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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 128 & 129”
At the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, Jeff considers the Psalms’ clear teaching that fear of the Lord and honoring His ways bring blessings to individuals and families. Israel as a nation has seen much affliction, but the Lord’s support is unwavering.

Caption transcript for Psalms of Ascent: “Psalms 128 & 129” (5/8)

  • 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.
  • 00:51 WELL WE'RE MIDWAY IN THE SERIES OF OUR PSALMS OF ASCENT...
  • 00:54 PSALMS 120 THROUGH 134.
  • 00:57 WE'VE SEEN THE WONDERFUL PROMISES OF JOY, OF VICTORY AND RESTORATION IN GOD.
  • 01:02 MY GOOD FRIEND DR. JEFFREY SEIF WILL BE DOING THE TEACHING
  • 01:06 ON PSALMS 128 AND 129 IN THIS PROGRAM.
  • 01:09 AND MARTY GOETZ WILL JOIN US LATER ALSO.
  • 01:11 LET'S GO NOW TO ISRAEL
  • 01:14 AND THE PSALMS OF ASCENT.
  • 01:20 "BLESSED IS EVERYONE THAT FEARETH THE LORD"
  • 01:22 "THAT WALKETH IN HIS WAYS"
  • 01:25 "FOR THOU SHALT EAT THE LABOR OF THINE HANDS"
  • 01:28 "HAPPY SHALT THOU BE"
  • 01:30 "AND IT SHALL BE WELL WITH THEE."
  • 01:32 "THY WIFE SHALL BE AS A FRUITFUL VINE BY THE SIDES OF THINE HOUSE"
  • 01:36 "THY CHILDREN LIKE OLIVE PLANTS ROUND ABOUT THY TABLE."
  • 01:41 "BEHOLD, THUS SHALL THE MAN BE BLESSED THAT FEARETH THE LORD"
  • 01:46 "YEA, THOU SHALT SEE THY CHILDREN'S CHILDREN AT PEACE UPON ISRAEL."
  • 01:57 "FOCUS ON THE FAMILY" IS A VERY FAMOUS MINISTRY IN NORTH AMERICA
  • 02:02 AND I'D IMAGINE THE WORLD OVER.
  • 02:04 ONE COULD WONDER WHY THERE'D BE
  • 02:05 A "FOCUS ON THE FAMILY" PSALM
  • 02:07 IN WHAT'S CALLED THE "PSALM OF ASCENTS",
  • 02:09 A PSALM RECITED BY ISRAELITES
  • 02:11 AS THEY'RE MAKING THEIR WAY TO AND THROUGH JERUSALEM ON THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME.
  • 02:16 ONE WOULD EXPECT AT ONE LEVEL THE PSALM OF ASCENTS TO BE RIFE WITH NATIONALIST FERVOR
  • 02:24 AND FEELING AND PRAYERS FOR THE CAPITAL.
  • 02:28 IT'S INTERESTING PSALM 128 AS A PSALM OF ASCENT AS IT SPEAKS OF BLESSINGS FROM JERUSALEM
  • 02:35 STILL LOOKS AT THE FAMILY.
  • 02:37 AND THE REASON WHY THIS IS CORRELATED IN MY MIND'S EYE
  • 02:40 IS BECAUSE IN ORDER FOR FAMILIES TO BE SECURE AND STRONG IN A CULTURE, IN A COUNTRY,
  • 02:46 THERE HAS TO BE A STRONG CAPITAL.
  • 02:48 IF THIS GETS OVERRUN,
  • 02:49 IF JERUSALEM IS OVERRUN,
  • 02:51 THEN SO MUCH FOR FAMILY LIFE.
  • 02:53 THINGS ARE THROWN INTO DISARRAY AND DECAY TO PUT IT MILDLY.
  • 02:57 TRUTH BE KNOWN, IF THE BARBARIANS GET THE BETTER IN ANCIENT ISRAEL,
  • 03:01 PEOPLE ARE TAKEN, THEY'RE SLAUGHTERED, THEY'RE SOLD OFF IN A SLAVE MARKET...
  • 03:05 SO MUCH FOR HAPPY FAMILIES.
  • 03:07 BUT HERE WHEN THEY MADE THEIR WAY TO JERUSALEM
  • 03:10 THEY'RE SEEKING GOD THERE AND THEY ENCOUNTER THE LORD
  • 03:13 AND THEY SING THESE SONGS AND THERE ARE THINGS THAT HIT THEM WHEN THEY DO.
  • 03:17 LET ME WALK THROUGH SOME OF THIS WITH YOU PLEASE.
  • 03:20 IN PSALM 128, VERSE 1
  • 03:30 AND ISN'T THAT HOW THE BOOK OF PSALMS OPENS UP IN THE FIRST PLACE?
  • 03:35 WHERE HE SAYS (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 03:38 "BLESSED IS THE MAN"
  • 03:39 OR "HAPPY IS THE MAN".
  • 03:42 DIDN'T THE LORD HIMSELF SAY, "BLESSED ARE THE POOR... BLESSED ARE THIS",
  • 03:46 IT'S THE GREEK MAKARIOS, BUT REALLY IT COMES BY WAY OF THE HEBREW, "ASHREY", "HAPPINESS".
  • 03:52 THERE'S A KIND OF PERSONAL HAPPINESS
  • 03:55 AND THIS HAPPINESS MANIFESTS IN A LIFE THAT DEVELOPS IN HOME.
  • 04:02 THUS THIS HAPPINESS IS AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE.
  • 04:06 AND TALKING ABOUT THE HAPPINESS FROM A GOOD FAMILY,
  • 04:10 LOVELY CHILDREN, ENDURING GENERATIONS...
  • 04:13 THIS IS SOMETHING THAT EVERYBODY CAN RELATE TO.
  • 04:17 IN VERSE 2 WE'RE TOLD THAT SOMEONE WHO'S BLESSED IN THE LORD, WHO FEARS THE LORD,
  • 04:23 WILL ENJOY THE FRUITS OF THE LABOR OF THEIR HAND.
  • 04:26 HE SAYS,
  • 04:34 AND AGAIN AS I'D SAID EARLIER,
  • 04:35 AT THE END OF THE DAY ISN'T THAT WHAT PEOPLE WANT?
  • 04:38 HE SAYS IN VERSE 3
  • 04:39 "THAT YOUR WIFE WILL BE A FRUITFUL VINE.
  • 04:42 AND THUS THE DRAMATIC VIGNETTE THAT YOU SAW WITH THE CHILDREN ROUND ABOUT.
  • 04:46 PERSONALLY, I AM RIGHT ON THE HEELS OF A MARRIAGE IN MY OWN FAMILY,
  • 04:50 MY ELDEST SON'S GETTING MARRIED AND OH MY WHOLE WORLD IS SO RICH WITH HOPES FOR THE FUTURE
  • 04:56 AND SO HAPPY IN WANTING TO SEE NEW GENERATIONS EMERGE.
  • 05:00 I KNOW THAT THESE IMPULSES RESONATE WITHIN THE PSALMIST.
  • 05:04 HE SAYS HERE IN VERSE 4,
  • 05:06 "SURELY THUS SHALL THE MAN BE BLESSED".
  • 05:10 DID YOU KNOW THAT GOD IN FACT HAS A BLESSING FOR YOU?
  • 05:13 IT SEEMS TO ME THAT THE PSALMIST WANTS PEOPLE TO BE REMINDED OF THAT.
  • 05:17 AND THEN TO LOOK AT VERSE 5,
  • 05:19 AND I WANT TO CAMP THERE FOR A MOMENT,
  • 05:20 LET ME GIVE IT TO YOU FIRST IN MY VERSION
  • 05:22 AND THEN WE'LL THROW IN THE LANGUAGE YOU CAN UNDERSTAND.
  • 05:24 HE SAYS,
  • 05:45 IT'S NOT JUST PRAYERS FOR PERSONAL WELL BEING,
  • 05:48 BUT AS I'D SAID EARLIER IN SO MANY WAYS, UNDERSTANDABLE WAYS,
  • 05:53 PERSONAL HAPPINESS,
  • 05:54 FAMILIAL WELL-BEING
  • 05:56 IS INEXTRICABLY RELATED TO THE OVERALL SUCCESS OF THE COMMONWEALTH
  • 06:02 OF WHICH THE CONDITION OF THE CAPITAL IS SO TELLING.
  • 06:06 THAT IS, IF THE CAPITAL IS STRONG, IF JERUSALEM IS STRONG
  • 06:10 IT'S LIKE THE DEWS AT MOUNT HERMON THAT DESCEND THEN
  • 06:13 AND WATER EVERYTHING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN AT THE BASE AND POINTS NORTH, SOUTH, EAST AND WEST.
  • 06:21 THERE NEEDS TO BE A STRONG CAPITAL.
  • 06:24 THIS CAN TRANSLATE IN OUR OWN CULTURE WHERE WE WANT TO HAVE A GOVERNMENT IN WASHINGTON D.C.
  • 06:31 THAT SEEMS TO REFLECT THE JUDEO-CHRISTIAN VALUES
  • 06:34 THAT MANY OF THOSE THAT WATCH THIS PROGRAM WOULD SUBSCRIBE TO.
  • 06:37 THERE'S A SENSE IN WHICH IF IT'S GOD'S MAN,
  • 06:41 IF THERE'S GOD'S VALUES AND VIRTUES,
  • 06:44 THEN THERE'S THE CHANCE THAT THIS CAN DISSEMINATE ROUND ABOUT IN OUR CULTURE.
  • 06:48 CONVERSELY, A SENSE THAT THINGS ARE GOING AWRY IN THE CAPITAL
  • 06:53 HAS AFFECTS AS IT TRICKLES DOWN OUT OF WASHINGTON D.C. IN OUR WORLD...
  • 06:58 AFFECTS SOCIALLY THE KIND OF MORAL VISION THAT'S CAST.
  • 07:02 THERE'S ECONOMIC CONCOMITANCE TO THAT AS WELL AS THERE'S CONCERNS.
  • 07:06 GOODNESS, IF WE'RE VEERING AWAY FROM GOD IN THE CAPITAL...
  • 07:10 THEN GOODNESS, THIS CAN BE FELT STREET LEVEL.
  • 07:13 AND SO HERE WHEN THEY MAKE THEIR WAY TO AND THROUGH JERUSALEM FOR THESE SPECIAL PILGRIMAGES
  • 07:20 THAT PILGRIM'S GIVE VOICE TO
  • 07:29 "AND MAY YOU SEE THE GOOD OF JERUSALEM ALL THE DAYS OF YOUR LIFE."
  • 07:34 FRIENDS, AS YOU KNOW, WE CLOSE THESE PROGRAMS PRAYING FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.
  • 07:40 CERTAINLY WE WANT GOD'S KINGDOM TO COME AND HIS WILL BE DONE ON EARTH HERE AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.
  • 07:49 OH WE WANT TO SEE GOD'S WILL DONE IN ISRAEL
  • 07:51 AND THERE'S SOME WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE IN A WORLD THAT SEEMS TO BE CASCADING OUT OF CONTROL.
  • 07:56 BUT I BELIEVE THAT GOD IN FACT IS GOING TO HAVE THIS WORD OF THE LORD FROM JERUSALEM.
  • 08:01 WE'RE GOING TO SEE, EVENTUALLY, STABILITY IN THIS PART OF THE WORLD.
  • 08:05 TILL SUCH TIME AS THAT THOUGH
  • 08:06 IT'S GOOD TO KNOW THAT WE CAN SEE STABILITY
  • 08:08 AS GOD REACHES INTO OUR FAMILIES AND STRENGTHENS AND NURTURES.
  • 08:12 HE CAN DO IT FOR ME.
  • 08:14 HE'D DO IT FOR YOU.
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  • 09:05 I LOVE HEARING ABOUT JEFF'S SON GETTING MARRIED.
  • 09:07 IT MAKES ME REALLY HAPPY BECAUSE MY SON TOO IS GETTING MARRIED.
  • 09:11 ALL WITHIN ABOUT A WEEK OF EACH OTHER...
  • 09:13 IT'S SUCH A JOYOUS OCCASION.
  • 09:15 "FOCUS ON THE FAMILY" FOR ME WAS ALSO A WONDERFUL, GODLY RESOURCE WHEN MY SON WAS GROWING UP.
  • 09:20 I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT.
  • 09:22 FOR FAMILIES, THEY NEED GODLY RESOURCES.
  • 09:26 BACK TO ISRAEL AND PSALM 129
  • 09:33 BULLYING HAS BEEN AROUND FOREVER.
  • 09:36 REPAIRING A FISHING NET IS HARD ENOUGH WITHOUT HECKLERS PESTERING YOU...MOCKING YOU.
  • 09:43 THIS IS A PICTURE OF ISRAEL, BULLIED AND RIDICULED BY NATIONS THAT SEEK THEIR DEMISE.
  • 09:50 "MANY A TIME HAVE THEY AFFLICTED ME FROM MY YOUTH", SAYS THE PSALMIST,
  • 09:55 "YET THEY HAVE NOT PREVAILED AGAINST ME."
  • 09:58 "THE LORD IS RIGHTEOUS..."
  • 10:01 "HE HATH CUT ASUNDER THE CHORDS OF THE WICKED."
  • 10:04 "LET THEM ALL BE CONFOUNDED AND TURNED BACK THAT HATE ZION."
  • 10:13 BULLIES HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR A LONG, LONG TIME.
  • 10:18 MANY A BOY AND GIRL HAVE BEEN VEXED BY BULLIES
  • 10:23 AND FELT THE NEED TO STAND UP AND SAY, "ENOUGH ALREADY!"
  • 10:28 MIGHT HAVE BEEN THE CASE WITH YOU OR SOMEONE WITHIN YOUR FAMILY.
  • 10:32 CERTAINLY WITHIN THE JEWISH FAMILY WE HAVE FELT THE NEED TO STAND UP AND SAY,
  • 10:37 "ENOUGH ALREADY!"
  • 10:40 ANYONE WHO HAS READ THE BIBLE...
  • 10:43 AND FOR ME THE BIBLE AMONG OTHER THINGS IS THE JEWISH FAMILY DIARY.
  • 10:49 IT TELLS LOTS OF STORIES OF PEOPLE PREVAILING,
  • 10:53 ASSAILING RATHER, AGAINST THE JEWS AND THE JEWS STANDING UP.
  • 10:59 SPEAKING OF STANDING UP
  • 11:02 I AM STANDING UP IN A PLACE RIGHT NOW THAT'S REMEMBERED IN ISRAEL
  • 11:07 AS A PLACE WHERE PEOPLE TAKE A STAND AND MAKE A STAND.
  • 11:12 IT'S LATRUN.
  • 11:14 IT'S A MUSEUM THAT COMMEMORATES
  • 11:16 THE ARMORED DIVISIONS
  • 11:18 IN THE ISRAELI DEFENSE FORCES.
  • 11:22 AND HERE THERE'S A STORY THAT SEEMS TO TELL IT ALL DOESN'T IT?
  • 11:27 BRAVE MEN OUT FROM THE ARMOR, JUMPING DOWN, READY TO ENGAGE...
  • 11:34 WHETHER ITS ENGAGING INDIVIDUALS FROM WITHIN THE TANK OR STEPPING OUT AND ENGAGING OUTSIDE...
  • 11:40 THE POINT IS... IS SOMETIMES WE NEED TO ENGAGE.
  • 11:44 IT'S A SCARY BUSINESS...
  • 11:46 IT'S AN UNPLEASANT BUSINESS.
  • 11:48 MY SON ZACHARY ONCE QUOTED SHAKESPEARE
  • 11:50 WHEN WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THE NEED FOR MEN TO STAND UP.
  • 11:53 AND HE LOOKED AT ME AND I WAS NEVER PROUDER THAN WHEN ZAK SAID,
  • 11:56 "DAD YOU KNOW SHAKESPEARE SAID, 'A COWARD DIES A THOUSAND DEATHS BUT THE VALIANT DIE ONLY ONCE'."
  • 12:06 IT WAS SHAKESPEARE'S WAY OF COURSE OF GIVING VOICE
  • 12:09 TO THE NEED FOR COURAGE AND PERSISTENCE.
  • 12:13 I DON'T GET ON TELEVISION TO TALK ABOUT SHAKESPEARE;
  • 12:15 I HAVE ANOTHER AUTHOR TO REFER TO IN PSALM CHAPTER 129.
  • 12:21 THAT'S A LITTLE CLOSER TO HOME TO WHAT I'M ALL ABOUT.
  • 12:24 IN PSALM CHAPTER 129
  • 12:26 THE PSALMIST TALKS ABOUT HOW THE ENEMIES KEEP COMING AND COMING AND COMING
  • 12:32 AND ITS LIKE IT DOESN'T STOP,
  • 12:34 IT'S PERENNIAL.
  • 12:35 BUT THERE'S A STATEMENT HERE IN PSALM 129, VERSE 2.
  • 12:39 I WANT TO GIVE IT TO YOU IN HEBREW AND THEN IN ENGLISH.
  • 12:41 IN HEBREW,
  • 12:50 BEFORE THAT "MANY TIMES FROM MY YOUTH THEY'VE COME... AND THIS AND THAT..."
  • 12:54 "BUT THEY HAVE NOT PREVAILED AGAINST ME."
  • 13:00 LET'S DO A WHIRLWIND TOUR OF THE BIBLE...
  • 13:04 NOT TO COVER EVERY SUBJECT IN FOUR MINUTES
  • 13:07 BUT YOU KNOW THE STORY.
  • 13:10 THERE WAS A TIME WHEN THE ISRAELITES WERE BESTED BY THE EGYPTIANS...
  • 13:14 VERY, VERY UNFAIR IN THE CLUTCHES OF "PARO MELECH MITZRAYIM",
  • 13:19 PHARAOH THE KING OF EGYPT.
  • 13:21 AND YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED?
  • 13:23 A GREAT MIRACLE...
  • 13:24 GOD SENT "MOSHE RABANU", MOSES AND THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL WERE DELIVERED FROM EGYPT.
  • 13:30 ESTHER OF COURSE IS A STORY IN THE HEBREW BIBLE
  • 13:33 ABOUT A WOMAN WHO WAS WELL PLACED "FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS"
  • 13:37 AND WHAT WAS THE TIME?
  • 13:39 WELL, THERE IN THE PERSIAN REALM THERE WAS A FELLOW "HAMAN"
  • 13:42 WHO WAS HELL BENT ON DESTROYING THE JEWS.
  • 13:45 IN FACT, IT COULD HAVE HAPPENED.
  • 13:47 SHE INTERCEDED AND THE JEWS WERE AFFORDED THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A SPIRITED DEFENSE.
  • 13:53 AND JEWS DID AND THE NET RESULT IS THAT GOD GAVE US FAVOR.
  • 13:57 OH IT'S A JOY TO CELEBRATE PURIM IN A JEWISH HOME,
  • 14:02 IN A JEWISH SYNAGOGUE, HERE IN THE JEWISH HOMELAND....
  • 14:05 TO SEE ALL THE JOY THAT GOES ALONG WITH THE HOLIDAY.
  • 14:08 IT'S SOMETHING TO BEHOLD.
  • 14:10 PURIM IS ONE EXAMPLE,
  • 14:12 PASSOVER, THE EGYPTIAN DEBACLE, IS ANOTHER.
  • 14:14 GOD DELIVERED US FROM THAT.
  • 14:16 THE STORY OF HANUKKAH IS CELEBRATED IN THE JEWISH WORLD
  • 14:20 WHEN THE SYRIANS WERE BENT ON DESTROYING THE JEWISH PEOPLE,
  • 14:24 "NES GADOL HAYAH SHAM",
  • 14:26 A GREAT MIRACLE HAPPENED THERE,
  • 14:29 THAT THE STORY IS PLAYED OUT IN THE INTERTESTAMENTAL PERIOD
  • 14:32 BETWEEN THE OLD AND THE NEW TESTAMENTS THAT IS,
  • 14:36 AND IT TELLS OF A TIME WHEN ANTIOCHUS EPIPHANES
  • 14:38 RAN OVER THE JEWISH PEOPLE AND ENDEAVORED TO DESTROY US.
  • 14:42 BUT YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED?
  • 14:43 PEOPLE STOOD UP AND MADE A SPIRITED DEFENSE
  • 14:49 IT SEEMS THAT IN EVERY GENERATION
  • 14:51 OR IN MANY GENERATIONS
  • 14:52 GOD CALLS PEOPLE TO STAND UP.
  • 14:54 AND THAT IS WHY I LOVE THE EXPRESSION IN THE HEBREW BIBLE,
  • 15:05 STANDING UP, CONTENDING...
  • 15:07 I THINK SOMETIMES WE JUST ARE A LITTLE TOO COMFORTABLE AND WE PREFER LIFE THAT'S EASY.
  • 15:15 YOU CAN FIND A CHURCH WHERE THE REVEREND SAYS
  • 15:17 "JUST SIT YOUR TUCHAS HERE IN THE PEW AND EVERYTHING'S GOING TO BE GOOD FOR YOU."
  • 15:22 ITS OVERLY SIMPLISTIC.
  • 15:24 OR A REVEREND CAN SAY
  • 15:25 "JUST READ THIS BOOK AND SAY THIS PRAYER THIS WAY"
  • 15:28 "AND THEN THE TRIALS ARE GOING TO EVAPORATE."
  • 15:30 IT DOESN'T ALWAYS GO AWAY QUICK,
  • 15:33 IT DOESN'T ALWAYS GO AWAY EASY.
  • 15:35 COMING FROM LATRUN I WANT TO TELL YOU, HOWEVER,
  • 15:38 THAT IF YOU'VE GOT GOD ON YOUR SIDE YOU ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO SAY LIKE THE PSALMIST SAID,
  • 15:44 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 15:47 "THEY HAVE NOT PREVAILED AGAINST ME."
  • 16:01 ♪SHA' A' LU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM♪
  • 16:05 ♪SHA' A' LU, SHA' A' LU SHALOM♪
  • 16:09 ♪IN THE HOLY CITY OF JERUSALEM♪
  • 16:16 ♪WE WILL PRAY FOR PEACE...♪
  • 16:19 ♪SHA' A' LU SHALOM♪
  • 16:29 JEFF IS SO RIGHT,
  • 16:31 BULLIES ARE ALWAYS WITH US,
  • 16:32 HAVE ALWAYS BEEN WITH US.
  • 16:34 BUT I LOVE PSALM 129 TOO WHERE IT SAYS,
  • 16:37 "MANY A TIME THEY HAVE AFFLICTED ME FROM MY YOUTH YET THEY HAVE NOT PREVAILED AGAINST ME."
  • 16:44 IT REMINDS ME OF OUR BUS DRIVER IN ISRAEL.
  • 16:46 IN FACT, WE CALL HIM KING DAVID IN KING DAVID'S BUS.
  • 16:49 HE ONCE TOLD ME, HE SAID,
  • 16:51 "SANDRA, AN UNBELIEVER DIES EVERY SINGLE DAY OF COWARDNESS, BUT A BELIEVER NEVER DIES."
  • 16:58 TRACIE HE IS SO WONDERFUL.
  • 17:01 I LOVE ALL OUR PEOPLE ON THE GROUND IN ISRAEL.
  • 17:03 THEY ARE SO AMAZING SANDRA.
  • 17:04 AND JUST AS YOU SAID TO ME EARLIER
  • 17:07 THAT DAVID BECAME A CHRISTIAN
  • 17:08 AS A PART OF OUR TOUR.
  • 17:10 WHAT A HEARTWARMING STORY.
  • 17:11 AND I THINK THAT WHAT IS SO NEAT
  • 17:13 AND REALLY THE MARK OF OUR TOURS IS THAT
  • 17:15 WE ONLY ADVERTISE TO YOU THE VIEWERS,
  • 17:17 PEOPLE THAT WATCH THIS TV SHOW.
  • 17:19 IT IS LIKE A FAMILY TRIP WHEN PEOPLE COME.
  • 17:21 WE CARE FOR ONE ANOTHER.
  • 17:23 BUT WHAT I WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW
  • 17:25 IS I'VE ACTUALLY MADE REGISTRATION EASIER THAN EVER FOR YOU.
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  • 17:32 YOU CAN REGISTER...USUALLY
  • 17:33 ABOUT A YEAR IN ADVANCE.
  • 17:34 WE WANT TO MAKE THE TRIP
  • 17:35 AS EASY AS POSSIBLE
  • 17:36 FOR OUR VIEWERS.
  • 17:38 I'M IN THE OFFICE EVERY DAY
  • 17:38 AND WANT TO TALK TO YOU.
  • 17:40 OH IT'S WONDERFUL AND IT'S FAMILY.
  • 17:41 DAVID IS FAMILY TO ME.
  • 17:43 I WOULDN'T HAVE IT ANY OTHER WAY.
  • 17:45 OUR OFFER THIS WEEK
  • 17:46 IS THE LEVITT LETTER.
  • 17:47 I'D LOVE FOR YOU ALL TO HAVE IT.
  • 17:49 IT'S INFORMATIVE.
  • 17:50 IT'S EVEN GOT INFORMATION
  • 17:52 ABOUT OUR TOURS.
  • 17:53 IT HAS INFORMATION ABOUT ISRAEL.
  • 17:55 WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT MINISTERING AND CONGREGATIONS
  • 17:59 AND EITAN SHISHKOFF IN ISRAEL TALKS ABOUT THE MESSIANIC CONGREGATIONS
  • 18:03 AND HOW THEY HAVE REALLY GROWN IN ISRAEL.
  • 18:07 HERE'S EITAN.
  • 18:10 SHALOM, I'M EITAN SHISKOFF
  • 18:12 AND I WANT TO WELCOME YOU
  • 18:13 TO ISRAEL.
  • 18:14 BEHIND ME IS QUITE AN HISTORIC PORTION OF ISRAEL,
  • 18:17 IT'S THE TOWN OF ACRE (AKKO) THAT DATES BACK 5,000 YEARS.
  • 18:20 CURRENTLY YOU'RE LOOKING AT THE OLD CITY PORTION.
  • 18:24 ACRE'S A FASCINATING TOWN,
  • 18:25 IT HAS BOTH ARAB-ISRAELIS AND JEWISH-ISRAELIS,
  • 18:28 AND IN THE 1ST CENTURY IT WAS A STOPOVER POINT FOR THE APOSTLE PAUL.
  • 18:32 IN ACTS CHAPTER 21 WE READ ABOUT THE TOWN,
  • 18:35 THEN IT WAS CALLED "PTOLEMAIS" IN GREEK,
  • 18:38 AND APPARENTLY THERE WAS A MESSIANIC JEWISH GROUP THERE,
  • 18:41 AT LEAST HOUSE GROUP.
  • 18:43 WELL TODAY WE'RE SEEING A REPEAT IN THE 21ST CENTURY
  • 18:46 OF WHAT HAPPENED IN THE 1ST CENTURY
  • 18:48 AND THAT IS THAT MESSIANIC JEWISH HEBREW SPEAKING CONGREGATIONS
  • 18:51 ARE BEING PLANTED AROUND ISRAEL.
  • 18:53 AND SOME FIVE YEARS AGO WE HAD THE PRIVILEGE
  • 18:55 OF PLANTING AND SPONSORING A CONGREGATION HERE IN ACRE.
  • 18:59 ITS LED BY A YOUNG MAN NAMED GUY COHEN
  • 19:01 WHO IS A NATIVE ISRAELI WHO GREW UP IN THE TOWN OF ACRE
  • 19:04 AND SO HIS TESTIMONY ALSO
  • 19:06 AS A MAN WHO WAS A PART OF AN ORTHODOX JEWISH EDUCATION FOR SOME YEARS,
  • 19:12 HAS A GREAT DEAL OF CREDIBILITY
  • 19:14 AND I WANT TO SAY THAT PART OF WHAT GOD IS DOING IN ISRAEL TODAY
  • 19:18 IS RAISING UP YOUNG LEADERS.
  • 19:20 I FIND MYSELF, AS A MAN NOT BORN IN ISRAEL BUT CAME HERE 18 YEARS AGO AS AN IMMIGRANT,
  • 19:26 IN A POSITION TO BE ABLE TO TRAIN AND MENTOR, FATHER AND COACH THESE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN
  • 19:31 AND IT'S THE MOST FULFILLING THING THAT I COULD POSSIBLY BE DOING.
  • 19:36 WE'RE RELEASING THESE YOUNG LEADERS TO PLANT FRESH CONGREGATIONS
  • 19:39 AND TO MOVE INTO THE SOCIETY IN AREAS OF EDUCATION, LAW, BUSINESS
  • 19:44 AND WE SEE THAT THIS IS THE WAY THAT THE MESSIAH'S GOING TO BE WORKING IN THIS TIME IN ISRAEL.
  • 19:51 THE CONCEPT OF PLANTING CONGREGATIONS AND OF SPREADING OUT
  • 19:55 IS ONE THAT OF COURSE IS COMMON IN THE BOOK OF ACTS
  • 19:58 WHERE THE FIRST MESSIANIC JEWISH MESSENGERS GATHERED TOGETHER.
  • 20:02 FOR INSTANCE IN ACTS CHAPTER 13 THEY SOUGHT THE LORD,
  • 20:06 THEY PRAYED AND THE HOLY SPIRIT SPOKE TO THEM AND SAID
  • 20:09 "I WANT PAUL AND BARNABAS TO GO OUT, I HAVE WORK FOR THEM TO DO."
  • 20:13 AND THEY SPREAD OUT INTO THE MEDITERRANEAN WORLD OF THAT DAY.
  • 20:16 THIS IS REALLY THE SPIRIT OF THE ORIGINAL MESSIANIC JEWISH COMMUNITY
  • 20:21 AND WE ARE THRILLED TO BE ABLE TO WALK IN THEIR FOOTSTEPS NOW IN THE 21ST CENTURY.
  • 20:26 WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN US THROUGH PRAYER AND PARTICIPATION,
  • 20:30 TO BE A PART OF THIS TREMENDOUS RENEWAL AND RESTORATION
  • 20:35 OF WHAT THE LORD DID SOME 2,000 YEARS AGO.
  • 20:59 ♪THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD♪
  • 21:03 ♪I SHALL NOT WANT♪
  • 21:09 ♪HE MAKETH ME TO LIE DOWN♪
  • 21:14 ♪IN GREEN PASTURES♪
  • 21:17 ♪HE LEADETH ME BY THE STILL WATERS♪
  • 21:22 ♪HE RESTORETH MY SOUL♪
  • 21:28 ♪HE LEADETH ME IN THE PATHS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS♪
  • 21:33 ♪FOR HIS NAMES SAKE♪
  • 21:41 ♪YEA, THOUGH I WALK♪
  • 21:43 ♪THROUGH THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH♪
  • 21:48 ♪I WILL FEAR NO EVIL♪
  • 21:52 ♪FOR THOU ART WITH ME♪
  • 21:56 ♪THY ROD AND THEY STAFF♪
  • 21:59 ♪THEY COMFORT ME♪
  • 22:07 ♪THOU PREPAREST A TABLE FOR ME♪
  • 22:11 ♪IN THE PRESENCE OF MINE ENEMIES♪
  • 22:16 ♪THOU ANOINTEST MY HEAD WITH OIL♪
  • 22:19 ♪MY CUP RUNNETH OVER♪
  • 22:25 ♪SURELY GOODNESS AND MERCY♪
  • 22:30 ♪SHALL FOLLOW ME♪
  • 22:32 ♪ALL THE DAYS OF MY LIFE♪
  • 22:39 ♪AND I WILL DWELL IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD♪
  • 22:49 ♪FOREVER♪
  • 22:53 ♪AND EVER♪
  • 23:19 PSALM 23 IS THE MUSIC THAT YOU'RE HEARING FROM OUR GUEST MARTY GOETZ.
  • 23:23 BUT BEFORE THAT WE LISTENED TO EITAN TALK ABOUT THE MESSIANICS IN ISRAEL.
  • 23:28 THEY NEED YOUR PRAYERS.
  • 23:29 AND IF YOU FEEL SO LED TO PRAY FOR THEM PLEASE DO SO.
  • 23:33 IF YOU FEEL LED TO GIVE THEM FINANCIAL HELP,
  • 23:35 IF YOU WILL SEND IT TO ZOLA LEVITT MINISTRIES
  • 23:38 I PROMISE YOU 100 PER CENT OF IT WILL GO TO EITAN AND HIS "TENTS OF MERCY".
  • 23:44 MARTY I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE MESSIANICS IN ISRAEL.
  • 23:46 WHAT DO YOU THINK...GROWING?
  • 23:48 WELL THAT'S A WORTHY CAUSE
  • 23:49 BECAUSE THERE ARE
  • 23:51 A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT ARE
  • 23:53 RAISING MONEY FOR ISRAEL
  • 23:54 OR GO TO ISRAEL,
  • 23:55 OR KNOW PEOPLE IN ISRAEL...
  • 23:57 LIKE PEOPLE THAT ARE
  • 23:58 IN THE GOVERNMENT
  • 23:59 AND THINGS LIKE THAT...
  • 24:00 THAT'S GOOD.
  • 24:01 BUT THE MESSIANIC BELIEVERS
  • 24:03 IS WHERE CHRISTIAN'S AND BELIEVER'S MONEY SHOULD BE GOING.
  • 24:06 BECAUSE THEY'RE BUILDING UP JERUSALEM.
  • 24:09 THEY'RE BUILDING UP THE KINGDOM IN THE LAND.
  • 24:12 I THINK THAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING.
  • 24:13 FOR A CENTURY >>ABSOLUTELY
  • 24:15 IT'S DELIGHTFUL
  • 24:17 AND A LOT OF THOSE OTHER PEOPLE
  • 24:18 TURN PEOPLE AWAY FROM YESHUA AND FROM FAITH IN THE NEW COVENANT...
  • 24:23 AND THAT'S NOT A GOOD THING.
  • 24:24 AND BELIEVERS...
  • 24:25 IF YOU'RE REALLY GIVING TO THE LORD
  • 24:28 YOU'RE GIVING TO THE LORD
  • 24:31 AND YOU MONEY IS GOING WHERE IT SHOULD BE GOING...
  • 24:33 NOT TO UNBELIEVERS OR TO CAUSES
  • 24:36 THAT DON'T REALLY SUPPORT YOUR CHRISTIAN OR JUDEO-CHRISTIAN BELIEFS.
  • 24:43 AND THAT'S NOT A SLIGHT ON THE WORK THAT OTHER PEOPLE DO >>NO ITS NOT
  • 24:45 BUT I THINK IF BELIEVERS REALLY WANT TO BUILD UP ZION,
  • 24:48 THE MESSIANIC BELIEVERS
  • 24:50 IS WHERE THEY SHOULD BE FOCUSING. >>BOY I AGREE
  • 24:52 PEOPLE LIKE EITAN
  • 24:53 AND IT'S GROWN,
  • 24:54 THE MESSIANIC CONGREGATIONS HAVE GROWN IN ISRAEL
  • 24:56 THEY HAVE GROWN AND GROWN.
  • 24:57 WHEN I WAS FIRST A BELIEVER THERE WAS JUST A HANDFUL
  • 24:59 AND NOW THEY'RE ALL OVER THE PLACE.
  • 25:00 PEOPLE ARE HAVING REVELATION OF YESHUA JUST ON THEIR OWN
  • 25:05 AND IT'S AMAZING.
  • 25:06 IT'S THAT HOPE
  • 25:07 HE IS OUR HOPE
  • 25:08 IT'S WONDERFUL ISN'T IT?
  • 25:09 AMEN...HATIKVAH
  • 25:11 SO WHAT DO WE HAVE HERE?
  • 25:13 WE HAVE AN ANTIPHONAL PSALM
  • 25:15 I LOVE IT
  • 25:17 YES BECAUSE THE SCRIPTURE SAYS
  • 25:18 WE SHOULD SPEAK TO ONE ANOTHER
  • 25:20 IN PSALMS, HYMNS AND SPIRITUAL SONGS.
  • 25:23 THAT WAS AN IDEA FROM KIM. >>THAT IS CORRECT.
  • 25:25 JUST WANT TO GIVE HER CREDIT FOR THAT.
  • 25:27 HERE'S THE OTHER THING,
  • 25:29 THE PILGRIMS AS THEY WENT UP TO ISRAEL
  • 25:31 ARE SINGING THESE PSALMS BACK AND FORTH TO EACH OTHER.
  • 25:34 I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE BEEN LIKE AT THE BACK OF SOME BIG CROWD
  • 25:38 AND HEARD SOMEBODY AT THE FRONT SAYING
  • 25:40 "THIS IS MY JOY" AND THE BACK SAYING "YES, THIS I MY JOY"
  • 25:44 ...I WOULD LOVE IT.
  • 25:45 LET'S JUST GET INTO THIS AND SEE HOW WE GO.
  • 25:47 DO YOU WANT TO START OR DO YOU WANT ME TO START?
  • 25:49 I'LL BEGIN.
  • 25:50 OK
  • 25:51 "MANY A TIME THEY HAVE AFFLICTED ME FROM MY YOUTH"
  • 25:53 "LET ISRAEL NOW SAY,"
  • 25:55 "MANY A TIME THEY HAVE AFFLICTED ME FROM MY YOUTH"
  • 25:57 "YET THEY HAVE NOT PREVAILED AGAINST ME."
  • 26:00 "THE PLOWERS PLOWED ON MY BACK,"
  • 26:01 "THEY MADE THEIR FURROWS LONG."
  • 26:03 "THE LORD IS RIGHTEOUS; HE HATH CUT ASUNDER THE CHORDS OF THE WICKED."
  • 26:08 LET ALL THOSE WHO HATE ZION"
  • 26:10 "BE PUT TO SHAME AND TURNED BACK."
  • 26:12 "LET THEM BE AS GRASS UPON THE HOUSETOP"
  • 26:15 "WHICH WITHERETH BEFORE IT GROWETH UP."
  • 26:18 "WITH WHICH THE REAPER DOES NOT FILL HIS HAND"
  • 26:20 "NOR HE WHO BINDS SHEAVES HIS ARMS."
  • 26:23 "NEITHER DO THEY WHICH GO BY SAY,"
  • 26:25 "'THE BLESSING OF THE LORD BE UPON YOU'"
  • 26:27 (Sandra and Marty) "WE BLESS YOU IN THE NAME OF THE LORD."
  • 26:30 HOW TERRIFIC IS THAT?
  • 26:32 FANTASTIC
  • 26:33 OKAY, NEXT WEEK WE'RE GOING TO DO PSALM 130 AND 131.
  • 26:36 WILL YOU WALK IN THE WAYS OF THE LORD AND CLAIM YOUR VICTORY?
  • 26:41 GOD BLESS YOU,
  • 26:42 AND, SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM
  • 26:44 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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