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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 Sacrifice”
Isaac, the promised son, is a picture of the Messiah to come. We interview a civic leader near the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron, one of the most hotly contested cities of Israel.

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

  • 00:01 (♪ Theme Music ♪)
  • 00:24 ( Speaking Hebrew )
  • 00:29 ( Speaking Hebrew )
  • 00:32 ♪ ♪
  • 00:49 Myles: SHALOM AND WELCOME TO
  • 00:50 ZOLA LEVITT PRESENTS.
  • 00:52 I'M MYLES WEISS.
  • 00:53 Katharine: AND I'M
  • 00:54 KATHARINE WEISS AND WE WANT
  • 00:55 TO WELCOME YOU TO OUR SERIES
  • 00:56 ON THE LIFE OF ABRAHAM.
  • 00:57 Myles: WE'RE SO GLAD TO BE
  • 00:58 COMPLETING THIS BECAUSE
  • 00:59 IT'S SUCH A POWERFUL CONCLUSION.
  • 01:02 I FEEL LIKE I'VE COME TO KNOW
  • 01:04 THESE CHARACTERS AND IT'S ALMOST
  • 01:06 SAD TO SAY GOODBYE TO THEM.
  • 01:08 BUT WE'VE REALLY SEEN THE LIFE
  • 01:09 OF REDEMPTION PLAYED OUT.
  • 01:10 Katharine: WELL, WE NEVER SAY
  • 01:11 GOODBYE; WE JUST HAVE TO CLOSE
  • 01:12 THIS SERIES, BUT WE'LL CONTINUE
  • 01:14 TO GLEAN FROM THE LIFE
  • 01:16 OF ABRAHAM BECAUSE
  • 01:17 HE'S THE FATHER OF FAITH,
  • 01:18 HE'S THE FATHER
  • 01:19 OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE
  • 01:20 AND HE'S THE FATHER
  • 01:21 OF THE CHURCH BY FAITH.
  • 01:22 ABRAHAM WAS CHALLENGED BY GOD
  • 01:25 IN GENESIS 22,
  • 01:27 "TAKE NOW THY SON,
  • 01:29 THINE ONLY BEGOTTEN SON,"
  • 01:31 AND HE IS VERY CLEAR ABOUT
  • 01:33 WHAT GOD IS ASKING HIM TO DO
  • 01:35 AND HE SAYS, "HERE I AM, LORD."
  • 01:37 YOU KNOW, TEN TIMES THE LORD
  • 01:40 CALLS OUR ATTENTION TO
  • 01:42 THAT HE'S CALLING HIM HIS SON.
  • 01:44 I MEAN, SO MANY TIMES
  • 01:45 HE KNOWS THAT OUR DEEPEST TESTS
  • 01:47 COME FROM THE MOST INTIMATE LOVE
  • 01:49 THAT WE HAVE WITH EACH OTHER.
  • 01:50 Myles: THAT'S REALLY TRUE.
  • 01:51 THE SCRIPTURE SAYS IN VERSE 18,
  • 01:53 ( Speaking Hebrew )
  • 02:07 AND THAT'S WHAT WE SEE
  • 02:08 ABRAHAM DOING.
  • 02:09 THIS IS A STORY OF A PROMISE,
  • 02:11 A SON, A SACRIFICE
  • 02:13 AND A RESURRECTION,
  • 02:14 AND IT POINTS TO
  • 02:15 A GREATER RESURRECTION TO COME,
  • 02:18 THE LIFE OF YESHUA HA MASHIACH.
  • 02:20 LET'S PICK UP OUR STORY
  • 02:21 RIGHT NOW.
  • 02:25 Narrator: AND IT CAME TO PASS
  • 02:26 AFTER THESE THINGS
  • 02:29 THAT GOD TESTED ABRAHAM.
  • 02:33 ( Speaking Hebrew)
  • 02:52 Narrator: AND GOD SAID,
  • 02:53 "TAKE NOW THY SON,
  • 02:55 THINE ONLY SON ISAAC
  • 02:58 WHOM THOU LOVEST, AND GET THEE
  • 03:00 UNTO THE LAND OF MORIAH
  • 03:02 AND OFFER HIM THERE
  • 03:04 FOR A BURNT OFFERING
  • 03:05 UPON ONE OF THE MOUNTAINS
  • 03:07 WHICH I WILL TELL THEE OF."
  • 03:09 THEN ON THE THIRD DAY,
  • 03:12 ABRAHAM LIFTED UP HIS EYES
  • 03:14 AND SAW THE PLACE AFAR OFF.
  • 03:28 ( Speaking Hebrew )
  • 03:49 Myles: GENESIS 22,
  • 03:51 THE TEST COMES TO ABRAHAM.
  • 03:53 WHEN GOD TESTS,
  • 03:54 HE CALLS US BY NAME.
  • 03:56 HE HAS SURGICAL PRECISION
  • 03:57 AND HE USES OUR NAME.
  • 03:59 YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU'RE TESTED,
  • 04:00 WHEN I'M TESTED, IT COMES
  • 04:02 WITH THAT PERSONAL TOUCH
  • 04:04 AND THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS HERE
  • 04:05 WHERE GOD CALLS HIM.
  • 04:07 AND ABRAM'S RESPONSE IS
  • 04:09 " HINENI," "HERE I AM."
  • 04:11 HE'S READY TO DO WHATEVER IT IS
  • 04:13 GOD IS ASKING HIM,
  • 04:15 BUT HE DOESN'T REALIZE
  • 04:16 THAT IT'S GOING TO BE
  • 04:17 ONE OF THE GREATEST TESTS THAT
  • 04:18 WE EVER READ ABOUT IN THE BIBLE,
  • 04:20 BECAUSE IT'S A PICTURE
  • 04:22 OF SOMETHING THAT GOD HIMSELF IS
  • 04:24 GOING TO DO FOR YOU AND FOR ME.
  • 04:27 AND IN THIS CHAPTER WE SEE--
  • 04:29 AND IN THIS PART OF THE STORY,
  • 04:30 WE SEE THAT ABRAHAM IS ASKED
  • 04:32 TO TAKE HIS SON, HIS ONLY SON
  • 04:35 WHOM HE LOVES, CALLED BY GOD,
  • 04:37 "YITZCHAK," "LAUGHTER,"
  • 04:39 AND TO BRING HIM BEFORE THE LORD
  • 04:42 FOR SACRIFICE.
  • 04:43 IT'S UNFATHOMABLE THE PATHOS,
  • 04:47 THE PAIN, THE DIFFICULTY
  • 04:49 OF BEING CALLED TO DO
  • 04:51 SOMETHING LIKE THIS.
  • 04:52 IT'S BEYOND HUMAN COMPREHENSION
  • 04:54 AND THAT'S WHY THAT HEBREW WORD
  • 04:56 "NA" IS USED.
  • 04:58 WHEN HE SAYS AKHSHAV,
  • 04:59 WHEN HE SAYS "NOW,"
  • 05:00 HE USES THE ANCIENT WORD "NA."
  • 05:02 IT'S USED 60 TIMES
  • 05:04 IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
  • 05:05 BUT ONLY 4 TIMES IS IT USED
  • 05:07 WHEN IT'S IN RELATIONSHIP OF GOD
  • 05:10 SPEAKING TO A HUMAN,
  • 05:13 BECAUSE IT IS SO BEYOND
  • 05:14 HUMAN COMPREHENSION.
  • 05:16 AND THAT'S WHAT'S
  • 05:17 HAPPENING HERE.
  • 05:18 HE'S ABOUT TO ASK ABRAHAM
  • 05:19 TO DO SOMETHING THAT...
  • 05:21 I DON'T KNOW, COULD YOU DO IT?
  • 05:22 COULD I DO IT?
  • 05:23 WE'RE NOT SURE.
  • 05:25 BUT ABRAHAM HAD TO DO IT BECAUSE
  • 05:27 IT WAS A PICTURE OF HIMSELF
  • 05:29 PORTRAYING GOD THE FATHER
  • 05:31 AND HE DIDN'T KNOW THAT ISAAC
  • 05:33 WAS PORTRAYING GOD THE SON.
  • 05:36 SOMETIME LATER,
  • 05:37 HE WOULD UNDERSTAND THAT.
  • 05:39 BUT, FOR NOW, ALL HE KNEW
  • 05:41 IS THAT HE WAS BEING TESTED,
  • 05:42 CALLED BY GOD TO COME UP
  • 05:44 TO MOUNT "MOREH-YAH"...
  • 05:46 TWO WORDS: "MOREH," "YAH":
  • 05:52 THIS MOUNTAIN:
  • 05:53 GOD IS THE TEACHER.
  • 05:55 GOD IS MY TEACHER.
  • 05:56 AND ON THIS VERY MOUNTAIN,
  • 05:58 GOD WILL INSTRUCT US
  • 06:00 AND WILL TEACH US
  • 06:02 ABOUT SACRIFICE AND WILL ALSO
  • 06:04 SHOW US, DOWN THROUGH THE AGES,
  • 06:07 THE CALLING THAT IS GOING TO
  • 06:08 COME TO WHOSOEVER WILL COME
  • 06:11 TO THE SACRIFICED SON.
  • 06:13 THIS IS THE PLACE WHERE
  • 06:16 THE PICTURE OF THE PROMISED SON,
  • 06:18 OF THE MESSIAH,
  • 06:19 WILL BE PLAYED OUT IN SCRIPTURE
  • 06:21 IN A WAY THAT WILL FOREVER
  • 06:23 INDELIBLY BE PUT IN THE PAGES
  • 06:25 OF SCRIPTURE FOR YOU AND I
  • 06:26 TO KNOW THAT WHEN THAT SON
  • 06:29 WOULD COME CENTURIES LATER,
  • 06:31 HE WOULD BE THE PROMISED LAMB,
  • 06:34 THE SON OF GOD,
  • 06:35 THE LAMB WHO TAKES AWAY
  • 06:36 THE SIN OF THE WORLD
  • 06:37 AND IT WAS RIGHT HERE
  • 06:39 AT MT. MORIAH, MOREH-YAH.
  • 06:41 THE TWO WORDS ARE INTRODUCED
  • 06:42 HERE FOR THE FIRST TIME
  • 06:43 IN SCRIPTURE.
  • 06:45 THE WORD "LOVE" IS INTRODUCED
  • 06:47 AND THE WORD "WORSHIP"
  • 06:48 IS INTRODUCED.
  • 06:49 AND IT WILL BE
  • 06:50 A THREE-DAY JOURNEY.
  • 06:52 SOMETHING ABOUT THREE DAYS
  • 06:54 THAT WE'LL SEE LATER ON
  • 06:55 IN SCRIPTURE AS WELL;
  • 06:57 IT WOULD BE ON THE THIRD DAY
  • 06:59 WHEN JESUS WILL BE RESURRECTED.
  • 07:01 WELL, IT WAS A THREE-DAY
  • 07:02 JOURNEY FOR ABRAHAM AND ISAAC
  • 07:04 AND GOD IS PERFECTLY PORTRAYING
  • 07:07 THAT WHICH HE WILL DO
  • 07:08 IN THE FUTURE WHEN HE WILL MAKE
  • 07:10 A PROVISION FOR YOU AND FOR ME,
  • 07:12 THAT THE TIME IS COMING
  • 07:15 WHEN WHOSOEVER WILL
  • 07:16 CAN CALL UPON THE NAME
  • 07:17 OF THE LORD AND BE SAVED.
  • 07:19 AND SO ISAAC BECOMES THE PICTURE
  • 07:21 OF YESHUA HA MASHIACH,
  • 07:24 JESUS CHRIST, JESUS THE MESSIAH.
  • 07:27 IT'S AN AMAZING STORY
  • 07:29 AND WE CAN ONLY IMAGINE WHAT
  • 07:31 ABRAHAM MUST HAVE BEEN FEELING
  • 07:33 AND THE WONDER THAT ISAAC
  • 07:34 WAS EXPERIENCING AS WELL, WHEN
  • 07:36 HE WAS ABOUT TO, IN OBEDIENCE
  • 07:38 TO THE FATHER, LAY DOWN HIS LIFE
  • 07:42 AND PICTURE FOREVER
  • 07:44 THE SACRIFICE TO COME WHICH IS
  • 07:46 THAT ONCE-AND-FOR-ALL SACRIFICE
  • 07:49 FOR YOU AND FOR ME.
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  • 08:27 ( Speaking Hebrew )
  • 08:38 (♪ Dramatic Music ♪)
  • 09:29 ( Speaking Hebrew )
  • 10:07 Myles: I DON'T KNOW
  • 10:08 IF THERE'S EVER BEEN
  • 10:09 SUCH PATHOS IN THE SCRIPTURE
  • 10:13 OF A MAN BEING CALLED
  • 10:15 TO SACRIFICE HIS OWN SON
  • 10:17 AND ONLY FAITH THAT HE WOULD BE
  • 10:19 RESURRECTED COULD ALLOW ABRAHAM
  • 10:21 TO FOLLOW THE WORD OF THE LORD
  • 10:24 AND TO FOLLOW THROUGH ON THIS
  • 10:26 WITH SUCH OBEDIENCE
  • 10:27 AND SUCH FAITH.
  • 10:28 IT'S OVERWHELMING TO THINK ABOUT
  • 10:30 THE FACT THAT ABRAHAM
  • 10:31 ACTUALLY CAME UP THIS MOUNTAIN
  • 10:33 TO DO THIS DEED ACCORDING
  • 10:35 TO THE WORD OF THE LORD.
  • 10:36 AND WHAT ABOUT THE SON?
  • 10:38 WHAT ABOUT THE VOLUNTARY
  • 10:39 SACRIFICE OF THE SON?
  • 10:41 IT'S SUCH A PICTURE
  • 10:42 OF THE MESSIAH, SUCH A PICTURE
  • 10:44 OF WHAT YESHUA WOULD DO
  • 10:46 AS THE LAMB WHO TAKES AWAY
  • 10:47 THE SIN OF THE WORLD.
  • 10:49 EVEN THE WAY IT'S PHRASED
  • 10:50 IN HERE, IT SAYS IN GENESIS 22,
  • 10:54 ( Speaking Hebrew )
  • 11:00 "GOD HAS PROVIDED FOR ME
  • 11:02 IN THIS PLACE,"
  • 11:03 OR "GOD WILL PROVIDE."
  • 11:05 GOD SEES WHAT WE NEED.
  • 11:06 IT'S A PICTURE OF WHEN THE RAM
  • 11:08 WAS CAUGHT IN THE THICKET
  • 11:09 BECAUSE ISAAC WAS ASKING,
  • 11:10 "WHERE'S THE SACRIFICE?
  • 11:12 WHAT'S GOING ON HERE?"
  • 11:13 AND WHEN THE RAM CAME
  • 11:14 AND WAS CAUGHT IN THE THICKET,
  • 11:15 THE WORD OF THE LORD CAME AS GOD
  • 11:18 PROVIDING FOR HIMSELF A LAMB.
  • 11:21 I LOVE THE WAY
  • 11:22 THE KING JAMES SAYS IT.
  • 11:23 YOU KNOW, IN THE LATIN VULGATE,
  • 11:24 IT SAYS, "GOD PROVIDES."
  • 11:26 IN THE SEPTUAGINT,
  • 11:27 THE GREEK BIBLE,
  • 11:28 IT SAYS THAT "GOD SEES."
  • 11:30 TAKEN TOGETHER IT MEANS
  • 11:31 THAT GOD SEES AND PROVIDES
  • 11:33 THAT WHICH IS NEEDED.
  • 11:34 AND I LOVE THE WAY
  • 11:35 THE KING JAMES SAYS IT:
  • 11:39 AND ISN'T THAT WHAT HE DID?
  • 11:41 ONLY THE PURE BLOOD
  • 11:43 OF A SINLESS LAMB COULD
  • 11:45 TAKE AWAY THE SIN OF THE WORLD.
  • 11:47 AND SO THIS PICTURE OF ABRAHAM
  • 11:50 AND YITZCHAK IS PICTURE
  • 11:52 FOR THE AGES.
  • 11:53 IT'S A PICTURE OF
  • 11:54 THE SINLESS LAMB WHO WOULD COME
  • 11:56 AND TAKE AWAY THE SINS
  • 11:58 OF THE WORLD, BE SACRIFICED
  • 12:00 FOR YOU AND FOR ME,
  • 12:02 AND RESURRECT SO THAT YOU AND I
  • 12:04 COULD FOLLOW HIM.
  • 12:06 HE'S THE FIRSTFRUITS,
  • 12:07 AND WE WOULD FOLLOW HIM
  • 12:08 AND HAVE ETERNAL LIFE.
  • 12:09 SO FOR EVERYONE
  • 12:10 WHO SAYS "YES" TO YESHUA,
  • 12:13 ETERNAL LIFE IS WHAT FOLLOWS.
  • 12:15 WHAT A STORY.
  • 12:16 WHAT AN AMAZING UNFOLDING
  • 12:19 OF GOD'S PROMISE
  • 12:20 AND GOD'S FULFILLMENT.
  • 12:22 GOD'S PROMISE, GOD'S PROPHECY,
  • 12:24 GOD'S PROPHECY
  • 12:25 AND HIS ABSOLUTE DESIRE,
  • 12:28 WILLINGNESS AND ABILITY
  • 12:30 TO BRING TO PASS THAT WHICH
  • 12:32 HE WANTS TO HAPPEN IN YOUR LIFE
  • 12:34 AND IN MINE.
  • 12:35 EVEN WHEN WE THINK ALL IS LOST,
  • 12:37 WHEN WE THINK IT'S TOO LATE,
  • 12:38 WHEN WE THINK THE PROMISE
  • 12:39 HAS BEEN LOST,
  • 12:40 WHEN WE THINK THAT THINGS
  • 12:41 CAN NEVER WORK OUT,
  • 12:43 GOD PROVIDES HIMSELF A LAMB.
  • 12:47 AND SO WE SEE
  • 12:48 THE STORY OF MESSIAH
  • 12:49 PICTURED IN THE STORY
  • 12:50 OF ABRAHAM AND ISAAC.
  • 12:54 (♪ Music ♪)
  • 13:27 Katharine: ISRAEL...
  • 13:28 WHEN YOU COME TO ISRAEL,
  • 13:29 IT'S AN INVESTMENT
  • 13:30 IN YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE.
  • 13:32 YOUR LIFE WILL NEVER BE
  • 13:33 THE SAME.
  • 13:34 WE'D LOVE TO HOST YOU.
  • 13:35 CALL 1-800-WONDERS AND YOU CAN
  • 13:37 SPEAK TO TRACIE OUR TOUR MANAGER
  • 13:39 AND SHE'LL SET YOU UP.
  • 13:40 Myles: THAT'S RIGHT.
  • 13:41 WE HAVE SUCH WONDERFUL TOURS.
  • 13:42 AND THE PEOPLE, THE FEEDBACK
  • 13:44 THAT WE GET IS SO POWERFUL,
  • 13:45 THEY FEEL IT'S
  • 13:46 A LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE.
  • 13:47 Katharine: IT IS, YEAH.
  • 13:49 Myles: AND IT ALWAYS IS FOR US
  • 13:50 AS WELL; WE LOOK FORWARD
  • 13:51 TO HOSTING YOU IN THE LAND.
  • 13:52 TO KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON HERE
  • 13:54 AT ZOLA LEVITT MINISTRIES,
  • 13:55 CONTACT US AND ASK US
  • 13:56 FOR THE LEVITT LETTER.
  • 13:58 THE LEVITT LETTER IS AN
  • 13:59 UP-TO-THE-MINUTE NEWS MAGAZINE
  • 14:01 WITH NEWS ABOUT ISRAEL,
  • 14:03 BIBLE LESSONS, IT REALLY DOES
  • 14:05 THE WORK OF SIFTING THROUGH
  • 14:07 THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA
  • 14:08 AND BRINGING OUT THE FACTS
  • 14:09 AND THE FIGURES THAT YOU NEED
  • 14:10 TO KNOW IN THE FACE OF WHAT
  • 14:12 WE'RE LOOKING AT THESE DAYS
  • 14:14 THROUGH THE MEDIA.
  • 14:15 ALSO THIS WEEK OUR OFFER IS
  • 14:17 ABRAHAM, FATHER OF FAITH,
  • 14:19 THE VERY SERIES
  • 14:20 THAT WE'RE PRODUCING NOW,
  • 14:21 THAT YOU'RE SEEING RIGHT NOW,
  • 14:22 THIS IS THE ONE
  • 14:23 THAT IS AVAILABLE TO YOU.
  • 14:24 OUR ANNOUNCER WILL TELL YOU
  • 14:26 HOW TO GET AHOLD OF IT
  • 14:27 LATER ON IN THE PROGRAM.
  • 14:29 WELL, WE ARE IN THIS INCREDIBLE,
  • 14:32 POIGNANT TIME WHERE ABRAHAM
  • 14:35 IS SAYING GOODBYE TO SARAH.
  • 14:36 Katharine: RIGHT.
  • 14:37 Myles: AND IT'S AT THE PLACE
  • 14:38 OF CONFLICT OR CONCERN
  • 14:40 EVEN TO TODAY.
  • 14:41 THE CAVES OF MACHPELAH
  • 14:43 ARE STILL BEING DISPUTED.
  • 14:45 Katharine: WE GOT TO TAKE
  • 14:46 OUR VIEWERS UP TO THIS AREA
  • 14:48 AND THEY GET TO SEE
  • 14:50 THE CAVE IN HEBRON.
  • 14:53 Myles: IT'S SUCH A LONG-TERM
  • 14:54 LOVE AFFAIR BETWEEN THE TWO
  • 14:56 OF THEM, AND SO THIS BECOMES
  • 14:57 SUCH A POIGNANT
  • 14:58 AND BITTERSWEET MOMENT
  • 14:59 AS ABRAHAM BURIES HIS WIFE.
  • 15:02 SO LET'S GO BACK TO OUR STORY
  • 15:04 AS WE SEE ABRAHAM SAY GOOD-BYE
  • 15:06 TO HIS WIFE OF MANY YEARS
  • 15:08 AT THE CAVES OF MACHPELAH.
  • 15:15 Narrator: SARAH DIED IN HEBRON
  • 15:17 IN THE LAND OF CANAAN
  • 15:19 AND ABRAHAM PAID
  • 15:20 400 SHEKELS OF SILVER
  • 15:22 FOR THE CAVE OF MACHPELAH
  • 15:24 FOR A BURYING PLACE.
  • 15:26 ABRAHAM BOUGHT THE FIELD
  • 15:27 OF MACHPELAH AND THE CAVE
  • 15:29 THEREIN AND ALL THE TREES
  • 15:32 THAT WERE IN THE FIELD.
  • 15:35 (♪ Woman Singing In Hebrew ♪)
  • 16:00 ♪ ♪
  • 16:12 ( Speaking Hebrew )
  • 16:50 Myles: THE STRUCTURE YOU'RE
  • 16:51 SEEING IS HERODIAN STONE,
  • 16:52 TYPICAL STRUCTURE BUILT BY HEROD
  • 16:55 2,000 YEARS AGO VERY SIMILAR TO
  • 16:57 WHAT WE SEE AT THE WESTERN WALL.
  • 16:59 AND THIS STRUCTURE IS BUILT
  • 17:01 OVER THE CAVE AT MACHPELAH.
  • 17:03 WE ARE IN HEBRON AT THE HEART
  • 17:06 OF THE HEART OF ISRAEL,
  • 17:07 AND THIS IS SOME OF THE MOST
  • 17:08 CONTESTED REAL ESTATE
  • 17:10 IN THE WORLD BECAUSE THIS IS
  • 17:12 WHERE THE STORIES OF THE BIBLE
  • 17:14 COME TO LIFE.
  • 17:15 THIS IS WHERE THE JEWISH
  • 17:16 PRESENCE IN THE LAND IS REALLY
  • 17:20 ARCHAEOLOGICALLY PROVEN
  • 17:22 AND IT'S VERIFIED AND THIS WHY
  • 17:24 THERE'S BEEN SUCH CONTESTING
  • 17:26 OVER THIS PLACE.
  • 17:28 THIS LAND WAS BOUGHT BY ABRAHAM
  • 17:31 TO BURY HIS WIFE SARAH.
  • 17:33 HE PAID 400 SHEKELS AT THE TIME.
  • 17:35 THAT WAS AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT
  • 17:37 OF MONEY.
  • 17:38 EPHRON THE HITTITE OFFERED IT
  • 17:41 TO HIM, THINKING THAT THERE'S
  • 17:42 NO WAY THAT HE WOULD TAKE IT
  • 17:44 BECAUSE THE PRICE
  • 17:45 WAS SO OUTRAGEOUS.
  • 17:46 BUT ABRAHAM ONCE AGAIN WOULD NOT
  • 17:48 BE FOUND AS SOMEONE WHO ALLOWED
  • 17:50 THE PAGAN WORLD TO SUPPLY
  • 17:52 FOR HIM AND SO HE PAID
  • 17:54 FOR THIS PLACE,
  • 17:55 ANOTHER INSTANCE OF WHERE
  • 17:57 OUR ANCESTORS, THE ANCESTORS
  • 17:59 OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE
  • 18:01 HAVE PAID TO BE HERE.
  • 18:03 DAVID RULED FROM HERE
  • 18:04 FOR SEVEN AND A HALF YEARS.
  • 18:06 THIS IS CONSIDERED THE SECOND
  • 18:07 MOST HOLY SITE IN JUDAISM
  • 18:09 BECAUSE OF THE PATRIARCHS
  • 18:11 BEING BURIED HERE.
  • 18:12 IT'S A VERY IMPORTANT PLACE
  • 18:14 AND REALLY CONTESTED
  • 18:15 BY THE NEIGHBORS.
  • 18:17 IN 1929 THERE WAS
  • 18:19 A HORRIBLE MASSACRE HERE.
  • 18:21 TO THEIR SHAME THE BRITISH
  • 18:22 WAITED FIVE HOURS BEFORE SENDING
  • 18:24 REINFORCEMENTS HERE IN ORDER
  • 18:26 TO RESCUE THE JEWISH PEOPLE
  • 18:28 FROM THIS MASSACRE.
  • 18:30 AND I BELIEVE THAT THE DECLINE
  • 18:31 THAT TOOK OVER
  • 18:32 THE BRITISH EMPIRE
  • 18:33 IS DIRECTLY RELATED TO
  • 18:35 THEIR ABANDONMENT OF ISRAEL
  • 18:37 OVER THE LAST CENTURY.
  • 18:39 YOU KNOW, WE'RE STANDING AT THIS
  • 18:40 SACRED PLACE AND REMINDING YOU
  • 18:42 THAT THIS IS WHERE
  • 18:43 THE PATRIARCHS ARE BURIED.
  • 18:45 THIS IS A VERY,
  • 18:46 VERY IMPORTANT PLACE.
  • 18:47 NO WONDER THE JEWISH PEOPLE
  • 18:48 HAVE COME BACK HERE
  • 18:49 FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD
  • 18:51 AND THEN FROM WITHIN ISRAEL
  • 18:52 HAVE MOVED HERE
  • 18:53 TO THIS VOLATILE PLACE
  • 18:55 IN ORDER TO STAND AS
  • 18:57 A LIVING WITNESS OF THE REASONS
  • 19:00 WHY THE JEWISH PEOPLE BELONG
  • 19:02 IN THIS LAND.
  • 19:03 REMEMBER, THE TITLE DEED,
  • 19:04 ABRAHAM BOUGHT IT.
  • 19:06 IT'S VERIFIED IN THE SCRIPTURE.
  • 19:07 AND HISTORY VERIFIES IT,
  • 19:09 BOTH SACRED AND SECULAR HISTORY
  • 19:12 VERIFIES THESE STORIES.
  • 19:13 THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE AREA
  • 19:16 ALSO BEARS WITNESS
  • 19:17 TO THE JEWISH PRESENCE HERE.
  • 19:19 AND FINALLY, THE REALITY
  • 19:21 OF CONQUEST, THE FACT THAT
  • 19:22 THE JEWISH PEOPLE HAVE BEEN
  • 19:23 ATTACKED HERE AND HAVE WON
  • 19:25 THIS AREA BACK FROM
  • 19:27 THEIR ENEMIES AT THOSE TIMES,
  • 19:29 IS ANOTHER EVIDENCE
  • 19:31 OF THE JEWISH PRESENCE HERE
  • 19:32 AND THE RIGHT FOR US TO BE HERE.
  • 19:35 THIS IS AN AMAZING PART
  • 19:36 OF THE STORY, INCREDIBLE TIME.
  • 19:38 THERE WAS GRIEF FOR ABRAHAM
  • 19:40 LOSING HIS PRINCESS BRIDE,
  • 19:42 HIS PRINCESS SARAH OUT OF WHOM
  • 19:44 THEY WERE TOLD KINGS WOULD COME.
  • 19:47 AND THAT HAS BECOME THE TRUTH.
  • 19:49 AND SO WE'RE LIVING IN THE DAY
  • 19:50 AS WE LOOK TO THE COMING
  • 19:51 OF MESSIAH, WHEN THE STORY GOES
  • 19:53 ALL THE WAY BACK TO ABRAHAM,
  • 19:56 THE FATHER OF FAITH.
  • 20:00 Katharine: YOUR TEACHING WAS
  • 20:01 SO INFORMATIVE ABOUT WHAT
  • 20:03 THE JEWISH PEOPLE HAVE FACED,
  • 20:04 THE BRITAINS TURNING THEIR BACK
  • 20:05 ON THEM AND WHAT'S REALLY
  • 20:08 FRUSTRATING TO ME, MYLES,
  • 20:10 IS THAT THE JEWISH PEOPLE
  • 20:11 AREN'T ALLOWED TO GO
  • 20:12 TO THE CAVE OF MACHPELAH
  • 20:14 ACCEPT FOR CERTAIN TIMES
  • 20:16 DURING THE DAY BECAUSE
  • 20:17 IT'S A DISPUTED TERRITORY.
  • 20:18 Myles: IT'S SO OUTRAGEOUS.
  • 20:19 Katharine: YEAH.
  • 20:20 Myles: IT'S REALLY INCREDIBLE.
  • 20:21 YOU KNOW WHEN WE HAD A CHANCE
  • 20:22 TO GO UP THERE AND SPEAK WITH
  • 20:24 THE JEWISH COMMUNITY SPOKESMAN
  • 20:27 FOR HEBRON WHO ACTUALLY WAS PART
  • 20:29 OF THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL DIGS
  • 20:31 THAT UNEARTHED THE ACTUALITY
  • 20:33 OF THE JEWISH HISTORY THERE.
  • 20:35 AND SO HE WAS THERE
  • 20:37 FOR THE VERIFICATION OF IT.
  • 20:38 THAT'S WHY IT'S SO AMAZING
  • 20:39 THAT THE WORLD IS TELLING US
  • 20:41 THAT WE'VE NEVER BEEN THERE,
  • 20:42 THAT THIS DOESN'T GO BACK TO
  • 20:43 THE TIME OF ABRAHAM AND THEY'RE
  • 20:45 TRYING TO REWRITE HISTORY.
  • 20:46 BUT, IN FACT, THIS IS HISTORY,
  • 20:49 ARCHAEOLOGY, IT'S PROVEN.
  • 20:51 AND SO WE DID HAVE A CHANCE
  • 20:53 TO SPEAK WITH
  • 20:54 THE JEWISH COMMUNITY SPOKESMAN.
  • 20:55 LET'S GO TO MY INTERVIEW
  • 20:56 WITH HIM IN HEBRON.
  • 20:59 Myles: WE HAVE SO MUCH
  • 21:01 MISINFORMATION IN AMERICA
  • 21:03 ABOUT THE SO-CALLED "WEST BANK."
  • 21:05 TELL US ABOUT WHAT THIS IS
  • 21:06 AS THE HEARTLAND OF ISRAEL.
  • 21:09 Noam Arnon: WELL, IT'S NOT
  • 21:10 THE WEST BANK BECAUSE THERE
  • 21:11 IS NOT ANY RIVER AROUND.
  • 21:12 YOU SEE THERE'S NOT ANY BANK
  • 21:14 AND RIVER; MAYBE A--
  • 21:16 BUT THIS IS THE HEARTLAND
  • 21:19 OF THE HOMELAND
  • 21:22 OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE.
  • 21:23 IT'S JUDEA AND SAMARIA HILLS.
  • 21:26 YOU SEE, 90% OF THE SITES
  • 21:29 MENTIONED IN THE BIBLE
  • 21:31 ARE LOCATED IN THESE HILLS,
  • 21:33 JUDEA AND SAMARIA.
  • 21:34 THIS IS THE REAL, REAL HOMELAND
  • 21:36 OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE,
  • 21:37 THE HISTORICAL
  • 21:39 AND BIBLICAL HOMELAND.
  • 21:40 NOW, JEWS LIVED IN HEBRON
  • 21:42 FROM THE BEGINNING OF HISTORY,
  • 21:44 FROM THE DAYS OF ABRAHAM.
  • 21:46 THE JEWISH COMMUNITY HERE WAS
  • 21:47 MASSACRED BY ARAB TERRORISTS
  • 21:49 IN 1929.
  • 21:51 THE JEWS HAVE BEEN MASSACRED,
  • 21:53 RAPED, TORTURED,
  • 21:56 AND THEN THE ARABS
  • 21:57 DESTROYED THE COMMUNITY,
  • 21:58 DESTROYED THE JEWISH QUARTER.
  • 22:00 SO WHEN WE RETURNED FROM--
  • 22:04 SO WHEN WE CAME BACK IN 1967,
  • 22:06 WE WANTED ONE THING: TO RENEW
  • 22:09 THE JEWISH COMMUNITY OF HEBRON.
  • 22:11 AND THIS IS WHAT WE DID.
  • 22:12 WE REALLY RENEWED THE PRESENCE
  • 22:16 OF JEWS WHO LIVED IN HEBRON
  • 22:17 FROM THE BEGINNING OF HISTORY.
  • 22:19 I, MYSELF, I WAS IN CHARGE
  • 22:22 OF THE EXCAVATIONS
  • 22:24 OF THE SYNAGOGUE OF ABRAHAM
  • 22:26 AND WE FOUND THE SYNAGOGUE
  • 22:28 THAT WAS DESTROYED
  • 22:31 AND BURIED BY THE ARABS
  • 22:34 UNDER TONS OF TRASH AND DIRT.
  • 22:36 SO THANK GOD WE DISCOVERED
  • 22:38 THE PLACE, WE RENOVATED IT;
  • 22:41 NOW IT'S, AGAIN,
  • 22:42 IT'S A LIVING PLACE AND A VERY,
  • 22:43 VERY BEAUTIFUL SYNAGOGUE.
  • 22:45 Myles: YOU'RE AN EYEWITNESS TO
  • 22:47 THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL VERIFICATION
  • 22:50 THAT THIS IS A JEWISH PLACE.
  • 22:52 Noam: THAT'S FOR SURE.
  • 22:53 I HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO BE
  • 22:56 ONE OF THE VERY, VERY FEW PEOPLE
  • 22:58 WHO VISITED THE CAVE
  • 22:59 OF MACHPELAH, THE ACTUAL CAVE
  • 23:02 WHICH IS THERE BENEATH
  • 23:03 THE HUGE JEWISH STRUCTURE.
  • 23:06 AND I DISCOVERED THAT,
  • 23:07 AND THERE IS THE CAVE THERE,
  • 23:09 IT'S A DOUBLE CAVE, EXACTLY
  • 23:10 AS MENTIONED IN THE BIBLE
  • 23:12 AND WE FOUND THE REMAINS OF JEWS
  • 23:15 FROM ABOUT 3,000 YEARS AGO.
  • 23:19 NOW, WE DISCOVERED
  • 23:20 IN THE TEL HEBRON, THE HILL
  • 23:22 OF THE ANCIENT BIBLICAL HEBRON,
  • 23:24 WE DISCOVERED A JEWISH HOME
  • 23:25 FROM THE DAYS OF HEZEKIAH
  • 23:27 THE KING, SO EVERYTHING
  • 23:29 IS VERY, VERY CLEAR.
  • 23:31 AND WHEN YOU SEE THE MONUMENT
  • 23:32 ABOVE THE CAVE OF MACHPELAH,
  • 23:35 THIS IS THE STRUCTURE
  • 23:37 THAT WAS BUILT BY THE JEWS
  • 23:39 2,000 YEARS AGO.
  • 23:40 LET'S REMEMBER,
  • 23:42 ISLAM DID NOT EXIST YET.
  • 23:44 SO IT WAS BUILT
  • 23:45 BY THE JEWISH PEOPLE HERE
  • 23:46 IN THE LAND OF JUDEA.
  • 23:48 THIS IS A JEWISH STRUCTURE.
  • 23:50 SO I THINK IT'S RIDICULOUS
  • 23:52 EVEN TO ARGUE ABOUT THAT.
  • 23:54 EVERY SCHOLAR, EVERY PROFESSOR
  • 23:57 IN THE WORLD WILL TELL YOU
  • 23:59 THE SAME; THIS IS HISTORY.
  • 24:01 THESE ARE FACTS.
  • 24:02 IT'S NOT ANY--
  • 24:05 SUBJECT TO ANY ARAB PROPAGANDA.
  • 24:07 THIS IS A VERY, VERY CLEAR FACT.
  • 24:11 Myles: GROWING UP IN NEW YORK,
  • 24:12 IN A JEWISH HOME, HEBREW SCHOOL
  • 24:14 THREE DAYS A WEEK,
  • 24:15 BAR MITZVAHED,
  • 24:16 EVERY ROSH HASHANAH,
  • 24:17 EVERY NEW YEAR,
  • 24:18 WE WOULD HEAR THE SHOFAR BLOW.
  • 24:21 AND IT REALLY COMES
  • 24:22 FROM THIS STORY.
  • 24:23 IT COMES FROM THE STORY
  • 24:24 OF ABRAHAM AND ISAAC,
  • 24:25 HOW WHEN ABRAHAM BOUND ISAAC UP,
  • 24:28 GOD PROVIDED HIMSELF A RAM
  • 24:30 IN THE THICKET.
  • 24:31 AND HE PROVIDED THAT SHOFAR.
  • 24:33 HE PROVIDED THE RAM
  • 24:34 FOR THE SACRIFICE WHICH GAVE US
  • 24:36 THE SOUND AND THE PICTURE
  • 24:38 OF GOD'S PROVISION.
  • 24:40 AND I'M JUST AMAZED
  • 24:41 AT THE QUALITY OF THIS STORY,
  • 24:43 HOW IT REALLY SPEAKS
  • 24:45 OF GOD'S GREATER SON.
  • 24:47 AND IT SPEAKS OF REDEMPTION
  • 24:48 FOR THE WHOLE EARTH; IT COMES
  • 24:49 THROUGH THE JEWISH PEOPLE.
  • 24:50 Katharine: YEAH,
  • 24:51 IT'S A PROMISED LAND
  • 24:53 AND IT'S A PROMISED SEED.
  • 24:55 AND GOD HIMSELF HAS SHOWN US
  • 24:56 HIS PROVISION ON THE TOP
  • 24:58 OF THE MOUNTAIN.
  • 24:59 HE MADE A PROVISION.
  • 25:01 HE SAID THE LORD WILL PROVIDE
  • 25:02 HIMSELF A LAMB.
  • 25:04 AND HE DID THAT FOR ALL OF US.
  • 25:06 Myles: HE DID.
  • 25:07 AND ABRAHAM AND SARAH,
  • 25:08 THEY WALKED IMPERFECTLY,
  • 25:09 BUT THEY WALKED
  • 25:10 CONTINUALLY COMING BACK TO GOD,
  • 25:12 CONTINUALLY LOOKING UP
  • 25:14 AND DOING LIKE WE NEED TO DO,
  • 25:16 LOOKING UNTO JESUS, THE AUTHOR
  • 25:17 AND FINISHER OF OUR FAITH.
  • 25:18 Katharine: AND WE NEED TO
  • 25:19 REMEMBER THAT IN OUR OWN LIVES
  • 25:21 THAT EVEN THOUGH
  • 25:22 THE JEWISH PEOPLE MIGHT NOT
  • 25:23 BE PERFECT AS A PEOPLE GROUP,
  • 25:26 GOD IS STILL KEEPING COVENANT
  • 25:27 WITH THEM AND WE WANT TO BE
  • 25:29 ON THE RIGHT SIDE
  • 25:30 OF THE COVENANT, THAT WE'RE NOT
  • 25:31 ON THE CURSING SIDE,
  • 25:33 WE'RE ON THE BLESSING SIDE.
  • 25:35 AND WE WANT TO BE
  • 25:36 IN THE BLESSING OF THE LORD.
  • 25:37 Myles: RIGHT, HE SAID, "I WILL
  • 25:38 BLESS THOSE THAT BLESS YOU
  • 25:39 AND CURSE THOSE THAT CURSE YOU,"
  • 25:41 AND WE'VE SEEN THAT
  • 25:42 THROUGHOUT HISTORY.
  • 25:43 AND THIS STORY SHOWS US THAT.
  • 25:45 AND YOU KNOW, I'M JUST STRUCK
  • 25:47 BY THE PERFECTION IN THE PICTURE
  • 25:50 OF MESSIAH THAT'S IN ISAAC.
  • 25:53 EVERYTHING ABOUT IT JUST REALLY
  • 25:54 SPEAKS OF HIS SACRIFICE TO COME,
  • 25:57 AND THAT ONCE AND FOR ALL,
  • 25:58 GOD WOULD PROVIDE HIMSELF AS
  • 26:00 THE PERFECT LAMB FOR ALL OF US.
  • 26:02 WE'RE REALLY IN THAT SEASON NOW
  • 26:04 WHERE ANYONE CAN CALL UPON
  • 26:05 THE NAME OF THE LORD.
  • 26:06 Katharine: YOU KNOW, MT. MORIAH,
  • 26:08 THE MOUNTAIN WHERE ABRAHAM
  • 26:10 TOOK UP ISAAC IS THE PLACE
  • 26:12 THAT'S CONTESTED THE MOST.
  • 26:14 IT'S THE MOUNTAIN, HA MAKOM,
  • 26:16 "THE PLACE."
  • 26:17 Myles: YEP, IT'S REALLY TRUE
  • 26:19 AND WE'RE SEEING THAT CONTEST
  • 26:20 CONTINUE BUT GOD WINS
  • 26:22 IN THE END; WE KNOW THE STORY.
  • 26:23 WE KNOW THAT HE IS RETURNING AS
  • 26:25 THE LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH.
  • 26:27 AND SO WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD
  • 26:30 TO THAT DAY; WE WANT TO WORK
  • 26:31 WHILE IT IS YET DAY,
  • 26:32 BUT WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD
  • 26:33 TO THE COMING OF THE KING.
  • 26:35 AND SO, AS WE GO TODAY,
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  2. A Man of Altars
  3. God initiated Covenant
  4. A Domestic Conflict for the Ages
  5. The Promised Son
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  7. Circumcision as a Forever Sign
  8. The Sacrifice
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