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Series: “Abraham: Father of Faith”
This eight-part series tells the story of the patriarch through drama at the actual locations in the Bible. Interviews with contemporary personalities illustrate the Jews’ seamless connection with the land promised to the descendants of Abraham and Isaac.
Episode: “The Calling”
God chooses Abram from the idol-worshiping world to walk with Him and proclaim His name through the Ages.

Caption transcript for Abraham: Father of Faith — “The Calling” (1/8)

  • 00:49 SHALOM AND WELCOME TO ZOLA LEVITT PRESENTS.
  • 00:51 I'M MYLES WEISS.
  • 00:53 AND I'M KATHARINE WEISS.
  • 00:55 AND WE'VE GOT A BRAND NEW SERIES FOR YOU TODAY.
  • 00:57 THIS IS VERY EXCITING KATHARINE.
  • 00:59 WELL IT'S ALWAYS EXCITING TO BE WITH YOU THE VIEWERS
  • 01:03 AND TO BRING THESE MESSAGES INTO YOUR HOME.
  • 01:05 YOU KNOW WE'RE BRINGING A MESSAGE ABOUT FAITH TODAY
  • 01:08 AND WE NEED FAITH MORE NOW THAN EVER BEFORE.
  • 01:10 ABRAHAM WAS THE FATHER OF FAITH.
  • 01:13 HE WAS AN ORDINARY MAN WITH AN EXTRAORDINARY PURPOSE AND A PROMISE THAT GOD HAD GIVEN HIM.
  • 01:20 YOU KNOW SOMETIMES WE CAN FEEL ORDINARY AND NOT TOO EXTRAORDINARY
  • 01:24 BUT GOD IS AN AWESOME GOD.
  • 01:26 HE HAS A PLAN FOR ALL OF OUR LIVES AND WE NEED TO EMBRACE HIS PLAN.
  • 01:30 WE'LL SEE THE JOURNEY BETWEEN HIM AND GOD AND SARAH COMING ALONG FOR THE RIDE.
  • 01:36 NOT ONLY COMING ALONG FOR THE RIDE, BUT PARTICIPATING.
  • 01:40 WELL SHE PLAYS SUCH AN INTEGRAL ROLE IN EVERYTHING THAT TAKES PLACE.
  • 01:43 IT'S REALLY A PICTURE OF A MAN'S WALK WITH GOD,
  • 01:46 A MARRIAGE BEFORE GOD...
  • 01:48 YES
  • 01:49 THE UPS AND DOWNS OF ALL OF THAT.
  • 01:51 IT'S REALLY AN AMAZING STORY
  • 01:52 THAT HELPS US TO SEE THAT EVEN THOUGH WE ARE REGULAR PEOPLE
  • 01:55 BECAUSE OF WHO GOD IS, HE CALLS US AND HE ENABLES US.
  • 01:59 SCRIPTURE SAYS IN ACTS 7,
  • 02:01 THE GOD OF GLORY APPEARED TO ABRAHAM AND CALLED HIM AND HE OBEYED.
  • 02:05 HE LEFT THE FAMILIAR.
  • 02:07 SARAHM LEFT THE FAMILIAR.
  • 02:09 SHE WENT WITH HIM.
  • 02:10 SHE LEFT THE CITY LIFE AND JOURNEYED IN A HARD TENT LIFE.
  • 02:15 THAT'S RIGHT, THE DESERT FROM A COSMOPOLITAN, METROPOLITAN LIFE
  • 02:18 TO THIS JOURNEYING SHEPHERDING LIFE.
  • 02:21 IT WAS TOTALLY DIFFERENT.
  • 02:23 AND IN THE MIDST OF IT THEY WERE FOLLOWING THIS "HASHEM".
  • 02:26 THE JEWISH PEOPLE CALLED GOD "HASHEM", "THE NAME".
  • 02:29 AND WE'RE GOING TO SEE OVER TIME HOW EVEN THAT NAME IS RELATED TO THE CALL OF ABRAM
  • 02:34 BECAUSE HE IS FROM THE LINE OF SHEM.
  • 02:36 WE'LL TELL MORE ABOUT THAT LATER.
  • 02:38 I LIKE HOW GOD USED ABRAHAM AND HIS OBEDIENCE TO REVEAL HIMSELF
  • 02:43 AND TO BLESS ONE PEOPLE GROUP, A NATION,
  • 02:46 AND THEN FROM THAT NATION THE NATIONS OF THE WORLD WOULD BE BLESSED.
  • 02:51 RIGHT, BECAUSE WE'RE GOING TO SEE THE PROMISE
  • 02:53 TO THE SANDS OF THE SEA AND THE STARS OF THE SKY,
  • 02:56 WHICH SPEAKS OF THE JEWS AND THE BELIEVING CHRISTIANS TOGETHER. >>RIGHT...RIGHT.
  • 02:59 THERE'S THIS DUAL PROMISE THAT'S GOING TO UNFOLD
  • 03:01 THAT COMES DOWN THROUGH THE AGES TO OUR LIVES TODAY.
  • 03:04 GALATIANS 3:6 TELLS US
  • 03:06 THAT ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD
  • 03:07 AND IT WAS COUNTED TO HIM
  • 03:09 FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS
  • 03:10 AND THAT'S REALLY THE CALL THAT'S ON US.
  • 03:11 WILL WE BELIEVE GOD, ESPECIALLY EVERYTHING IN THIS BOOK?
  • 03:15 HE SAYS IT AND THEN HE DOES IT AND WE NEED TO BELIEVE IT.
  • 03:18 ABRAHAM WAS DEFINED BY GOD AS A PATRIARCH, AS A PROPHET,
  • 03:22 AND THEN MOST OF ALL AS HIS FRIEND,
  • 03:25 WHICH IS; WELL IT DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER THAN THAT.
  • 03:27 SO, WE'RE GOING TO BEGIN OUR DRAMA TODAY WITH THE CALL OF ABRAM
  • 03:31 AND WE'RE GOING TO SEE ABRAM AND SARAH COMING OUT OF UR
  • 03:35 AND BEGINNING THEIR LONG JOURNEY INTO HISTORY.
  • 05:04 HERE WE ARE IN A LAND
  • 05:07 SIMILAR TO WHERE ABRAHAM CAME FROM UR OF THE CHALDEES
  • 05:12 ON HIS WAY UP TO HARAN
  • 05:14 AND THEN ON HIS JOURNEY.
  • 05:16 ISAIAH TELLS US TO LOOK TO THE ROCK FROM WHICH WE'RE HEWN.
  • 05:20 LISTEN TO THIS IN ISAIAH 51;
  • 05:42 AND THAT IS THE STORY OF ABRAM AND SARAI.
  • 05:45 THEIR NAMES WILL BE CHANGED.
  • 05:47 THEY'RE GOING TO BE THE FATHER AND THE MOTHER OF A BELIEVING NATION,
  • 05:50 A NATURAL NATION, MY JEWISH PEOPLE,
  • 05:52 AND THEN A BELIEVING NATION.
  • 05:54 YEARS AGO I HAD A GROUP WITH ME
  • 05:57 AND WE WERE IN THE KNESSET.
  • 05:58 WE MET WITH BENNY ELON,
  • 06:00 THE MINISTER OF TOURISM
  • 06:01 AND A MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT,
  • 06:03 HE SAID SOMETHING VERY INTERESTING TO OUR GROUP, WHICH WERE MOSTLY CHRISTIANS.
  • 06:07 HE SAID, "WE JEWISH PEOPLE ARE THE CHILDREN OF ABRAHAM,"
  • 06:10 "AND YOU ARE THE CHILDREN OF ABRAHAM BY FAITH."
  • 06:14 AND THAT'S THE STORY THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE SHOWING YOU IN THESE PROGRAMS.
  • 06:18 WE HAVE THE INCREDIBLE SCOPE OF HISTORY THAT BRINGS THE STORY OF ABRAHAM ALIVE
  • 06:23 AND SHOWS US HOW WE ARE THE DESCENDANTS OF THIS MAN, THE FATHER OF FAITH.
  • 06:29 ABRAHAM CAME OUT OF A VERY METROPOLITAN PLACE, UR.
  • 06:34 IT WAS IN MESOPOTAMIA.
  • 06:36 MESOPOTAMIA MEANS "BETWEEN THE TWO RIVERS".
  • 06:38 IT'S MODERN DAY IRAQ.
  • 06:40 AND HE WENT ON THIS JOURNEY FROM A VERY SOPHISTICATED LAND FOR ITS DAY.
  • 06:46 HE WENT ON THIS JOURNEY INTO THE LIFE OF BECOMING A SHEPHERD,
  • 06:50 AN INCREDIBLE ADVENTURE,
  • 06:51 A VERY STRONG CHANGE IN LIFESTYLE FOR HIM.
  • 06:55 HE AND HIS WIFE AND THEN ALL THOSE WHO WERE ADDED TO HIM WENT UP THROUGH THE LAND,
  • 07:00 WENT DOWN TO EGYPT,
  • 07:02 AND BACK INTO THE LAND.
  • 07:03 IN FACT, THEIR STORY IS THE STORY OF THE WAY OF THE PATRIARCHS.
  • 07:07 IT IS THE STORY OF THE HEARTLAND OF ISRAEL.
  • 07:11 VERY CONTROVERSIAL TODAY,
  • 07:12 THE SO-CALLED WEST BANK IS ACTUALLY JUDEA AND SAMARIA.
  • 07:16 IT'S ACTUALLY THE HEARTLAND OF ISRAEL.
  • 07:19 AND IT IS THE PLACE WHERE ABRAHAM WALKED.
  • 07:22 NOW YOU'LL HEAR ME SAY ABRAM, ABRAHAM, I'LL BE SWITCHING BACK AND FORTH.
  • 07:26 LATER IN OUR SERIES YOU'RE GOING TO HEAR AN EXACT MOMENT IN TIME
  • 07:29 WHEN GOD WILL CHANGE ABRAHAM'S NAME FROM ABRAM TO ABRAHAM.
  • 07:34 BUT YOU'LL HEAR ME USE BOTH NAMES.
  • 07:36 THEY'RE INTERCHANGEABLE.
  • 07:38 THERE WILL COME A TIME WHEN HE BECOMES ABRAHAM, MEANING THE "FATHER OF MANY NATIONS".
  • 07:43 THESE NAMES ARE VERY SIGNIFICANT
  • 07:45 BECAUSE THE VERY NAME ABRAM AND ABRAHAM ARE COMING FROM A LINE OF NAMES
  • 07:51 THAT GO BACK TO NOAH AND HIS THREE SONS.
  • 07:54 NOAH, THE FATHER OF ALL, HAD THREE SONS,
  • 07:57 JAPHETH, SHEM, AND HAM.
  • 08:01 THE NAME OF SHEM, HIS NAME MEANS "NAME".
  • 08:04 I BELIEVE THAT GOD UNDERSTOOD THE LINEAGE OF SHEM.
  • 08:08 HE UNDERSTOOD THAT RATHER THAN BEING LIKE THE PEOPLE OF SHINAR
  • 08:12 WHO WERE OUT TO MAKE A NAME FOR THEMSELVES,
  • 08:15 THAT ABRAHAM WOULD BE ONE WHO WOULD BE WILLING TO MAKE A NAME FOR GOD.
  • 08:21 HE WOULD BE WILLING TO SUBMIT HIS LIFE IN SUCH A WAY
  • 08:24 THAT THE GOD OF ABRAHAM'S NAME WOULD BE EXULTED IN THE EARTH.
  • 08:29 THAT'S WHAT WE'LL SEE UNFOLD IN THESE 10 CHAPTERS,
  • 08:32 THIS STORY OF THE WALK OF ABRAHAM, THE FATHER OF FAITH.
  • 08:35 IT'S AN INCREDIBLE STORY OF A MAN'S WALK OF FAITH WITH DIFFICULTIES BEING COUNTED.
  • 08:40 HIS INCREDIBLE HUMANITY, HE'S SO SIMILAR TO US IN SO MANY WAYS
  • 08:44 AND HE MAKES DECISIONS THAT WE MIGHT HAVE MADE.
  • 08:47 HE TRIUMPHS AND HE FAILS AND TRIUMPHS AGAIN ALWAYS COMING BACK TO THE GOD WHO CALLED HIM.
  • 08:54 SO THAT'S WHAT THE BEGINNING OF THIS SECTION OF THE SCRIPTURES IS CALLED.
  • 08:58 IT'S ACTUALLY THE PORTION THAT'S READ BY THE JEWISH PEOPLE,
  • 09:01 THE PORTION OF TORAH THAT'S READ WEEK BY WEEK.
  • 09:03 THERE'S ALWAYS A SIMILARITY OF PEOPLE READING THE SAME PORTION EVERY WEEK.
  • 09:07 THIS ONE IS CALLED "LECH LECHA",
  • 09:11 IT MEANS "GET UP AND GO"
  • 09:13 AND THAT'S WHAT THE CALL IS TO ABRAHAM.
  • 09:15 HE'S HEARING FROM GOD;
  • 09:17 HE'S BEING CALLED TO A LAND THAT HE DOES NOT KNOW.
  • 09:21 HE'S BEING CALLED TO FOLLOW A GOD BY FAITH
  • 09:25 AND THAT IS OUR CALL AS WELL ISN'T IT?
  • 09:28 YOU AND I ARE CALLED TO WALK A WALK OF FAITH
  • 09:30 AND THAT'S WHY WE NEED TO LOOK TO ABRAHAM FROM WHOM WE ARE CUT
  • 09:34 SO THAT WE CAN WALK THE WALK OF FAITH JUST AS HE DID.
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  • 11:04 IT HAD BEEN A LONG JOURNEY STARTING IN UR.
  • 11:08 AND ABRAM TOOK SARAI HIS WIFE
  • 11:11 AND LOT, HIS BROTHER'S SON
  • 11:14 AND THEY FOLLOWED THE BANKS OF THE EUPHRATES RIVER MIGRATING NORTHWEST PAST BABYLON TO HARAN.
  • 11:22 AND NOW HEADING SOUTH INTO CANAAN ABRAM STOPS IN BETHEL
  • 11:27 WHERE HE BUILDS AN ALTAR AND CALLS UPON THE LORD.
  • 12:28 ABRAM WAS A MAN OF ALTARS.
  • 12:31 HE LEFT THE ALTARS TO THE MOON GOD OF IRAQ, MESOPOTAMIA, AND UR OF THE CHALDEES.
  • 12:36 HE LEFT THAT ALL BEHIND AND HE BECAME A MAN WHO BUILT ALTARS TO THE LIVING GOD.
  • 12:41 WE'RE GOING TO FOLLOW HIM AS HE MAKES THESE ALTARS
  • 12:44 AND COMMUNES WITH AND CONNECTS WITH THE GOD OF ISRAEL.
  • 12:48 IN FACT, GOD WILL BECOME KNOWN AS THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC AND "JACOB"...
  • 12:53 OR THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC AND "ISRAEL".
  • 12:56 THERE'S SO MUCH DISPUTE OVER THIS LAND...
  • 12:59 THERE'S SO MUCH DISPUTE OVER THE HISTORY.
  • 13:01 IN FACT, THERE ARE THOSE THAT ARE TRYING TO RE-WRITE JEWISH HISTORY
  • 13:04 AND TAKE US OUT OF THIS LAND...
  • 13:07 TAKE US OUT OF THE HISTORY OF THIS LAND.
  • 13:09 BUT IT WON'T HAPPEN BECAUSE GOD SAYS WHO HE IS
  • 13:13 AND HE CALLS HIMSELF THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC AND ISRAEL.
  • 13:17 HE SWEARS BY HIMSELF AND WE'LL SEE THAT AS WELL AS OUR DRAMA UNFOLDS.
  • 13:22 THIS IS AN INCREDIBLE STORY.
  • 13:23 THE WORD FOR THE HEBREW PEOPLE COMES FROM AN ANCESTOR OF ABRAM.
  • 13:30 HIS ANCESTOR WAS NAMED "EBER", WHICH MEANS "CROSSES OVER"...
  • 13:35 "ONE WHO CROSSES OVER."
  • 13:36 THAT'S WHERE THE WORD "HEBREW" COMES FROM.
  • 13:38 WE ARE KNOWN TODAY AS THE JEWISH PEOPLE
  • 13:40 BUT THAT WORD CAME IN MUCH LATER.
  • 13:42 IN FACT, ABRAHAM'S DESCENDANTS INCLUDED THE 12 TRIBES
  • 13:47 AND ONE OF THOSE TRIBES WAS JUDAH.
  • 13:49 AND ABRAM'S DESCENDANT JUDAH IS WHERE WE GET THE NAME FOR THE JEWISH PEOPLE
  • 13:54 BECAUSE WE WERE KNOWN AS THE "JUDAHITES" AND THEN THE "JEWS"
  • 13:59 AND THAT'S HOW WE GET THESE NAMES.
  • 14:01 NAMES ARE GOING TO BE VERY IMPORTANT IN THIS STORY
  • 14:03 BECAUSE SO MUCH OF THE INTERPLAY BETWEEN HOW GOD DESCRIBES HIMSELF
  • 14:08 AND HOW HE CALLED ABRAM.
  • 14:10 ABRAM'S DESCENDANTS ARE RELATED TO THE MEANING OF THEIR NAMES
  • 14:14 AND THAT WILL UNFOLD
  • 14:15 AS WE CONTINUE THIS STORY OF THE MAN OF ALTARS.
  • 14:18 THIS IS REALLY A STORY OF THE ETERNAL NATURE OF OUR GOD
  • 14:22 AND THE ETERNAL NATURE OF HIS PROMISES.
  • 14:24 WHEN HE MAKES A PROMISE HE KEEPS HIS PROMISE.
  • 14:27 HE CALLS ABRAM IN GENESIS CHAPTER 12 VERSES 1-3
  • 14:32 AND HIS PROMISE IS
  • 14:33 (SPEAKING HEBREW)...
  • 14:37 "I WILL BLESS THOSE WHO BLESS YOU".
  • 14:39 HE CALLS ABRAM
  • 14:41 AND HE MAKES A PROMISE FOREVER
  • 14:43 THAT THOSE WHO BLESS ABRAM AND HIS CHILDREN
  • 14:46 WILL BE BLESSED...
  • 14:47 THOSE WHO CURSE ABRAM AND HIS CHILDREN
  • 14:49 WILL BE CURSED.
  • 14:51 AND YOU KNOW WE'VE SEEN THAT THROUGHOUT THE HISTORY OF MANKIND
  • 14:54 WHEN NATIONS RISE
  • 14:55 AND THEY COME TO THE HEIGHT OF THEIR CIVILIZATION SO CALLED
  • 14:58 WHEN THEY STAND AGAINST THE GOD OF ABRAHAM;
  • 15:01 WHEN THEY STAND AGAINST THE JEWISH PEOPLE;
  • 15:03 WHEN THEY COME AGAINST THAT RELATIONSHIP THEY DISAPPEAR FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH.
  • 15:08 WE'VE SEEN THAT WITH GREECE AND WITH ROME.
  • 15:11 WE'VE SEEN THAT WITH CIVILIZATIONS THROUGHOUT HISTORY.
  • 15:13 IN OUR MODERN TIMES WE'RE SEEING THAT NOW
  • 15:16 AND THERE'S A THREAT AGAIN AGAINST THE JEWISH PEOPLE
  • 15:19 AND ITS TAKING PLACE RIGHT HERE IN THIS LAND
  • 15:22 WHERE THERE IS THIS CONSTERNATION
  • 15:24 AND THIS CONSPIRACY OF THE SURROUNDING NATIONS...
  • 15:27 THIS TOUGH NEIGHBORHOOD...
  • 15:28 THE SURROUNDING NATIONS SAYING "WE WILL WIPE YOU OFF THE FACE OF THE MAP."
  • 15:32 WELL IT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN BECAUSE OF GOD'S PROMISE.
  • 15:35 I'M SO GLAD HE'S A COVENANT KEEPING GOD.
  • 15:38 IF HE DOES NOT KEEP HIS COVENANT TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE
  • 15:40 WHO'S TO SAY HE WILL KEEP HIS COVENANT TO THE CHRISTIAN PEOPLE?
  • 15:44 SO AS HE KEEPS HIS COVENANTS WITH US, THE CHILDREN OF ABRAHAM,
  • 15:47 HE KEEPS HIS COVENANTS WITH YOU, THE CHILDREN OF ABRAHAM BY FAITH.
  • 15:51 I'M THINKING ABOUT BACK IN THE 19TH CENTURY
  • 15:54 WHEN MARK TWAIN CAME HERE AND HE LOOKED AT THE DESOLATION.
  • 15:57 IT WAS BEFORE THE GREAT ALIYAH OF THE 19TH CENTURY AND 20TH CENTURY...
  • 16:01 AND HE SAID "IT'S SUCH A DESOLATE PLACE"
  • 16:03 "AND IF I WERE GOING TO BELIEVE IN GOD THOUGH,"
  • 16:05 "I WOULD BELIEVE IN THE JEWISH PEOPLE'S GOD"
  • 16:08 "BECAUSE NO MATTER HOW THEY COME AND GO,"
  • 16:11 "CIVILIZATIONS COME AND GO,"
  • 16:12 "WE WATCH THE JEWS REMAIN."
  • 16:15 "WHAT IS THE SECRET OF THEIR IMMORTALITY?" HE WOULD ASK.
  • 16:18 AND I BELIEVE I HAVE THE ANSWER FOR HIM.
  • 16:20 MR. CLEMENS...MARK TWAIN,
  • 16:22 THE ANSWER IS NOT THE STRENGTH AND THE POWER OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE,
  • 16:25 THE ANSWER IS THE GOD OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE.
  • 16:28 HE'S A COVENANT KEEPING GOD.
  • 16:30 HE MADE A PROMISE TO ABRAHAM
  • 16:32 AND HE'S KEEPING THAT PROMISE THROUGHOUT THE AGES.
  • 16:35 WE SEE THAT TAKING PLACE IN THE STORY WE'RE WATCHING AND ALSO IN OUR LIFE TODAY.
  • 17:25 ISRAEL MY BELOVED...
  • 17:26 IT IS GOD'S EYE IS ON THIS LAND.
  • 17:30 I'M TELLING YOU.
  • 17:31 AND WHEN YOU GO THERE
  • 17:32 YOU WILL FEEL HIS PRESENCE...
  • 17:34 YOU WILL FEEL HIS HEART...
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  • 18:22 LET'S GO BACK TO OUR DRAMA
  • 18:25 WHERE WE'RE CONTINUING THE STORY OF ABRAHAM AND SARAH
  • 18:28 AS THEY ARE FOLLOWING THE CALL OF GOD IN THE LAND.
  • 18:35 NOW THERE WAS FAMINE IN THE LAND
  • 18:37 AND ABRAM WENT DOWN INTO EGYPT.
  • 19:10 AND SARAI DID AS ABRAM ASKED.
  • 19:13 PHARAOH TOOK SARAI INTO HIS COURT AND TREATED ABRAM WELL,
  • 19:19 GIVING HIM SHEEP, OXEN,
  • 19:21 AND MANY SERVANTS.
  • 19:23 BUT THE LORD PLAGUED PHARAOH,
  • 19:25 FOR SARAI WAS THE WIFE OF ABRAM.
  • 19:30 AND PHARAOH SENT ABRAM AND SARAI AWAY, AND ALL THAT HAD BEEN GIVEN TO THEM.
  • 19:38 GOD USES A FAMINE.
  • 19:40 HE MAY NOT CAUSE IT
  • 19:41 BUT HE USES FAMINE IN THE BIBLE
  • 19:43 TO MOVE THE HISTORY OF MAN FORWARD.
  • 19:45 THERE ARE 13 MAJOR FAMINES IN THE BIBLE STORIES.
  • 19:48 THIS IS ONE OF THEM.
  • 19:50 SARAI AND ABRAM...
  • 19:51 THEY THINK THEY'RE GOING ON A STRAIGHT LINE WITH GOD.
  • 19:54 NO, NO, NO...
  • 19:55 THERE'S GOING TO BE SOME TWISTS AND TURNS IN THE STORY.
  • 19:57 AND IN FACT, IT'S A FAMINE THAT TURNS THEM BACK TOWARDS EGYPT,
  • 20:01 AND NOT ONLY TOWARDS EGYPT
  • 20:04 BUT THERE'S A REAL DYNAMIC IN THE NECESSITY WHEN THEY'RE IN THE LAND OF PROMISE
  • 20:09 OF DEPENDING ON GOD FOR RAIN.
  • 20:12 WHAT A BLESSING IT IS WHEN IT DOES RAIN HERE,
  • 20:14 WHEREAS IN EGYPT THERE'S ALWAYS WATER FROM THE NILE.
  • 20:17 THE NILE OVERFLOWS, THERE'S AN OVERFLOWING OF THE BANKS,
  • 20:19 THERE'S A NATURAL PROVISION
  • 20:21 AND THERE'S THIS DYNAMIC OF
  • 20:23 "DO I GO FOR THE NATURAL PROVISION OR DO I STAY WITH TRUSTING IN THE LORD?"
  • 20:27 AND WHEN THE FAMINE HIT
  • 20:28 ABRAM MADE A DECISION THAT YOU AND I MIGHT MAKE
  • 20:30 WHICH IS "LET'S GO TO EGYPT."
  • 20:32 WELL IT'S A BAD DECISION ON SARAI'S POINT OF VIEW
  • 20:35 BECAUSE HE PUT HER LIFE IN JEOPARDY.
  • 20:37 HE SAW THAT SHE WAS A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN;
  • 20:39 HE SAW THAT SHE MIGHT BE LUSTED AFTER
  • 20:42 AND PHARAOH MIGHT TAKE HER AND WANT TO EVEN KILL HIM.
  • 20:45 SO HE CONVINCED SARAI TO LIE A HALF-LIE.
  • 20:49 HE SAID "YOU ARE MY SISTER"
  • 20:51 WHICH SHE WAS HIS HALF-SISTER
  • 20:53 BUT ANY HALF-LIE IS A FULL LIE IN GOD'S EYES
  • 20:55 AND IT TOOK GOD'S SOVEREIGNTY
  • 20:57 TO KEEP SARAI AND THE LINE THAT HE'D ORDAINED FOR HIS SON TO BE BORN THROUGH...
  • 21:02 PROTECTION...
  • 21:04 PHARAOH COMES DOWN WITH A PLAGUE...
  • 21:06 GOD IS SO GOOD,
  • 21:07 I MEAN HERE ABRAHAM, THE FATHER OF FAITH, MAKES HIS FIRST FAUX PAS.
  • 21:12 HE MEETS GOD AT THE ALTAR,
  • 21:14 GOD REVEALS HIMSELF AS ADONAI, AND YET FAMINE COMES.
  • 21:17 ISN'T THAT LIKE OUR LIVES THOUGH MYLES?
  • 21:19 WHEN GOD PROMISES US SOMETHING,
  • 21:21 THEN THE EXACT OPPOSITE BEGINS TO HAPPEN.
  • 21:23 SO THEY GO DOWN TO EGYPT...
  • 21:26 THEY GO SOUTH.
  • 21:27 THAT'S A BIG SIGN IN THE WORD OF GOD ABOUT HAVING LEFT HIS PROMISES
  • 21:32 AND GOING THE OPPOSITE WAY IN THE NATURAL.
  • 21:35 BUT GOD IS THE GOD THAT KEEPS THEM
  • 21:37 AND KEEPS THEM ALIVE
  • 21:39 AND KEEPS THEIR LINE ALIVE.
  • 21:41 NOT ONLY KEEPS THE LINE ALIVE
  • 21:42 BUT SARAI AS THE VESSEL OF PROMISE.
  • 21:44 SHE'S A LOT LIKE ISRAEL.
  • 21:47 ISRAEL IS THE VESSEL OF PROMISE...
  • 21:48 IN A CERTAIN WAY, THE PROMISE OF THE MESSIAH, THE PROMISE OF BLESSING.
  • 21:51 GOD IS GOING TO HAVE A JEWISH PEOPLE IN THIS LAND.
  • 21:55 HE'S GOING TO BRING US BACK TO THE LAND
  • 21:57 AND HE'S GOING TO BRING HIMSELF BACK TO MEET US HERE.
  • 22:00 AND THAT VESSEL OF PROMISE,
  • 22:01 THAT IDEA...
  • 22:02 SARAI FALLS RIGHT INTO THAT
  • 22:04 BECAUSE SHE IS THE ONE THROUGH WHOM THE MESSIAH'S LINE WILL COME.
  • 22:07 THE LINE OF ISAAC WILL COME THROUGH SARAI.
  • 22:10 SO THEY GO TO EGYPT
  • 22:11 AND NOT ONLY DOES GOD PROTECT THEM BUT HE INCREASES THEM.
  • 22:15 WHEN THEY HAVE THIS ENCOUNTER WITH PHARAOH
  • 22:17 THEY WIND UP WITH MORE GOODS, MORE SHEEP, MORE CATTLE,
  • 22:20 MORE BLESSING IN FULFILLMENT OF GOD'S WORD TO THEM.
  • 22:23 WELL THANK GOD THAT PHARAOH WAS ABLE TO RESPOND TO GOD'S PLAGUE.
  • 22:27 HE SAID, "WHOA, I THINK THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG HERE."
  • 22:30 "SARAI, YOU MUST BE ABRAM'S WIFE I PRESUME?"
  • 22:34 HE EVEN WENT TO ABRAM AND SAID "WHY DID YOU LIE TO ME?"
  • 22:37 "TAKE THESE GOODS, TAKE THESE SHEEP, TAKES THESE CATTLE;"
  • 22:40 "TAKE THIS GOLD AND SILVER AND LEAVE."
  • 22:42 GOD IS SO FAITHFUL.
  • 22:45 HE GETS THEM BACK ON THE PATH THEY NEED TO BE ON WITH INCREASE
  • 22:49 AND I BELIEVE THAT'S A WORD FOR US.
  • 22:51 SOMETIMES WHEN WE THINK GOD HAS LEFT US
  • 22:53 OR THAT HE'S NOT AWARE OF OUR SITUATION
  • 22:55 OR HE'S NOT AWARE OF THE NEEDS THAT WE HAVE...
  • 22:58 IN FACT, HE KNOWS THE END FROM THE BEGINNING...
  • 23:00 HE KNOWS MORE ABOUT OUR SITUATION THAN WE DO
  • 23:03 AND HE WILL CAUSE HIS PROMISE TO COME TO PASS IN OUR LIVES
  • 23:07 IF WE WILL CONTINUE TO FOLLOW HIM.
  • 23:09 REMEMBER ABRAHAM IS A MAN OF ALTARS.
  • 23:12 HE'S ALWAYS GOING TO COME BACK TO MEETING WITH GOD AT AN ALTAR
  • 23:16 AND TURNING TO GOD EVEN WHEN HE MAKES MISTAKES,
  • 23:19 EVEN WHEN HE ERRS,
  • 23:20 EVEN WHEN HE VEERS TO THE LEFT OR TO THE RIGHT
  • 23:23 HE'S GOING TO COME BACK TO THE LORD.
  • 23:25 I THINK THAT'S A WORD FOR US,
  • 23:26 FOR YOU AND FOR ME,
  • 23:28 THAT WE CAN FIND THE LORD,
  • 23:30 WE CAN COME BACK TO HIM,
  • 23:31 WE CAN FIND HIS PROMISE
  • 23:32 AND HE'LL CONTINUE TO INCREASE US SPIRITUALLY
  • 23:34 AS WE WALK FORWARD WITH HIM.
  • 23:37 SO THIS STORY WITH ABRAHAM AND SARAH
  • 23:39 IS A VERY INTERESTING PART OF THE HISTORY OF OUR FAITH
  • 23:43 AND WE'LL CONTINUE WITH IT LATER ON.
  • 24:03 ABRAHAM...
  • 24:04 A MAN OF FAITH...
  • 24:06 AND A MAN OF ALTARS
  • 24:07 WE NEED TO BE A PEOPLE OF ALTARS TOO MYLES.
  • 24:10 IT'S REALLY TRUE.
  • 24:11 WE NEED TO FOLLOW THE LORD AND COME BACK TO HIM WHENEVER THERE'S AN ISSUE.
  • 24:14 DAVID RUBIN WAS THE FORMER MAYOR OF SHILOH.
  • 24:18 SHILOH WAS WHERE THE ARK RESTED FOR 369 YEARS
  • 24:21 AND IT IS IN WHAT'S CALLED "THE WEST BANK"
  • 24:24 WHICH IS ACTUALLY "THE HEARTLAND OF ISRAEL".
  • 24:26 AS WE ARE REACHING FOR THE RETURN OF THE LORD
  • 24:30 THE BIBLE SAYS THAT THOSE WHO BLESS THE CHILDREN OF ABRAHAM
  • 24:34 WILL BE BLESSED...
  • 24:35 THOSE WHO CURSE THE CHILDREN OF ABRAHAM
  • 24:37 WILL BE CURSED.
  • 24:38 AND DAVID RUBIN IS GOING TO EXPLAIN THAT TO US FROM THE SCRIPTURES.
  • 24:41 SO LET'S GO TO OUR INTERVIEW WITH DAVID RUBIN.
  • 24:46 IF WE LOOK AT A COUNTRY LIKE RUSSIA
  • 24:49 THAT HAS HAD ONLY DIVISION AND SPLITS AND COMMUNISM
  • 24:54 AND ALL KINDS OF TROUBLES THROUGH THE YEARS
  • 24:58 IT'S BECAUSE RUSSIA
  • 25:00 HAS NEVER TREATED ITS JEWISH PEOPLE PROPERLY THROUGH THE CENTURIES...
  • 25:04 THE PERSECUTIONS, THE POGROMS,
  • 25:06 THE REPRESSION OF JEWISH CULTURE...
  • 25:11 EVERYTHING IN RUSSIA HAS BEEN LIKE THAT.
  • 25:16 IN PARALLEL TO THAT THE OTHER GREAT POWER, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, HAS FLOURISHED.
  • 25:23 AND IT'S ONLY IN RECENT YEARS
  • 25:25 SINCE THE UNITED STATES STARTED PUSHING THIS RIDICULOUS IDEA OF HAVING A PALESTINIAN STATE,
  • 25:32 A TERRORIST MUSLIM STATE IN THE BIBLICAL HEARTLAND OF ISRAEL
  • 25:36 THAT THE UNITED STATES HAS STARTED TO HAVE ITS SERIOUS ECONOMIC PROBLEMS.
  • 25:40 SO I THINK THAT WE NEED TO BE LOOKING AT THOSE BLESSINGS
  • 25:43 IN UNDERSTANDING WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND IN THE FREE WORLD.
  • 25:52 EUROPE IS HAVING TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE PROBLEMS...
  • 25:57 ECONOMIC PROBLEMS...
  • 25:58 SOCIAL PROBLEMS...
  • 25:59 RAPIDLY INCREASING MUSLIM POPULATION LOOKING TO CHANGE EUROPE.
  • 26:04 THAT ALL COMES FROM, THE CURSE OF NOT STANDING WITH ISRAEL.
  • 26:10 A COUNTRY THAT STANDS WITH ISRAEL WILL BE BLESSED.
  • 26:15 AND THE BLESSINGS GO THROUGH ISRAEL AS GENESIS 12 SAYS.
  • 26:23 WHAT AN INCREDIBLE STORY TO SEE THE CONTINUITY OF THE BIBLE
  • 26:26 FROM ABRAM THROUGH YESHUA
  • 26:29 INTO THE MODERN REBORN STATE OF ISRAEL
  • 26:32 AND WE WANT TO CONTINUE WITH THIS NEXT WEEK.
  • 26:34 PLEASE JOIN US AS WE CONTINUE WITH THE AMAZING JOURNEY OF ABRAM AND SARAI.
  • 26:38 SO UNTIL THAT TIME WE WANT TO ENCOURAGE YOU PLEASE,
  • 26:42 SHAL'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM
  • 26:44 PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.

Episodes in this series

  1. The Calling
  2. A Man of Altars
  3. God initiated Covenant
  4. A Domestic Conflict for the Ages
  5. The Promised Son
  6. Deliverance and Increase
  7. Circumcision as a Forever Sign
  8. The Sacrifice
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