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Episode: “Psalms 124 & 125”
Even though Israel’s opponents have been many and fearsome, the Lord has sustained Israel these many centuries. King David saw divine protection and likened it to the mountains that surround Jerusalem.
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.

Caption transcript for Psalms of Ascent: “Psalms 124 & 125” (3/8)

  • 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.
  • 00:49 I'M SANDRA AND WE'RE DOING THE STUDY OF THE PSALMS OF ASCENT.
  • 00:54 MY GOOD FRIEND DR. JEFFREY SEIF WILL DO THE TEACHING ON LOCATION IN ISRAEL
  • 00:58 AND MARTY GOETZ WILL JOIN US FOR SOME WONDERFUL INSPIRATIONAL MUSIC.
  • 01:02 I HOPE YOU ALL ARE REALLY ENJOYING THESE PSALMS OF ASCENT.
  • 01:06 THEY'RE SO ENCOURAGING, SO HOPEFUL.
  • 01:08 AND OUR HOPE AND STRENGTH IS IN THE LORD.
  • 01:11 JOIN US FOR THE PSALMS OF ASCENT.
  • 01:18 "IF IT HAD NOT BEEN THE LORD WHO WAS ON OUR SIDE WHEN MEN ROSE UP AGAINST US"
  • 01:23 "THEY WOULD HAVE SWALLOWED US UP QUICK WHEN THEIR WRATH WAS KINDLED AGAINST US."
  • 01:30 "BLESSED BE THE LORD WHO HATH NOT GIVEN US PREY TO THEIR TEETH."
  • 01:35 "OUR HELP IS IN THE NAME OF THE LORD WHO MADE HEAVEN AND EARTH."
  • 01:49 TO BE SURE
  • 01:50 WAR IS UNPLEASANT BUSINESS.
  • 01:54 WHETHER IT'S AN ANCIENT SOLDIER
  • 01:57 DONNING A BREASTPLATE AND A SWORD
  • 01:59 OR WHETHER IT'S SOMEONE STEPPING INTO A MODERN TANK,
  • 02:02 STILL IF YOU CAN IMAGINE WHAT GOES ON IN THE MINDS OF INDIVIDUALS
  • 02:07 THAT ARE THROWN AGAINST THE PROSPECTS OF THEIR OWN ANNIHILATION.
  • 02:11 ITS UNPLEASANT BUSINESS AS I'D SAID.
  • 02:14 THE PSALMIST GIVES VOICE TO THE ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH BEARING ARMS
  • 02:21 AND IF YOU'LL LOOK IN PSALM CHAPTER 124
  • 02:24 THERE'S SOMETHING THAT WAS A THROW BACK TO GOD'S PEOPLE IN A BYGONE ERA
  • 02:30 BECAUSE AS YOU WOULD KNOW IN BYGONE ERAS IF YOU READ THE BIBLE
  • 02:34 ISRAELITES HAD TO CONTEND.
  • 02:36 IF YOU READ THE NEWSPAPER TODAY
  • 02:38 YOU'LL LEARN THAT ISRAELITES STILL HAVE TO CONTEND.
  • 02:41 I'LL GET TO THE TEXT IN A SECOND.
  • 02:42 LET ME SPEAK TO THE TANK IN A MOMENT.
  • 02:44 THIS T55 WAS THE BACKBONE OF THE ARAB ARMIES, A NUMBER OF THEM,
  • 02:51 THE EGYPTIANS, THE SYRIANS...
  • 02:52 THIS WAS THERE MAIN STAY.
  • 02:54 IT WAS RUSSIAN MADE.
  • 02:56 AND THIS WAS CONFISCATED IN WAR.
  • 02:58 WELL AS I'D SAID WHETHER SOMEONE IS IN A TANK,
  • 03:01 IF YOU CAN IMAGINE A SOLDIER, YOU'RE AN INFANTRYMAN
  • 03:07 AND YOU'RE LOOKING AT SOMETHING LIKE THIS COMING TO YOU.
  • 03:10 WHAT WOULD YOU THINK?
  • 03:11 THE REASON WHY I SAID THAT IS TO SET UP THE PSALM
  • 03:13 BECAUSE I WANT YOU TO HEAR WHAT HE'S THINKING.
  • 03:16 BUT NOT JUST WHAT'S HE'S THINKING, WHAT HE'S FEELING.
  • 03:18 LET ME GIVE IT TO YOU IN HEBREW FIRST.
  • 03:20 AND THEN WE WILL EXPLORE IT IN ENGLISH.
  • 03:22 HE SAYS,
  • 03:31 AND THEN HE REPEATS BY SAYING,
  • 03:36 ...AND THEN THE REPETITION.
  • 04:05 THE PSALMIST ELSEWHERE SPEAKS OF "OUR HELP COMES FROM THE LORD WHO MADE HEAVEN AND EARTH".
  • 04:13 HE SAYS IT IN SO MANY WAYS IN FACT IN THE LAST VERSE IN PSALM 124...
  • 04:18 LET ME READ VERSE 8
  • 04:19 AND THEN EXPLORE IT WITH YOU FIRST IN MY VERSION.
  • 04:21 HE SAYS,
  • 04:36 AS I'D SAID AT THE OUTSET
  • 04:37 WAR TO BE SURE IS UNPLEASANT BUSINESS.
  • 04:40 BUT IT SEEMS THAT FROM THE VERY BEGINNING
  • 04:43 MEN HAVE BEEN FORCED TO DON ARMS IN DEFENSE OF HOME AND HEARTH.
  • 04:49 HERE THE PSALMIST FINDS HIMSELF AT A PLACE WHERE HE'S COMPELLED TO DO THAT.
  • 04:55 AND YOU CAN HEAR HOW HE FALLS BACK ON CONFIDENCE IN GOD.
  • 05:00 THE WORD "CONFIDENCE"
  • 05:02 COMES FROM THE LATIN WORD MEANING "CONFIDES"
  • 05:05 AND "CON" MEANS "WITH"
  • 05:06 AND "FIDES" MEANS "FAITH".
  • 05:09 TO BE SURE ITS IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE TO HAVE CONFIDENCE
  • 05:13 WHETHER IT'S A BOY ON A BASEBALL TEAM THAT HAS TO HAVE CONFIDENCE
  • 05:17 OR WHETHER IT'S A SOLDIER IN A TANK,
  • 05:20 WHETHER SOMEONE STANDING UP IN FRONT A TELEVISION CAMERA
  • 05:23 THERE NEEDS TO BE A CERTAIN KIND OF CONFIDENCE.
  • 05:25 WE NEED TO LOOK AT THE TASKS BEFORE US WITH A CERTAIN KIND OF CONFIDENCE.
  • 05:32 AND LET ME JUST SAY
  • 05:33 THERE ARE FEW THINGS TO MY WAY OF THINKING
  • 05:35 THAT ARE WORSE THAN A MAN WHO'S LOST HIS CONFIDENCE.
  • 05:40 THAT SENSE OF BEING DEFLATED IS NO GOOD.
  • 05:43 WHILE CONFIDENCE IS IMPORTANT
  • 05:46 AT ISSUE IN THE TEXT HERE ISN'T JUST A NATURAL KIND OF HUMAN CONFIDENCE.
  • 05:52 THAT IS TO SAY
  • 05:53 THE EXTENT TO WHICH THIS WRITER HAS SELF-CONFIDENCE I DON'T' KNOW.
  • 05:57 THAT'S BETWEEN THE WRITER AND HIMSELF AND GOD.
  • 06:00 BUT THE TEXT EXPRESSES HIM HAVING CONFIDENCE IN GOD AS A SOURCE.
  • 06:07 THE REASON WHY I SAY THAT IS BECAUSE HE SAYS THAT.
  • 06:10 HE SAYS,
  • 06:12 "IF IT HAD NOT HAD BEEN THE LORD WHO WAS ON OUR SIDE WHEN MEN CAME AGAINST US"
  • 06:17 "WE WOULD HAVE PERISHED."
  • 06:19 "THEY WOULD HAVE SWALLOWED US UP ALIVE."
  • 06:21 AND HE GOES ON TO SAY,
  • 06:23 "WE'VE ESCAPED WITH GOD'S HELP LIKE A BIRD ESCAPES FROM A SNARE."
  • 06:28 WHO'S TO SAY WHAT YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES HAVE BEEN IN LIFE.
  • 06:32 ONLY YOU KNOW...I DON'T.
  • 06:34 I KNOW AS I'VE MADE MY JOURNEY I'VE HAD DIFFICULTIES AND PROBLEMS
  • 06:39 BE IT WITH UNEMPLOYMENT,
  • 06:40 BE IT WITH HEALTH RELATED ISSUES,
  • 06:43 BE IT IN LITIGATION WITH PEOPLE WHO REALLY WERE BENT AGAINST ME.
  • 06:47 IN DIFFERENT WAYS, DIFFERENT PEOPLE EXPERIENCE DIFFERENT THINGS.
  • 06:51 LIKE THE PSALMIST, I CAN SAY,
  • 06:54 "IF IT NOT HAD BEEN THE LORD"
  • 06:56 "WHO WAS ON MY SIDE
  • 06:58 "I WOULD HAVE PERISHED."
  • 06:59 "MEN WOULD HAVE SWALLOWED ME UP ALIVE."
  • 07:04 IT'S EASY TO THINK IN TERMS OF WARS LONG AGO IN ANCIENT ISRAEL
  • 07:09 AS I'M READING A TEXT FROM ANCIENT ISRAEL, A WARRIOR TEXT,
  • 07:12 AS I'M STANDING HERE IN FRONT OF A TANK THAT WAS CAPTURED IN WARS WITH MODERN ISRAEL.
  • 07:18 BUT ON A PERSONAL NOTE THIS STORY NEEDS TO BECOME PERSONAL NOT JUST HISTORICAL.
  • 07:23 AND I SAY THAT BECAUSE YOU NEED TO KNOW THAT IF YOU WALK WITH GOD...
  • 07:28 AND THIS IS THE PURPOSE OF THE PSALM HERE BY THE WAY...
  • 07:31 THAT IF YOU WALK WITH GOD THEN HE'LL WALK WITH YOU
  • 07:34 AND HELP YOU TO OVERCOME THE CHALLENGES THAT BESET YOU.
  • 07:39 ITS GOOD NEWS FROM THE HEBREW BIBLE...
  • 07:42 ITS GOOD NEWS FOR YOU
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  • 08:26 LATRUN HAS ALWAYS BEEN A VISUAL FOR WAR.
  • 08:29 THERE ARE TANKS, ARMAMENTS...
  • 08:31 IT'S JUST A VISION OF WAR.
  • 08:33 AND AREN'T WE ALL IN SOME KIND OF WAR?
  • 08:36 WHETHER IT'S ECONOMICS,
  • 08:37 WHETHER ITS RELATIONSHIPS,
  • 08:39 WHAT'S GOING ON WITH THE WEATHER...
  • 08:41 WE'RE ALL IN SOME KIND OF WAR.
  • 08:43 BUT THE BIBLE POINTS OUT...
  • 08:45 AND JEFF WAS VERY RIGHT IN READING IT IN VERSE 2,
  • 08:56 AND IF YOU CONTINUE IN VERSE 8 IT SAYS,
  • 09:02 OUR HELP IS IN THE NAME OF THE LORD.
  • 09:05 WE GO NOW TO THE MOUNTAINS OF ISRAEL.
  • 09:11 "THEY THAT TRUST IN THE LORD SHALL BE AS MOUNT ZION"
  • 09:15 "WHICH CANNOT BE REMOVED BUT ABIDETH FOREVER."
  • 09:19 "AS THE MOUNTAINS ARE ROUND ABOUT JERUSALEM"
  • 09:22 "SO THE LORD IS ROUND ABOUT HIS PEOPLE"
  • 09:25 "FROM HENCEFORTH EVEN FOREVER."
  • 09:28 "DO GOOD O LORD UNTO THOSE THAT BE GOOD"
  • 09:32 "AND TO THEM THAT ARE UPRIGHT IN THEIR HEARTS"
  • 09:36 "PEACE BE UPON ISRAEL."
  • 09:43 PERMANENCE, STABILITY...
  • 09:47 THAT'S WHAT I THINK OF
  • 09:48 WHEN I THINK OF MOUNTAINS...
  • 09:50 IMMOVABLE OBJECTS...
  • 09:53 FIXED PLACES IN NATURE.
  • 09:57 I MENTION THIS BECAUSE IN THE SCRIPTURES
  • 09:59 MOUNTAINS ARE LIKENED TO THAT WHICH JUST SIMPLY CANNOT BE MOVED.
  • 10:03 JESUS, YOU CAN RECALL, SAID ONCE THAT IF YOU HAD FAITH YOU COULD MOVE MOUNTAINS.
  • 10:07 CERTAINLY IT IS A FIGURE OF SPEECH TO INDICATE THAT BY FAITH IN GOD
  • 10:11 WE CAN RE-ARRANGE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT ARE IMMOVABLE...
  • 10:15 CAN'T BE CHANGED ANY OTHER WAY.
  • 10:17 I MENTION THIS BECAUSE IN PSALM 125 HERE
  • 10:20 THE PSALMIST LIKENS GOD'S PROTECTION TO MOUNTAINS ROUND ABOUT JERUSALEM.
  • 10:26 AND IT SPEAKS OF GOD'S ABIDING LOVE, HIS CARE, HIS PROTECTION AND SO FORTH.
  • 10:32 WHAT I WANT TO DO IS EXPLORE THIS WITH YOU
  • 10:34 AND UNPACK PSALM 125 FIRST IN MY VERSION,
  • 10:58 I'M COMING TO YOU FROM OUTSIDE OF JERUSALEM
  • 11:00 AND YOU CAN SEE THIS VIEW BEHIND ME,
  • 11:03 ITS JUST ONE OF A NUMBER.
  • 11:04 ACTUALLY BREATHTAKING...
  • 11:06 IT'S SO VERY STIMULATING TO SEE HOW JERUSALEM...
  • 11:09 AND YOU MIGHT RECALL IN THE BIBLICAL TEXT JERUSALEM'S NESTLED THERE IN THE MOUNTAINS.
  • 11:13 DAVID SAID "WHAT A GREAT PLACE FOR A CAPITAL",
  • 11:15 GUIDED AS HE WAS BY THE HOLY SPIRIT IN MAKING THAT PARTICULAR CHOICE.
  • 11:19 THE REASON WHY I SAY THAT IS BECAUSE IF YOU LOOK AT THE CITY OF JERUSALEM ITSELF
  • 11:25 IT'S REALLY RATHER INTERESTING.
  • 11:26 JERUSALEM CERTAINLY IS A HILL ON A MOUNTAIN THERE...
  • 11:31 THE CAPITAL CITY WHERE THE TEMPLE STOOD.
  • 11:33 BUT THERE'S THESE VALLEYS AROUND IT
  • 11:35 AND IT FORMS
  • 11:36 THE LETTER "SHIN" IN HEBREW.
  • 11:38 AND "SHIN" IS...
  • 11:40 THE LETTER RATHER
  • 11:42 IS FOR THE NAME "SHIN"
  • 11:44 WHICH MEANS "NAME"...
  • 11:46 "HA SHIN", "THE NAME"...
  • 11:47 IT IS A PRINCIPAL NAME OF GOD IN BIBLICAL LITERATURE.
  • 11:50 HENCE EVEN THE TEMPLE ITSELF
  • 11:52 IN THE CAPITAL CITY OF JERUSALEM ITSELF
  • 11:56 IMPOSED INTO THE TOPOGRAPHY
  • 11:58 IS THE WORD FOR "GOD" IN HEBREW.
  • 12:01 RATHER FASCINATING.
  • 12:03 IN ANY CASE HERE THE PSALMIST LIKENS GOD'S PROTECTION, HE SAYS,
  • 12:07 "AS THE MOUNTAINS ARE ROUND ABOUT JERUSALEM SO THE LORD IS ROUND ABOUT HIS PEOPLE"
  • 12:14 TO PROVIDE PROTECTION IN AFFECT.
  • 12:16 I WONDER SOMETIMES, HAVE PEOPLE ACTUALLY READ THEIR BIBLES?
  • 12:21 YOU HAVE THESE REPLACEMENT THEOLOGIANS THAT SAY
  • 12:23 THAT GOD IS DONE WITH THE JEWS; HE'S TAKEN AWAY HIS PROTECTION.
  • 12:26 THEY ENVISION THAT THE ISRAELITE PRESENCE HERE IN THIS ERA
  • 12:31 IS A FLUKE IN HISTORY, HAS NO PLACE WHATSOEVER
  • 12:34 BECAUSE GOD HAS ABANDONED THE JEWS.
  • 12:36 THAT'S NOT TRUE...
  • 12:37 GOD SAYS HE NEVER WILL ABANDON THE JEWS...
  • 12:39 THEY ABANDON THE JEWS.
  • 12:40 JEWS MAY WELL HAVE BEEN ABANDONED IN A FEW CHRISTIAN PULPITS
  • 12:44 BUT ACCORDING TO THE SACRED LITERATURE...NO...
  • 12:47 GOD'S STEADFAST LOVE, HIS RESOLVE IS SO AMPLY NOTED.
  • 12:52 I ONLY WISH IT WOULD MAKE ITS INDELIBLE MARK ON THE CEREBRAL CORTEX OF PEOPLE
  • 12:59 THAT CLAIM TO BE BIBLICAL THINKERS AND RELIGIOUS STORY TELLERS.
  • 13:02 THEIR STORY IS ONE OF ABANDONMENT AND THROWING JEWISH PEOPLE UNDER THE BUS.
  • 13:06 THAT'S NOT WHAT'S INDICATED HERE
  • 13:08 WHERE GOD'S LOVE AGAIN IS LIKENED TO A MOUNTAIN RANGE AROUND JERUSALEM.
  • 13:13 IT SPEAKS OF PROTECTIONS, PERMANENCE, STABILITY, LOVE AND AFFECTION.
  • 13:16 OKAY, SO MUCH FOR THAT.
  • 13:18 I'LL GET OFF MY SOAPBOX NOW.
  • 13:20 HE SAYS IN VERSE 4,
  • 13:31 IT'S NOT ONLY THAT GOD IS MINDED TO DO GOOD AND PRESERVE JERUSALEM,
  • 13:35 BUT THEN THERE'S THE PETITIONER HERE WHO IS SAYING,
  • 13:39 "LORD...AND HOW ABOUT ME..."
  • 13:41 "PLEASE LORD BE GRACIOUS UNTO ME..."
  • 13:44 "PLEASE LORD BE GRACIOUS."
  • 13:46 AND ISN'T THAT SO MUCH THE CRY OF OUR HEARTS.
  • 13:49 YOU CAN FIND YOURSELF IN CIRCUMSTANCES IN LIFE
  • 13:52 WHERE YOU SEEM TO BE ASSAILED BY THINGS THAT ARE BEYOND YOUR CONTROL
  • 13:56 AND LESS THEN WHAT YOU WOULD HOPE FOR YOUR OWN LIFE
  • 14:00 OR FOR THE LIVES OF LOVED ONES AROUND YOU.
  • 14:03 AND YOUR HEART'S CRY AND YOUR PRAYER CAN BE
  • 14:05 "LORD PLEASE DO GOOD... LORD PRESERVE...LORD HELP."
  • 14:08 IF GOD CEASES HIS PROMISES TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE IN THE BIBLE IN THE OLD TESTAMENT,
  • 14:13 WHY WOULD YOU THINK HE WOULD ABIDE IN HIS PROMISES TO YOU FROM THE NEW TESTAMENT?
  • 14:17 I THINK WE NEED TO BE CONSISTENT IN OUR APPROACH TO THE LITERATURE
  • 14:20 AND AWARE OF THE FACT THAT GOD IS ABLE TO WATCH HIS PEOPLE AND PRESERVE HIS PEOPLE
  • 14:26 AND ATTEND TO HIS PROMISES...
  • 14:28 "DOR L' DOR"...
  • 14:29 FROM "GENERATION TO GENERATION".
  • 14:31 AND INASMUCH AS THE PSALMIST HERE GIVES VOICE TO GOD'S STEADFAST LOVE TO ISRAEL,
  • 14:35 THEN THE PSALMIST PERSONALIZES AND SAYS,
  • 14:37 "LORD, NOW ABOUT ME..."
  • 14:39 OR " ABOUT WE... LORD PLEASE HELP US."
  • 14:41 AND THEN THE PSALMIST CLOSES,
  • 14:49 WE CLOSE OUR PROGRAMS WITH SAYING MUCH THE SAME,
  • 14:52 AN EXHORTATION IN PSALMS TO PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.
  • 14:55 IT SEEMS THAT ISRAEL'S STABILITY IS IMPORTANT IN THE BIBLICAL TEXT THAT GOD HAS A PEOPLE,
  • 15:04 HE'S GIVEN THEM A LAND,
  • 15:06 HE BRINGS THE PEOPLE TO THE LAND
  • 15:08 AND IN THE LAND PEOPLE PRAY FOR GOD'S PRESERVATION OF THEM IN THAT LAND.
  • 15:13 THAT'S NOT ONLY THE CASE WITH PEOPLE HERE IN ISRAEL
  • 15:16 BUT YOU YOURSELF AS YOU'RE WALKING OUT YOUR OWN RELATIONS WITH THE LORD
  • 15:19 YOU MAY WELL BE AT A PLACE WHERE YOU NEED TO TARRY AT THE ALTAR
  • 15:23 AND SAY LORD PLEASE HELP AND PRESERVE,
  • 15:25 WHETHER IT'S A BODY,
  • 15:27 WHETHER IT'S A CIRCUMSTANCE,
  • 15:28 WHETHER IT'S A SITUATION...
  • 15:30 "LORD, PRESERVE...LORD HELP... PLEASE LORD DO GOOD...LET YOUR FACE TO SHINE UPON ME".
  • 15:35 MUCH AS THE SUN IS SHINING UPON ME HERE IN AROUND JERUSALEM
  • 15:40 SO IT IS YOU MIGHT ASK FOR GOD'S SUNSHINE TO SHINE UPON YOU.
  • 15:43 I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT THOUGH GOD'S LOVE IS MANIFEST IN THIS PLACE
  • 15:48 IT'S DISPLACED FROM THIS PLACE...
  • 15:50 THOSE RAYS SHINE EVERYWHERE TO ALL WHO CALL UPON HIM.
  • 15:53 SO LET ME ENCOURAGE YOU TO BE LIKE THE PSALMIST WHO SAYS,
  • 15:56 "DO GOOD O LORD TO THOSE WHO ARE GOOD."
  • 15:59 CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD
  • 16:01 AND YOU'LL SEE THAT HE IS WELL PLEASED TO GIVE HIS BLESSINGS TO YOU.
  • 16:20 ♪SHA' A' LU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM♪
  • 16:23 ♪SHA' A' LU, SHA' A' LU SHALOM♪
  • 16:27 ♪IN THE HOLY CITY OF JERUSALEM♪
  • 16:34 ♪WE WILL PRAY FOR PEACE...♪
  • 16:37 ♪SHA' A' LU SHALOM♪
  • 16:47 HOW COMFORTING THAT THE LORD SURROUNDS HIS PEOPLE FOREVER.
  • 16:52 VERSE 2 SAYS, "FOREVER".
  • 16:55 TRACIE, I LOVE THAT WE COMFORT AND WE CARE FOR OUR PEOPLE GOING TO ISRAEL.
  • 16:59 SANDRA WE REALLY DO
  • 17:01 AND I THINK THE MARK
  • 17:02 OF THIS JOB IS...
  • 17:03 I DON'T THINK THAT MOST OF
  • 17:05 OUR VIEWERS KNOW THIS
  • 17:06 BUT OUR TOUR
  • 17:07 IS THE ONLY TOUR THAT I'VE HEARD OF
  • 17:08 THAT HAS A PASSENGER LIAISON ON EACH TOUR.
  • 17:11 EACH BUS HAS TOUR PASTOR, A PASSENGER LIAISON,
  • 17:14 WHEN A PASSENGER NEEDS A DOCTOR,
  • 17:16 OR THEY NEED CARE OR THEY NEED COMFORT,
  • 17:18 WHEN THEY NEED PRAYER,
  • 17:20 WHEN THEY HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT THEIR HOTEL WE'RE THERE.
  • 17:22 THEY KNOW THAT THEY CAN HAVE SOMEONE THEY CAN GO TO.
  • 17:24 SPIRITUALLY, EMOTIONALLY, LOGISTIC WISE,
  • 17:27 WE TAKE CARE OF EVERYTHING ON THE TOUR.
  • 17:29 WHAT A COMFORT TO KNOW THAT I'M TAKEN CARE OF
  • 17:32 JUST AS GOD HAS SURROUNDED ME AND TAKES CARE OF ME.
  • 17:35 IT'S SUCH A RELIEF NOT TO HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT ANYTHING ON THE TOURS...
  • 17:39 RIGHT? THANK YOU. >>AND WHAT'S SO NEAT SANDRA
  • 17:41 IS I THINK ON EVERY TOUR I HAVE BEEN ON
  • 17:43 THERE HAS BEEN A PASSENGER OR TWO THAT HAS NEEDED EXTRA CARE
  • 17:45 AND I'M TELLING YOU OUR PASSENGERS STEP UP
  • 17:49 WHEN I SEE FOUR OR FIVE PEOPLE
  • 17:51 HELPING AN ELDERLY GENTLEMAN WALK DOWN TO THE SEA OF GALILEE
  • 17:55 IT JUST TOUCHES MY HEART SO DEEPLY >>IT IS THE NORM
  • 17:57 OUR PEOPLE LOVE THE LORD SO MUCH
  • 18:00 AND THEY CARE FOR OTHERS ON OUR TOUR.
  • 18:01 AND IT'S TERRIFIC.
  • 18:03 OUR OFFER THIS WEEK
  • 18:04 IS MARTY GOETZ' MUSIC.
  • 18:06 IF YOU'RE LISTENING TO IT
  • 18:07 AND ENJOYING IT
  • 18:08 WE'RE GOING TO LET YOU KNOW LATER IN THE PROGRAM
  • 18:11 HOW YOU CAN GET THIS OFFER.
  • 18:12 IT IS TERRIFIC.
  • 18:13 ALSO, I'VE SAID BEFORE IN THE OTHER PROGRAMS,
  • 18:16 IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE TAKE CARE OF OUR FRIENDS AND WE CARE FOR OUR FRIENDS.
  • 18:19 AND WE CARE FOR FRIENDS.
  • 18:21 EITAN REALLY CARES FOR THE IMMIGRANTS THAT ARE COMING BACK TO THE LAND...
  • 18:26 THE JEWS THAT ARE COMING BACK TO THE LAND.
  • 18:29 HERE'S EITAN IN ISRAEL.
  • 18:33 SHALOM, I'M EITAN SHISHKOFF
  • 18:34 WITH "TENTS OF MERCY" IN ISRAEL.
  • 18:37 ACTUALLY RIGHT NEAR THE HAIFA BAY
  • 18:39 IN A TOWN CALLED KIRYAT YAM
  • 18:41 WHERE WE'RE LOCATED AT THE MOMENT.
  • 18:43 AND I'D LIKE TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT THE PHENOMENON
  • 18:47 OF THE RETURN OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE TO ISRAEL
  • 18:50 AND OF THE RESTORATION OF FAITH IN JESUS...FAITH IN YESHUA AS A JEWISH PHENOMENON.
  • 18:57 IN THE BOOK OF JEREMIAH, CHAPTER 30,
  • 18:59 WE SEE THAT GOD PROMISES...
  • 19:02 AND THIS IS FOLLOWING MANY VERSES THAT DISCUSS THE RETURN OF THE EXILES TO THE LAND OF ISRAEL.
  • 19:09 GOD PROMISES THAT HE WILL ESTABLISH...HE WILL CUT A NEW COVENANT WITH ISRAEL.
  • 19:16 THIS IS AN INCREDIBLE PROMISE BECAUSE THE LANGUAGE IS VERY CLEAR...
  • 19:19 IT IS ACTUALLY RELATING TO THE NEW TESTAMENT, NEW COVENANT, THE "B'RIT HADASHA" IN HEBREW.
  • 19:25 AND HE SAYS THIS IS WHAT ITS GOING TO CONSIST OF...
  • 19:37 THE INTIMACY OF THIS PROMISE REALLY CAPTURES ME
  • 19:40 AND WHAT I SEE IS THAT GOD IS CALLING THOSE WHO FOLLOW JESUS TO CONTINUE TO CELEBRATE THEIR JEWISH LIFE AND HERITAGE.
  • 19:49 THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED TO MYSELF AND TO MY WIFE.
  • 19:51 WE'VE BEEN RAISING OUR FAMILY NOW FOR SOME THIRTY YEARS IN THAT PROCESS.
  • 19:56 AND THE CONGREGATIONS THAT GOD ALLOWED US TO PLANT IN ISRAEL FOLLOW IN THAT PATTERN AS WELL.
  • 20:00 IN FACT, EVERY SHABBAT WE READ FROM THE TORAH SCROLL
  • 20:05 JUST AS IS DONE IN SYNAGOGUES AROUND THE WORLD.
  • 20:08 AND THIS IS PART OF OUR STATEMENT,
  • 20:12 PART OF OUR LIFE WITNESS AND TESTIMONY TO OUR OWN PEOPLE.
  • 20:16 WE HAVE NOT BECOME TRAITORS,
  • 20:18 WE HAVE NOT CONVERTED TO ANOTHER RELIGION,
  • 20:20 AND THAT THE ORIGINS OF FAITH IN YESHUA ARE INDEED RIGHT HERE IN ISRAEL.
  • 20:24 THIS IS A PHENOMENON THAT HAS NOT EXISTED FOR SOME 18TH AND 19TH CENTURIES.
  • 20:29 AND SO IT'S SOMETHING THAT I BELIEVE SHOULD EXCITE EVERY ONE OF US
  • 20:34 NO MATTER WHAT OUR BACKGROUND OR NO MATTER WHERE WE'RE LIVING IN THE WORLD
  • 20:37 THAT GOD KEEPS HIS WORD AND THAT SOMETIMES IT TAKES A FEW CENTURIES FOR IT TO HAPPEN.
  • 20:43 BUT THE LORD DOES NOT FORGET AND HE IS RE-ESTABLISHING A COMMUNITY OF BELIEVERS IN YESHUA
  • 20:50 JUST AS IT WAS WITH THE APOSTLES IN THE 1ST CENTURY RIGHT HERE IN ISRAEL IN OUR TIMES.
  • 20:58 ♪LORD OF HOSTS IS WITH US♪
  • 21:01 ♪THE GOD OF JACOB IS OUR REFUGE♪
  • 21:08 ♪WHEN THE NATIONS RAGE♪
  • 21:10 ♪AND ALL THE KINGDOMS FALL♪
  • 21:13 ♪HE SAYS I AM, I AM,♪
  • 21:18 ♪I AM ALL♪
  • 21:22 ♪AND THERE'S A RIVER♪
  • 21:25 ♪WHO'S STREAMS MAKE GLAD THE CITY OF GOD♪
  • 21:33 ♪THEY FLOW TO HIS HOLY HABITATION♪
  • 21:37 ♪THEY FLOW TO THE HOME OF THE MOST HIGH♪
  • 21:42 ♪THE LORD OF HOSTS IS WITH US♪
  • 21:46 ♪THE GOD OF JACOB IS OUR REFUGE♪
  • 21:51 ♪HE BREAKS THE BOW,♪
  • 21:54 ♪AND HE SHATTERS THE SPEAR♪
  • 21:58 ♪AND SAYS I AM, I AM,♪
  • 22:02 ♪I AM HERE!♪
  • 22:12 ♪SO WE WILL NOT FEAR♪
  • 22:14 ♪THOUGH THIS WORLD SHOULD CHANGE♪
  • 22:17 ♪THOUGH THE WATERS ROAR♪
  • 22:18 ♪THOUGH THE MOUNTAINS SHAKE AND TREMBLE♪
  • 22:21 ♪FOR HE'S A PRESENT HELP IN TROUBLE,♪
  • 22:30 ♪IN TROUBLE♪
  • 22:40 ♪BE STILL♪
  • 22:44 ♪AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD♪
  • 22:51 ♪I AM EXALTED IN THE NATIONS♪
  • 22:55 ♪I AM EXALTED IN THE EARTH♪
  • 23:03 ♪THE LORD OF HOSTS IS WITH US♪
  • 23:06 ♪THE GOD OF JACOB IS OUR REFUGE♪
  • 23:12 ♪TILL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH♪
  • 23:15 ♪HE CAUSES WARS TO CEASE♪
  • 23:19 ♪AND SAYS I AM, I AM,♪
  • 23:23 ♪I AM PEACE♪
  • 23:28 ♪HE SAYS I AM, I AM,♪
  • 23:34 ♪I... AM...
  • 23:38 ♪PEACE♪
  • 23:54 IF YOU'RE LISTENING TO THE MUSIC YOU'RE LISTENING TO MARY GOETZ
  • 23:57 AND ITS BEEN A BLESSING TO HAVE HIM IN THE STUDIO HEARING HIS MUSIC.
  • 24:01 THEY USED TO ASK ZOLA WHERE HE GOT HIS IDEAS
  • 24:05 AND ZOLA WOULD SAY,
  • 24:07 "I'M JUST A STENOGRAPHER FOR GOD."
  • 24:09 WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR IDEAS?
  • 24:11 I WISH I HAD SOMETHING
  • 24:12 THAT ORIGINAL TO SAY.
  • 24:13 WHEN I WAS A LITTLE BOY
  • 24:15 I SANG IN THE CANTOR'S CLUB AT OUR TEMPLE.
  • 24:18 OH MY GOODNESS THAT'S...
  • 24:20 WE HAD AN INTERNATIONALLY KNOWN CANTOR.
  • 24:21 HE'S THE SINGER IN THE SYNAGOGUE,
  • 24:23 FOR PEOPLE WHO DON'T KNOW,
  • 24:24 AND HE HAD A WHOLE BUNCH OF KIDS THAT FOR HIM
  • 24:28 AND I WAS ONE OF THE KIDS WHO SANG
  • 24:30 AND ONE OF THE LOWER SOLOISTS EVERY ONCE IN AWHILE.
  • 24:32 SO I LEARNED TO SING IN HEBREW.
  • 24:34 AND IN HEBREW YOU WOULD SING FROM THE BOOK,
  • 24:37 THE PRAYER BOOK, WHICH HAD A LOT OF SONGS IN IT
  • 24:39 SO WHEN I BECAME A BELIEVER AND I OPENED THE PSALMS
  • 24:42 I RECOGNIZED PSALM 23.
  • 24:44 AND OF COURSE I RECOGNIZED THAT
  • 24:46 BUT I ALSO VAGUELY COULD...
  • 24:48 IN THE PRAYER BOOK THEY WOULD SAY SOME OTHER SONGS.
  • 24:51 SO I JUST SAT AND BEGAN TO WRITE MUSIC TO THE SCRIPTURES.
  • 24:56 AND I WOULD SAY I DON'T HAVE ANYTHING THAT CLEVER TO SAY ABOUT IT
  • 25:00 BUT I WOULD THINK IT WOULD ABOUT THE SAME THING
  • 25:02 THAT THE WORD OF GOD HAS MUSIC IN IT AND IT SPEAKS TO YOU.
  • 25:06 AND IT DOES
  • 25:07 AND MELODY COMES FROM THAT >>IT DOES
  • 25:09 AND SOMEHOW IT JUST ALL WORKS, PRAISE THE LORD.
  • 25:11 THANK GOODNESS. >>AMEN
  • 25:12 HOW ELSE ARE WE GOING TO DO IT?
  • 25:14 BUT THE PSALM 124 IS ONE OF THOSE...
  • 25:17 "ANTIPHONAL"
  • 25:18 ANTIPHONAL PSALMS...
  • 25:20 SEE I'M FROM THE SOUTH...
  • 25:21 I WANT TO SAY IT A WHOLE DIFFERENT WAY >>ANTI-PHONAL
  • 25:22 ANTI-PHONAL >>THAT'S RIGHT
  • 25:23 I DON'T WANT TO SAY IT THAT WAY
  • 25:24 BUT I'D LIKE TO READ THAT AGAIN...
  • 25:25 ABSOLUTELY >>THERE'S ONLY 3 IN HERE...
  • 25:27 121...124... AND PSALM 129.
  • 25:29 AND I HAVE MY NEW KING JAMES VERSION.
  • 25:30 YOU DO?
  • 25:31 I JUST HAVE MY OLD KING JAMES >>OKAY
  • 25:33 ALRIGHT, I'LL START >>ALRIGHT
  • 25:35 "IF IT HAD NOT BEEN FOR THE LORD WHO WAS ON OUR SIDE"
  • 25:38 "NOW MAY ISRAEL SAY"
  • 25:39 "IF IT HAD NOT BEEN FOR THE LORD WHO WAS ON OUR SIDE"
  • 25:41 "WHEN MEN ROSE UP AGAINST US"
  • 25:43 "THEN THEY WOULD HAVE SWALLOWED US UP ALIVE"
  • 25:46 "WHEN THEIR WRATH WAS KINDLED AGAINST US."
  • 25:49 "THEN THE WATERS HAD OVERWHELMED US,"
  • 25:51 "THE STREAM HAD GONE OVER OUR SOUL."
  • 25:53 "THEN THE SWOLLEN WATERS WOULD HAVE GONE OVER OUR SOUL."
  • 25:57 "BLESSED BE THE LORD WHO HATH GIVEN US AS PREY TO THEIR TEETH."
  • 26:01 "AND OUR SOUL HAS ESCAPED AS BIRD FROM THE SNARE OF THE FOWLERS."
  • 26:06 "THE SNARE IS BROKEN AND WE HAVE ESCAPED" >>"AND WE HAVE ESCAPED"
  • 26:09 "OUR HELP IS IN THE NAME OF THE LORD"
  • 26:11 "WHO MADE HEAVEN AND EARTH"
  • 26:13 AMEN
  • 26:14 CAN'T YOU SEE PEOPLE SAYING THIS BACK AND FORTH TO EACH OTHER?
  • 26:16 I CAN...I CAN HEAR IT.
  • 26:17 AND HOW ENCOURAGING AND HOW UPLIFTING THAT MUST BE.
  • 26:22 WE SHOULD DO THAT THESE DAYS.
  • 26:23 I LOVE IT >>THAT WOULD BE A GOOD THING TO DO
  • 26:25 I THINK WE SHOULD JUST FORM A LITTLE PARADE
  • 26:26 AND JUST KIND OF DO OUR OWN PSALMS.
  • 26:28 I THINK SO...
  • 26:29 AN ANTIPHONAL PARADE
  • 26:30 OH WELL OKAY THAT'S...
  • 26:31 BUT WHATEVER THAT WORD IS... I LOVE IT
  • 26:33 SO YOU'LL BE BACK WITH US... WE'LL HAVE MORE MUSIC. >>GREAT
  • 26:34 IT WILL BE GREAT
  • 26:35 JOIN US NEXT WEEK...
  • 26:36 WE'LL BE IN PSALMS 126, 127.
  • 26:39 GOD BLESS YOU,
  • 26:40 AND SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM
  • 26:42 PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM

Episodes in this series

  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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