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Series: “Acts: Then and Now”
… The Story Continues
Myles and Katharine show us the implications of the Acts of the Apostles in history and the future.
Episode: “To Hear Something New”
On Mars Hill in Athens, Myles teaches about what Paul encountered while bringing the Jewish Gospel to the Greek world. Demonstrating his mastery of cross-cultural missions, Paul drew the nations into the commonwealth of Israel through the cross of Yeshua. Dr. Dan Juster explains the theological connection between Jewish and Greek thought.

Caption transcript for Acts: Then and Now — “To Hear Something New” (3/8)

  • 00:13 GO YE THEREFORE AND TEACH ALL NATIONS,
  • 00:16 BAPTIZING THEM IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, AND OF THE SON, AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
  • 00:21 TEACHING THEM TO OBSERVE ALL THINGS WHATSOEVER I HAVE COMMANDED YOU.
  • 00:25 AND LO, I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS,
  • 00:28 EVEN UNTO THE END OF THE WORLD.
  • 00:42 SHALOM, AND WELCOME
  • 00:44 TO ZOLA LEVITT PRESENTS.
  • 00:45 I'M MYLES WEISS.
  • 00:46 THIS IS MY CO-HOST
  • 00:47 AND MY WIFE, KATHARINE WEISS.
  • 00:48 WE ARE GLAD TODAY TO BRING YOU THE NEXT PROGRAM IN OUR SERIES,
  • 00:52 ACTS, THEN AND NOW, THE STORY CONTINUES.
  • 00:55 IT'S SO AMAZING TO SEE THE GOSPEL LEAVING JERUSALEM AND GOING INTO THE NATIONS
  • 00:59 JUST AS GOD PROPHESIED THAT IT WOULD.
  • 01:02 AND WE SEE TODAY, PAUL, BRINGING THIS NEW MESSAGE TO THE ATHENIANS, WHO WERE PHILOSOPHERS.
  • 01:08 AND PAUL'S OWN LIFE REALLY MIRRORED THE TENACH, OR THE HEBREW SCRIPTURES.
  • 01:12 THERE'S THE LAW, THE PROPHET, AND THE WISDOM BOOKS
  • 01:16 ARE THE 3 SECTIONS OF THE HEBREW SCRIPTURES.
  • 01:19 IN A SENSE PAUL LIVED THAT WAY.
  • 01:20 HE WAS A MAN OF THE LAW.
  • 01:22 HE BECAME A PROPHETIC VOICE FOR YESHUA,
  • 01:24 AND THEN HE LIVED HIS LIFE TOWARD THE END OF HIS LIFE AS A MAN OF WISDOM
  • 01:27 WHO HAD BEEN SHAPED BY THE EXPERIENCES THAT GOD HAD BROUGHT HIM THROUGH.
  • 01:31 SO WE'RE REALLY GOING TO SEE A CHANGE
  • 01:33 AS HE BRINGS THE WORD INTO THE NATIONS.
  • 01:35 YEAH, HE BRINGS IT TO THE ATHENIANS IN A WHOLE OTHER DIMENSION.
  • 01:39 THEY WERE USED TO JUST HAVING PHILOSOPHIES
  • 01:41 AND LISTENING AND HEARING THE NEXT GREATEST WISDOM OF A MAN.
  • 01:45 BUT GOD WAS TALKING TO THE ATHENIANS THROUGH PAUL
  • 01:48 AND HE,WAS BRINGING THEM THIS MESSAGE OF HOLINESS
  • 01:51 AND THIS MESSAGE OF KNOW NOTHING BUT CHRIST AND HIM CRUCIFIED.
  • 01:55 AND THIS MESSAGE OF FAITH AND THIS MESSAGE THAT CALLED THEM TO SOMETHING OF GOOD WORKS.
  • 01:59 SO LET'S GO NOW AND HEAR FROM MYLES IN ATHENS.
  • 02:20 WE ARE HERE ON MARS HILL.
  • 02:22 THE HOLY SPIRIT IS THE AUTHOR OF THE BOOK OF ACTS.
  • 02:25 SOME SAY THAT LUKE WAS THE WRITER,
  • 02:27 BUT WE KNOW THE HOLY SPIRIT IS THE AUTHOR AND HE'S STILL WRITING THE STORY TODAY.
  • 02:30 ALTHOUGH THERE ARE 28 CHAPTERS IN THE BOOK OF ACTS, THE STORY IS STILL CONTINUING.
  • 02:35 WE HOPE IN THIS SERIES TO SHOW YOU HOW, IN FACT, THAT STORY IS UNFOLDING EVEN TODAY
  • 02:40 IN THE MIDDLE EAST, AND ESPECIALLY IN ISRAEL.
  • 02:43 WE'RE GOING TO BE INTERVIEWING SOME GREAT FRIENDS IN ISRAEL
  • 02:46 TO LET YOU SEE HOW THIS STORY UNFOLDS FROM THE BEGINNING OF TIME
  • 02:50 FROM THE BEGINNING OF THIS GREAT CIVILIZATION IN GREECE,
  • 02:53 AND HOW PAUL CAME HERE IN 51 AD RIGHT HERE TO MARS HILL.
  • 02:58 IN ACTS 17 WE SEE THAT.
  • 03:00 NOW WE KNOW THAT LUKE WAS THE AUTHOR OR THE WRITER OF THIS BOOK
  • 03:03 BECAUSE HE MAKES REFERENCE TO HIS EARLIER TREATISE TO THEOPHILUS.
  • 03:07 WE BELIEVE HE WROTE IT IN AROUND 62 AD.
  • 03:10 MOST SCHOLARS AGREE THAT THAT'S WHEN IT WAS PENNED.
  • 03:12 PAUL ARRIVES HERE ON MARS HILL
  • 03:15 AND HE'S DISTURBED BY THE BLUSTERY WINDS THAT ARE BLOWING
  • 03:21 OF DIFFERENT GODS AND GODDESSES AND THE IDOLATRY THAT'S TAKING PLACE HERE.
  • 03:26 MANY THINK OF GREECE AS THE CRADLE OF CHRISTIAN CIVILIZATION.
  • 03:29 BUT IMAGINE WHAT IT WAS LIKE FOR THIS HEBREW APOSTLE TO ARRIVE HERE BRINGING THIS NEW THING,
  • 03:36 THIS NEW TEACHING SO CALLED,
  • 03:38 THAT IN FACT WAS THE TEACHING OF THE RESURRECTION OF YESHUA HAMASHIACH, JESUS OUR MESSIAH.
  • 03:44 WHEN HE CAME TO MARS HILL IN ACTS 17
  • 03:47 WE READ THAT HE WAS CONFRONTED BY THE EPICUREANS AND THE STOICS AS SOON AS HE ARRIVED HERE.
  • 04:10 NOW THIS WAS PAUL'S PATTERN.
  • 04:12 HE ALWAYS WENT TO THE JEWS FIRST.
  • 04:14 HE WENT TO THE SYNAGOGUES AND THEN HE ALSO WENT TO THE MARKETPLACE.
  • 04:17 I THINK THAT THAT'S A PICTURE FOR US TODAY THAT THE GOSPEL,
  • 04:21 IN FACT, IS TO THE JEWS FIRST ACCORDING TO ROMANS 1:16, AND ALSO TO THE GREEKS.
  • 04:27 GOD INTENDS US TO BE REACHING OUT TO OUR JEWISH NEIGHBORS AND FRIENDS
  • 04:31 WITH THE GOOD NEWS OF JESUS CHRIST,
  • 04:33 BUT ALSO TO TAKE THIS GOSPEL TO THE MARKETPLACE
  • 04:36 WHERE EVERYONE HAS A CHANCE TO HEAR ABOUT JESUS.
  • 04:40 LISTEN TO THIS CONFRONTATION:
  • 04:57 WELL, THE EPICUREANS AND THE STOICS WERE LONG STANDING PHILOSOPHERS IN THIS AREA.
  • 05:02 THE EPICUREANS BELIEVED THAT LIFE WAS QUICK, WAS OVER QUICKLY.
  • 05:06 WE SHOULD JUST EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY BECAUSE TOMORROW WE MAY DIE.
  • 05:09 THE STOICS TOOK A DIFFERENT APPROACH,
  • 05:11 BELIEVING THAT THEY SHOULD AFFLICT THEIR FLESH AND LIVE IN AN ASCETIC KIND OF WAY.
  • 05:16 AND HERE COMES PAUL WITH THIS NEW THING, THIS NEW IDEA OF RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD.
  • 05:23 NO ONE HAD HEARD OF THIS QUITE THIS WAY.
  • 05:26 IT'S INTERESTING THAT PAUL ACTUALLY QUOTES ONE OF THE GREEK PHILOSOPHERS,
  • 05:29 A POET FROM CENTURIES EARLIER WHO SPOKE OF THIS 'MANY GOD CITY'
  • 05:34 AS A QUEST THAT IS IN THE HEART OF MAN, A QUEST FOR FATHERING,
  • 05:39 A QUEST TO UNDERSTAND WHERE WE COME FROM.
  • 05:42 ALL THOSE GODS THAT WERE DIFFERENT KINDS,
  • 05:45 DIFFERENT EMPHASIS, DIFFERENT STRENGTHS, DIFFERENT WEAKNESSES,
  • 05:48 THEY WERE ALL A PICTURE OF MAN'S QUEST FOR A FATHER.
  • 05:52 THAT'S WHY WHEN HE CAME HERE HE FOUND IN THIS AREA, ON THIS HILL, HE FOUND A PLAQUE,
  • 05:58 A STATUE TO THE UNKNOWN GOD.
  • 06:02 AND HE SAID, I KNOW THAT YOU ARE RELIGIOUS IN NATURE
  • 06:05 AND I KNOW THAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR THIS UNKNOWN GOD.
  • 06:09 IN FACT HE CAME WITH AN UNDERSTANDING
  • 06:12 THAT HE WAS BRINGING THE ANSWER TO THOSE PRAYERS,
  • 06:16 THE ANSWER TO THE QUEST THAT'S IN THE HEART OF MAN,
  • 06:19 SOMETHING IN OUR VERY DNA THAT'S REACHING OUT FOR A FATHER FROM ABOVE.
  • 06:23 WE'RE LOST.
  • 06:24 WE'RE HELPLESS IN THIS UNIVERSE.
  • 06:26 WE'RE ALONE, BUT THANKS BE TO GOD BECAUSE OF THE FINISHED WORK OF THE CROSS.
  • 06:30 BACK IN JERUSALEM PAUL COULD ARRIVE WITH THE GOOD NEWS OF THE ANSWER FOR THE UNKNOWN GOD.
  • 06:38 IN FACT, I BRING YOU NEWS OF THE RESURRECTION.
  • 06:41 I BRING YOU NEWS THAT YESHUA HAMASHIACH, JESUS CHRIST HAS RISEN FROM THE DEAD
  • 06:47 AND PAUL IS SPEAKING TO THEM THAT THEY IN FACT HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR THIS UNKNOWN GOD.
  • 06:53 LISTEN TO WHAT HE SAYS TO THEM REGARDING THE GODS THAT THEY HAVE BEEN SERVING.
  • 07:08 NO, GOD IS AGELESS AND FORMLESS.
  • 07:11 HE IS A SPIRIT, AND PAUL IS BRINGING THEM THIS GOOD NEWS
  • 07:15 THAT NO WORK OF THE FLESH,
  • 07:17 NO WORK OF MAN, NO ARTIFACT,
  • 07:19 NO IDOL, NO STATUE
  • 07:21 CAN BRING THEM TO THAT HEART CRY THAT IS WITHIN THEM
  • 07:25 TO BE CALLED THE CHILDREN OF GOD.
  • 07:27 WELL THIS STIRS UP AN INCREDIBLE TO DO HERE IN ATHENS.
  • 07:31 SOME SAID THIS MAN IS A BABBLER AND WE DON'T WANT TO HEAR ANYTHING MORE FROM HIM.
  • 07:36 OTHERS SAID QUITE THE CONTRARY, WE'LL HERE MORE OF THIS.
  • 07:40 THAT'S HOW THIS CHAPTER ENDS IN FACT.
  • 07:42 THIS CHAPTER OF ACTS 17 ENDS WITH PAUL IN THE CONTROVERSY OF SOME PEOPLE SAYING
  • 07:48 WE WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THIS UNKNOWN GOD AND OTHERS SAYING TURN HIM AWAY.
  • 07:52 ISN'T THAT THE WAY IT IS IN THE WORLD TODAY?
  • 07:54 THE SEED COMES.
  • 07:55 THE WORD COMES.
  • 07:57 AND WE HAVE TO DECIDE WHETHER TO CONTINUE TO SERVE THOSE THINGS WHICH WE HAVE BEEN SERVING,
  • 08:01 OR AS PAUL SAYS HERE,
  • 08:03 THE DIFFERENCE IS THAT NOW, BECAUSE OF THE FINISHED WORK OF THE CROSS,
  • 08:07 BECAUSE OF THIS MAN CHRIST JESUS,
  • 08:09 NOW GOD EVERYWHERE CALLS MEN TO REPENT AND TURN FROM IDOLS.
  • 08:15 TURN FROM WHATEVER IT IS THEY ARE SERVING TO SERVE, TO KNOW,
  • 08:19 TO LOVE, TO BECOME SONS OF THIS UNKNOWN GOD.
  • 08:23 NO CHURCH BELLS, NO WORKS OF MAN, NO RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS
  • 08:30 CAN SUBSTITUTE FOR A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST.
  • 08:34 AND THAT IS WHAT PAUL IS BRINGING TO THE ATHENIANS AT THAT TIME.
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  • 09:37 WE'RE STANDING IN FRONT OF A ROMAN THEATRE BUILT AFTER THE GREEK STYLE.
  • 09:41 THIS ACTUALLY WAS BUILT A CENTURY LATER.
  • 09:43 BUT IT IS SO MUCH THE STORY OF THE CONFLICT BETWEEN A HEBRAIC MINDSET
  • 09:48 AND A GREEK OR ROMAN MINDSET.
  • 09:51 THAT IS THE STORY OF THE GOSPEL GOING WEST.
  • 09:53 REMEMBER THAT PAUL WAS FORBIDDEN TO GO TO ASIA
  • 09:56 AND IN THAT WAY GOD SET HIS ACTS IN MOTION
  • 09:59 BY SENDING THE GOSPEL WEST AND SENDING IT AROUND THE WORLD
  • 10:03 WHERE IT IS NOW RISING IN THE EAST.
  • 10:06 LISTEN TO THIS PASSAGE FROM ACTS WHEN PAUL WAS ON MARS HILL
  • 10:11 AND IN THE AREA HE SAID AGAIN THAT A LIVING GOD,
  • 10:14 THE GOD WHO MADE THE HEAVEN AND THE EARTH AND THE SEA AND ALL THAT IS IN THEM
  • 10:20 IS THE ONE THAT HE WAS PREACHING.
  • 10:22 WHAT A DIFFERENCE COMPARED TO THE GODS MADE OF STONE AND MADE OF BRASS AND MADE OF GOLD.
  • 10:27 THIS WAS THE GOD THAT WAS UNSEEN, "THE UNKNOWN GOD" AS THE GREEKS CALLED HIM.
  • 10:32 AND HE WAS THE ONE WHO WAS PREACHING IT.
  • 10:35 IT REALLY SETS UP FOR US THE PROBLEM OF A HEBRAIC MINDSET
  • 10:40 TRYING TO COME INTO A PAGAN WORLD.
  • 10:43 WHAT A CHORE FOR PAUL.
  • 10:44 NOW PAUL WAS VERSED IN ALL THE LANGUAGES OF THE DAY.
  • 10:47 HE SPOKE GREEK.
  • 10:48 HE SPOKE ALL OF THE NATIVE LANGUAGES
  • 10:50 AND YET HE HAD TO BRING A MINDSET TO THOSE WHO WERE WITHOUT THE WORD.
  • 10:54 WHAT A CHORE FOR HIM.
  • 10:56 AND SO MUCH SO IT IS TODAY THAT WE'RE LOOKING AT A ROMAN THEATRE
  • 11:00 BECAUSE LIFE IS LIKE A CHALLENGE FOR US EVEN AS BELIEVERS TO GO AFTER THAT WHICH BELONGS TO GOD
  • 11:08 AS OPPOSED TO THAT WHICH IS BUILT ON ENTERTAINMENT
  • 11:11 AND OBSERVATION OF SELF AND WORSHIP OF SELF.
  • 11:15 REALLY THIS THEATRE IS A TESTIMONY TO THAT.
  • 11:18 THIS IS AN AMAZING, LARGE THEATRE
  • 11:20 WHERE NO DOUBT GAMES AND THEATRE AND ASPECTS OF THE ROMAN AND GRECO LIFE WOULD TAKE PLACE.
  • 11:26 AND IT WAS A TOTALLY NEW THING TO REALIZE
  • 11:28 THAT WE WERE NO LONGER TO SERVE OURSELVES AND OUR BODIES AND OUR PLEASURES,
  • 11:33 BUT WE WERE TO SERVE HIM, THE GOD WHO WAS, AS HE SAID ON MARS HILL, "THE UNKNOWN GOD".
  • 11:38 THAT'S REALLY THE CONFLICT THAT EXISTS TODAY IN THE WORLD.
  • 11:42 THERE'S SO MUCH GOING ON EVEN WITHIN THE CHURCH WORLD
  • 11:45 WHERE THINGS CAN BE BUILT ON ENTERTAINMENT.
  • 11:48 THAT'S WHY IT'S SO HARD TO BRING HOME A MESSAGE
  • 11:50 REGARDING THE IMPORTANCE OF ISRAEL AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE
  • 11:54 AND TO HAVE THAT COME THROUGH TO THOSE WHO ARE BELIEVERS AND TO THE NON-BELIEVING WORLD.
  • 11:59 THAT'S WHY WE ENCOURAGE YOU HERE AT ZLM TO STAY WITH US
  • 12:04 AS WE CONTINUE TO BRING THE HEBREW UNDERSTANDING OF THE GOSPEL
  • 12:07 AND THE HEBREW UNDERSTANDING OF THE BIBLE.
  • 12:10 BECAUSE WE'RE LOOKING TO SERVE "ADON OLAM" IN HEBREW,
  • 12:13 "THE LORD OF THE WORLD",
  • 12:15 NOT JUST SOME DEMIGOD.
  • 12:16 NOT JUST A HUMANISTIC GOD.
  • 12:18 NOT JUST A GOD OF THIS WORLD,
  • 12:20 BUT RATHER HE WHO CREATED THE ENTIRE WORLD -
  • 12:23 ADON OLAM, LORD OF THE WORLD.
  • 12:26 THAT'S THE MESSAGE THAT PAUL BROUGHT HERE.
  • 12:28 SO WHEN THE DISCIPLES ASKED, ARE YOU GOING TO SET UP YOUR KINGDOM NOW,
  • 12:32 THINKING, OF COURSE, OF THE OPPRESSION OF ROME
  • 12:35 AND THE DESIRE OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE TO COME OUT FROM UNDER THE ROMAN YOKE,
  • 12:40 HE SAID TO THEM, NO, I WILL NOT SET UP MY KINGDOM NOW,
  • 12:43 BUT I WILL SET IT UP WHEN YOU SAY, BARUCH HABA B'SHEM ADONAI -
  • 12:48 BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD.
  • 12:51 AND THAT'S WERE WE ARE TODAY IN TIME.
  • 12:52 THESE WORLDS ARE STILL COLLIDING.
  • 12:54 THERE'S STILL A CLASH BETWEEN THE GRECO-ROMAN WORLD AND THE HEBRAIC WORLD.
  • 12:59 THERE'S STILL THIS DESIRE IN THE HEART OF GOD TO HEAR HIS PEOPLE,
  • 13:03 JEW AND GENTILE TOGETHER CRY OUT - BARUCH HABA B'SHEM ADONAI -
  • 13:08 BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD.
  • 13:28 THE BIBLE LANDS -
  • 13:29 YOU'VE READ ABOUT THEM.
  • 13:31 NOW ENCOUNTER THEM FOR YOURSELF.
  • 13:34 WALK IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS
  • 13:35 AT THE JORDAN,
  • 13:37 GALILEE,
  • 13:38 JERUSALEM.
  • 13:39 JOURNEY IN THE SHADOW OF PAUL
  • 13:41 TO ATHENS, CORINTH, EPHESUS.
  • 13:43 JOIN MYLES AND KATHARINE WEISS ON A TOUR OF THE BIBLE LANDS.
  • 13:48 AND WITNESS THE WORD COME TO LIFE AS NEVER BEFORE.
  • 13:52 CALL 1-800-WONDERS
  • 13:59 THAT'S ISRAEL.
  • 14:01 IT'S BEAUTIFUL.
  • 14:02 IT FEELS LIKE HOME EVERY TIME THAT WE GO THERE.
  • 14:04 AND I KNOW YOU'LL FEEL THE SAME THING WHEN YOU COME.
  • 14:06 REALLY.
  • 14:07 THE BIBLE REALLY COMES ALIVE WHEN YOU'RE IN THE LAND.
  • 14:09 WE WANT TO INVITE YOU TO COME WITH US.
  • 14:11 AND IN BETWEEN THE TIMES WHEN WE TELL YOU ABOUT IT,
  • 14:14 WHEN YOU DO GET TO COME,
  • 14:15 A GOOD WAY TO KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON IN ISRAEL
  • 14:17 AND TO KNOW WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE AT THE MINISTRY
  • 14:19 IS BY RECEIVING OUR FREE NEWSLETTER,
  • 14:21 THE LEVITT LETTER.
  • 14:22 IT'S FULL OF CURRENT EVENTS
  • 14:23 AND SPIRITUAL ARTICLES
  • 14:25 ABOUT THE LAND, THE PEOPLE,
  • 14:26 AND THE FUTURE.
  • 14:27 IT'S REALLY WELL WRITTEN.
  • 14:29 IT REALLY DOES THE JOB
  • 14:30 OF DISTILLING DOWN
  • 14:31 ALL THE IMPORTANT NEWS
  • 14:32 ABOUT THE MIDDLE EAST
  • 14:33 AND ISRAEL FOR YOU.
  • 14:35 SO THAT'S FREE TO YOU.
  • 14:36 ALSO THIS WEEK OUR OFFER IS
  • 14:38 "THE WITNESSING SERIES"
  • 14:40 BY ZOLA LEVITT.
  • 14:41 ZOLA DID A GREAT JOB
  • 14:42 BEFORE HE WENT TO HEAVEN
  • 14:44 OF TEACHING US ABOUT THE WAY
  • 14:46 TO CONTEXTUALIZE THE GOSPEL.
  • 14:48 JUST AS PAUL DID
  • 14:49 FOR THE ATHENIANS,
  • 14:50 ZOLA DOES IT FOR YOU
  • 14:51 TO SPEAK TO YOUR JEWISH FRIENDS
  • 14:53 AND ALSO TO YOUR GENTILE FRIENDS
  • 14:55 ABOUT HOW THEY CAN KNOW YESHUA,
  • 14:56 KNOW OUR MESSIAH.
  • 14:58 SO WE HAD A CHANCE WHEN WE WERE IN JERUSALEM TO INTERVIEW DR. DANIEL JUSTER.
  • 15:03 HE'S A LEADER IN THE MESSIANIC MOVEMENT
  • 15:05 AND HE WAS REALLY FULL OF INSIGHT
  • 15:07 ABOUT THE CLASH BETWEEN GREEK THOUGHT AND HEBREW THOUGHT,
  • 15:10 AND ALSO SOME OF THE WAYS IT COMES TOGETHER.
  • 15:13 SO LET'S GO TO MY INTERVIEW WITH DANIEL JUSTER IN JERUSALEM ABOUT GREEK AND HEBREW THOUGHT
  • 15:18 RIGHT NOW.
  • 15:21 DAN, WE'VE JUST COME FROM ATHENS
  • 15:22 WHERE I SPOKE ON MARS HILL.
  • 15:24 TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT THE COMPLEXITY
  • 15:27 OF THE GREEK MINDSET AND THE HEBREW MINDSET.
  • 15:29 THE GREEK AND HEBREW MINDSET
  • 15:31 ARE NOT TOTALLY APART
  • 15:33 FROM EACH OTHER AND OPPOSED
  • 15:34 LIKE SOME TEACHERS PUT IT.
  • 15:36 THERE ARE GOOD THINGS IN GREEK CULTURE
  • 15:38 AND SOMETIMES THOSE GOOD THINGS DO FIND THEIR WAY INTO THE NEW TESTAMENT.
  • 15:42 FOR EXAMPLE, WHEN JESUS AND PAUL USE LOGICAL ARGUMENTS
  • 15:46 SOMETIMES THOSE ARGUMENTS, WHICH BECAME PART OF RABBINIC JUDAISM,
  • 15:50 HAD THERE ORIGINS IN GREEK PHILOSOPHICAL SCHOOLS.
  • 15:53 AND YOU SEE THE YESHIVA IN JUDAISM PROBABLY IS ROOTED IN THE GREEK ACADEMIES.
  • 15:59 BUT THERE WAS A DIFFERENCE WHEN YOU GO BACK BEFORE THE 1ST CENTURY
  • 16:03 TO A MORE ANCIENT HEBRAIC MINDSET AND AN ANCIENT GREEK MINDSET.
  • 16:07 THESE TWO MINDSETS BY THE WAY ARE VERY INFLUENTIAL TODAY IN TERMS OF THE ORIENTATION.
  • 16:13 IT'S FROM THE GREEKS WE GET A RATIONALISTIC MINDSET
  • 16:16 WHERE EVERYTHING CAN BE EXPLAINED BY CAUSE AND EFFECT.
  • 16:19 MATERIAL CAUSE AND EFFECT IS ONE PARTICULAR KIND OF GREEK PHILOSOPHY, MORE LIKE ARISTOTLE.
  • 16:26 AND THEREFORE DOUBT CONCERNING THE SUPERNATURAL AND THE INTUITIVE AND THE PROPHETIC
  • 16:33 IS VERY MUCH PART OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION.
  • 16:36 WHERE AS IN THE HEBRAIC MINDSET, WHICH YOU FIND IN SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE CHRISTIANITY,
  • 16:42 GOD INTERVENES, GOD SHOWS YOU HIS WILL INTUITIVELY.
  • 16:47 GOD GOES BEYOND THE RATIONAL TO IMPACT YOU WITH DREAMS AND VISIONS AND INTUITIVE INSIGHT
  • 16:54 INTO TRUTH THAT YOU JUST KNOW INTUITIVELY
  • 16:58 AND DOESN'T COME ABOUT AS THE PROCESS OF LOGICAL REASONING.
  • 17:01 SO YOU SEE THIS CLASH EVEN TODAY.
  • 17:03 I THINK YOU JUMPED AHEAD TO WHAT I WAS GOING TO ASK YOU NEXT
  • 17:06 WHICH IS HOW DOES THIS AFFECT THE CHURCH TODAY?
  • 17:09 IS IT JUST COOL CLIMATES AND WARM CLIMATES?
  • 17:11 IT'S EVERYWHERE.
  • 17:12 WELL, IT'S EVERYWHERE.
  • 17:13 YOU KNOW ORIGINALLY
  • 17:15 WHEN THE CHURCH RECEIVED THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT IN ACTS CHAPTER 2,
  • 17:20 THERE WAS A MASSIVE LEVEL OF GROWTH THAT TOOK PLACE
  • 17:24 BECAUSE OF THE SUPERNATURAL AND THE SIGNS AND THE WONDERS AND EVERYTHING.
  • 17:28 WE FIND THIS TO BE ABSOLUTELY THE CASE TODAY ON THE CUTTING EDGE OF CHRISTIANITY.
  • 17:33 YOU SEE THIS IN PHILIP JENKINS GREAT BOOK ON THIS SUBJECT CALLED "THE NEXT CHRISTENDOM"
  • 17:41 WHERE HE CATALOGS THIS.
  • 17:42 WHERE AS IN THE WEST, BECAUSE OF THE STRONG AFFECT OF LOGICAL CATEGORIES
  • 17:47 AND CAUSE AND EFFECT SCIENTIFIC REASONING,THERE'S A MUCH HIGHER LEVEL OF DOUBT.
  • 17:53 THEREFORE THE CHURCH TENDS TO KIND OF BE MORE OF A RATIONALLY WORKED OUT AFFAIR.
  • 17:58 DO YOU THINK IT MAKES IT HARDER TO PREACH THE GOSPEL IN AMERICA OR IN THE WEST?
  • 18:02 ESPECIALLY IT MAKES IT HARDER
  • 18:04 BECAUSE THE OLD PROOFS OF THE EXISTENCE OF GOD
  • 18:08 AND THE WAY GOD WAS APPROACHED IN THAT RATIONALISTIC IDEA
  • 18:11 HAVE LOST THE CONFIDENCE OF THE INTELLECTUAL CULTURE.
  • 18:15 SO INSTEAD OF A RATIONALISTIC BELIEF IN GOD,
  • 18:20 NOW WE HAVE A RATIONALISTIC UNBELIEF THAT'S BASED ON EVERYTHING BEING EXPLAINABLE
  • 18:25 FROM NATURALISTIC EVOLUTION AND SCIENTIFIC CAUSE AND EFFECT,
  • 18:29 ALL OF WHICH HAVE A PREDECESSOR IN ONE OF THE GREEK SCHOOLS,
  • 18:34 ESPECIALLY EPICUREANISM IN THIS CASE.
  • 18:37 SO WE DO HAVE THIS BATTLE
  • 18:40 AND IT'S GOING TO TAKE A SUPERNATURAL BREAKTHROUGH TO SEE THE CHURCH ADVANCE.
  • 18:45 DO YOU THINK THAT SUPERNATURAL BREAKTHROUGH
  • 18:48 WILL BE CAUSED BY SUFFERING IN SOME WAY
  • 18:50 TO CAUSE US TO REACH OUT IN A NEW WAY?
  • 18:53 I THINK THAT BEING MARGINALIZED, WHICH IS WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE CHURCH IN THE WEST,
  • 18:58 IS NOT YET AT THE PLACE OF SUFFERING,
  • 19:01 AND MAYBE IT'S BECAUSE OUR CHRISTIANITY IS TOO MILD.
  • 19:04 ACTUALLY I THINK THAT WHEN WE STAND UP FOR MORAL VALUES,
  • 19:08 THINGS LIKE GAY RIGHTS,
  • 19:09 IF WE SAY MARRIAGE IS INTENDED FOR 1 MAN AND 1 WOMAN, THAT'S HATE SPEECH NOW.
  • 19:14 WHEN WE COMBINE A MORAL STAND WITH SUPERNATURAL POWER,
  • 19:21 IT WILL BRING PERSECUTION FROM THIS SOCIETY.
  • 19:24 I THINK SUFFERING WILL LEAD TO MORE OF A SUPERNATURAL STAND.
  • 19:28 DAN, YOU'VE BEEN IN THIS MOVEMENT AS A LEADER FOR ALMOST 40 YEARS.
  • 19:32 YOU'VE SEEN IT ALL.
  • 19:33 YOU'VE BEEN A PASTOR TO MANY OF THE LEADERS THAT WE SEE TODAY.
  • 19:36 TELL US ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL JOURNEY IN COMING TO ISRAEL.
  • 19:39 WELL, YOU KNOW, I CAME TO THE LORD AFTER A PERIOD OF SKEPTICISM,
  • 19:45 HAVING BEEN A VERY SOLID BELIEVER AND THEN GOING THROUGH A PERIOD OF DOUBT.
  • 19:51 THEN I GOT INTO THE MESSIANIC JEWISH MOVEMENT.
  • 19:53 I CAME TO THAT FOUNDATIONAL CONVICTION THAT JEWS WHO COME TO FAITH IN YESHUA
  • 19:58 ARE CALLED TO LIVE AND IDENTIFY AS PART OF THEIR PEOPLE.
  • 20:02 THAT WAS THE BIG TRANSFORMATIVE CONVICTION FROM THE EARLY 70S.
  • 20:06 WE WERE LEADING CONGREGATIONS,
  • 20:09 ASSOCIATIONS OF CONGREGATIONS,
  • 20:11 WRITING BOOKS FOR MANY YEARS,
  • 20:13 AND REALLY WERE NOT ORIENTED TOWARD MOVING TO ISRAEL.
  • 20:18 WE HAD SO MUCH IN THE UNITED STATES.
  • 20:20 THEN IN 1998 OUR 4TH CHILD, OUR YOUNGEST SON, DIED IN A TRAGIC HOUSE FIRE... IN 1998.
  • 20:29 IN 1999 WE BEGAN TO WONDER IF THE LORD WAS CALLING US TO SPEND MORE TIME IN ISRAEL.
  • 20:38 OUR RESPONSE WAS, BECAUSE WE'D BEEN HIT WITH A REAL BLOW FROM THE ENEMY,
  • 20:44 WE NEED TO HIT HIM WITH A BLOW BACK.
  • 20:47 IT WAS A STRANGE THING, BUT WE JUST FELT THIS LITTLE BIT OF A PULL.
  • 20:53 WE BEGAN TO COBBLE TOGETHER SOME DOCUMENTS FOR POSSIBLE CITIZENSHIP IN 1999.
  • 21:01 THEN JOHN DAWSON, THE PRESIDENT OF YWAM TODAY,
  • 21:04 GAVE US THIS REALLY STRONG WORD
  • 21:06 THAT WE WERE CALLED TO BE HALF TIME IN ISRAEL AND TO LIVE IN JERUSALEM
  • 21:09 I THINK YOU'VE DONE THAT.
  • 21:11 I THINK YOUR WORK HERE...
  • 21:12 BECAUSE TIKKUN, YOUR MINISTRY,
  • 21:14 IS CONNECTED WITH OTHER MINISTRIES.
  • 21:16 YOU'VE BEEN A FOUNDATIONAL TEACHER IN HOW BODY LIFE SHOULD WORK.
  • 21:19 AND YOU'RE LIVING THAT BY WORKING TOGETHER WITH OTHER LEADERS HERE.
  • 21:23 THAT'S RIGHT.
  • 21:25 IN 1992 WE SENT OUR MOST SENIOR LEADERS TO BE HERE IN ISRAEL -
  • 21:29 EITAN SHISHKOFF AND ASHER INTRATER.
  • 21:32 NOW THEY EACH FORMED THEIR OWN CONGREGATIONS AND NETWORKS HERE IN THEIR OWN NAMES
  • 21:38 BUT LINKED TO US RELATIONALLY AND SUPPORT-WISE.
  • 21:42 SO IN THE NORTH EITAN STARTED MUCH EARLIER THAN ASHER WITH OHALEI RHAMIM,FIVE CONGREGATIONS
  • 21:49 AND THERE WILL BE MORE.
  • 21:50 AND THEY ARE SUCCESSFUL, FRUITFUL.
  • 21:52 ASHER, ONLY A FEW YEARS AGO -
  • 21:55 7 YEARS AGO REALLY,
  • 21:56 REVIVE ISRAEL,
  • 21:57 AND THE CONGREGATION IS ONLY 5 YEARS OLD.
  • 22:00 BUT ITS VIBRANT.
  • 22:01 IT'S 120 MOSTLY JEWISH PEOPLE AND HEBREW WITH NO TRANSLATION.
  • 22:05 SO MY WIFE AND I HAVE TO WORK HARD ON THAT.
  • 22:07 I'VE BEEN THERE.
  • 22:09 AND THEY'RE ALSO SENDING OUT PEOPLE TO MINISTER TO OTHER COUNTRIES FROM JERUSALEM.
  • 22:13 THIS IS RIGHT.
  • 22:15 PART OF ASHER'S VISION IS THAT THE WORD OF THE LORD IS TO GO FORTH FROM JERUSALEM
  • 22:19 AND THAT WE'RE SUPPOSED TO HELP IN STRENGTHENING THE CHURCH IN REVIVAL AND IN WORLD EVANGELISM.
  • 22:25 THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT WHAT COMES FROM ISRAEL THAT WILL BRING BLESSING TO THE CHURCH
  • 22:30 THAT'S CAPTURED ASHER'S HEART.
  • 22:33 NOW FOR OUR VIEWERS,
  • 22:34 THEY NEED TO KNOW THAT OVER 30 YEARS AGO
  • 22:36 YOU AND ZOLA WERE ROOMMATES AT A CONFERENCE.
  • 22:39 BEYOND THAT, IF YOU HAD TO SAY ONE THING TO THE VIEWERS OF ZOLA LEVITT PRESENTS,
  • 22:44 WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?
  • 22:45 ZOLA LEVITT WAS A MAN ALMOST LIKE THOSE JEWS OF THE LOWER EAST SIDE
  • 22:49 WHO HAD THAT KIND OF RAW, BASIC JEWISH HUMOR
  • 22:53 AND HE BROUGHT THAT INTO HIS PERCEPTION OF SPIRITUAL THINGS.
  • 22:58 SO THAT HE WAS ABLE TO SEE ANGLES AND USE HUMOR TO BRING TRUTH ACROSS TO PEOPLE.
  • 23:05 HE WAS QUITE AN AMAZING GUY.
  • 23:06 YEAH, HE WAS. THANK YOU, DAN.
  • 23:15 ♪YOM ZEH L'YISRAEL...♪
  • 23:18 ♪YOM ZEH L'YISRAEL♪
  • 23:22 ♪YOM ZEH L'YISRAEL, ORAH V' SIMCHA...♪
  • 23:26 ♪YOM ZEH L'YISRAEL, ORAH V' SIMCHA♪
  • 23:30 ♪ORAH V' SIMCHA♪
  • 23:34 ♪SHABBAT M'NUCHA♪
  • 23:37 ♪YOM ZEH L'YISRAEL, ORAH V' SIMCHA♪
  • 23:41 ♪SHABBAT M'NUCHA...♪
  • 23:43 ♪SHABBAT M'NUCHA♪
  • 23:51 ♪YOM ZEH L'YISRAEL...♪
  • 23:54 ♪YOM ZEH L'YISRAEL♪
  • 23:58 ♪YOM ZEH L'YISRAEL, ORAH V' SIMCHA...♪
  • 24:02 ♪YOM ZEH L'YISRAEL, ORAH V' SIMCHA♪
  • 24:06 ♪ORAH V' SIMCHA♪
  • 24:10 ♪SHABBAT M'NUCHA♪
  • 24:13 ♪YOM ZEH L'YISRAEL, ORAH V' SIMCHA♪
  • 24:17 ♪SHABBAT M'NUCHA...♪
  • 24:19 ♪SHABBAT M'NUCHA♪
  • 24:23 ♪HEY!♪
  • 24:47 ♪YOM ZEH L'YISRAEL...♪
  • 24:51 ♪YOM ZEH L'YISRAEL♪
  • 24:54 ♪YOM ZEH L'YISRAEL, ORAH V' SIMCHA...♪
  • 24:58 ♪YOM ZEH L'YISRAEL, ORAH V' SIMCHA♪
  • 25:02 ♪ORAH V' SIMCHA♪
  • 25:06 ♪SHABBAT M'NUCHA♪
  • 25:10 ♪YOM ZEH L'YISRAEL, ORAH V' SIMCHA♪
  • 25:13 ♪SHABBAT M'NUCHA...♪
  • 25:15 ♪SHABBAT M'NUCHA♪
  • 25:24 I LOVED HEARING DAN TEACH US
  • 25:26 ABOUT THE CONFLICT BETWEEN GREEK THOUGHT AND HEBREW THOUGHT
  • 25:29 AND REALLY SEE HOW WHEN THE GOSPEL COMES FORWARD
  • 25:32 IT'S SUPPOSED TO CHANGE AND IS INTENDED TO CHANGE AN ENTIRE WORLD, THE CULTURE.
  • 25:36 ISN'T IT?
  • 25:37 IT DOES CHANGE IT.
  • 25:38 IT DOES CHANGE WHEREVER IT GOES.
  • 25:40 WE SEE HOW MUCH GREECE NEEDS THAT REVIVAL OR THAT AWAKENING TODAY.
  • 25:45 IT'S SUCH A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO GO VISIT OUTWARDLY,
  • 25:47 BUT IT NEEDS THAT AWAKENING.
  • 25:49 YEAH, IT'S REALLY EVIDENT RIGHT NOW IN ALL THE NATIONS OF THE WORLD.
  • 25:52 DAN WAS SPEAKING OF THE UNITY THAT HE EXPERIENCES,
  • 25:56 SIMILAR TO WHAT WE HAVE AT HOME WHERE WE MINISTER.
  • 25:59 PASTORS COMING TOGETHER AND WORKING TOGETHER ACROSS DENOMINATIONAL LINES.
  • 26:03 I KNOW THAT DAN WORKS WITH ASHER INTRATER AND EITAN SHISHKOFF
  • 26:07 AND TOGETHER THEY'RE REALLY TRYING TO BRING A MANIFESTATION OF PSALM 133
  • 26:13 BEHOLD HOW GOOD AND HOW PLEASANT IT IS
  • 26:15 WHEN THE BRETHREN DWELL TOGETHER IN UNITY - JOHN 17
  • 26:18 ABOUT WHEN THE BRETHREN DWELL TOGETHER
  • 26:20 THE WORD GOES FORTH AND INCREASES AROUND THE WORLD.
  • 26:23 SO WE SEE THAT WHEN THOSE PARTNERSHIPS TAKE PLACE
  • 26:26 AN ENTIRE WORLD CAN BE AFFECTED BY THE GOSPEL GOING FORWARD
  • 26:31 BECAUSE GOD COMMANDS THE BLESSING WHERE THERE IS UNITY.
  • 26:35 YES
  • 26:36 WE ARE SO GRATEFUL TO BE ABLE TO BRING YOU THESE PROGRAMS.
  • 26:39 WE CAN'T DO IT WITHOUT YOUR GIFTS OF FUNDS.
  • 26:41 WE REALLY NEED YOU TO PLEASE CONTINUE TO SUPPORT US SO THAT WE CAN GO TO ISRAEL,
  • 26:46 GO TO THE NATIONS OF THE WORLD
  • 26:47 AND BRING YOU THESE UP TO THE MINUTE MESSAGES.
  • 26:50 THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT.
  • 26:51 AND AS WE GO TODAY WE WANT TO REMIND YOU
  • 26:55 SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM
  • 26:57 PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM

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  1. The Birth of the Church
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  4. The Word Goes Forth From Zion
  5. The One New Man
  6. The Price He Paid for Us
  7. Upon this Rock
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