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Episode: “Breaking of Bread”
Boaz asks Ruth to break bread with him. Our heavenly Father invites us into relationship with Him through His Son, Jesus (the Bread of Life). The story of Ruth and Boaz bears a similarity to the relationship of Myles and Katharine—Jew and gentile in the harvest field with the Lord.
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.

Caption transcript for Ruth: “Breaking of Bread” (4/8)

  • 00:06 IT WAS A JOURNEY NO ONE EXPECTED.
  • 00:10 FAMINE IN JUDAH HAD BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER IN MOAB
  • 00:13 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.
  • 00:30 FOR RUTH...
  • 00:31 A NEW LAND...
  • 00:34 A NEW PEOPLE...
  • 00:36 A REDEEMER...
  • 00:39 AN EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY OF UNYIELDING DEVOTION.
  • 00:42 A LOVE STORY FOR THE AGES.
  • 00:56 SHALOM AND WELCOME TO OUR SHOW.
  • 00:58 WE ARE IN THE BOOK OF RUTH.
  • 00:59 I AM MYLES...
  • 01:00 THIS IS KATHARINE
  • 01:01 AND WE'RE IN OUR SERIES CALLED
  • 01:03 "RUTH: YOUR PEOPLE SHALL BE MY PEOPLE"
  • 01:06 AND WHAT A STORY THIS IS
  • 01:08 AND HOW WE'RE SEEING THIS MUTUALITY OF THE DESTINY COMING TOGETHER.
  • 01:13 WE'VE SEEN BOAZ' INTERESTS GROWING
  • 01:16 AND KNOW WE'RE ABOUT TO SEE ANOTHER LAYER OF THAT TAKING PLACE.
  • 01:21 THERE'S SOMETHING THAT EACH ONE IS LEARNING FROM THE OTHER.
  • 01:23 RIGHT...RUTH GAVE NAOMI HOPE TO COME BACK TO HER LAND.
  • 01:28 THEY BOTH GAVE EACH OTHER ENCOURAGEMENT
  • 01:29 AND NOW NAOMI IS BEGINNING TO TEACH RUTH HOW TO GLEAN IN THE FIELDS
  • 01:33 AND MAYBE HOW TO GO IN AND CLAIM HER INHERITANCE.
  • 01:37 SHE'S HAPPENED ON A FIELD HASN'T SHE MYLES?
  • 01:39 AND IT'S NOT BY ACCIDENT BECAUSE THERE'S NO ACCIDENTS IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD.
  • 01:43 RIGHT...THE SAGES OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE SAY
  • 01:45 THAT AN ACCIDENT OR A COINCIDENCE IS WHEN GOD IS ACTING ANONYMOUSLY.
  • 01:50 SO AS WE WATCH THIS SEGMENT BE AWARE THAT FOR US AS BELIEVERS TODAY...
  • 01:55 WE REALLY HAVE SOMETHING THAT WE CAN LEARN FROM THE JEWISH PEOPLE.
  • 01:58 AND WE SEE THIS IN RUTH SUBMITTING HERSELF TO NAOMI
  • 02:01 AND TOGETHER THEY'RE FINDING THEIR INHERITANCE.
  • 02:04 SO THEIR ROMANCE IS GROWING,
  • 02:06 THE INTEREST IS GROWING
  • 02:07 AND LET'S SEE WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
  • 02:08 AS RUTH AND BOAZ CONTINUE TO GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER.
  • 02:16 HAVING SEEN RUTH GLEANING IN HIS FIELD
  • 02:19 BOAZ APPROACHES HER.
  • 02:21 HE'S TAKEN BY HER AND WANTS TO KNOW MORE ABOUT HER.
  • 03:02 SO MUCH OF OUR STORY
  • 03:03 TAKES PLACE IN THE FIELDS.
  • 03:05 IT'S REALLY REVOLVING
  • 03:06 AROUND BREAD, AROUND GRAIN,
  • 03:09 AROUND SUSTENANCE.
  • 03:10 EVEN THE TOWN BETHLEHEM...
  • 03:12 WE SAY "BETHLEHEM".
  • 03:13 IT'S "BEIT LECHEM".
  • 03:15 IT'S "THE HOUSE OF BREAD."
  • 03:16 AND THIS WHOLE STORY IS ABOUT NATURAL BREAD DURING THE TIME OF FAMINE,
  • 03:22 AND SPIRITUAL BREAD FOR ALL OF US AS WELL.
  • 03:26 LISTEN TO THE WORD OF THE LORD.
  • 03:28 YOU KNOW IN THIS PART OF THE STORY
  • 03:29 RUTH AND BOAZ ARE MEETING TOGETHER
  • 03:32 AND BOAZ ACTUALLY AT DINNER OFFERS HER TO DINE WITH HIM
  • 03:37 AND TO BREAK BREAD WITH HIM.
  • 03:39 AND IT'S SUCH A MESSIANIC PICTURE.
  • 03:41 IT'S SUCH A PICTURE OF WHAT JESUS, WHAT YESHUA INVITES US ALL INTO.
  • 03:45 AND THAT'S WHAT BOAZ DOES WITH RUTH.
  • 03:48 YOU KNOW JESUS HIMSELF SAID THAT,
  • 03:56 HE'S QUOTING THE OLD TESTAMENT THERE -
  • 03:58 AGAIN, A SEAMLESS CONNECTION BETWEEN THE OLD TESTAMENT AND THE NEW.
  • 04:02 YESHUA HIMSELF SAYING, IT'S NOT ENOUGH FOR US TO EAT THE GRAIN OF THIS WORLD,
  • 04:08 TO EAT THE BREAD OF THE NATURAL WORLD,
  • 04:11 BUT WE NEED SPIRITUAL BREAD AS WELL.
  • 04:13 WE NEED THE WORD OF THE LORD.
  • 04:15 YESHUA NOT ONLY SAYS THAT WE NEED THE BIBLE - THE WORD OF GOD
  • 04:19 BUT HE THEN IDENTIFIES HIMSELF AS THE BREAD OF LIFE.
  • 04:24 IN JOHN, CHAPTER 6
  • 04:26 THE DISCIPLES ARE ASKING HIM,
  • 04:28 WHAT ABOUT IN THE WILDERNESS
  • 04:30 WHEN MOSES BROUGHT BREAD FROM HEAVEN FOR OUR FOREFATHERS?
  • 04:35 AND JESUS IN CONTROVERSY REALLY HE SAYS -
  • 04:38 WELL, YES, THAT WAS A BREAD OF HEAVEN,
  • 04:41 BUT NOT "THE" BREAD FROM HEAVEN.
  • 04:43 AND THIS IS WHAT HE SAYS,
  • 05:03 WOW, STANDING IN THIS FIELD I'M REMINDED OF THOSE WORDS OF YESHUA HIMSELF
  • 05:09 WHO SAID THAT THIS WILL PASS,
  • 05:11 AND A MEAL THAT WE EAT WILL PASS AS WELL,
  • 05:13 BUT THE BREAD FROM HEAVEN - THAT'S ETERNAL.
  • 05:16 AND THAT'S WHO HE SAYS HE IS.
  • 05:18 IT'S INTERESTING THAT EVEN THE BREAKING OF BREAD THAT WE DO TODAY...
  • 05:22 THIS PRAYER GOES BACK TO THE TIME OF THE 2ND TEMPLE.
  • 05:25 IT'S THE TIME OF YESHUA AND THE TIME OF THE FIRST CENTURIES.
  • 05:29 AND THE PRAYER THAT WE SAY TODAY IS
  • 05:31 "BARUCH ATAH ADONAI ELOHEINU MELECH HAOLAM, HAMOTZI LECHEM MIN HA'ARETZ."
  • 05:36 "BLESSED ARE YOU, LORD GOD, KING OF THE UNIVERSE, WHO BRINGS FORTH BREAD FROM THE EARTH."
  • 05:42 THANKING HIM FOR THE NATURAL BREAD.
  • 05:45 THANKING HIM FOR OUR DAILY BREAD, FOR OUR SUSTENANCE.
  • 05:48 AND YET TODAY WE CAN THANK HIM FOR THE BREAD FROM HEAVEN.
  • 05:53 I WANT TO OFFER THAT TO YOU TODAY.
  • 05:55 IF YOU'RE WITHIN THE SOUND OF MY VOICE OR YOU'RE SEEING THIS SHOW.
  • 05:58 IF YOU'RE HEARING ME
  • 05:59 AND YOU'RE SEEING ME STANDING IN THIS FIELD,
  • 06:01 THE BREAD OF HEAVEN WANTS TO COME TO YOU TODAY
  • 06:04 AND FEED YOU IN A WAY THAT WILL KEEP YOU FED FOR ALL OF ETERNITY.
  • 06:08 IF YOU SAY YES TO YESHUA;
  • 06:10 IF YOU SAY YES TO JESUS CHRIST;
  • 06:13 IF YOU SAY YES TO THE BREAD FROM HEAVEN,
  • 06:16 YOU WILL NEVER GO HUNGRY AGAIN.
  • 06:18 YOU WILL LIVE FOREVER.
  • 06:19 SO AS BOAZ REACHES FOR RUTH AS A MESSIANIC PICTURE,
  • 06:23 SO TODAY YESHUA IS REACHING FOR YOU.
  • 06:26 AND HE'S SAYING, "WILL YOU DINE WITH ME?
  • 06:29 WILL YOU DINE OF ME?
  • 06:30 WILL YOU EAT THE BREAD FROM HEAVEN AND SO LIVE ETERNALLY?"
  • 06:34 WHAT AN OFFER FOR YOU AND FOR ME TODAY.
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  • 08:18 AND SO RUTH GLEANED
  • 08:20 GATHERING MORE THAN ENOUGH.
  • 08:22 AND SHE BROUGHT SOME 20 LITERS OF GRAIN TO HER MOTHER-IN-LAW NAOMI.
  • 08:29 IN CHAPTER 2, VERSE 15 WE READ,
  • 08:47 THIS IS AN INTERESTING PICTURE OF BOAZ AS THE KINSMAN-REDEEMER
  • 08:52 SETTING THE STAGE FOR RUTH TO COME INTO HER BLESSING,
  • 08:56 HER DESTINY,
  • 08:57 HER FUTURE WITH HIM.
  • 08:59 WE HAVE TO TAKE A MOMENT
  • 09:00 TO TELL YOU ABOUT HOW THAT HAPPENED FOR OURSELVES.
  • 09:03 I WAS WANDERING THROUGH A FIELD SOMEWHAT LIKE THIS.
  • 09:08 I WAS WANDERING THROUGH THE FIELD OF THE WORLD
  • 09:10 AND I DID NOT KNOW YESHUA.
  • 09:11 IN FACT I TOOK A HARD LEFT AT MY BAR MITZVAH
  • 09:14 AND FOR ABOUT 20 YEARS WAS WANDERING THROUGH THE NEW AGE.
  • 09:17 WHEN I RAN INTO KATHARINE,
  • 09:19 SHE TOLD ME THAT YESHUA, JESUS WAS THE MESSIAH OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE.
  • 09:24 I THOUGHT THAT WAS THE WILDEST, CUTEST, CRAZIEST THING I'D EVER HEARD,
  • 09:28 BECAUSE I'D NEVER ASSOCIATED ANY POSSIBILITY
  • 09:32 THAT A JEW COULD BE REMOTELY RELATED TO JESUS CHRIST.
  • 09:36 LITTLE DID I KNOW THAT YESHUA IDENTIFIES HIMSELF AS THE SHEPHERD OF ISRAEL.
  • 09:42 SO WHEN WE WERE ON OUR FIRST DATE SHE TOLD ME
  • 09:44 AS A NEW BELIEVER THAT SHE WOULD SHOUT FROM THE HOUSETOPS
  • 09:48 THAT JESUS WAS HER LORD AND SAVIOR.
  • 09:50 AND I SAID,
  • 09:51 "JUST DON'T SHOUT IT IN THIS RESTAURANT; I'M A REGULAR HERE."
  • 09:54 AND I WAS DUMBFOUNDED BY HER REBUKE OF ME
  • 09:57 THAT I WAS NOT AN HONEST, INTELLECTUAL SEEKER.
  • 10:00 IF I HAD BEEN I WOULD HAVE LOOKED IN MY OWN BOOK.
  • 10:03 AND I HAD NOT LOOKED IN MY OWN BOOK SINCE MY BAR MITZVAH.
  • 10:06 SEE I HAD AN AWAKENING TO THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC AND JACOB.
  • 10:10 AND EVEN THOUGH I WAS RAISED IN A CATHOLIC HOME
  • 10:14 I FOUND HIM AS MY SAVIOR IN MY COLLEGE YEARS.
  • 10:17 AND AFTER I DID, I KNEW THAT GOD WAS A GOD THAT YOU COULD APPROACH.
  • 10:22 THAT IF YOU ASKED HIM, HE WOULD REVEAL HIMSELF TO YOU.
  • 10:25 SO MY CHALLENGE TO MYLES WAS,
  • 10:27 SIMPLY ASK, "ARE YOU THE GOD?
  • 10:30 ARE YOU MY MESSIAH?"
  • 10:32 YES, SHE DID.
  • 10:34 AND I THOUGHT THIS IS SO CRAZY.
  • 10:36 MY GRANDMOTHER WOULD ROLL OVER IN HER GRAVE IF I SAID "JESUS CHRIST".
  • 10:39 SO I PRAYED IN THE NAME OF "J.C."
  • 10:42 THAT WAS ALL THAT I WOULD GIVE HIM.
  • 10:43 SLOWLY BUT SURELY GOD AWAKENED ME.
  • 10:47 A FRIEND OF MINE SHOWED UP WITH A BIBLE.
  • 10:50 HE SUPERNATURALLY ORDERED MY STEPS.
  • 10:52 BEFORE I KNEW IT I WAS CALLING PEOPLE AND SAYING
  • 10:55 I THINK I'M BECOMING ONE OF THOSE JEWS WHO FOLLOWS THIS JESUS.
  • 11:00 HAS THIS HAPPENED TO ANYONE ELSE BEFORE OR AM I THE FIRST ONE?
  • 11:04 AND THAT'S WHAT IT FEELS LIKE FOR JEWISH PEOPLE.
  • 11:06 WE DON'T RELATE TO THE GOD OF THE BIBLE IN THAT WAY.
  • 11:08 WE DON'T RELATE TO THE JESUS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT AS BELONGING TO US.
  • 11:12 AND SO THIS STORY UNFOLDED FOR US
  • 11:15 AND WE BECAME MORE AND MORE CONVINCED THAT HE WAS IN FACT THE LORD OF THE HARVEST.
  • 11:20 HE WAS SETTING OUR STEPS IN ORDER
  • 11:23 SO THAT WE WOULD FIND HIM IN THE HARVEST FIELD.
  • 11:26 AND NOT TO MENTION THAT
  • 11:29 BUT THAT GOD WOULD BE ABLE TO OPEN YOUR HEART...
  • 11:32 KIND OF LIKE WEAVING RUTH INTO THE MESSIANIC LINE.
  • 11:36 HE'S WEAVING THESE JEW AND GENTILE TOGETHER.
  • 11:39 HE'S ALWAYS INTENDED THAT THERE'D BE
  • 11:41 THIS ONE NEW MAN
  • 11:42 AND THAT GOD WOULD AWAKEN BOTH TO HIS SOON COMING.
  • 11:45 YES...
  • 11:47 AND GOD ORDERED OUR STEPS AS WE FOUND LIFE IN THE WORD...
  • 11:51 WE FOUND BIBLE COLLEGE AND MINISTRY IN TIME...
  • 11:54 WE WERE IN THE NATIONS FOR YEARS.
  • 11:55 AND THEN SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY HE CHALLENGED US.
  • 11:58 WE WERE DOING MARRIAGE SEMINARS IN RUSSIA
  • 12:00 AND HE CHALLENGED US TO RESTORE THE ROOTS OF OUR FAITH
  • 12:04 AND GIVE OUR CHILDREN THEIR LINEAGE AS JEWS WHO ARE FOLLOWERS OF MESSIAH.
  • 12:09 AND THAT'S WHAT WE DID.
  • 12:11 WE CAME HOME.
  • 12:12 WE STARTED KEEP SHABBAT.
  • 12:14 WE STARTED KEEPING THE FEASTS.
  • 12:15 PEOPLE WERE COMING TO OUR HOME.
  • 12:17 WE GREW TO 80 PEOPLE IN OUR HOME.
  • 12:18 WE CALLED IT BEIT SHALOM,
  • 12:20 "BETH SHALOM", "THE HOUSE OF PEACE".
  • 12:22 ISRAELIS WERE COMING
  • 12:23 AND JEWISH PEOPLE WERE COMING FROM ALL OVER THE NEIGHBORHOOD.
  • 12:26 THEY WERE FINDING YESHUA AS THEIR LORD AND SAVIOR.
  • 12:29 IT WAS AN AMAZING TIME.
  • 12:30 IT GOT SO BIG WE OUTGREW OUR HOME
  • 12:32 AND WE WOUND UP MEETING IN A LOCAL CONGREGATION IN ORDER TO ACCOMMODATE
  • 12:35 EVERYONE WHO WAS CURIOUS ABOUT THIS JEWISHNESS OF THE GOSPEL.
  • 12:40 THAT'S WERE WE FIND OURSELVES TODAY.
  • 12:42 WE ARE IN THE HARVEST FIELD WITH THE LORD,
  • 12:45 JEW AND GENTILE TOGETHER AS THE ONE NEW MAN OF EPHESIANS 2:14.
  • 12:49 GOD HAS BROKEN DOWN THE MIDDLE WALL OF PARTITION BETWEEN US AND MADE THE TWO ONE.
  • 12:54 AND THAT'S WHAT HE WANTS TO DO FOR EVERYONE.
  • 13:01 ♪WHEN WE'RE THERE, WHEN WE'RE THERE,♪
  • 13:02 ♪IN THE LAND OF ZION♪
  • 13:04 ♪NEXT YEAR IN JERUSALEM♪
  • 13:06 ♪L'SHANAH HA'BA' AH B'YERUSHALAYIM♪
  • 13:09 ♪NEXT YEAR IN JERUSALEM♪
  • 13:12 ♪O LORD WE'LL BE WITH YOU AND NO MORE TEARS♪
  • 13:14 ♪O LORD THY KINGDOM COME, THY WILL BE DONE NEXT YEAR♪
  • 13:17 ♪L'SHANAH HA'BA' AH B'YERUSHALAYIM♪
  • 13:20 ♪NEXT YEAR IN JERUSALEM♪
  • 13:22 ♪L'SHANAH HA'BA' AH B'YERUSHALAYIM♪
  • 13:26 ♪NEXT YEAR IN JERUSALEM♪
  • 13:39 YOU KNOW, THE STORY OF RUTH TAKES PLACE IN BETHLEHEM
  • 13:41 AND THE PAGES COME ALIVE
  • 13:44 BUT WHEN YOU WALK IN THE STREETS OF BETHLEHEM
  • 13:46 YOUR SPIRIT WILL COME ALIVE IN A NEW WAY.
  • 13:48 SOME TRIPS...SOME TOURS DON'T ACTUALLY GO TO BETHLEHEM.
  • 13:52 TRACIE, OUR TRAVEL MANAGER, IS HERE.
  • 13:54 TELL US ABOUT THE TRIPS THAT WE TAKE.
  • 13:56 OUR TRIPS ARE JUST AMAZING MYLES.
  • 13:58 YEAH...I'M VERY SURPRISED...
  • 13:59 A LOT OF TOURS
  • 14:00 DON'T GO TO BETHLEHEM
  • 14:01 AND PEOPLE CALL US...
  • 14:02 AND JUST THIS LAST TOUR
  • 14:05 WE WERE ACTUALLY IN THE CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY WHERE JESUS WAS BORN.
  • 14:08 AND OUR TOUR GUIDE STARTED SINGING "SILENT NIGHT".
  • 14:12 WHEN YOU ARE STANDING AT THE PLACE WHERE JESUS WAS BORN
  • 14:15 AND SINGING THAT SONG YOU HAVE SUNG YOUR WHOLE LIFE...
  • 14:18 THE WORD COMES ALIVE WHEN YOU'RE IN BETHLEHEM.
  • 14:21 WE'RE ACTUALLY THERE FOR A HALF DAY.
  • 14:23 THERE'S A CHRISTIAN BOOKSTORE IN BETHLEHEM...
  • 14:24 YOU CAN BUY AUTHENTIC SOUVENIRS FROM THAT LAND THAT YOU CAN PASS ON.
  • 14:28 THE BOOK OF RUTH IS VERY SPECIAL TO ME
  • 14:30 AND I KNOW IT'S VERY SPECIAL TO MANY OF OUR VIEWERS
  • 14:33 IN THAT WE GET TO GO TO PLACES BECAUSE OF OUR HISTORY IN THE LAND.
  • 14:37 28 YEARS...
  • 14:38 3 TOURS A YEAR...
  • 14:39 NEVER CANCELLED ONE TRIP.
  • 14:41 WE GET TO GO TO PLACES
  • 14:42 THAT MANY TOURS DON'T.
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  • 14:44 TO COME WITH US.
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  • 15:00 IT'S FREE.
  • 15:01 AND IT WILL KEEP YOU UP TO DATE
  • 15:02 ON WHAT'S GOING ON IN ISRAEL
  • 15:03 BEHIND THE SCENES,
  • 15:04 THINGS YOU WILL NOT FIND OUT
  • 15:06 IN THE HEADLINES
  • 15:07 OR ON YOUR TELEVISION SET.
  • 15:09 THIS WEEK'S OFFER
  • 15:10 I'M GLAD TO SAY IS A BOOKLET
  • 15:11 THAT I'VE WRITTEN CALLED
  • 15:12 "AN EPIC LOVE STORY"
  • 15:14 WHICH REALLY TALKS ABOUT
  • 15:15 THE HISTORY OF GOD'S HEART
  • 15:17 IN BRINGING JEWS AND GENTILES
  • 15:19 TO TOGETHER.
  • 15:20 THAT'S ALWAYS BEEN HIS INTENTION
  • 15:22 AND THE BOOK OF RUTH
  • 15:23 REALLY PICTURES THAT.
  • 15:25 YOU'LL ENJOY THIS BOOK.
  • 15:26 I'LL ASK YOU TO RECEIVE THAT FROM US.
  • 15:28 AND LET'S GO BACK TO OUR STORY
  • 15:30 AS RUTH AND BOAZ GET CLOSER TOGETHER
  • 15:32 AND NAOMI GETS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STORY TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT BOAZ.
  • 16:37 AND SO RUTH STAYED CLOSE TO THE MAIDENS OF BOAZ
  • 16:42 AND GLEANED UNTIL THE END OF HARVEST.
  • 16:47 THE INTERACTION BETWEEN
  • 16:49 NAOMI AND RUTH IS GETTING
  • 16:50 MORE AND MORE INTIMATE.
  • 16:52 THERE'S SUCH A MUTUALITY
  • 16:53 THAT'S GOING ON BETWEEN THEM.
  • 16:55 IT'S AMAZING THAT
  • 16:57 THIS WHOLE STORY IS ONE OF A GROWING INTIMACY.
  • 17:01 AND NOW NAOMI IS GIVING RUTH ADVICE TO MOVE HER TOWARDS THE RELATIONSHIP WITH BOAZ
  • 17:09 AND DOING IT IN SUCH A WAY AS TO HINT AND CAJOLE
  • 17:14 AND JUST SORT OF GENTLY MOVE HER IN THE DIRECTION OF BOAZ.
  • 17:18 IT'S REALLY AN AMAZING THING
  • 17:21 WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THE INTERACTION BETWEEN THE TWO OF THEM.
  • 17:23 AGAIN, IT'S THIS JEWISH MOTHER-IN-LAW AND GENTILE DAUGHTER-IN-LAW.
  • 17:27 IT'S REALLY A PICTURE FOR US OF THE SITUATION WE'RE IN TODAY AS BELIEVERS IN YESHUA.
  • 17:35 REALLY THE CHURCH IS LARGELY GENTILE
  • 17:37 AND YET THERE'S THIS INCREDIBLE WISDOM
  • 17:39 THAT'S AVAILABLE TO THE CHURCH IF THEY WILL INTERACT OPENLY WITH THEIR JEWISH COUNTERPARTS.
  • 17:46 FOR EXAMPLE, MALACHI 4, VERSES 5 & 6 TELLS US
  • 17:55 YOU KNOW, AS A COUNSELOR
  • 17:57 I THINK OF THAT AS A PARENT, CHILDREN, FAMILY COUNSELING KIND OF A SCRIPTURE.
  • 18:02 BUT REALLY I ALSO SEE IN IT THAT THERE'S AN INTERACTION THAT GOD'S DOING NOW IN THE EARTH
  • 18:07 THAT IS REALLY BETWEEN THE ELDERS OF THE FAITH - THE JEWISH PEOPLE,
  • 18:11 AND THE CHILDREN IN THE FAITH - THE CHRISTIANS.
  • 18:13 THERE'S THIS INCREDIBLE MUTUALITY THAT IS GROWING BETWEEN THE TWO.
  • 18:16 I REMEMBER SEVERAL YEARS AGO WE HOSTED A TOUR HERE IN ISRAEL
  • 18:21 WITH 50 LEADERS, PASTORS FROM THE WEST.
  • 18:24 IN ONE OF OUR SETTINGS WE WENT TO THE KNESSET
  • 18:28 AND BENNY ELON,
  • 18:29 AN ORTHODOX RABBI,
  • 18:31 A MEMBER OF KNESSET,
  • 18:32 THE MINISTER OF TOURISM AT THE TIME, A WONDERFUL MAN...
  • 18:35 HE ACTUALLY SAID TO THESE PASTORS,
  • 18:37 "WE ARE THE CHILDREN OF ABRAHAM, AND YOU ARE THE CHILDREN OF ABRAHAM BY FAITH."
  • 18:42 HE IDENTIFIED AS AN ORTHODOX PERSON,
  • 18:44 IDENTIFIED THE TWO TOGETHER -
  • 18:46 THE CHILDREN OF ABRAHAM BY THE NATURAL SEED
  • 18:49 AND THE CHILDREN OF ABRAHAM BY FAITH, THE CHRISTIANS.
  • 18:52 SO THERE'S THAT MALACHI INTERACTION BETWEEN THE TWO.
  • 18:55 IT REMINDS ME ALSO OF THE CONNECTION THAT GOD DRAWS FOR US IN ROMANS 9:4
  • 19:01 WHERE HE TELLS CHRISTIANS... PAUL IS TELLING THE CHRISTIANS, TELLING BELIEVERS,
  • 19:06 THAT EVERYTHING WE HAVE IN THE FAITH IS OWED ON SOME LEVEL TO JUDAISM.
  • 19:11 IT'S OWED ON SOME LEVEL TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE.
  • 19:22 FOR SURE HE SAYS THAT,
  • 19:23 BUT LISTEN TO WHAT HE SAYS TO ALL BELIEVERS.
  • 19:42 PAUL IS TELLING US AS BELIEVERS THAT WE NEED TO BE CONNECTED TO OUR ROOTS IN THE FAITH.
  • 19:47 WE NEED TO BE CONNECTED AND STAY CONNECTED
  • 19:49 JUST AS RUTH AND NAOMI WERE CONNECTED IN THIS WONDERFUL WAY
  • 19:53 THAT BRINGS THEM INTO THE HOUSE OF BREAD TOGETHER;
  • 19:56 BRINGS THEM TO A PLACE OF ENJOYING THE SUSTENANCE OF GOD.
  • 19:59 IT'S A WONDERFUL THING.
  • 20:00 SO I WANT TO SAY FROM THIS PASSAGE,
  • 20:02 IN THIS SECTION OF THE SCRIPTURE
  • 20:05 WE REALLY SEE THAT GOD IS REALLY EXHORTING US TO LISTEN TO NAOMI,
  • 20:10 TO LEARN FROM OUR JEWISH ELDERS.
  • 20:15AD SHAMAIM CHASDECHA ♪
  • 20:24AD SHEHAKIM EMUNATECHA ♪
  • 20:33YIMALE PI TEHILATCHA ♪
  • 20:42KOL HAYAM TIF'ARTECHA ♪
  • 20:51LESHON KEN KOL HAYOM ♪
  • 20:56TEZAMER LECHA, ELYON ♪
  • 21:01BICHLI NEVET VECHINOR ♪
  • 21:05ESA AD SHAMAIN SHIMCHA, ADON ♪
  • 21:10LESHON KEN KOL HAYOM ♪
  • 21:14TEZAMER LECHA, ELYON ♪
  • 21:19BICHLI NEVET VECHINOR ♪
  • 21:23ESA AD SHAMAIN SHIMCHA, ADON ♪
  • 21:30TOR ADONAI♪
  • 21:35KI LE'OLUM CHASDO ♪
  • 21:39UMIDOR LEDOR EMUNATO ♪
  • 21:48TOR ADONAI ♪
  • 21:52KI LE'OLUM CHASDO ♪
  • 21:56UMIDOR LEDOR EMUNATO... ♪
  • 22:05UMIDOR LEDOR EMUNATO ♪
  • 22:11EMUNATO ♪
  • 22:18 THAT WAS INSPIRATIONAL MUSIC
  • 22:20 BY SASHA AND ANYA IN ISRAEL.
  • 22:22 I LOVE THEIR MUSIC.
  • 22:23 AND NOW WE'RE GOING TO HEAR MORE
  • 22:25 FROM ARIE ABOUT BETHLEHEM AND "THE HOUSE OF BREAD" IT MEANS IN HEBREW,
  • 22:29 AND HE'S GOING TO TELL US A LITTLE BIT MORE
  • 22:31 ABOUT THE CULTURE AND THE CLIMATE OF THE DAY.
  • 22:33 SO LET'S GO AND HEAR MORE FROM HIM.
  • 22:39 DO YOU LIKE THIS NOISE?
  • 22:42 THIS IS THE NOISE
  • 22:43 THAT WAS COMING FROM EVERY
  • 22:44 SECOND HOUSE IN BETHLEHEM.
  • 22:46 WHAT IS THE MEANING
  • 22:47 OF THE NAME "BETHLEHEM"?
  • 22:49 "HOUSE OF BREAD"
  • 22:51 OR IN OTHER WORDS "A PLACE OF PRODUCING BREAD".
  • 22:56 THE AREA OUT OF THE CITY WHICH WAS CALLED "EPHRATA"...
  • 23:01 THIS WAS THE AREA WHERE THEY WERE GROWING THE BIG FIELDS OF BARLEY AND WHEAT.
  • 23:07 AND THEN WHEN THE SEASON OF THE HARVESTING ARRIVED
  • 23:11 THEY TOOK THE GRAINS AND THEY BROUGHT THEM,
  • 23:15 WITH SOME PART OF THE GRAIN THEY WERE PUT IN HERE IN THE GRINDING MACHINE
  • 23:21 AND THEY WERE PRODUCING IT IN ORDER TO HAVE FLOUR.
  • 23:26 EVERY LITTLE GRAIN IS PRECIOUS.
  • 23:31 SOME OF THE GRAINS THEY HAD TO KEEP IT ASIDE IN ORDER TO DO WITH THIS...
  • 23:37 TO PUT IT ACTUALLY AS SEEDS TO GET HARVEST IN THE NEXT YEAR.
  • 23:42 HOW MUCH TO EAT TODAY?
  • 23:44 HOW MUCH TO LEAVE FOR TOMORROW?
  • 23:46 IT WAS A VERY CURIOUS QUESTION
  • 23:49 THAT EVERY HOUSEHOLD HAD TO DECIDE.
  • 23:53 BUT REMEMBER AGAIN...
  • 23:55 THE MEANING OF THE PLACE IS THE PLACE WHERE THEY PRODUCED FOOD.
  • 24:03 THIS STORY IS SO MUCH ABOUT LOVE AND A RELATIONSHIP.
  • 24:07 IT'S SO MUCH ABOUT HOW GOD LOVES US,
  • 24:11 TEACHES US HOW TO LOVE EACH OTHER
  • 24:13 AND SO MUCH ABOUT HOW HIS ANOINTING, HIS ABILITY, HIS WORD
  • 24:17 GIVES US THE POSSIBILITY OF STAYING IN RELATIONSHIP WITH EACH OTHER.
  • 24:23 AND AS RUTH AND BOAZ ARE GETTING TO KNOW EACH OTHER
  • 24:26 THERE'S GOING TO BE OVERCOMING THAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN.
  • 24:29 I THINK ABOUT HOW IN OUR OWN LIVES
  • 24:31 HOW WE WOULD ALWAYS HAVE TO TURN TO THE LORD
  • 24:35 TO BREAK THROUGH WHEN THERE'S CONFLICT
  • 24:37 TO COME TO UNDERSTANDING WITH EACH OTHER OR WITH OUR CHILDREN
  • 24:40 AND HOW GOD IS THE ONE THAT MAKES THAT POSSIBLE IN OUR LIVES.
  • 24:43 I THINK THAT'S WHY RUTH IS SO IMPORTANT TO BOTH OF US,
  • 24:46 THAT WE KNOW THAT GOD IS ABLE.
  • 24:49 WELL HE'S A GOD THAT LOOKS BEYOND THE NATURAL.
  • 24:52 I MEAN HERE HE TAKES A MOABITE WOMAN...
  • 24:56 HE TAKES A MOABITE WOMAN AND ENGRAFTS HER IN TO THE LINE OF DAVID.
  • 25:01 I'M SNEAKING AHEAD A LITTLE BIT MYLES
  • 25:04 BUT THERE'S SOMETHING THAT'S SO PROFOUND ABOUT OUR GOD
  • 25:07 THAT WHEN WE THINK OUR LIFE IS RUN OUT,
  • 25:09 WHEN WE THINK OUR LIFE IS AT THE END...
  • 25:12 WHEN WE ARE A WIDOW OR WE SUFFERED LOSS...
  • 25:15 HE HAS A BIGGER PLAN.
  • 25:17 HE HAS A PLAN THAT FAR SURPASSES NAOMI'S BARRENNESS
  • 25:21 AND RUTH'S BARRENNESS...
  • 25:23 HE HAS A BOAZ
  • 25:25 AND HE HAS A LINE THAT HE'S WANTING TO KEEP ALIVE.
  • 25:28 IT'S REALLY TRUE.
  • 25:30 THE PICTURE OF THE ABILITY OF GOD TO BRING US THROUGH SUFFERING INTO COMPLETION
  • 25:37 OR TO PLENTY OR SPIRITUAL WHOLENESS
  • 25:41 IS THROUGHOUT THIS STORY.
  • 25:43 ITS SORT OF WHAT WE SEE IN COUNSELING,
  • 25:45 WHAT WE SEE WITH PEOPLE THAT WE WORK WITH...PASTORING.
  • 25:48 I THINK ABOUT MANY VIEWERS THAT MAY BE WATCHING NOW
  • 25:52 AND YOU'RE IN A SEASON WHERE THINGS ARE VERY DIFFICULT
  • 25:54 AND YOU'RE LOOKING FOR THE FIELD...
  • 25:56 YOU'RE WONDERING,
  • 25:57 WHERE IS MY PROVISION?
  • 25:58 WHERE IS THAT SUSTENANCE?
  • 26:00 WHERE IS MY BOAZ?
  • 26:02 WELL WE WANT TO TELL YOU WHAT WE FOUND.
  • 26:05 WE'RE JUST HUMAN AND WE HAVE CONFLICT
  • 26:07 AND WE HAVE DIFFICULTY WITH EACH OTHER,
  • 26:09 WITH OUR CHILDREN...
  • 26:10 PRETTY GOOD MARRIAGE.
  • 26:12 PRETTY GOOD KIDS
  • 26:13 THEY'RE GOOD KIDS.
  • 26:14 BUT I WANT TO SAY THAT YOU WHEREVER YOU ARE IN YOUR LIFE,
  • 26:17 IF YOU WILL CALL ON THE LORD,
  • 26:19 IF YOU WILL ASK YESHUA...ASK JESUS TO COME INTO YOUR LIFE
  • 26:23 I GUARANTEE YOU HE WILL BRING YOU THROUGH THE TIME OF DIFFICULTY
  • 26:27 AND YOU WILL MEET YOUR BOAZ IN THE HARVEST FIELD.
  • 26:30 SO I WANT TO LEAVE YOU WITH THAT MESSAGE TODAY.
  • 26:33 BOAZ IS WAITING TO HEAR FROM YOU.
  • 26:35 SO TODAY WE WANT TO CLOSE BY SAYING ONCE AGAIN
  • 26:39 SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM
  • 26:41 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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