
  • 14:06 ARE LOOKING TO MAKE A BID TO SECURE RESIDENCY IN THE ANCESTRAL, GOD-GIVEN HOMELAND?
  • 14:15 LORD, HELP US.
  • 14:17 LORD, BE GRACIOUS UNTO US.
  • 14:20 LEST YOU THINK THIS PSALM ONLY APPLIES TO JEWS,
  • 14:24 LET ME SPEAK TO YOU FOR A MOMENT
  • 14:26 AND SAY THAT THE CRY OF MANY OF THE RIGHTEOUS HAS BEEN "LORD, HELP US."
  • 14:31 THE SCRIPTURE SAYS THAT THOSE THAT LOOK TO HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED
  • 14:36 AND SO I BEGAN ON SOMETHING OF A SOUR NOTE...
  • 14:39 SOUR...OR SOMBER WOULD BE A BETTER WORD I THINK...
  • 14:42 AND OF COURSE THAT WOULD BE THE CASE...
  • 14:44 I'M STANDING IN FRONT OF A MEMORIAL TO THOSE WHO HAVE DIED.
  • 14:48 BUT TRUTH BE KNOW PEOPLE COME TO THESE MEMORIALS...
  • 14:51 CHILDREN COME ON FIELD TRIPS,
  • 14:53 SOLDIERS COME AND VISIT AND REMEMBER THOSE THAT PAID THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE.
  • 14:59 AND IT'S DESIGNED TO ENCOURAGE US TO BE BOLD AND TO CONTEND.
  • 15:05 I THINK THAT'S THE INTENTION OF THE PSALMIST ENDEAVORING AS HE IS
  • 15:09 TO GIVE VOICE TO THE QUEST TO SEEK GOD AMIDST TURBULENCE OF TRYING TIMES.
  • 15:14 THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT THOSE WHO SEEK HIM FIND HIM,
  • 15:18 DIFFICULTIES NOTWITHSTANDING, CHALLENGES BEING WHAT THEY MAY,
  • 15:22 STILL, IF WE PERSEVERE, IF WE SEEK HIM WE'LL FIND HIM...
  • 15:27 IF WE SEEK HIM WITH ALL OF OUR HEART.
  • 15:41 ♪SHA' A' LU SHALOM ♪YERUSHALAYIM♪
  • 15:45 ♪SHA' A' LU, SHA' A' LU SHALOM♪
  • 15:49 ♪IN THE HOLY CITY OF JERUSALEM♪
  • 15:56 ♪WE WILL PRAY FOR PEACE...♪
  • 15:59 ♪SHA' A' LU SHALOM♪
  • 16:09 THE PSALMS OF ASCENT ARE SO PERSONAL.
  • 16:12 FOR INSTANCE, IN PSALMS 123, VERSE 1,
  • 16:25 TRACIE, WE SEE GOD WHEN WE GO TO ISRAEL.
  • 16:27 WE SEE GOD,
  • 16:28 IT IS TRUE SANDRA.
  • 16:30 AND I WAS JUST THINKING
  • 16:31 ABOUT THAT VERSE.
  • 16:32 YOU KNOW, WE DO WAIT
  • 16:33 UPON THE LORD
  • 16:34 AND SO MANY OF OUR VIEWERS,
  • 16:36 YOU OUT THERE,
  • 16:37 HAVE BEEN SO SUPPORTIVE
  • 16:38 OF ZOLA LEVITT MINISTRIES.
  • 16:39 AND YOU KNOW THAT ZOLA TOURS WAS CREATED 28 YEARS AGO,
  • 16:42 SOLELY FOR YOU.
  • 16:43 WE ONLY TAKE PEOPLE THAT WATCH THE TV SHOW TO ISRAEL.
  • 16:45 IT IS A FAMILY TOUR
  • 16:47 AND WHEN PEOPLE GO OVER THERE
  • 16:48 THE THINK I HEAR TIME AND TIME AGAIN IS
  • 16:50 "TRACIE, I HAD NO IDEA THE PRESENCE OF YESHUA WAS SO STRONG IN THE HOLY LAND."
  • 16:54 AND IT IS!IT IS! >>YES
  • 16:56 I KNOW SITES THAT I HAVE BEEN AT PERSONALLY
  • 16:58 AND HOW MANY TIMES I HAVE BEEN...
  • 16:59 FORTY PLUS TIMES...
  • 17:01 AND THERE ARE STILL SITES THAT MAKE ME WEEP...
  • 17:04 JUST THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD BEING THERE.
  • 17:07 IT IS...
  • 17:08 I HAVE SAID BEFORE SANDRA
  • 17:09 THAT I WOULD TRADE
  • 17:10 MY 5 YEARS AT SEMINARY
  • 17:11 FOR 10 DAYS IN ISRAEL
  • 17:12 BECAUSE THERE IS A KNOWING. >>OH YEAH
  • 17:13 I WROTE AN ARTICLE IN THE
  • 17:14 FEBRUARY LEVITT LETTER,
  • 17:15 I INVITE YOU TO
  • 17:16 CHECK IT OUT ON-LINE.
  • 17:17 IT JUST BASICALLY SAID,
  • 17:18 "I FEEL LIKE AS A SINGLE WOMAN"
  • 17:20 "THAT MY RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD"
  • 17:21 "WENT FROM A DATING TO A MARRIAGE RELATIONSHIP." >>YEAH
  • 17:23 THERE IS A LEVEL OF KNOWING
  • 17:24 WHEN YOU'RE AT THAT WESTERN WALL >>INTIMACY... JUST AN INTIMACY
  • 17:27 WHEN YOU GET BAPTIZED IN THE JORDAN RIVER
  • 17:28 AND I WANT YOU TO COME WITH US.
  • 17:29 GO ON-LINE AT LEVITT.COM,
  • 17:33 CLICK ON "TOURS",
  • 17:34 ALL THE INFO IS THERE.
  • 17:35 WE ACTUALLY BOOK OUR TRIPS
  • 17:36 A YEAR IN ADVANCE SO YOU CAN
  • 17:38 FIT IT IN YOUR CALENDAR.
  • 17:39 WE WANT YOU TO COME.
  • 17:40 WE INVITE YOU TO DO THAT.
  • 17:41 IN FACT I'M GLAD YOU MENTIONED THE LEVITT LETTER.
  • 17:43 LOVE FOR YOU ALL TO GET THE LEVITT LETTER.
  • 17:45 IT IS STILL ONE OF THE BEST
  • 17:47 LITTLE NEWSLETTERS YOU CAN GET.
  • 17:49 LOTS OF INFORMATION ABOUT ISRAEL
  • 17:51 LOTS OF INFORMATION ABOUT BELIEVERS
  • 17:53 REALLY A GOOD BOOKLET FOR YOU TO HAVE
  • 17:55 YOU KNOW, WE NEED TO HELP PEOPLE
  • 17:59 AND THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT CANNOT READ THE BIBLE BUT THEY CAN READ US.
  • 18:04 EITON SHISHKOFF IS ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE
  • 18:07 WHO HELP PEOPLE WHO REALLY DEPEND ON THE NEED OF OTHERS.
  • 18:12 LET'S JOIN EITON IN ISRAEL AND SEE HOW HE HELPS THEM.
  • 18:18 SHALOM, I'M EITON SHISHKOFF
  • 18:20 AND WE'RE STANDING IN OUR
  • 18:21 HUMANITARIAN AIDE WAREHOUSE IN
  • 18:23 KIRYAT YAM NEAR THE HAIFA BAY.
  • 18:25 AND WHAT YOU SEE SURROUNDING ME
  • 18:27 ARE MANY GREEN BAGS FILLED WITH ALL KINDS OF FOOD AND SUPPLIES FOR PASSOVER.
  • 18:34 WE ARE GOING TO BE DISTRIBUTING THESE BAGS TO NEEDY FAMILIES HERE IN THE AREA
  • 18:39 AND COOPERATION WITH LOCAL CITY AUTHORITIES
  • 18:44 BECAUSE WE REALLY BELIEVE IN WHAT THE SCRIPTURE TALKS ABOUT
  • 18:49 AND WHAT IT SAYS
  • 18:50 THAT HE WHO HONORS THE POOR
  • 18:52 HONORS THE LORD.
  • 18:53 AND ADDITION TO THAT WE SEE THIS PATTERN
  • 18:56 IN THE ORIGINAL MESSIANIC JEWISH COMMUNITY IN THE BOOK OF ACTS
  • 19:00 AS THE INFLUX OF BELIEVERS CAME TO FAITH IN YESHUA THEY CREATED A COMMUNITY
  • 19:10 IN WHICH IT WAS OF A PRIMARY IMPORTANCE TO SHARE WHAT THEY HAD WITH EACH OTHER.
  • 19:16 AND IN FACT IT SAID THEY SHARED WITH EACH OTHER
  • 19:18 TO SUCH AN EXTENT THAT NO ONE HAD WANT.
  • 19:20 WELL WE'RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO SUPPLY ALL OF THE HAIFA BAY AREA WITH SUPPLIES FOR PASSOVER
  • 19:26 BUT I THINK IT WILL BE VERY PLEASANT FOR SOME FAMILIES TO RECEIVE PASSOVER COOKIES...
  • 19:31 THEY'RE KOSHER...
  • 19:33 AND TO BE ABLE TO SHARE SOME OF WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN US.
  • 19:37 THE LOGO ON THE SIDE OF THE BAGS IS OUR OASIS SYMBOL WHICH COMES FROM THE BOOK OF JEREMIAH
  • 19:45 THAT TALKS ABOUT GOD BRINGING
  • 19:47 HIS PEOPLE BACK IN MERCY.
  • 19:49 AND THE DEMONSTRATION OF MERCY
  • 19:52 IS SOMETHING THAT'S VERY, VERY ESSENTIAL.
  • 19:54 IT GOES ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE TORAH
  • 19:57 WHERE THE LORD INSTRUCTS ISRAEL TO LEAVE THE CORNERS OF A FIELD AVAILABLE FOR THE POOR PEOPLE
  • 20:06 TO GLEAN AND TO BRING IN HARVEST SO THEY'LL HAVE SOMETHING TO EAT.
  • 20:10 SO WE BELIEVE THAT IN RENEWING THE MESSIANIC JEWISH COMMUNITY IN ISRAEL
  • 20:14 THAT IT IS ESSENTIAL FOR US ALSO
  • 20:17 TO BE DISTRIBUTING AIDE TO THOSE IN NEED
  • 20:19 AND WE'RE VERY GRATEFUL TO BE ABLE TO DO IT.
  • 20:22 IT'S PART OF OUR IDENTITY...
  • 20:24 IT'S PART OF WHO WE ARE
  • 20:26 BOTH AS JEWISH ISRAELIS
  • 20:28 AND AS MESSIANIC JEWS
  • 20:30 AND WE'RE GRATEFUL FOR THOSE
  • 20:31 FROM OUTSIDE OF THE LAND THAT
  • 20:33 JOIN US AND HELP US TO DO THIS.
  • 20:35 IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN
  • 20:36 DOING THAT YOU CAN CONTACT US,
  • 20:38 THE INFORMATION
  • 20:39 WILL BE AVAILABLE.
  • 20:40 TODAH HABAH,
  • 20:41 THANK YOU SO MUCH.
  • 20:44 ♪ONE THING...♪
  • 20:46 ♪I HAVE ASKED OF THE LORD,♪
  • 20:49 ♪THAT WILL I SEEK AFTER♪
  • 20:54 ♪THAT I MAY DWELL IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD...
  • 21:00 ♪ALL THE DAYS OF MY LIFE♪
  • 21:07 ♪FOR ONE DAY IN YOUR COURTS OH LORD...♪
  • 21:12 ♪IS TO ME FAR BETTER...♪
  • 21:16 ♪THAN ANY TREASURE THIS WORLD COULD AFFORD...♪
  • 21:21 ♪IN A THOUSAND DAYS OF THIS LIFE♪
  • 21:27 ♪OH TO BEHOLD THE BEAUTY OF THE LORD,♪
  • 21:32 ♪THE BEAUTY OF THE LORD♪
  • 21:34 ♪YOU'RE BEAUTIFUL MY LORD♪
  • 21:37 ♪AND TO INQUIRE IN YOUR TEMPLE,♪
  • 21:43 ♪TO INQUIRE IN YOUR TEMPLE...♪
  • 21:47 ♪THAT'S MY DESIRE OH LORD,♪
  • 21:51 ♪MY DESIRE OH LORD♪
  • 21:56 ♪AND ONE THING YOU HAVE ASKED OF ME LORD...♪
  • 22:01 ♪THAT WILL I SEEK AFTER♪
  • 22:06 ♪I WILL SEEK YOUR FACE MY LORD...♪
  • 22:11 ♪EVERY DAY OF MY LIFE.♪
  • 22:16 ♪I NEED TO BEHOLD THE BEAUTY OF THE LORD♪
  • 22:21 ♪THE BEAUTY OF THE LORD♪
  • 22:23 ♪YOU'RE BEAUTIFUL MY LORD♪
  • 22:27 ♪TO BE YOUR CHILD PURE AND HUMBLE♪
  • 22:32 ♪JUST A CHILD PURE AND HUMBLE♪
  • 22:36 ♪THAT'S MY DESIRE OH LORD,♪
  • 22:41 ♪ALL THAT YOU REQUIRE MY LORD.♪
  • 22:52 (PIANO INTERLUDE)
  • 23:06 ♪OH TO BEHOLD THE BEAUTY OF THE LORD♪
  • 23:11 ♪THE BEAUTY OF THE LORD♪
  • 23:14 ♪YOU'RE BEAUTIFUL MY LORD♪
  • 23:17 ♪KEEP THE FIRE IN THIS TEMPLE,♪
  • 23:22 ♪KEEP THE FIRE IN THIS TEMPLE♪
  • 23:27 ♪BURNING HIGHER MY LORD,♪
  • 23:31 ♪EVER HIGHER MY LORD♪
  • 23:37 ♪FOR ONE THING I HAVE ASKED OF YOU LORD...♪
  • 23:42 ♪THAT WILL I SEEK AFTER♪
  • 23:47 ♪THAT I MAY DWELL IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD...♪
  • 23:52 ♪ALL THE DAYS OF MY LIFE♪
  • 24:03 ♪ALL...♪
  • 24:06 ♪THE DAYS OF MY...♪
  • 24:10 ♪LIFE♪
  • 24:26 BEAUTIFUL WORDS,
  • 24:27 "ONE THING I ASK... SEEK THE LORD".
  • 24:30 MARTY WHAT BEAUTIFUL MUSIC1
  • 24:31 WELL THANK YOU
  • 24:33 WELL NOW HERE'S MY QUESTION THIS TIME.
  • 24:34 YES
  • 24:35 OKAY, WHY MESSIANIC MUSIC?
  • 24:37 WHY NOT COUNTRY OR BLUES OR POPULAR MUSIC?
  • 24:42 WHY MESSIANIC?
  • 24:43 WELL I STARTED OUT TRYING TO DO ALL THOSE THINGS.
  • 24:46 OH REALLY? >>I WAS IN NEW YORK CITY
  • 24:48 TRYING TO GET ON BROADWAY
  • 24:50 AND THINGS LIKE THAT...
  • 24:51 CABARET MUSIC...
  • 24:52 AND THAT'S REALLY WHERE I GOT MY START.
  • 24:54 BUT I BECAME A BELIEVER AT THE AGE OF 25
  • 24:57 AND I HAD COLLABORATED ON MUSIC WITH MY COUSIN
  • 25:01 AND HE WAS QUITE A BRILLIANT SONG WRITER.
  • 25:04 BUT WHEN I MOVED TO CALIFORNIA FROM NEW YORK
  • 25:06 I HAD NO ONE WITH WHOM TO WORK.
  • 25:09 AND I HAD JUST BECOME A BELIEVER,
  • 25:11 BRAND NEW BELIEVER. >>WOW
  • 25:12 SO I OPENED THE BIBLE
  • 25:14 BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT BELIEVERS SHOULD DO
  • 25:16 THAT'S WHAT BELIEVERS SHOULD DO...RIGHT.
  • 25:18 AND THE FIRST THING I LOOKED AT WAS PSALM 23.
  • 25:21 THAT WAS THE FIRST THING I RECOGNIZED
  • 25:23 CAUSE I DIDN'T KNOW MUCH OF THE SCRIPTURES.
  • 25:25 BUT PSALM 23 I KNEW.
  • 25:26 THEY SAY THAT IN EVERY... >>EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT, ISN'T THAT FUNNY?
  • 25:29 RIGHT, EVERY JEWISH FUNERAL THEY SAY IT. >>OH YEAH
  • 25:31 SO I SAT DOWN AT THE PIANO
  • 25:32 AND STARTED TO PLAY SIMILAR TO THE WAY ZOLA WOULD DO IT
  • 25:37 AND JUST A SONG CAME OUT.
  • 25:40 AND THAT SONG, DEBBIE BOONE...
  • 25:43 DO YOU KNOW WHO DEBBIE BOONE IS?
  • 25:44 YEAH, OH, WELL SURE, SURE
  • 25:45 DEBBIE BOONE,
  • 25:47 PAT BOONE'S DAUGHTER, "YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE".
  • 25:48 SHE RECORDED IT ON HER FIRST GOSPEL ALBUM
  • 25:51 SO I THOUGHT,
  • 25:52 "HMMM, OBVIOUSLY GOD... THIS IS WHAT HE WANTS ME TO DO."
  • 25:55 "THIS IS WHERE I NEED TO BE."
  • 25:56 SO THAT'S WHERE I BEGAN AND I'VE BEEN DOING IT NOW FOR....
  • 25:58 A LONG TIME LONG TIME, WE DON'T HAVE TO SAY... >>YES, A LONG TIME
  • 26:00 TELL ME HOW MANY ALBUMS.
  • 26:02 WELL WE PROBABLY HAVE ABOUT EIGHT DIFFERENT RECORDINGS,
  • 26:05 NOT THAT MANY,
  • 26:06 BUT WE HAVE NICE ASSORTMENT
  • 26:08 OF DIFFERENT... >>ALL MESSIANIC OR....
  • 26:10 ALL MUCH FROM THE PSALMS AND FROM THE SCRIPTURES
  • 26:15 I WOULD SAY WHEN I SAY "MESSIANIC" I'M MESSIANIC
  • 26:18 BUT SOME OF THE MUSIC DOESN'T HAVE THAT STYLE NECESSARILY
  • 26:21 BUT IT'S DEFINITELY MESSIANIC
  • 26:23 CAUSE IT COMES FROM ME.
  • 26:24 AND THE LOVE OF YESHUA
  • 26:25 YES, AND FROM THE WORD OF GOD, THAT'S RIGHT.
  • 26:27 AND THAT'S WHAT WE DO,
  • 26:28 THANK YOU.
  • 26:30 I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO THE REST OF THE SERIES AND ALL YOUR MUSIC.
  • 26:32 ITS REALLY, REALLY BEEN EXCITING.
  • 26:33 WELL THANK YOU.
  • 26:35 SO KEEP SEEKING THE LORD,
  • 26:36 KEEP LIFTING YOUR EYES TO SEE HIM.
  • 26:38 NEXT WEEK WE'RE GOING TO STUDY PSALM 124 AND 125.
  • 26:42 GOD BLESS YOU,
  • 26:44 AND SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM
  • 26:46 PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM

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  1. Psalms 120 & 121
  2. Psalms 122 & 123
  3. Psalms 124 & 125
  4. Psalms 126 & 127
  5. Psalms 128 & 129
  6. Psalms 130 & 131
  7. Psalms 132 & 133
  8. Psalms 134
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