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Episode: “Psalms 126 & 127”
Out of captivity and sorrow, the Lord brings joy through deliverance. The Israelites have returned to the Promised Land. From the Southern Wall of the Temple Mount, Jeff reminds us that human efforts to build are in vain without the Lord’s protection.
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 126 & 127” (4/8)

  • 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♪
  • 00:48 SHALOM AND WELCOME TO ZOLA LEVITT PRESENTS.
  • 00:50 I'M SANDRA AND I AM SO GLAD THAT YOU ARE JOINING US TO WATCH THE PSALMS OF ASCENT,
  • 00:55 PSALMS 120 THROUGH 134.
  • 00:58 IF YOU'VE BEEN WATCHING
  • 01:00 YOU'VE SEEN GOD'S PROTECTION AND HIS PROVISION NOT ONLY FOR ISRAEL BUT FOR US TOO.
  • 01:05 MY GOOD FRIEND, DR. JEFFREY SEIF, WILL BE TEACHING THIS PROGRAM
  • 01:08 ON PSALMS 126, 127... DELIVERANCE AND RELIANCE.
  • 01:14 OUR GOOD FRIEND MARTY GOETZ WILL BE BACK WITH GREAT, GREAT MUSIC...UPLIFTING...
  • 01:19 I KNOW YOU'RE GOING TO ENJOY THIS.
  • 01:21 NOW TO ISRAEL AND THE PSALM 126
  • 01:27 "WHEN THE LORD TURNED AGAIN THE CAPTIVITY OF ZION WE WERE LIKE THEM THAT DREAM."
  • 01:32 "THEN WAS OUR MOUTH FILLED WITH LAUGHTER AND OUR TONGUE WITH SINGING."
  • 01:37 "THE LORD HATH DONE GREAT THINGS FOR US WHEREOF WE ARE GLAD."
  • 01:42 "TURN AGAIN OUR CAPTIVITY O LORD AS THE STREAMS IN THE SOUTH."
  • 01:47 "THEY THAT SOW IN TEARS SHALL REAP IN JOY."
  • 01:51 "HE THAT GOETH FORTH AND WEEPETH BEARING PRECIOUS SEED"
  • 01:55 "SHALL DOUBTLESS COME AGAIN WITH REJOICING BRINING HIS SHEAVES WITH HIM."
  • 02:02 IT'S SO GREAT TO SEE ISRAEL
  • 02:04 COMING BACK TO LIFE.
  • 02:05 HERE AT A SITE
  • 02:07 NOT FAR FROM JERUSALEM THAT WAS
  • 02:08 BUILT UP IN THE 4TH CENTURY,
  • 02:10 DESTROYED BY THE PERSIANS,
  • 02:12 AND NOW ONCE AGAIN ISRAELIS ARE COMING HERE.
  • 02:15 IN THIS CASE, BEHIND ME
  • 02:16 A FIELD TRIP OF YOUNG ISRAELI SCHOOL CHILDREN
  • 02:19 MAKING THEIR WAY,
  • 02:20 LEARNING, STUDYING
  • 02:22 AND WALKING THE ANCIENT ROADS.
  • 02:25 OH HOW EXCITED THEY WERE WHEN THEY FIRST HEARD THE DECREE IN EZRA
  • 02:29 THAT THOSE IN EXILE COULD MAKE THEIR WAY BACK TO THE ANCESTRAL HOMELAND.
  • 02:34 GIVING VOICE TO THAT,
  • 02:36 THE PSALMIST IN CHAPTER 126 SAYS, IN HEBREW,
  • 02:50 THEY WERE SO HAPPY!
  • 02:52 IN FACT IN VERSE 3 HE SAYS,
  • 03:01 THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE SAYING BACK HERE.
  • 03:03 IN FACT, THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ALL OVER ISRAEL.
  • 03:05 HERE THE PSALMIST GIVES VOICE TO THE JOY THAT ATTENDS THE RETURN FROM THE EXILE.
  • 03:11 BUT THEN THERE'S A SHIFT,
  • 03:13 AN INTERESTING SHIFT IN FACT.
  • 03:15 HE SAYS IN VERSE 4,
  • 03:29 AND EXPOSITORS HAVE WONDERED IN THIS PSALM OF ASCENT
  • 03:32 WHY IT BEGINS WITH THE ECSTASY OF RETURNING FROM EXILE
  • 03:39 AND THEN BEGGING IN THE MIDDLE OF IT
  • 03:41 "LORD, PLEASE, RETURN US FROM EXILE."
  • 03:44 WHAT SEEMS LIKE AN INCONSISTENCY CAN BE READILY UNDERSTOOD
  • 03:48 WHEN WE LOOK AT THE TEXT IN THE CONTEXT WITHIN WHICH IT WAS FIRST VOICED.
  • 03:53 AND THAT IS, ISRAELITES MADE THEIR WAY BACK FROM PERSIA ONCE UPON A TIME
  • 03:58 AT THE DECREE OF EZRA IN THE DAYS OF NEHEMIAH.
  • 04:02 THEY CAME BACK AND REBUILT.
  • 04:04 AND THEY WERE SO THRILLED TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME
  • 04:07 BUT WHEN THEY CAME THEY EXPERIENCE "TZOROS", "DIFFICULTIES".
  • 04:12 THEY LEARNED THERE WERE PROBLEMS IN THE LAND.
  • 04:15 THEY LEARNED THERE WERE PROBLEM PEOPLE
  • 04:17 BENT ON PROHIBITING THEM FROM MOVING FORWARD AND REBUILDING THE ANCESTRAL HOMELAND.
  • 04:22 THOSE PROBLEMS THAT EXISTED BACK THEN EXIST TODAY
  • 04:26 AND THESE PILGRIMS BEHIND ME FACE IT.
  • 04:29 AND IF YOU WATCH THE NEWS YOU KNOW IT.
  • 04:31 AND SO ON THE ONE HAND HERE THE PSALMIST SAYS
  • 04:33 "OH WE WERE SO HAPPY WHEN WE LEARNED WE COULD COME BACK".
  • 04:37 BUT THEN THERE'S THE STARK REALITY OF THOSE WHO RETURNED.
  • 04:41 THE ECSTASY TURNS TO AGONY
  • 04:43 WHEN INDIVIDUALS ARE MINDED TO CONSIDER THE PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH ENDEAVORING TO REBUILD.
  • 04:51 WHAT'S THE RECIPE FOR PEOPLE LIKE ME AND YOU
  • 04:53 WHEN WE FIND OURSELVES IN THAT INTERMEDIATE PLACE?
  • 04:57 SOMEPLACE BETWEEN THE PROBLEMS OF LIFE AND THE EXPECTED FULFILLMENT OF JOY
  • 05:03 WE FIND OURSELVES IN A HARD WAY RATHER DEPRESSED.
  • 05:07 WHAT OUGHT WE TO DO?
  • 05:08 WELL THE PSALMIST SAYS WHAT WE OUGHT TO DO
  • 05:10 IS WE SHOULD GO FORTH WEEPING BEARING THE SEED FOR SOWING
  • 05:14 KNOWING THAT WE WILL HAVE SUCCESS AT THE END OF THE DAY
  • 05:17 AND THAT WE'LL BRING IN THE SHEAVES.
  • 05:20 THERE'S AN ENCOURAGEMENT HERE TO PERSEVERE.
  • 05:23 AND GOODNESS, WE'RE LIVING IN THE MIRACLE OF MODERN ISRAEL TODAY.
  • 05:27 INDIVIDUALS CAME BACK BUT YOU KNOW WHAT?
  • 05:29 ISRAELITES NEED TO PERSEVERE.
  • 05:32 AND IT CAN BE FOR YOU AS WELL IN YOUR OWN CIRCUMSTANCES IN LIFE
  • 05:36 THAT YOU'VE EXPERIENCED A DELIVERANCE FROM YOUR OWN BONDAGE
  • 05:40 AND NOW YOU'RE LOOKING TO FIND YOUR WAY TO YOUR OWN PROMISED LAND WHAT GOD HAS FOR YOU.
  • 05:46 AND IT MIGHT BE A LITTLE SLOW IN COMING
  • 05:48 OR YOU MAY HAVE ENTERED THAT LAND BUT GOODNESS,
  • 05:51 IT SEEMS SO HARD TO INHABIT IT AND DEVELOP IT.
  • 05:54 WHAT'S THE WORD FOR YOU?
  • 05:56 THE WORD FOR YOU IS THE WORD TO THEM
  • 05:58 AND THAT IS TO PERSEVERE, TO ENDURE.
  • 06:01 AND WHY IS THAT?
  • 06:02 BECAUSE AT THE END OF THE DAY THERE'S A GOOD GOD
  • 06:04 AND HE STANDS POISED AND READY TO ENABLE HIS PEOPLE
  • 06:09 TO EXPERIENCE THE TRIUMPH THAT IS THEIRS IN HUMAN HISTORY.
  • 06:13 "OH, WAIT ON THE LORD",
  • 06:15 THE PSALMIST SAYS ELSEWHERE,
  • 06:16 THAT SAME PSALMIST WHO SAID
  • 06:18 THAT, "MY HELP WILL COME FROM THE LORD WHO MADE HEAVEN AND EARTH."
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  • 07:08 JEFF IS SO RIGHT.
  • 07:09 OUR HELP COMES FROM THE LORD WHO MADE HEAVEN AND EARTH.
  • 07:12 I WAS TELLING SOME PEOPLE THE OTHER DAY,
  • 07:14 IF GOD, MY GOD, CAN MAKE HEAVEN AND EARTH
  • 07:17 I THINK HE CAN PROBABLY HELP ME WITH ANYTHING THAT COMES ALONG IN MY LIFE.
  • 07:21 LET'S JOIN JEFF NOW ON PSALM 127.
  • 07:25 WE ARE BACK IN ISRAEL AND OUR RELIANCE...
  • 07:28 WE SEE WHERE OUR RELIANCE ON GOD REALLY COMES FROM.
  • 07:34 IN THE FIRST CENTURY THE LABORERS WERE VERY MUCH AT THE MERCY OF THEIR LIMITATIONS...
  • 07:40 PULLEYS THAT OFTEN DIDN'T WORK...
  • 07:43 SAWS THAT DIDN'T CUT.
  • 07:45 SOMETIMES DUE TO THE LACK OF PLANNING AND TEAMWORK
  • 07:49 THE LABORERS WERE THEMSELVES THE BIGGEST OBSTACLE.
  • 07:53 WITHOUT DEDICATION TO SOUND PRINCIPLES AND A JUST CAUSE
  • 07:58 THE BUILDING WAS DOOMED.
  • 08:00 IN THE WORDS OF THE PSALMIST,
  • 08:02 "EXCEPT THE LORD BUILD THE HOUSE"
  • 08:06 "THEY LABOR IN VAIN THAT BUILD IT."
  • 08:11 (Jeff speaking) BUILDING CAN BE VERY FRUSTRATING.
  • 08:15 SOMETIMES IT'S BECAUSE
  • 08:16 THE BUILDERS
  • 08:17 DON'T BUILD IT RIGHT.
  • 08:19 OTHER TIMES
  • 08:20 IT'S BECAUSE THE PIECES
  • 08:22 DON'T COME IN PLACE CORRECTLY...
  • 08:23 THERE'S A LOT TO COORDINATE.
  • 08:26 THAT'S IN PART WHY THE PSALMIST SAID,
  • 08:34 SPEAKING OF HOUSES AND SPEAKING OF BUILDINGS
  • 08:37 YOU'RE LOOKING HERE AT AN APPARATUS THAT WAS USED TO BUILD A HOUSE.
  • 08:43 AND A HOUSE WHERE?
  • 08:45 HERE IN JERUSALEM COMING FROM THE VERY SOUTHERN PART OF THE TEMPLE COMPLEX
  • 08:50 AND IT WAS HERE WHERE STONES LIKE THIS WERE MOVED ABOUT ON WHEELS LIKE THIS.
  • 08:56 AND THEY WERE HOISTED IN PLACE THEN...
  • 08:58 YOU CAN SEE BEHIND ME AN APPARATUS...
  • 09:00 THERE'S LEVERS...PULLEYS...
  • 09:02 THERE'S MEANS TO MOVE THESE STONES AROUND AND GET THEM IN PLACE.
  • 09:06 GET THEM IN PLACE WHY?
  • 09:08 BECAUSE THERE'S WAS A BIG PROJECT HERE.
  • 09:10 BACK IN BIBLE DAYS SOLOMON WAS VESTED WITH RESPONSIBILITY TO BUILD THE HOUSE OF THE LORD.
  • 09:19 AND TO BE SURE, HE USED INSTRUMENTS LIKE THE ONES YOU'RE SEEING RIGHT NOW.
  • 09:24 I'D LIKE YOU TO OPEN UP YOUR BIBLES PLEASE TO PSALMS CHAPTER 127.
  • 09:29 OF ALL THE PSALMS OF ASCENT THIS IS ONE THAT'S DEDICATED.
  • 09:33 IT SAYS,
  • 09:33 (SPEAKING IN HEBREW)
  • 09:35 "IT'S A PSALM OF ASCENTS,"
  • 09:37 (SPEAKING IN HEBREW)
  • 09:38 "OF SOLOMON"
  • 09:39 INTERESTINGLY ITS NOT THAT HE WROTE IT
  • 09:41 BUT IT'S ATTRIBUTED TO THE PROJECT THAT HE WAS ENGAGED IN.
  • 09:45 AND WHAT WAS THE PROJECT?
  • 09:46 BUILDING GOD'S HOUSE
  • 09:49 AND ITS HERE WHERE WE READ,
  • 10:17 IN BOTH CASES HERE, BOTH PARTS OF VERSE ONE,
  • 10:19 IT SPEAKS OF "BEIT" - "HOUSE"
  • 10:20 AND "IR" - "CITY"
  • 10:22 AND IT'S A HOUSE AND IT'S A CITY.
  • 10:24 THE HEBREW DOESN'T SAY "THE" HOUSE AND "THE" CITY.
  • 10:27 BUT EVEN THIS ENGLISH RENDERING FROM THE JEWISH PUBLICATION SOCIETY THAT I'M EMPLOYING,
  • 10:32 IT SAYS "THE" HOUSE AND "THE" CITY,
  • 10:34 TO HELP READERS ALONG TO UNDERSTAND THAT BY IMPLICATION
  • 10:38 FIRST IT MEANS JERUSALEM ITSELF.
  • 10:41 THE IDEA IS OF COURSE THE LORD WATCHES OVER THE CITY AND THE HOUSE THAT HE BUILDS HERE.
  • 10:48 BUT IT DOESN'T JUST APPLY TO THAT,
  • 10:50 THOUGH CERTAINLY THAT'S THE INITIAL CONTEXT,
  • 10:52 FOR IT COULD MEAN THE LORD WATCHING OVER ANY HOUSE AND ANY CITY.
  • 10:57 AND IT'S IN THAT SENSE THE TEXT THAT HARKS INITIALLY TO THIS REGAL CITY
  • 11:01 SPEAKS TO THE LESS THAN REGAL HOMES THAT PEOPLE LIKE ME AND YOU BUILD.
  • 11:07 THAT'S WHY THE PSALMIST SHIFTS
  • 11:09 AND TALKS ABOUT FAMILY LIFE THEN, NOT JUST ABOUT TEMPLE LIFE.
  • 11:12 HE SAYS IN VERSE 3,
  • 11:28 WELL IT BEGS THE QUESTION
  • 11:30 AND IT REALLY IS WORTH ASKING RHETORICALLY.
  • 11:33 HOW CAN WE GET GOD'S BLESSING ON OUR HOUSE?
  • 11:37 AND I DON'T JUST MEAN STICKS AND BRICKS,
  • 11:39 THOUGH CERTAINLY YOU WANT GOD'S BLESSINGS ON A SAFE AND SECURE DWELLING.
  • 11:43 BUT HOW CAN WE GET BLESSINGS ON OUR HOUSEHOLD OR CHILDREN?
  • 11:46 WE'RE TOLD HERE THAT UNLESS THE LORD WATCHES OVER IT THAT IT'S IN VAIN FOR US TO DO SO.
  • 11:52 WHAT CONTRIBUTES TOWARDS HIS BLESSINGS ON OUR AFFAIRS?
  • 11:56 THREE THINGS THAT I'D LIKE TO UNDERSCORE THAT ARE DERIVED FROM THE PSALM,
  • 12:00 NUMBER ONE - PRAYER.
  • 12:02 THE BIBLE SAYS IF WE SEEK HIM WE FIND HIM
  • 12:04 AND WE DO WELL TO PRAY FOR OUR PROGENY, FOR OUR CHILDREN.
  • 12:09 THIS SONG IS IN AFFECT, A SINGING PRAYER.
  • 12:12 SECONDLY, TO CONGREGATE TOGETHER,
  • 12:15 THAT THERE'S VALUE IN PEOPLE GETTING AWAY FROM JUST PRIVATIZED RELIGION
  • 12:20 AND TO BE SURE WE DO WELL TO GO INTO OUR PRIVATE CLOSETS AND PRAY,
  • 12:24 BUT NOT JUST DO THAT INDIVIDUALLY
  • 12:26 BUT COLLECTIVELY.
  • 12:28 JERUSALEM IS ESTABLISHED AND THE TEMPLE IS ESTABLISHED
  • 12:30 AS A PLACE WHERE PEOPLE CAN COME AND WORSHIP CORPORATELY.
  • 12:34 THIRDLY, LET ME UNDERSCORE SIMPLY READING THE SCRIPTURES
  • 12:38 HAS A WAY OF GETTING GOD'S MIND AND HIS HEART INTO PEOPLE
  • 12:42 WHICH SECURES GOD'S BLESSINGS.
  • 12:44 I SAY THAT BECAUSE RIGHT NOW WHAT I'M DOING, THOUGH I'M STANDING HERE IN JERUSALEM
  • 12:48 AND THOUGH YOU'RE SEEING WONDERFUL THINGS BEHIND ME THAT HARK TO THE BIBLE DAYS,
  • 12:53 WE CAN OPEN UP THE TEXT AND GET THE BIBLICAL STORY
  • 12:56 EVEN IF WE DON'T GET IT FROM HERE
  • 12:58 THERE'S A SENSE IN WHICH WHEN WE OPEN UP THE BIBLE
  • 13:00 WE'RE TRANSPORTED BACK INTO GOD'S WORLD WHERE WE CAN HEAR HIS WORD AND LEARN OF HIS WAYS
  • 13:06 AND THAT CONTRIBUTES TOWARD OUR SUCCESS IN LIFE AND HIS BLESSINGS.
  • 13:10 SO THREE THINGS IN RESPONSE TO THE QUESTION,
  • 13:13 MINDFUL THAT UNLESS THE LORD BUILDS THE HOUSE
  • 13:16 THEY LABOR IN VAIN WHO BUILD IT...
  • 13:18 THE QUESTION IS "HOW CAN WE SECURE GOD'S BLESSINGS IN OUR OWN AFFAIRS?
  • 13:22 PRAYER, I THINK IS IMPORTANT...
  • 13:24 SECONDLY CONGREGATING WITH OTHERS IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD IS SUPREMELY IMPORTANT...
  • 13:30 THIRDLY, READING THE SCRIPTURES.
  • 13:33 THOSE THREE COMBINE IN DIFFERENT WAYS
  • 13:36 TO GET BIBLICAL VALUE AND VIRTUE IN OUR MIND AND IN OUR HEART.
  • 13:40 AND THAT INVARIABLY CONTRIBUTES TOWARD GIVING GOD A PLACE WHERE HE CAN DIRECT US.
  • 13:45 WELL THE PSALMS ARE A GOOD PLACE TO GO
  • 13:48 AND HERE WE ARE IN THE PSALMS OF ASCENT
  • 13:50 WORKING OUR WAY THROUGH IT
  • 13:52 AND I TRUST YOU'RE BLESSED BY VIRTUE OF YOUR FRESH ENGAGEMENT WITH THE TEXT THAT BEGINS WITH
  • 13:56 "UNLESS THE LORD BUILDS THE HOUSE THEY LABOR IN VAIN WHO BUILD IT."
  • 14:13 ♪SHA' A' LU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM♪
  • 14:17 ♪SHA' A' LU, SHA' A' LU SHALOM♪
  • 14:21 ♪IN THE HOLY CITY OF JERUSALEM♪
  • 14:28 ♪WE WILL PRAY FOR PEACE...♪
  • 14:31 ♪SHA' A' LU SHALOM♪
  • 14:41 TRUST AND RELIANCE ON SOMEONE IS ONE OF THE KEYSTONES TO A RELATIONSHIP,
  • 14:46 TO A FRIENDSHIP...
  • 14:47 TRACIE, THEY TRUST US...
  • 14:49 OUR PILGRIMS TRUST US
  • 14:51 TO TAKE THEM SAFELY TO ISRAEL
  • 14:53 AND BRING THEM SAFELY HOME. >>ABSOLUTELY
  • 14:55 I LOVE THAT PICTURE OF GOD AND TRUSTING.
  • 14:58 AND HERE... THEY TRUST US.
  • 14:59 THEY DO TRUST US.
  • 15:01 TWO MAIN REASONS,
  • 15:02 I THINK ONE AS YOU KNOW,
  • 15:03 WE'VE NEVER CANCELLED
  • 15:04 A TOUR IN 28 YEARS. >>THAT IS TRUE
  • 15:05 YOU BOOK WITH US,
  • 15:06 WE'RE GOING,
  • 15:07 YOU CAN TRUST US.
  • 15:08 THE SECOND REASON IS THAT WE HAVE A PASSENGER LIAISON ON EACH BUS...
  • 15:12 THAT IS VERY UNCUSTOMARY.
  • 15:14 SO OUR PEOPLE CAN KNOW THAT IF ANYTHING HAPPENS
  • 15:17 ...THEY GET SICK,
  • 15:18 THEY HAVE SOMETHING COME UP,
  • 15:19 THEY NEED TO USE A PHONE....
  • 15:20 WE ARE THERE WITH THEM EVERY STEP OF THE WAY.
  • 15:22 AND IT REALLY MAKES THEM TRUST ZOLA TOURS >>YEAH
  • 15:26 THAT THEY KNOW THAT A MEMBER OF THE STAFF IS GOING ON EACH TRIP.
  • 15:29 THAT IS VERY UNCUSTOMARY.
  • 15:30 BUT THEY'RE FAR FROM HOME,
  • 15:31 THERE'S DIFFERENT FOOD,
  • 15:32 IT'S A WHOLE OTHER LANGUAGE,
  • 15:34 "I DON'T KNOW THIS AIRPORT",
  • 15:35 "HOW AM I GOING TO GET THERE?",
  • 15:36 "HOW I'M I NOT GOING TO...."
  • 15:38 THERE'S SO MANY THINGS
  • 15:39 AND TO PUT THEY'RE TRUST IS WONDERFUL,
  • 15:41 I LOVE THE PICTURE.
  • 15:43 WE HAVE ABOUT 5 STAFF PEOPLE
  • 15:44 WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK IN ISRAEL, >>AND THAT'S GREAT
  • 15:46 A TOUR PASTOR,
  • 15:47 A PASSENGER LIAISON,
  • 15:48 PEOPLE AT THE HOTEL...
  • 15:49 AND ONE THING I WANT TO
  • 15:50 TELL OUR VIEWERS ABOUT
  • 15:51 IS WE HAVE A PROGRAM
  • 15:53 AS MOST COMPANIES DO
  • 15:54 WHERE IF YOU HAVE
  • 15:56 10 PAYING PASSENGERS,
  • 15:57 ONE GOES FREE.
  • 15:58 A LOT OF TIMES PASTORS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS AS YOU WELL KNOW SANDRA.
  • 16:00 AND THEY SHOULD >>ABSOLUTELY
  • 16:02 EVERY PASTOR SHOULD BE IN ISRAEL.
  • 16:03 LISTEN TO ME AS I TELL YOU THIS...
  • 16:04 GO TO ISRAEL PASTORS.
  • 16:06 THAT'S MY BIG THING.
  • 16:08 I THINK THE REASON YOU SHOULD COME WITH US
  • 16:10 IS BECAUSE WHAT WE DO IS,
  • 16:11 BECAUSE WE HAVE PASSENGER LIAISON ON EACH BUS
  • 16:13 THE LOGISTICS AREN'T GOING TO FALL TO YOU
  • 16:15 AS THEY OFTEN DO IN CHURCH SETTINGS,
  • 16:18 SO THE PASTOR CAN GO,
  • 16:20 HE CAN REALLY BOND WITH HIS PEOPLE...
  • 16:21 HE CAN BE A PASTOR >>YES
  • 16:23 OR HE CAN NOT BE A PASTOR, HE CAN BE A PERSON.
  • 16:26 I THINK THAT IS WONDERFUL.
  • 16:28 OUR OFFER THIS WEEK IS MARTY GOETZ.
  • 16:30 IF YOU'VE LISTENED TO HIS MUSIC,
  • 16:32 YOU'VD HEARD IT, IT'S WONDERFUL,
  • 16:33 IT'S INSPIRATIONAL,
  • 16:35 IT'S UPLIFTING.
  • 16:36 LATER IN THE PROGRAM WE'LL HAVE
  • 16:37 A WAY YOU CAN ORDER THIS
  • 16:39 AND I KNOW YOU'RE GOING TO ENJOY IT.
  • 16:42 OUR FRIEND EITAN IN HAIFA, ISRAEL LOVES BELIEVERS,
  • 16:45 LOVES SEEING THEM COME TOGETHER...
  • 16:47 HE HELPS THEM COME TOGETHER.
  • 16:49 WE SHOULD ALL COME TOGETHER AS BELIEVERS.
  • 16:51 HERE'S EITAN.
  • 16:55 SHALOM, I'M EITAN SHISHKOFF
  • 16:56 AND WE'RE STANDING
  • 16:57 IN THE INDUSTRIAL ZONE
  • 16:59 OF A HAIFA BAY AREA CITY
  • 17:00 WHERE OUR CONGREGATION FOUND A HOME SOME FIFTEEN YEARS AGO.
  • 17:04 WE HAVE BEEN A COLLECTION OF SMALL BIBLE STUDIES
  • 17:08 AND WERE PRAYING AND LOOKING AROUND
  • 17:10 AND THIS WAS THE AREA TO WHICH WERE LED,
  • 17:12 WE DIDN'T EVEN KNOW IT EXISTED.
  • 17:14 WE FOUND ONE OF THE WAREHOUSES THAT'S BEHIND ME ON THIS SIDE AND RENTED IT.
  • 17:17 TWO YEARS AFTER THAT AS THE CONGREGATION WAS GROWING AND GATHERING SOME MOMENTUM,
  • 17:22 ONE EVENING I WAS SURPRISED TO RECEIVE A PHONE CALL THAT SAID,
  • 17:25 "THE WAREHOUSE IS ON FIRE".
  • 17:27 I RUSHED DOWN HERE,
  • 17:28 I DON'T LIVE TO FAR AWAY,
  • 17:30 AND SURE ENOUGH THERE WERE FLAMES LEAPING OUT OF THE ROOF.
  • 17:33 WE HAD THE HELP OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT TO PUT OUT THE FIRE
  • 17:37 BUT BEFORE IT COULD BE PUT OUT
  • 17:39 EQUIPMENT WAS MELTED,
  • 17:41 OUR ENTIRE OFFICE WAS DESTROYED,
  • 17:42 THE HUMANITARIAN AIDE THAT WE WERE BEGINNING TO DISTRIBUTE
  • 17:45 HAD BEEN REALLY ALL SMOKED DAMAGED.
  • 17:49 BUT WHAT WE FOUND WAS WHAT'S SAID IN THE SCRIPTURES ABOUT JOSEPH AND HIS BROTHERS
  • 17:55 THAT WHAT ONE PORTION OF THE COMMUNITY MEANT FOR EVIL, GOD MEANT FOR GOOD.
  • 18:00 AND REALLY THESE WERE OUR BROTHERS.
  • 18:02 WE DID NOT HOLD IT AGAINST THEM.
  • 18:04 WE UNDERSTAND THAT IT'S A VERY CONTROVERSIAL REALTY TO BE IN ISRAEL,
  • 18:08 TO BE RENEWING FAITH IN YESHUA,
  • 18:10 TO COME RIGHT OUT AND SAY "THIS IS A JEWISH THING TO DO...A JEWISH THING TO BELIEVE."
  • 18:15 AND OUT OF THAT PERSECUTION AND THAT FIRE BOMBING THAT TOOK PLACE IN 1997,
  • 18:20 THE BUILDING THAT'S BACK IN THE BACKGROUND ON THIS SIDE OF ME,
  • 18:23 SEVERAL STORIES AS YOU SEE, OPENED UP.
  • 18:27 IT WAS JUST BEING CONSTRUCTED AT THAT TIME
  • 18:29 AND SINCE THEN THROUGH THE GIFTS OF GOD'S PEOPLE WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO PURCHASE THAT BUILDING.
  • 18:34 WE'VE NOW BEEN IN IT FOR WELL OVER TEN YEARS
  • 18:38 AND WHAT WE'VE SEEN IS JUST A WONDERFUL GROWTH
  • 18:42 AND AS TIME HAS GONE ON WE'VE MADE GOOD RELATIONSHIPS WITH OUR NEIGHBORS HERE IN THIS AREA
  • 18:48 AND WE FEEL THAT THIS IS A SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY.
  • 18:51 I ALSO REMEMBER THAT WHEN THE DISCIPLES,
  • 18:56 THE ORIGINAL JEWISH BELIEVERS IN YESHUA IN THE FIRST CENTURY
  • 18:58 WERE PERSECUTED FOR THEIR FAITH AND HEAVILY PERSECUTED... THROWN INTO JAIL,
  • 19:04 SOME OF THEM BECAME MARTYRS...
  • 19:05 WE'RE NO WHERE NEAR THAT LEVEL OF PERSECUTION AT THIS TIME...
  • 19:09 THAT THEY THANKED THE LORD AND SAID THANK YOU FOR COUNTING US WORTHY TO SUFFER FOR YOUR NAME.
  • 19:14 WE FEEL THAT IT'S A PRIVILEGE.
  • 19:16 WE'RE NOT IN ANTAGONISTIC RELATIONSHIP,
  • 19:19 WE ARE... I'M AN ISRAELI CITIZEN...
  • 19:21 THIS IS OUR COUNTRY.
  • 19:23 AND WHAT WE REALIZE IS THAT THOUGH THERE ARE POCKETS OF PERSECUTION AROUND ISRAEL...
  • 19:28 PEOPLE IN OTHER CITIES, DEMONSTRATIONS TAKING PLACE AGAINST MESSIANIC JEWS,
  • 19:30 THE LOCAL PEOPLE ARE ACTUALLY COMING TO OUR DEFENSE AND SAYING, "NO YOU'RE WRONG..."
  • 19:37 "THESE PEOPLE ARE NOT TRYING TO CHANGE AND CONVERT OUR PEOPLE"
  • 19:40 "TO ANOTHER RELIGION, ANOTHER IDENTITY..."
  • 19:43 "THEY'RE ISRAELIS AND THEY'RE GOOD ISRAELIS."
  • 19:46 SO WE'RE THANKFUL TO BE HERE...
  • 19:48 WE FEEL THAT WE'RE PART OF A MIRACULOUS RESTORATION
  • 19:51 THAT'S TAKING PLACE BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD.
  • 19:55 ♪MY SOUL♪
  • 19:57 ♪WAIT THOU ONLY,♪
  • 19:59 ♪ONLY UPON GOD♪
  • 20:02 ♪FOR FROM HIM♪
  • 20:04 ♪IS MY EXPECTATION♪
  • 20:10 ♪MY SOUL WAIT THOU ONLY,♪
  • 20:14 ♪ONLY UPON GOD♪
  • 20:17 ♪FOR FROM HIM♪
  • 20:19 ♪IS MY EXPECTATION♪
  • 20:30 ♪HE IS MY DEFENSE♪
  • 20:32 ♪I SHALL NOT BE MOVED♪
  • 20:37 ♪HE IS MY DEFENSE♪
  • 20:39 ♪I SHALL NOT BE MOVED♪
  • 20:43 ♪HE IS MY DEFENSE♪
  • 20:46 ♪I SHALL NOT BE MOVED♪
  • 20:49 ♪HE IS MY DEFENSE♪
  • 20:52 ♪I SHALL NOT BE MOVED♪
  • 21:02 ♪MY MESSIAH ONLY,♪
  • 21:05 ♪HE ONLY IS MY ROCK♪
  • 21:08 ♪HE'S THE HORN OF MY SALVATION♪
  • 21:15 ♪MY LORD YESHUA ONLY♪
  • 21:19 ♪HE ONLY IS MY ROCK♪
  • 21:22 ♪HE IS THE HORN OF MY SALVATION♪
  • 21:35 ♪OH... HE IS MY DEFENSE♪
  • 21:37 ♪I SHALL NOT BE MOVED♪
  • 21:41 ♪HE IS MY DEFENSE♪
  • 21:44 ♪I SHALL NOT BE MOVED♪
  • 21:48 ♪HE IS MY DEFENSE♪
  • 21:50 ♪I SHALL NOT BE MOVED♪
  • 21:55 ♪HE IS MY DEFENSE♪
  • 21:57 ♪I SHALL NOT BE MOVED♪
  • 22:07 ♪SH'MA YISRAEL♪
  • 22:11 ♪ADONAI ELOHENU♪
  • 22:15 ♪ADONAI, ADONAI ECHAD♪
  • 22:25 ♪BARUCH SHEM K'VOD MALCHUTO♪
  • 22:32 ♪L'OLAM VAED♪
  • 22:45 ♪HE...IS...MY DEFENSE♪
  • 22:48 ♪AND I SHALL NOT...BE...MOVED♪
  • 22:54 ♪HE IS MY DEFENSE♪
  • 22:56 ♪I SHALL NOT BE MOVED♪
  • 23:02 ♪HE IS MY DEFENSE♪
  • 23:05 ♪I SHALL NOT BE MOVED♪
  • 23:09 ♪HE IS MY DEFENSE♪
  • 23:11 ♪I SHALL NOT BE MOVED♪
  • 23:14 ♪HE IS MY DEFENSE♪
  • 23:17 ♪I SHALL NOT BE MOVED♪
  • 23:22 ♪HE IS MY DEFENSE♪
  • 23:24 ♪I SHALL NOT BE MOVED...♪
  • 23:27 ♪I SHALL NOT BE MOVED♪
  • 23:30 ♪NO... I SHALL NOT♪
  • 23:33 ♪BE... MOVED♪
  • 23:48 PSALM 127, VERSE 1 SAYS,
  • 23:55 IT IS SO GOOD TO SEE A RE-BUILDING OF A CONGREGATION
  • 23:59 THAT HAD TROUBLE BEING REBUILT MARTY.
  • 24:01 YOU KNEW THE STORY... YOU KNEW EITAN.
  • 24:03 YEAH...I KNOW EITAN.
  • 24:05 I'VE KNOWN HIM SINCE HE WAS IN THE UNITED STATES. >>OH, WOW.
  • 24:07 MOVED OVER THERE A FEW YEARS AGO...
  • 24:09 HE'S AN AMAZING FELLOW.
  • 24:11 HE WAS A HIPPIE... >>OH, MY GOODNESS
  • 24:12 AND LIVED IN A CAVE
  • 24:14 AND BASICALLY
  • 24:15 BECAME A BELIEVER
  • 24:16 AND A PREACHER
  • 24:17 AND HAS A BEAUTIFUL FAMILY
  • 24:19 AND THEY BUILT A SYNAGOGUE
  • 24:20 AND HE REACHES OUT TO RUSSIANS AND ARABS
  • 24:23 AND HE JUST HAS LOVE FOR EVERYBODY.
  • 24:25 AND HIS SYNAGOGUE WAS BOMBED.
  • 24:28 AND THEY JUST REBUILT
  • 24:30 AND JUST BETTER THAN EVER...
  • 24:32 STRONGER THAN EVER.
  • 24:33 IT'S THE PERSECUTION THING OF BELIEVERS.
  • 24:35 PEOPLE JUST DON'T WANT TO HEAR THE WORD OF GOD. >>YEAH
  • 24:39 SORT OF LIKE FIRST CENTURY WHEN EVERYONE WAS...
  • 24:42 WELL YESHUA SAID...
  • 24:43 JESUS SAID THAT IF HE SUFFERED
  • 24:46 THEN WE'RE GOING TO SUFFER
  • 24:48 AND IF THEY TREATED HIM LIKE THAT,
  • 24:50 THEY'RE GOING TO TREAT US LIKE THAT.
  • 24:51 AND WHAT DOES HE SAY?
  • 24:52 HE SAYS, "REJOICE AND BE EXCEEDINGLY GLAD"
  • 24:55 "FOR GREAT IS YOUR REWARD IN HEAVEN."
  • 24:56 SO EITAN HAS A LOT OF REWARDS
  • 24:58 AS WELL AS HIS CONGREGATION.
  • 25:00 PROBABLY A LITTLE MORE THAN I DO (LAUGHING)
  • 25:02 AND MORE THAN I AS WELL
  • 25:03 BUT I THINK GOD USES EVERYTHING.
  • 25:05 HE USES YOUR MUSIC...
  • 25:06 THIS SONG "HE IS MY DEFENSE"...
  • 25:07 IT SAYS EVERYTHING IN LIKE ONE WORD DOESN'T IT? >>YEAH
  • 25:10 HE IS MY DEFENSE
  • 25:12 I SHALL NOT BE MOVED.
  • 25:13 THAT'S RIGHT
  • 25:14 I SHALL NOT BE MOVED.
  • 25:16 AND THESE DAYS ITS GOING TO BE MORE IMPORTANT TO RELY ON THE LORD
  • 25:18 BECAUSE ALL THE WORD'S CONVERGING AGAINST ISRAEL EVEN AS WE SPEAK
  • 25:21 AND JEWISH BELIEVERS IN PARTICULAR,
  • 25:23 BECAUSE THEY REPRESENT SOMETHING EVEN MORE.
  • 25:26 THEY REPRESENT THE KINGDOM OF YESHUA...
  • 25:29 THE REAL KING.
  • 25:30 AND THEY DIDN'T LIKE THE KING.
  • 25:32 NO...
  • 25:33 THE FIRST TIME AROUND >>THEY DIDN'T LIKE HIM.
  • 25:35 SO THEY'RE ENTERING INTO HIS SUFFERINGS
  • 25:38 WHICH IS REALLY WHAT WE'RE CALLED TO DO.
  • 25:41 IT IS AND EXCEPT LORD BUILDS IT...
  • 25:44 TO SEE THE RE-BUILDING
  • 25:46 AND THE RE-BUILDING IN ISRAEL
  • 25:47 AND THE RE-BUILDING OF OUR LIVES THAT GOD DOES IS INCREDIBLE.
  • 25:51 SO YOU'RE FAMILY WAS OKAY WITH YOU BEING A MESSIANIC.
  • 25:54 MY FAMILY DIDN'T LIKE IT...
  • 25:56 THEY WERE VERY DISAPPOINTED...
  • 25:57 I COULDN'T SAY I SUFFERED PERSECUTION
  • 25:59 BUT I SUFFERED A LOT OF STRANGE...
  • 26:03 "HERE'S MY CRAZY SON.... >>YES, YES....
  • 26:04 "MASHUGANA" AS THEY SAY
  • 26:06 YEAH... THEY ALL THINK I'M CRAZY.
  • 26:08 MY FATHER UNFORTUNATELY NEVER CAME TO FAITH, THAT I KNOW OF...
  • 26:10 HE'S DECEASED.
  • 26:12 MY MOTHER'S STILL ALIVE...
  • 26:13 SHE'S 90 YEARS OLD
  • 26:14 AND SHE STILL CAN'T STAND THE FACT THAT...
  • 26:17 WHAT'D SHE DO WRONG?
  • 26:18 WHAT DID I DO WRONG THAT HE WENT OVER TO THE OTHER SIDE?
  • 26:21 AREN'T THEY FUNNY? >>YES
  • 26:22 I'M SO TICKLED THAT YOU'RE ON THE PROGRAM
  • 26:24 AND YOUR MUSIC IS REALLY... >>THANK YOU
  • 26:26 WE WERE TALKING ABOUT IT...
  • 26:27 UPLIFTING...
  • 26:28 INSPIRATIONAL...
  • 26:29 IT IS WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL.
  • 26:31 ARE WE TRUSTING IN THE LORD THAT HE IS REALLY OUR DEFENSE AND REALLY OUR FOUNDATION?
  • 26:35 I WANT YOU THINK ABOUT IT THIS WEEK.
  • 26:37 AND JOIN US NEXT WEEK...
  • 26:38 PSALM 128 AND 129
  • 26:40 GOD BLESS YOU,
  • 26:41 AND AS YOU GO, SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM
  • 26:44 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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