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Series: “Ruth”
Your people shall be my people
In this eight-program series, we follow the famous love story verse by verse, and watch as Israeli actors re-enact it in their native Hebrew language. Myles and Katharine Weiss, hosts of Zola Levitt Presents, explain the biblical characters’ journey from darkness to destiny, and Messianic Israeli tour guide Arie Bar David puts it in context by clarifying Israelite culture at the time of Ruth. Sasha and Anya Poberejny provide the uplifting music for this multi-layered story. The intrigue of the unusual commitments—between Naomi and her gentile daughter-in-law Ruth, and also between Ruth and the wealthy Jewish “Kinsman/Redeemer” Boaz—draws the audience into the ultimate prophetic tale: the eternal love story of the Bridegroom of Heaven and His bride, the Church, which includes all Believers, both Jews and gentiles. This series will enlarge your understanding of being grafted into the life of God’s own olive tree, the children of Abraham.
Episode: “Road to Bethlehem”
After suffering through ten years of famine, Naomi returns to Israel. Her faithful daughter-in-law declares, “Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God” (Ruth 1:16). Arie Bar David shows the route to Bethlehem.

Caption transcript for Ruth: “Road to Bethlehem” (2/8)

  • 00:06 IT WAS A JOURNEY NO ONE EXPECTED.
  • 00:09 FAMINE IN JUDAH HAD BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER IN MOAB
  • 00:14 AND NOW...
  • 00:15 NOTHING COULD TEAR THEM APART.
  • 00:19 FOR NAOMI THE RETURN TO BETHLEHEM WAS A BITTER ONE.
  • 00:23 BEHIND HER LAY HER HUSBAND AND TWO SONS BURIED IN FOREIGN SOIL.
  • 00:29 FOR RUTH...
  • 00:31 A NEW LAND...
  • 00:34 A NEW PEOPLE...
  • 00:37 A REDEEMER...
  • 00:39 AN EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY OF UNYIELDING DEVOTION.
  • 00:43 A LOVE STORY FOR THE AGES.
  • 00:56 SHALOM AND WELCOME
  • 00:57 TO OUR SHOW.
  • 00:58 I'M MYLES WEISS
  • 00:59 AND WITH ME
  • 00:59 IS MY CO-HOST
  • 01:00 AND MY WIFE,
  • 01:01 KATHARINE.
  • 01:02 WE ARE IN THE STORY
  • 01:04 OF "RUTH: YOUR PEOPLE SHALL BE MY PEOPLE"
  • 01:06 AND GOSH...THEY'RE IN AN INHOSPITABLE ATMOSPHERE...
  • 01:09 A DESERT PLACE.
  • 01:10 IT WAS TOUGH FOR US WITH MODERN CONVENIENCES.
  • 01:13 WHAT ABOUT THEM BACK THEN?
  • 01:14 NAOMI WAS WITHOUT SORTS...
  • 01:16 I MEAN HERE SHE HAD NO HUSBAND,
  • 01:18 SHE'D LOST HER TWO SONS
  • 01:20 AND SHE FEELS RESPONSIBLE FOR HOW TO CARE FOR THE NEXT PHASE OF WHAT THEY'RE GOING TO BE DOING.
  • 01:25 EXACTLY AND IMAGINE HER LOOKING AT THE HILLS AND THINKING
  • 01:27 "MOSES MAY BE BURIED SOMEWHERE AROUND HERE."
  • 01:30 AND "AM I GOING TO MAKE IT INTO THE PROMISED LAND?"
  • 01:33 "WILL I GET BACK TO MY LAND AND MY PEOPLE?"
  • 01:35 IT'S A REALLY AN AMAZING STORY
  • 01:37 BUT REDEMPTION COMES AT THE END.
  • 01:38 SO WE WANT YOU TO ENJOY THIS NEXT PART OF THE SERIES...
  • 01:41 "RUTH:YOUR PEOPLE SHALL BE MY PEOPLE".
  • 01:48 GRIEF STRICKEN BY THE DEATH OF HER HUSBAND AND TWO SONS
  • 01:51 NAOMI'S RETURN TO BETHLEHEM HAS NOT BEEN A PLEASANT ONE.
  • 01:57 HER DAUGHTER'S-IN-LAW HAVE A ACCOMPANIED HER AND OFFERED THEIR SUPPORT
  • 02:01 BUT IT ALL SEEMS SO HOPELESS.
  • 03:11 I IMAGINE THAT THE ROAD FROM MOAB TO BETHLEHEM
  • 03:13 WAS DIFFICULT LIKE THE ONE WE SEE HERE.
  • 03:16 AND THESE WOULD BE THE TYPE OF BUILDINGS
  • 03:17 THEY WOULD SEE ALONG THE WAY.
  • 03:19 SOMETHING LIKE THIS,
  • 03:20 THESE SMALL STONES,
  • 03:21 THE ONLY BUILDING MATERIALS AVAILABLE...
  • 03:23 THE DIRT TO MAKE MUD TO HOLD THEM TOGETHER...
  • 03:25 ANY PLACE TO FIND A SHELTER.
  • 03:28 IMAGINE HOW GRATEFUL
  • 03:29 THEY WOULD BE FOR AN OASIS,
  • 03:31 FOR PALM DATES,
  • 03:32 FOR ANY KIND OF WATER
  • 03:33 OR FOOD ALONG THE ROAD.
  • 03:35 IT WAS A DIFFICULT PATH,
  • 03:36 A DIFFICULT ROAD.
  • 03:38 IT REMINDS ME
  • 03:39 JUST AS NAOMI IS A PICTURE OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE...
  • 03:42 IT REMINDS ME OF THE ROAD THAT THE JEWISH PEOPLE HAVE HAD THROUGHOUT HISTORY.
  • 03:47 HOW DIFFICULT A ROAD IT HAS BEEN.
  • 03:49 IN THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD, IN HIS GRACIOUSNESS HE BROUGHT US BACK TO OUR LAND
  • 03:54 AND ESTABLISHED US AS A STATE MAY 14, 1948.
  • 03:58 BUT YOU KNOW THERE ARE PEOPLE IN THE WORLD TODAY, POLITICIANS, MEDIA PEOPLE,
  • 04:03 AND HEADS OF STATE EVEN... EVEN THE UNITED NATIONS
  • 04:07 WHO WOULD TELL US THIS IS NOT OUR HISTORY, THIS IS NOT OUR LAND.
  • 04:11 AND YOU KNOW THAT IS A LIE.
  • 04:12 THEY'RE TRYING TO REVISE HISTORY.
  • 04:14 BUT THE FACT IS THAT THIS IS THE LAND GIVEN TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE.
  • 04:18 THIS IS THE LAND WHERE WE BELONG
  • 04:20 AND I AM SO GRATEFUL...
  • 04:22 WE ARE SO GRATEFUL FOR VIEWERS LIKE YOU
  • 04:25 WHO HAVE CHOSEN NOT ONLY TO WED YOURSELF TO THE GOD OF THE BOOK,
  • 04:30 TO THE GOD OF ABRAHAM,
  • 04:31 BUT ALSO TO THE PEOPLE OF ABRAHAM.
  • 04:34 THE BLESSING OF ABRAHAM IS UPON YOU.
  • 04:36 GENESIS 12:1-3 SAYS
  • 04:45 AND YOU ARE THOSE WHO ARE IN LINE FOR BLESSING
  • 04:48 AS YOU HAVE DETERMINED TO BECOME FRIENDS WITH THE JEWISH PEOPLE.
  • 04:52 YOU KNOW RUTH'S NAME MEANS "FRIENDSHIP".
  • 04:56 WHAT A TYPE, WHAT A PICTURE,
  • 04:58 WHAT A HEART THAT SHE HAD.
  • 05:00 NAOMI WAS IN A TIME
  • 05:01 OF REAL SUFFERING.
  • 05:03 DON'T YOU JUST NEED A FRIEND
  • 05:05 IN THAT KIND OF A TIME?
  • 05:07 RUTH PICTURES THAT KIND OF A FRIEND COMING ALONG SIDE NAOMI.
  • 05:10 HERE SHE'D LOST HER HUSBAND.
  • 05:12 SHE'D LOST BOTH HER SONS.
  • 05:15 IT'S ONE THING TO LOSE A HUSBAND;
  • 05:17 IT'S ANOTHER THING TO LOSE BOTH SONS.
  • 05:19 AND SHE IS ON THIS ARDUOUS JOURNEY BACK TO BETHLEHEM.
  • 05:23 SHE HEARD THERE WAS BREAD BACK IN BETHLEHEM,
  • 05:26 SO SHE BEGAN THE TREK.
  • 05:28 AND HER DAUGHTERS-IN-LAWS BEGAN TO TAKE THIS TREK WITH HER.
  • 05:32 THEY BEGAN TO JOURNEY ALONG THIS ROAD BACK TO BETHLEHEM.
  • 05:35 RUTH HAD BEGUN TO SAY,
  • 05:37 YOUR GOD IS OUR GOD
  • 05:39 AND WE'RE GOING WITH YOU.
  • 05:40 NAOMI WAS SO CONCERNED
  • 05:43 FOR THEIR WELFARE,
  • 05:44 FOR THEIR LIFE,
  • 05:46 SHE BEGAN TO TELL THEM -
  • 05:47 I THINK YOU MIGHT HAVE A BETTER SHOT GOING BACK TO MOAB.
  • 05:51 BUT LITTLE DID SHE KNOW
  • 05:53 THAT GOD HAD A BIGGER PLAN.
  • 05:55 YES, YOU KNOW SOMETIMES PEOPLE WILL COME TO YOU AND SAY -
  • 05:58 WHAT IS THIS INTEREST IN ISRAEL THAT YOU HAVE?
  • 06:01 WHY ARE YOU SO CONCERNED WITH THE JEWISH PEOPLE?
  • 06:03 WHY DON'T YOU GO BACK TO BUSINESS AS USUAL?
  • 06:05 WHY NOT GO BACK TO CHURCH AS YOU USED TO KNOW IT?
  • 06:08 WHY WOULD YOU BE SO OBSESSED WITH AND CONCERNED WITH THIS THING?
  • 06:11 BUT I WANT TO TELL YOU,
  • 06:13 YOU ARE LOVING WHAT GOD LOVES,
  • 06:14 AND YOU'RE BEING CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT GOD IS CONCERNED ABOUT.
  • 06:17 AND THAT'S WHAT MAKES US SO GRATEFUL TODAY
  • 06:19 TO BE ABLE TO STAND HERE AND SAY
  • 06:21 THAT YOU ARE THOSE WHO ARE GOING TO STAND
  • 06:24 WITH THE JEWISH PEOPLE IN THE DAYS AHEAD.
  • 06:26 YOU KNOW IT'S GOING TO BE DIFFICULT.
  • 06:28 THERE ARE GOING TO BE TIMES
  • 06:30 WHEN YOU'RE GOING TO WANT TO TURN BACK AND GO TO THE OLD WAYS,
  • 06:33 TO GO TO THAT WHICH IS MORE COMFORTABLE,
  • 06:35 THAT WHICH IS SIMPLER.
  • 06:36 BUT THERE IS A TIME COMING WHEN YOUR REWARD WILL BE GREAT
  • 06:39 BECAUSE YOU HAVE STOOD IN THE HEAT OF THE DAY
  • 06:42 AND STOOD THE TEST OF TIME
  • 06:43 AND DETERMINED TO BE A TRUE FRIEND TO THE GOD OF ISRAEL
  • 06:48 AND THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL.
  • 06:49 AS YOU HAVE DETERMINED TO GIVE YOURSELVES TO THAT WHICH HE LOVES,
  • 06:53 HE'S GOING TO GIVE HIMSELF TO THE REDEMPTION THAT HE'S PROMISED YOU.
  • 06:57 YOU KNOW THERE ARE GREAT THINGS AHEAD FOR YOU IN THE NAME OF YESHUA.
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  • 09:01 WE'RE COMING TO A SIGNIFICANT
  • 09:03 POINT IN THE STORY
  • 09:04 WHERE A PHRASE
  • 09:06 THAT HAS COME DOWN
  • 09:07 THROUGH TIME
  • 09:08 AND ECHOES THROUGH
  • 09:09 THE CENTURIES TO US
  • 09:10 IS SPOKEN BY RUTH
  • 09:12 WHERE SHE SAYS,
  • 09:13 [SPEAKING HEBREW]
  • 09:22 LISTEN TO THE WHOLE VERSE.
  • 09:23 THIS IS RUTH 1:16.
  • 09:40 WHAT A TESTIMONY THAT HAS COME TO US THROUGH THE CENTURIES TO SAY
  • 09:45 THE CHALLENGE BEFORE YOU TO STAND WITH THE GOD OF ABRAHAM
  • 09:50 AND THE PEOPLE OF ABRAHAM.
  • 09:51 WHAT A PICTURE.
  • 09:52 WHAT A BEAUTIFUL THING
  • 09:54 TO SEE NAOMI HAVE SUCH STRENGTH COME FROM RUTH AT THIS TIME.
  • 09:58 THE ROOT MEANING OF RUTH
  • 10:00 IS "FRIENDSHIP".
  • 10:01 AND SHE FOLLOWS
  • 10:03 AFTER THAT ROOT MEANING
  • 10:04 TO BE A FRIEND TO NAOMI IN THIS TIME OF SUFFERING...
  • 10:08 GOES BEYOND THAT WHICH IS COMFORTABLE
  • 10:10 AND GOES INTO A PLACE WHERE SHE LITERALLY CLINGS TO NAOMI
  • 10:14 AND MAKES THE COMMITMENT TO BE A FRIEND.
  • 10:18 WHERE ORPAH,
  • 10:19 AS WE SEE IN SCRIPTURE,
  • 10:21 SHE'LL KISS NAOMI.
  • 10:23 AND THAT SCRIPTURE MEANS "TO LOVE LIGHTLY".
  • 10:26 WHEREAS RUTH MEANS "TO CLEAVE".
  • 10:30 SHE LITERALLY CLEAVED TO NAOMI IN THIS TIME
  • 10:33 ON THE ROAD BACK TO BETHLEHEM.
  • 10:36 YOU KNOW IT'S AMAZING THAT RUTH DIDN'T KNOW THE END FROM THE BEGINNING.
  • 10:39 SHE DIDN'T KNOW HOW DIFFICULT THE ROAD AHEAD WAS.
  • 10:42 SHE DIDN'T KNOW THAT THEY WOULD WIND UP IN BETHLEHEM,
  • 10:45 IN THE HOUSE OF BREAD,
  • 10:46 WITH ALL THE SUSTENANCE,
  • 10:47 WITH THE KINSMAN REDEEMER,
  • 10:48 ALL THE GREAT THINGS THAT WOULD BE UNFOLDING.
  • 10:51 BUT IT'S NOT SO FOR YOU AND FOR ME,
  • 10:52 BECAUSE WE'VE READ THE REST OF THE BOOK.
  • 10:54 WE KNOW THAT IF WE CLING TO THAT
  • 10:56 WHICH GOD WANTS US TO CLING TO
  • 10:58 THAT HE'S GOING TO MAKE A GOOD END FOR US.
  • 11:01 THAT HE'S GOING TO BRING US INTO OUR DESTINY.
  • 11:03 HE'S GOING TO BRING US INTO THE FUTURE THAT HE HAS FOR US.
  • 11:07 BUT RUTH DIDN'T KNOW THAT.
  • 11:08 SHE DID IT JUST BASED ON LOVE.
  • 11:09 IT WAS AN INTUITIVE GRASPING TO NAOMI.
  • 11:12 YOU KNOW YOU LOOK AROUND HERE
  • 11:13 AND YOU CAN SEE WHY MARK TWAIN IN 1862
  • 11:16 SAID THAT THIS WAS JUST A BARREN, ROCKY PLACE.
  • 11:19 HE CAME BACK TO AMERICA
  • 11:20 AFTER HAVING VISITED
  • 11:22 WHAT WAS CALLED PALESTINE THEN.
  • 11:23 YOU KNOW PALESTINE WAS NAMED BY THE ROMANS.
  • 11:26 IT IS NOT A PEOPLE-GROUP THAT CAME IN 1964 OR 1967.
  • 11:29 THE ROMANS NAMED ISRAEL "PALESTINA" IN ORDER TO WIPE OUT ANY JEWISH REMEMBRANCE HERE.
  • 11:35 MARK TWAIN CAME BACK TO AMERICA
  • 11:37 AND SAID IT'S JUST ROCKS AND DIRT.
  • 11:39 THERE'S NOTHING THERE, HE WROTE IN "INNOCENCE ABROAD".
  • 11:42 BUT THEN GOD IN HIS SOVEREIGNTY
  • 11:44 BROUGHT THE RUTHS AND THE NAOMIS TOGETHER
  • 11:46 AND BROUGHT US INTO THE LAND,
  • 11:48 INTO BETHLEHEM, THE HOUSE OF BREAD,
  • 11:50 INTO A PLACE THAT WOULD BECOME LAVISH - FULL OF FRUIT,
  • 11:54 FULL OF GOODNESS,
  • 11:55 FULL OF A FUTURE.
  • 11:56 THAT'S WHAT WE SEE TODAY...
  • 11:57 THAT AS WE WILL GO WHERE GOD GOES
  • 12:00 AND AS WE WILL CLING TO THAT WHICH HE CLINGS TO,
  • 12:02 HE BRINGS US INTO AN EXPECTED END.
  • 12:05 SO ALTHOUGH WE MAY NOT SEE THE END FROM THE BEGINNING,
  • 12:08 BY FAITH WE CAN WALK WITH HIM
  • 12:10 AND WE CAN KNOW THAT HE IS GOOD
  • 12:12 AND THAT HIS MERCY ENDURES FOREVER.
  • 12:14 IT'S AN AMAZING STORY.
  • 12:15 HERE IN THE MIDST OF THE DESERT,
  • 12:17 ON THE WAY INTO BETHLEHEM,
  • 12:20 WE SEE THAT THIS IS THE UNFOLDING OF THIS INCREDIBLE STORY.
  • 12:24 "YOUR PEOPLE SHALL BE MY PEOPLE,"
  • 12:26 "AND YOUR GOD MY GOD."
  • 12:28 WHAT A TESTIMONY THROUGHOUT TIME.
  • 12:36 ♪WHEN WE'RE THERE, WHEN WE'RE THERE,♪
  • 12:37 ♪IN THE LAND OF ZION♪
  • 12:39 ♪NEXT YEAR IN JERUSALEM♪
  • 12:41 ♪L'SHANAH HA'BA' AH B'YERUSHALAYIM♪
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  • 12:46 ♪O LORD WE'LL BE WITH YOU AND NO MORE TEARS♪
  • 12:49 ♪O LORD THY KINGDOM COME, THY WILL BE DONE NEXT YEAR♪
  • 12:52 ♪L'SHANAH HA'BA' AH B'YERUSHALAYIM♪
  • 12:55 ♪NEXT YEAR IN JERUSALEM♪
  • 12:57 ♪L'SHANAH HA'BA' AH B'YERUSHALAYIM♪
  • 13:00 ♪NEXT YEAR IN JERUSALEM♪
  • 13:14 GOING TO ISRAEL IS A LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE.
  • 13:16 EVERY TIME I GO I GET A GREATER REVELATION IN THE WORD
  • 13:19 AND A GREATER UNDERSTANDING OF MESSIAH AND HIS KINGDOM.
  • 13:22 I'M GRATEFUL TODAY TO HAVE TRACIE, OUR TRAVEL MANAGER, WITH US.
  • 13:25 TRACIE, WHAT'S COMING UP IN OUR TOURS?
  • 13:27 OUR TOURS ARE SO SPECIAL MYLES TO ME
  • 13:29 BECAUSE WE DO THE EXACT
  • 13:31 SAME TOUR EACH YEAR.
  • 13:32 WE GO THREE TIMES A YEAR.
  • 13:33 WE'VE BEEN GOING FOR 28 YEARS,
  • 13:35 NEVER CANCELLED ONE TOUR.
  • 13:37 AND AS YOU KNOW PEOPLE HAVE BEEN CALLING IN A LITTLE BIT ASKING, MAKING SURE WE'RE GOING.
  • 13:40 AND WE GO.
  • 13:42 OUR TOURS ARE GUARANTEED DEPARTURE TOURS.
  • 13:44 MORE THAN THAT, WE HAVE ABOUT 5 OR 6 STAFF PEOPLE ON EACH BUS.
  • 13:48 YOU AND YOUR WIFE KATHARINE ARE SO GENEROUS TO COME.
  • 13:50 WE LOVE HAVING YOU ON TOUR.
  • 13:51 YOU'RE VERY EXPERIENCED IN ISRAEL.
  • 13:53 WE HAVE SEVERAL
  • 13:54 PASSENGER LIAISONS.
  • 13:55 WE HAVE A TOUR GUIDE.
  • 13:57 IN FACT, OUR TOUR GUIDE
  • 13:59 WAS VOTED 2004 TOUR GUIDE
  • 14:01 OF THE YEAR IN ISRAEL.
  • 14:02 I FEEL LIKE OUR TOURS
  • 14:03 ARE TOP NOTCH.
  • 14:04 MORE THAN THAT,
  • 14:05 I'M IN THE OFFICE EVERY DAY
  • 14:06 AND I WOULD LOVE TO TALK TO YOU
  • 14:07 ABOUT COMING ON A TRIP WITH US.
  • 14:09 THANK YOU TRACIE.
  • 14:10 A GREAT WAY TO STAY IN TOUCH WITH US HERE AT THE MINISTRY
  • 14:13 IS TO RECEIVE THE LEVITT LETTER.
  • 14:15 IT IS A GREAT UP TO THE MINUTE
  • 14:17 NEWSLETTER ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON
  • 14:19 IN THE MIDDLE EAST.
  • 14:20 IT HAS GREAT ARTICLES
  • 14:21 WRITTEN BY MYSELF AND OTHERS.
  • 14:22 AND OUR OFFER THIS WEEK IS
  • 14:25 A STORY THAT I'VE WRITTEN CALLED
  • 14:26 "AN EPIC LOVE STORY, JEWS AND GENTILES TOGETHER IN MESSIAH"
  • 14:31 IT'S A REALLY WONDERFUL THING THAT GOD IS DOING IN THESE END TIMES.
  • 14:35 THIS IS A WORK THAT GOES THROUGH THE ROMANS 9 THROUGH 11 AND THE HISTORY OF THE CHURCH,
  • 14:41 THE DIVISION BETWEEN JEWS AND GENTILES
  • 14:43 AND HOW GOD MEANT FROM THE BEGINNING OF TIME FOR US TO WORSHIP HIM TOGETHER.
  • 14:47 SO I WANT TO INVITE YOU TO CALL IN AND GET THAT BOOKLET AS WELL.
  • 14:51 NOW...LET'S GET BACK TO OUR STORY OF RUTH AS THEY ARE ON THE ROAD TO BETHLEHEM.
  • 14:58 AND THEY CAME TO BETHLEHEM AT THE BEGINNING OF THE BARLEY SEASON.
  • 15:04 10 YEARS HAD PASSED SINCE NAOMI HAD LEFT BETHLEHEM BECAUSE OF FAMINE IN THE LAND.
  • 15:11 REPORTS WERE THAT THE LORD HAD VISITED HIS PEOPLE ONCE AGAIN
  • 15:15 AND NOW THERE WAS BREAD UPON THE TABLES OF BETHLEHEM.
  • 15:19 FOR RUTH IT WAS ALL VERY NEW.
  • 15:23 WOULD AN ENTRANCE THROUGH THE CITY GATE BRING WITH IT A NEW LIFE?
  • 15:29 FOR NAOMI IT ALL REKINDLED A TRAGIC STORY.
  • 15:34 BEHIND HER IN A FOREIGN LAND SHE HAD LAID TO REST HER LOVING HUSBAND AND HER ONLY TWO SONS.
  • 16:00 NAOMI IS IN
  • 16:01 THE FURNACE OF AFFLICTION.
  • 16:02 SHE IS SUFFERING WITH THE LOSS
  • 16:04 OF HER HUSBAND AND HER TWO SONS.
  • 16:06 THE DRAMA IS PLAYING OUT BETWEEN
  • 16:08 HER AND HER DAUGHTERS-IN-LAW.
  • 16:10 THEY'RE ABOUT TO COME INTO
  • 16:11 AN AMAZING PROVISION,
  • 16:12 BUT AT FIRST SHE CAN'T SEE IT.
  • 16:14 SHE CAN'T SEE THE END FROM THE BEGINNING AS I'VE SAID.
  • 16:16 SO SHE IS EVEN TELLING PEOPLE AROUND HER - DON'T CALL ME NAOMI ANYMORE.
  • 16:20 CALL ME MARA, WHICH MEANS "BITTER",
  • 16:23 BECAUSE THE LORD HAS DEALT DIFFICULTY WITH ME.
  • 16:25 HE HAS TREATED ME HARSHLY.
  • 16:27 SHE IS NOT SEEING THE PROVISION THAT IS ABOUT TO BE UNVEILED FOR HER.
  • 16:32 AS YOU LOOK BEHIND ME YOU CAN SEE THIS INCREDIBLE FIELD.
  • 16:35 THE FRUITFULNESS OF WHAT GOD HAS BROUGHT TOGETHER IN THE LAND OF ISRAEL.
  • 16:39 AND YOU KNOW HE IS SUCH A GOOD GOD THAT HE MADE A PROVISION FOR PEOPLE LIKE RUTH AND NAOMI.
  • 16:45 HE MADE A PROVISION IN THE WORD FOR THOSE WHO ARE WITHOUT,
  • 16:48 FOR THOSE WHO ARE POOR,
  • 16:49 FOR THE FOREIGNER,
  • 16:50 FOR THE VISITOR,
  • 16:52 FOR THE ONES WHO MAY NOT HAVE A FIELD THAT THEY CAN GROW THEIR OWN FOOD.
  • 16:55 LISTEN TO THIS FROM THE WORD.
  • 16:57 THIS IS FROM DEUTERONOMY IN CHAPTER 23, VERSE 25:
  • 17:12 IN OTHER WORDS, WHEN THERE WAS A WEALTHY PERSON
  • 17:14 WHO HAD A FIELD OF SAY THIS DIMENSION,
  • 17:16 THEY WERE CONSTRUCTED BY THE WORD OF GOD TO TAKE WHAT THEY NEEDED,
  • 17:20 BUT TO ALWAYS LEAVE A CORNER OF THE FIELD FOR THOSE AROUND THEM.
  • 17:26 THERE'S AN INTERESTING LESSON IN THAT FOR ALL OF US AND THE WAY WE LIVE OUR LIVES.
  • 17:30 YOU KNOW YESHUA HIMSELF TOOK USE OF THAT SCRIPTURE.
  • 17:33 LATER ON WE SEE IN LUKE,
  • 17:35 IN THE BRIT HADASHAH, IN THE NEW TESTAMENT,
  • 17:37 WE SEE IN LUKE, CHAPTER 6 WHERE JESUS AND THE DISCIPLES WERE OUT AND ABOUT ON A SABBATH DAY
  • 17:46 AND THEY CAME UPON A FIELD MUCH LIKE THIS
  • 17:48 AND DID EXACTLY WHAT IS TALKED ABOUT IN THIS SCRIPTURE.
  • 17:59 SO GOD MADE PROVISION FOR YESHUA AND THE DISCIPLES,
  • 18:03 FOR YOU AND ME,
  • 18:03 FOR THE STRANGER,
  • 18:04 FOR THE FOREIGNER, FOR THE POOR,
  • 18:06 FOR THE WIDOWS, FOR THE ORPHANS,
  • 18:08 THAT THE GRAIN WOULD EITHER BE STANDING IN THE CORNER
  • 18:10 OR IF IT HAD FALLEN TO THE GROUND
  • 18:12 IT COULD BE PICKED UP AND TAKEN AWAY AS WELL.
  • 18:14 IT WAS THE MANDATE FOR THE WEALTHY PERSON WHO OWNED THE FIELD
  • 18:18 TO LEAVE THAT FOR THOSE AROUND THEM.
  • 18:21 IT'S INTERESTING, ISN'T IT, THAT THIS VERY LAND IS SO FRUITFUL,
  • 18:25 IT'S SO BOUNTIFUL,
  • 18:27 IT'S BEEN SUCH AN INCREDIBLE TRANSFORMATION THAT GOD HAS DONE OVER THIS LAST CENTURY.
  • 18:32 YOU KNOW WHEN YOU GO IN YOUR BACKYARD IN THE WEST
  • 18:34 AND YOU TURN ON YOUR SPRINKLER SYSTEM,
  • 18:37 YOU CAN THANK THE ISRAELIS FOR THAT.
  • 18:39 BECAUSE THEY WERE IN NEED OF EVERY DROP OF WATER TO GROW THE LAND HERE
  • 18:43 AND SO THEY INVENTED DRIP IRRIGATION FOR THIS LAND
  • 18:47 AND YOU ARE THE BENEFICIARY OF THAT.
  • 18:49 AND I THINK ABOUT HOW GOD WOULD SO LIKE THE SURROUNDING NATIONS
  • 18:54 TO ENJOY THE SAME BENEFIT OF THE CORNERS OF THE FIELD.
  • 18:58 IMAGINE, IF THE NATIONS SURROUNDING ISRAEL
  • 19:01 COULD TAKE THAT SAME MANDATE
  • 19:03 AND ALLOW THE INCREDIBLE GENIUS AND THE HARD WORK
  • 19:06 AND THE GRACE OF GOD THAT'S COME THROUGH THIS LAND TO GROW THESE INCREDIBLE CROPS
  • 19:12 AND IF THE SURROUNDING NATIONS WOULD ALLOW THE ISRAELI'S TO HELP THEM TO GROW
  • 19:17 AND TO BUILD AND TO CULTIVATE IN THE SAME WAY THAT IT'S DONE HERE.
  • 19:21 WOULDN'T THAT BE A DIFFERENT STORY THAN WHAT WE SEE IN THE HEADLINES?
  • 19:24 I THINK THIS IS A REAL PICTURE OF THE HEART OF GOD
  • 19:26 THAT HE CREATES THIS INCREDIBLE BOUNTY
  • 19:29 AND THEN HE DETERMINES THAT IF YOU ARE THE INITIAL RECIPIENT OF THAT BOUNTY
  • 19:36 THAT IT IS UPON YOU...
  • 19:38 HE EXPECTS YOU TO GO AHEAD AND SHARE THAT WITH THOSE AROUND YOU.
  • 19:42 I WANT TO ENCOURAGE YOU TODAY
  • 19:44 THAT WHATEVER GLORY, GRACE OR GOODNESS THAT YOU ARE EXPERIENCING IN YOUR LIFE
  • 19:49 THAT THAT'S NOT JUST FOR YOU.
  • 19:51 THAT'S LIKE THE CORNERS OF THE FIELD.
  • 19:53 IT'S TO BE SHARED WITH EVERYONE AROUND YOU.
  • 19:55 IT'S ALMOST LIKE THE MARRIAGE CHUPPAH.
  • 19:58 THE SIDES ARE OPEN BECAUSE THE GLORY OF GOD IS TO BE ON US
  • 20:02 AND IT'S TO BE SPREAD OUT TO TOUCH EVERYONE AROUND OUR LIVES.
  • 20:06 SO I WANT TO ENCOURAGE YOU TODAY TO ALLOW GOD TO COME THROUGH YOU AND BLESS EVERYONE AROUND YOU.
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  • 20:54 ♪KACH ET CHAYEINU ET NOFSHENU♪
  • 21:03 ♪V'ET SHIMCHA♪
  • 21:05 ♪CHATOM AL LIBENU♪
  • 21:13 ♪LEHIT 'ARERUT ANACHNU♪
  • 21:17 ♪KAN BOCHIM♪
  • 21:23 ♪HATBEL OTANU BA'ESH UVMAYIM♪
  • 21:31 ♪TAVO MALCHUT'CHA♪
  • 21:35 ♪YE'ASEH RETZONCHA♪
  • 21:41 ♪KAN AL PNEI HA'ARETZ♪
  • 21:45 ♪KFI SHEBASHAMAYIM♪
  • 21:50 ♪TAVO MALCHUT'CHA♪
  • 21:54 ♪YE'ASEH RETZONCHA♪
  • 22:00 ♪KAN AL PNEI HA'ARETZ♪
  • 22:05 ♪KFI SHEBASHAMAYIM♪
  • 22:09 ♪AM..E...N♪
  • 22:16 ♪AMEN♪
  • 22:24 ♪AM..E...N♪
  • 22:26 THAT WAS MORE BEAUTIFUL MUSIC FROM SASHA AND ANYA,
  • 22:29 OUR RUSSIAN BELIEVERS IN ISRAEL
  • 22:31 AND YOU'LL HEAR MORE FROM THEM THROUGHOUT THE SERIES.
  • 22:33 AND NOW WE'LL GO TO ARIE BAR-DAVID,
  • 22:36 OUR MESSIANIC BELIEVER AND TOUR GUIDE IN ISRAEL
  • 22:39 WHO'S GOING TO SPEAK TO YOU
  • 22:41 ABOUT THE ROUTE THAT RUTH AND NAOMI MIGHT HAVE TAKEN FROM MOAB TO BETHLEHEM.
  • 22:46 SO LET'S LISTEN TO HIM.
  • 22:50 LAST WEEK
  • 22:51 WE TALKED ABOUT THE LAND WHICH
  • 22:54 THE STORY OF RUTH TOOK PLACE
  • 22:56 AND THIS IS THE LAND OF ISRAEL.
  • 22:58 LET US GO MORE EXACT NOW TO THE SITES THEMSELVES.
  • 23:02 BETHLEHEM AND THE FIELDS OF MOAB.
  • 23:05 ONE IS WEST OF THE DEAD SEA,
  • 23:08 THE OTHER IS EAST OF THE DEAD SEA.
  • 23:11 LET US REMEMBER YOU HAVE AN EYE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE TWO.
  • 23:15 WHAT WOULD BE THE OPTIONAL WAY FOR NAOMI TO GO TO MOAB?
  • 23:21 NO DOUBT...FIRST TO JERUSALEM.
  • 23:24 FROM JERUSALEM GOING DOWN TO WHAT WE CALL THE VALLEY OF NAHAL PRAT...
  • 23:30 TO JERICHO...RELAX THERE...
  • 23:33 CROSS THE JORDON TO BETHABARA
  • 23:35 AND FROM THERE CLIMB ALL THE WAY UP TO THE MOUNTAINS.
  • 23:40 THIS WOULD TAKE FOUR DAYS.
  • 23:42 I BELIEVE THAT WHEN THEY CAME BACK...NAOMI AND RUTH...
  • 23:47 THEY CHOSE THE SAME WAY.
  • 23:50 THEY WOULD REMEMBER THAT EVEN THESE ROADS WHICH WILL TAKE FOUR DAYS...
  • 23:54 YOU ARE NOT DOING IT ALONE.
  • 23:56 YOU JUST TAKE A CARAVAN THAT IS CROSSING THE WAY
  • 24:02 AND THEN YOU JOIN THE CARAVAN...
  • 24:04 THEY WOULD PROTECT YOU...
  • 24:06 THEY WILL CHARGE YOU FOR THE HOTELS, OF COURSE, AT NIGHT.
  • 24:09 BUT WITHOUT THEM IT WOULD BE VERY DANGEROUS TO MAKE THIS ROUTE.
  • 24:14 AND THIS IS WHAT JESUS SAID ABOUT THE GOOD SAMARITAN.
  • 24:18 THE STORY OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN HAPPENED HERE
  • 24:21 IN THIS DANGEROUS ROAD BETWEEN JERUSALEM AND JERICHO.
  • 24:27 WHAT A STORY OF REDEMPTION
  • 24:29 AND YET IT'S SUCH A DARK TIME NOW
  • 24:30 AS THEIR STRUGGLING TO GET TO THE PROMISED LAND.
  • 24:34 AND I THINK ABOUT THE COMMITMENT THAT RUTH MADE TO NAOMI
  • 24:38 AND THE VERY WAY THAT SHE SAYS,
  • 24:41 "YOUR GOD WILL BE MY GOD AND YOUR PEOPLE MY PEOPLE"...
  • 24:44 NOT JUST THE ONE BUT BOTH.
  • 24:46 AND I THINK FOR US AS BELIEVERS TODAY
  • 24:48 IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE UNDERSTAND
  • 24:51 THAT NOT ONLY ARE WE RECEIVING THE JEWISH MESSIAH
  • 24:54 BUT WE'RE ALSO KNITTING OURSELVES TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE.
  • 24:58 SO MANY PEOPLE IN THE WORLD THEY SAY,
  • 25:00 "OH YES" TO THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC AND JACOB
  • 25:03 BUT "I'M NOT SO SURE ABOUT THE JEWISH PEOPLE".
  • 25:06 BUT I DON'T THINK WE HAVE THAT PRIVILEGE.
  • 25:07 I THINK OUR COMMITMENT THAT WE MAKE TO THE GOD OF ISRAEL IS ALSO TO THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL.
  • 25:12 AND RUTH REALLY EXEMPLIFIES THAT.
  • 25:15 RIGHT...NOT ONLY DOES SHE SAY "YOUR PEOPLE SHALL BE MY PEOPLE, YOUR GOD MY GOD",
  • 25:19 BUT SHE SAID "WHERE YOU GO I WILL GO".
  • 25:21 SHE GAVE NAOMI SOMETHING THAT FAITH CAN ONLY GIVE
  • 25:26 AND IT'S COURAGE.
  • 25:28 SHE GAVE HER COURAGE TO GO BACK AND EVEN TO FACE HER SHAME OF LOSING SO MUCH.
  • 25:34 THAT WORD "GO" IN THE HEBREW MYLES...
  • 25:36 THAT MEANS "SOJOURN".
  • 25:38 SO IT WASN'T NECESSARILY A SURE THING WHAT RUTH KNEW WHAT SHE WAS GETTING INTO.
  • 25:42 SHE KNEW THAT SHE WOULD SOJOURN WITH NAOMI IN THE LAND OF PROMISE.
  • 25:47 WHEREVER IT TOOK THEM
  • 25:48 WHEREVER IT TOOK THEM
  • 25:49 IT'S A REAL COMMITMENT
  • 25:50 AND THE WORD FOR "HOPE" IN HEBREW IS "TIKVAH"
  • 25:53 AND IT FIRST APPEARS IN THE BOOK OF RUTH
  • 25:55 WHICH IS INTERESTING BECAUSE WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT IN THE 1940'S
  • 25:59 THAT THERE WOULD EVER BE A HOPE FOR THE JEWISH PEOPLE AGAIN
  • 26:01 AS WE WERE BEING DESTROYED IN THE HOLOCAUST.
  • 26:04 AND YET IN 1948 HOPE AROSE
  • 26:07 AND GOD IN HIS SOVEREIGNTY COMMANDED THAT A NATION WOULD BE BORN IN A DAY
  • 26:12 AND SO IT WAS MAY 14, 1948 THATHOPE, "TIKVAH", CAME TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE
  • 26:17 SO MUCH SO
  • 26:18 THAT THE JEWISH NATIONAL ANTHEM
  • 26:21 IS CALLED "HATIKVAH"
  • 26:23 AND FOR US AS JEWISH PEOPLE
  • 26:25 IT'S THE EXPRESSION OF OUR BELIEF THAT GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF US,
  • 26:29 THAT HE IS OUR HOPE
  • 26:30 AND FOR US WHO BELIEVE IN MESSIAH
  • 26:31 WE KNOW THAT YESHUA IS HATIKVAH.
  • 26:35 HE IS THE HOPE.
  • 26:36 SO...
  • 26:37 WE WANT TO THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US
  • 26:39 AND FOR TODAY WE SAY,
  • 26:41 SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM
  • 26:43 PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM

Episodes in this series

  1. The Covering
  2. Road to Bethlehem
  3. Finding the Redeemer
  4. Breaking of Bread
  5. Virtuous Woman
  6. Kinsman Redeemer
  7. Redemption
  8. Future of Hope
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