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Episode: “At Sinai”
We meet Joshua waiting with other recently freed Hebrew slaves at the foot of Mount Sinai for Moses to descend with God’s laws. Joshua’s years of leadership training begin as he apprentices with Moses.
Series: “Joshua”
More than a Conqueror
In this series we examine how Joshua went from a dependable apprentice to the faithful leader of Israel during the conquering of the land of Canaan, a land promised by God to the children of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Many valuable leadership lessons can be learned from Joshua’s story taught by Dr. Jeffrey Seif from corresponding locations in Israel. David and Kirsten Hart discuss the meaning and application with Dr. Seif as we see dramatic reenactments of some of the key moments in Joshua’s life.

Caption transcript for Joshua: “At Sinai” (1/8)

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  • 00:03 David Hart: Welcome to "Our Jewish Roots," with insightful Bible teaching from Israel
  • 00:11 with Dr. Jeffrey Seif. This week, we start our new series, "Joshua:
  • 00:14 More Than a Conqueror."
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  • 00:54 David Hart: We are so glad you've joined us today on
  • 00:56 "Our Jewish Roots."
  • 00:57 I'm David Hart.
  • 00:58 Kirsten Hart: I'm Kirsten Hart.
  • 01:00 Jeffrey Seif: And I am Jeffrey Seif.
  • 01:01 And I and we are glad that you are there, aren't we?
  • 01:05 Kirsten Hart: We are.
  • 01:06 Well, this is a great series that you are teaching us
  • 01:10 about our Jewish roots, and we're talking about Joshua.
  • 01:13 Jeffrey Seif: The Bible's teaching us, but I'd
  • 01:14 like to look at the news through the eyes of the Jews,
  • 01:17 particularly to look at the story of how to be more
  • 01:20 than a conqueror.
  • 01:21 So many people are conquered.
  • 01:23 We gotta learn how to get the better of it all.
  • 01:25 It's all in the book.
  • 01:26 David Hart: And I think we're gonna learn in this series that
  • 01:28 we need a lot more Joshuas in this world today.
  • 01:31 Jeffrey Seif: Amen.
  • 01:32 David Hart: Yes. Kirsten Hart: We do.
  • 01:34 We'll hear more teaching from Dr. Jeffrey Seif
  • 01:36 in Israel, but first let's go to our
  • 01:38 dramatic reenactment, where Joshua discusses what happened
  • 01:41 on Mount Sinai with Moses.
  • 01:47 Joshua: What happened at Mount Sinai was a miracle, a personal
  • 01:50 message to Moses inscribed in stone by the very finger
  • 01:55 of Adonai.
  • 01:57 Days later, it's left me wondering, still searching
  • 02:00 for words to explain our journey on the mount.
  • 02:10 Why did he choose me?
  • 02:13 He could have chosen any of the elders.
  • 02:16 Gershom, Eliezer.
  • 02:22 There was this thick cloud that covered us.
  • 02:25 For six days, nothing could be seen.
  • 02:31 And all the more I wondered why he'd chosen me.
  • 02:38 male: You speak of Mount Sinai.
  • 02:39 Joshua: Yes.
  • 02:43 male: Joshua, Moses thinks highly of you.
  • 02:48 Did you ascend to the top of the mount with him?
  • 02:51 Joshua: No.
  • 02:53 On the seventh day, the glory of the Lord overcame us
  • 02:58 like a magnificent ball of fire from heaven.
  • 03:03 male: Yes, we saw it.
  • 03:05 Joshua: The Lord beckoned Moses and he ascended the remainder
  • 03:08 of the mount alone, right through those clouds.
  • 03:13 Forty days.
  • 03:15 Forty long days and nights before I would see him again,
  • 03:20 carrying those stone tablets.
  • 03:23 We descended the mount together and I heard what I thought were
  • 03:27 sounds of war from the camp.
  • 03:29 male: But it wasn't war.
  • 03:31 Joshua: No, it was much worse than war.
  • 03:36 People were carousing before this golden calf.
  • 03:40 They were making sacrifices, and singing, and dancing.
  • 03:44 It was an abomination, an absolute abomination.
  • 03:49 male: And thousands died because of it.
  • 03:52 Joshua: The Lord has had his vengeance.
  • 04:00 The land of promise can still be ours if we are on his side,
  • 04:06 despite the golden calf.
  • 04:08 He told Moses that in the days to come he would send an angel
  • 04:11 that would lead us to victory.
  • 04:15 Write this down and make it very clear.
  • 04:22 As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
  • 04:33 I know one day I will walk upon that land.
  • 04:38 I just know it.
  • 04:45 Jeffrey Seif: Joshua wanted it made perfectly clear he would
  • 04:49 one day walk upon the land of promise, even though he knew
  • 04:54 that going would be difficult.
  • 04:56 Many grumbled and complained along the way, but what happened
  • 05:00 atop Mount Sinai would prove to be significant in shaping
  • 05:04 the initial leadership and the ultimate destiny
  • 05:08 of the children of Israel.
  • 05:10 The journey from Mizraim, from Egypt, to Eretz Kena'an,
  • 05:16 the land of Canaan, it was a tough journey.
  • 05:19 It's tough terrain here, as you can see, out in the wilderness.
  • 05:25 Tough place.
  • 05:26 It took tough people to carve out some space in this land.
  • 05:32 Moshe Rabbenu, Moses, is foremost in the list.
  • 05:36 He's well known because he spent 40 years out here
  • 05:39 in the wilderness before he went back to Egypt to lead
  • 05:43 the children of Israel out of Egypt.
  • 05:46 But even as he led them out, according to the biblical text,
  • 05:50 he wasn't alone in so doing as a leader.
  • 05:56 I mention that because, though Moses gets all the attention
  • 05:59 initially and rightly so as the principal leader, he had
  • 06:04 an assistant.
  • 06:06 His name was Joshua.
  • 06:08 Interesting fellow to be sure.
  • 06:11 His name was Hosea originally, but his name was changed
  • 06:15 from a word for salvation to Yehoshua.
  • 06:18 That is, God is salvation.
  • 06:22 And he was going to learn that.
  • 06:25 Interesting word in Hebrew.
  • 06:26 In Greek, "salvation," sozo, means saved.
  • 06:31 It means healed, be made whole, put back together again.
  • 06:36 The word "yeshua" or "Joshua" in Hebrew, it means to heal.
  • 06:42 It means to deliver.
  • 06:44 It means to redeem, to save, and Joshua was all that.
  • 06:50 And in so doing, he led Israel.
  • 06:53 And he indeed was more than just a conqueror, though he was that
  • 06:58 to be sure.
  • 07:00 In the Jewish world, it's believed that all we ever needed
  • 07:03 for biblical revelation was the book of--the books of Moses
  • 07:08 and the book of Joshua.
  • 07:09 That should've been the end of it.
  • 07:11 If you look in the biblical text in the Torah, in the five books
  • 07:14 of Moses, this land that's vowed safe to a people, and then
  • 07:17 Joshua let 'em in, and that should've been the end of it.
  • 07:20 They should have prospered there.
  • 07:21 But it didn't quite go that way, but that's a story
  • 07:25 for another day.
  • 07:27 Our story here is to take a look at the book and find
  • 07:30 out about this man who indeed was more than just a conqueror.
  • 07:35 Of course, there's a book named after him.
  • 07:39 I'm less interested in that at the outset as I am some
  • 07:42 background information on him.
  • 07:44 And for that, we begin in the book, Shemot in Hebrew,
  • 07:48 or Exodus.
  • 07:50 There's a story here where we're told that--and I want to look
  • 07:55 in chapter 24 in the text, where we're told, as Moshe Rabbenu, as
  • 08:02 Moses ascends Sinai out here in the wilderness, as he goes
  • 08:08 up, we discover that he didn't go up alone.
  • 08:12 I'm looking in chapter 24, verse 13.
  • 08:15 And the numbers don't always sync up to the English Bible.
  • 08:19 I'm reading here from the Masoretic text
  • 08:21 out of the Hebrew.
  • 08:23 We're told...
  • 08:24 [speaking in Hebrew]
  • 08:27 "And Moses rose up along with Joshua his minister."
  • 08:34 It's interesting the way Jews translate the word for "Joshua"
  • 08:37 as his minister, his attendant, his servant.
  • 08:45 The point is that Moses was there, but he wasn't just there.
  • 08:48 Joshua, who's going to become a principal leader later, is
  • 08:53 identified as a principal servant initially.
  • 08:57 And I mention that, it interests me that Moses had sons.
  • 09:03 And it's not at all uncommon, as you would know amongst priests,
  • 09:07 amongst kings.
  • 09:08 You have dynasties, you know?
  • 09:09 The kids follow in the family business.
  • 09:13 But God's business isn't a family business here when it
  • 09:16 comes to a prophet.
  • 09:17 It's different.
  • 09:19 And Joshua the book is slated there in the Hebrew Bible
  • 09:23 among the prophets.
  • 09:25 There's a word, "navi," to bubble forth.
  • 09:27 He brought forth a word and he brought forth new direction
  • 09:30 for the people of Israel.
  • 09:32 Very interesting.
  • 09:33 But we're told here that Moses is principle, but Joshua is
  • 09:38 there with him as a servant.
  • 09:41 I think this is lost in modernity.
  • 09:43 In the trades, it used to be you would have an electrician
  • 09:46 and then you would have someone who's a servant to
  • 09:48 the master electrician.
  • 09:50 A plumber, you would have a servant.
  • 09:52 People, as they get into the trades, they're guided
  • 09:55 by a more senior hand.
  • 09:57 Today, the young, we just want to go get it and seize it.
  • 09:59 Here, interestingly, you have Moshe Rabbenu, Moses, but Joshua
  • 10:04 is there with him.
  • 10:06 Not only here on Sinai, we're told.
  • 10:08 And we're told that the minister is there and then...
  • 10:11 [speaking in Hebrew]
  • 10:13 "And then Moses went up to the mountain of God."
  • 10:18 That Moses went up all the way, but Joshua was there with him
  • 10:23 for part of the way.
  • 10:24 Not just here, by the way.
  • 10:26 Elsewhere when Moshe Rabbenu was in the mishkan, this portable
  • 10:30 worship center, the tent of meeting elsewhere, we're told
  • 10:33 that Joshua was there.
  • 10:36 Joshua was a go-to guy to fight battles as well.
  • 10:38 He just was with him as an able assistant, not his own sons.
  • 10:43 The rabbis say that his sons weren't worthy for it
  • 10:46 and they're given scant mention in the Bible.
  • 10:48 But you can see here that this man who was gonna lead them
  • 10:52 in a conquest himself was more than just a conqueror.
  • 10:57 He was a man with a heart for God, as evidenced
  • 10:59 by his loyalty.
  • 11:01 He's there in the sanctuary.
  • 11:02 And here he is at the moment of divine revelation when Moshe
  • 11:06 Rabbenu goes up Sinai to get the "luchots," the tablets,
  • 11:09 to come down with the Ten Commandments.
  • 11:11 We're told that Joshua is there with him.
  • 11:15 He was more than just a soldier.
  • 11:17 Like David who would come later, he too was a man who was
  • 11:21 after God's own heart.
  • 11:23 And it's for that reason that he was more than just a conqueror.
  • 11:40 Jeffrey Seif: Our Creator chose certain places on the planet
  • 11:43 to reveal himself and his message of redemption to us.
  • 11:48 Mount Sinai, Mariah, Olives, the Mount of Beatitudes, as well
  • 11:53 as various seas, rivers, and deserts, these were
  • 11:56 the places.
  • 11:57 Some are now only ruins, yet they continue to tell
  • 12:01 of the Lord's faithfulness and love.
  • 12:04 These sacred backdrops have been beautifully captured in our
  • 12:08 resource this week, the book, "Heaven and Earth: Landmarks
  • 12:14 of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation."
  • 12:17 Our producer and director Ken Berg has assembled some of his
  • 12:21 favorite photographs taken during his four decades
  • 12:25 of travel through the lands of the Bible.
  • 12:30 Contact us and ask for the book, "Heaven and Earth."
  • 12:36 David Hart: For many, a trip to the holy land is the dream
  • 12:39 of a lifetime.
  • 12:42 The Bible truly comes alive as you see the sites where so many
  • 12:45 biblical events happened.
  • 12:47 Come on a Zola Tour in the spring to see Israel
  • 12:50 in Petra, or in the fall to add a cruise to Greece and Ephesus.
  • 12:56 See the land of the Bible for yourself.
  • 12:59 Contact us to reserve your dream of a lifetime.
  • 13:06 Kirsten Hart: This whole series is about Joshua and his life,
  • 13:09 and something important about Joshua is he crossed
  • 13:12 the Red Sea with Moses.
  • 13:14 And what we offer all our viewers and those that are
  • 13:17 involved with our ministry is the opportunity to go to Israel.
  • 13:22 But also to go down to Eilat, the city of Eilat.
  • 13:24 Israel is actually on the Red Sea.
  • 13:27 It's absolutely gorgeous.
  • 13:29 David Hart: I'll say this too.
  • 13:31 In our 30 years of marriage, we've had a lot of opportunities
  • 13:33 to travel.
  • 13:34 One of the places I'd love to go is the Riviera.
  • 13:36 We've never been.
  • 13:37 But when we go to Eilat, it feels to me, when seeing
  • 13:42 pictures of the Riviera, it looks exactly like that place.
  • 13:46 Full of five star hotels, a boardwalk.
  • 13:49 It's beautiful.
  • 13:50 We'd love for you to join us.
  • 13:51 Kirsten Hart: We go two times a year, in the fall and also
  • 13:53 in March.
  • 13:54 So, check our ministry website and come with us.
  • 13:57 Go to Israel.
  • 13:59 David Hart: And also, we thank you so much for your support
  • 14:00 in our ministry.
  • 14:01 Right now, let's go back to Dr.
  • 14:03 Seif's teaching in Israel.
  • 14:07 Jeffrey Seif: Moshe Rabbenu, Moses, is up there
  • 14:09 on the mountain and Joshua is with him.
  • 14:12 And Joshua hears something.
  • 14:13 We're told later in the 32nd chapter--we're skipping
  • 14:17 over a few here, but we want to get to the life of Joshua
  • 14:21 and his confidence that he is going to with them make it
  • 14:28 into Eretz Kena'an, the land of Canaan.
  • 14:30 The word "confidence" comes from the Latin "confides,"
  • 14:33 and it's with faith.
  • 14:35 There is something in the heart that just prompts you to believe
  • 14:38 that you have a future.
  • 14:40 And he not only needed it back then to win wars,
  • 14:42 you need it today.
  • 14:44 You need it today.
  • 14:46 I need it today, a kind of faith to reach into the future.
  • 14:49 Well, we're following this man before he becomes a leader.
  • 14:53 And Moshe Rabbenu here is the principle.
  • 14:56 Joshua has not been given the mantle yet, but he's there
  • 15:00 and he hears there's a problem.
  • 15:02 He's at a place where he hears that all of Israel has kinda
  • 15:06 slidden off the rails.
  • 15:08 It kinda happens.
  • 15:09 We're told here in chapter 32, and I'm looking in verse--
  • 15:13 I'm looking at verse 17 actually.
  • 15:15 This is out of the Masoretic, the Hebrew Bible.
  • 15:17 We're told...
  • 15:18 [speaking in Hebrew]
  • 15:22 "And Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted."
  • 15:29 There's--but it's not a victory chant.
  • 15:32 You know, there's something going on at the base camp.
  • 15:34 A golden calf, you know, debauchery, revelry.
  • 15:38 The thing has gone south.
  • 15:40 It's the proverbial, "When the cats are away,
  • 15:41 the mice play."
  • 15:43 And they were playing on steroids here.
  • 15:45 I mean, the thing was just out of control.
  • 15:47 It's pathetic.
  • 15:49 We're told here that Joshua heard the noise.
  • 15:54 And we're told...
  • 15:55 [speaking in Hebrew]
  • 15:57 And then he pivots and says to Moses...
  • 16:00 [speaking in Hebrew]
  • 16:03 "There is the noise of war in the camp."
  • 16:08 And this precipitates them the descent from the mountain.
  • 16:11 I'm sure you know the story.
  • 16:14 Moshe Rabbenu was not a happy camper.
  • 16:16 The luchots, the tablets that were given to him by the Lord,
  • 16:20 according to the literature, he throws down at his feet.
  • 16:24 Not on his feet, but at them, grinds them into powder.
  • 16:27 I mean, it's just a really bad moment.
  • 16:32 But against the turbulence of those trying times, there's
  • 16:36 a man who shines, not just at this moment but elsewhere
  • 16:42 at these pivotal moments when we look at the life
  • 16:45 of Moshe Rabbenu.
  • 16:48 We see this fellow, Yehosha, in the shadows, but eventually
  • 16:51 he won't just be in the shadows.
  • 16:54 He himself will be at the vanguard
  • 16:57 as the principal leader.
  • 17:01 But we're not there yet.
  • 17:02 Oh, you know the story of the golden calf.
  • 17:05 It's bad.
  • 17:07 It's bad, and there's a judgment meted out.
  • 17:11 And I should say that if you look at that judgment, that
  • 17:14 3,000 or so were slain according to the literature in the book
  • 17:18 of Exodus, and that's interesting.
  • 17:20 Not to glory in anyone's death, but what's fascinating,
  • 17:24 on the day when Moshe Rabbenu comes down with the luchots,
  • 17:31 there's a day the Jews celebrate.
  • 17:33 It's called Chag Matan Torah, the Feast of the Giving
  • 17:35 of the Torah.
  • 17:37 It's known by a Greek term to New Testament readers,
  • 17:42 Pentecost.
  • 17:44 It's fascinating.
  • 17:45 In the New Testament world, Jews are assembled in Jerusalem.
  • 17:48 We're told in Acts chapter 2, "When the day of Pentecost had
  • 17:51 fully come, they were gathered together."
  • 17:53 And we're told then that the Ruach Ha-kodesh, the Holy
  • 17:57 Spirit, fell upon them.
  • 17:59 And we're told subsequent to that then, on that very day,
  • 18:02 we're told that Peter gets up and preaches, and that 3,000
  • 18:06 people come to life.
  • 18:08 They're baptized.
  • 18:09 They get saved.
  • 18:10 I don't think it's an accident it's on that day, that very day,
  • 18:12 this day, this moment, when Moshe Rabbenu comes
  • 18:15 down from the mountain, that 3,000 people are lost when
  • 18:19 the law was given, when the Torah was given.
  • 18:21 It went south.
  • 18:24 Fast forward the tape in the New Testament world.
  • 18:26 It's on that very day when this new covenant is poured out,
  • 18:31 3,000 people come to life.
  • 18:33 I think God's balancing his ledger.
  • 18:35 It's a fascinating story, but I don't wanna push everything
  • 18:38 over to the New Testament world yet because I want to look
  • 18:41 at a man who was more than just a conqueror.
  • 18:47 We see it here that Moses is gone and Joshua with him,
  • 18:52 and Aaron does a really bad job there at the camp.
  • 18:54 I'm not impressed with him.
  • 18:56 He comes up with these cockamamie excuses when Moses
  • 18:59 comes down.
  • 19:00 "Well, you know, the people."
  • 19:01 You know, where's leadership?
  • 19:03 Where is that spine?
  • 19:04 Where is that dogged determination?
  • 19:06 Aaron just kinda pivots and lays the blame on the people.
  • 19:10 He's a little weak.
  • 19:11 Now in all fairness, this is all brand new to them.
  • 19:14 They're all just getting their feet underneath them, but Joshua
  • 19:17 is different.
  • 19:18 He seems to me steady as steady can be.
  • 19:22 This is the guy later on, by the way, and now I'm pivoting
  • 19:25 to the end of the Joshua story.
  • 19:27 And here my purpose is just to begin it in this great series
  • 19:30 on more than just a conqueror.
  • 19:33 One of the more famous lines to speak of this conqueror later
  • 19:37 on, he's going to be resolute and you'll hear it in his voice
  • 19:41 when it's penned in the literature for all
  • 19:44 the ages, when he says, "As for me and my household,
  • 19:49 we will serve the Lord."
  • 19:52 In fact, at the beginning of the book Joshua, and we'll
  • 19:55 get to that the next program, we'll be seeing more
  • 19:59 of the particulars of the book as we consider the story
  • 20:01 of Joshua.
  • 20:03 But the Lord tells him that, "You will cause these people
  • 20:07 to inherit."
  • 20:09 That is, "Joshua, you fear not."
  • 20:11 You know, it takes someone with that eye of the tiger,
  • 20:13 with that dogged determination, with that faith, faith in God.
  • 20:19 And for my readers and for me, a faith that's revealed
  • 20:22 in the person of Jesus.
  • 20:26 It's that dogged determination to--you know, Paul tells
  • 20:30 Timothy to seize, to lay hold of the eternal life.
  • 20:33 It takes that.
  • 20:35 Because if you don't have the resolve to do it, if you are
  • 20:38 not going to say, "As for me and my house, we will serve
  • 20:42 the Lord."
  • 20:44 We live in a world today where oftentimes it's the woman who's
  • 20:46 more religious, more pious, drags the kids off to church,
  • 20:50 Sunday school, kinda leans on her husband to put some money
  • 20:53 in the offering plate.
  • 20:55 Better it is that it's a man who's like Joshua who was
  • 21:00 doggedly determined to be more than just a conqueror,
  • 21:03 in a religious sense, to leave a legacy.
  • 21:06 If it's a male of the species in a family system who puts his
  • 21:11 stamp, that it's his determination that leads in this
  • 21:15 regard, that me and my house, this is who we're going to be.
  • 21:21 If Daddy does it, there is a much better chance that
  • 21:24 the children will live it out in the next generation.
  • 21:26 I saw a wonderful study to prove that up.
  • 21:30 And I think it's a great point, and I'm going to close this
  • 21:32 program on that point, reminding that in as much as Joshua was
  • 21:38 more than just a conqueror, let's take a cue from him and be
  • 21:43 more than just a conqueror ourselves.
  • 21:48 Jeffrey Seif: And now over to my very good friend, Chaim
  • 21:53 Malespin, a leader in the Israeli Defense Forces.
  • 21:56 Had the opportunity to connect with him in Israel, where he
  • 21:59 taught us about leadership.
  • 22:02 Jeffrey Seif: Master Sergeant Malespin, everyone wants to be
  • 22:06 the big leader.
  • 22:07 What do they teach you in the Israeli Defense Forces
  • 22:09 about being an assistant, about being a follower?
  • 22:12 Chaim Malespin: It's all about being a team,
  • 22:13 and understanding the chain of command, and being able
  • 22:16 to follow orders.
  • 22:17 And part of our core values that we are sworn to follow, the ten
  • 22:21 core values, I know there's purity of arms, there's personal
  • 22:24 example, but the main one is to be a team player.
  • 22:26 I remember when I joined this unit, this is my unit, Yahalom,
  • 22:29 which is the special forces for special missions
  • 22:32 and tactics.
  • 22:33 It's combat engineer core.
  • 22:35 And so, we were trained that when we do the initiation, we
  • 22:40 had to actually carry our friend up a mountain and down.
  • 22:43 And you know, and they continually watch you.
  • 22:45 And I don't know what they're watching for,
  • 22:46 but they're looking for integrity.
  • 22:48 They're looking for tenacity of mission.
  • 22:49 They're looking for personal example and they're looking
  • 22:51 for someone who's a team player.
  • 22:52 And so, when they saw that I was helping people, I just was
  • 22:55 in my--I wasn't trained for that in the army.
  • 22:58 That was from my home I was trained in this and how
  • 23:00 to follow orders.
  • 23:01 And they said, "You continue to take care of your friends."
  • 23:04 And when I did that, I noticed that they kept on writing my
  • 23:07 name down on these little notes.
  • 23:09 And what that was is every time I helped someone, and you get
  • 23:12 a certain amount, and that's how I was accepted to this unit.
  • 23:15 Jeffrey Seif: It's an elite unit and it's interesting too.
  • 23:17 In the Bible, Joshua shows himself faithful
  • 23:20 behind the scenes all the time before he gets the mantle
  • 23:23 of command.
  • 23:24 Chaim Malespin: Absolutely.
  • 23:26 I know that Israel's army has had many numerous highlights.
  • 23:29 I remember when we first got to the Wailing Wall, you know,
  • 23:32 in the modern rebirth of Israel in 1967.
  • 23:35 And they went in there as a team and they risked their lives
  • 23:37 to go behind then was enemy lines, which way back in the day
  • 23:41 was a Jebusite city.
  • 23:43 But then, like now, there is this ability to say, "Hey, will
  • 23:46 we maintain our trust in the God of Israel, and even our trust
  • 23:50 in the ones who are mandated leaders over us?"
  • 23:52 Jeffrey Seif: So you have to be trustworthy.
  • 23:54 Thanks, Sarge.
  • 23:56 Chaim Malespin: It's a pleasure.
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  • 25:17 David Hart: That's music from our founder, Zola Levitt.
  • 25:19 It's hard to believe he's been gone now for the past 13,
  • 25:22 almost 14 years.
  • 25:24 Jeffrey Seif: Well, we hear his voice and we see him still,
  • 25:27 but you know, there's the business of the future.
  • 25:28 We don't forget the past and we honor him.
  • 25:31 He was a professionally trained musician.
  • 25:32 David Hart: That's right.
  • 25:34 Jeffrey Seif: Years, degrees in the field, in fact.
  • 25:35 David Hart: Doctorates, I believe.
  • 25:36 Jeffrey Seif: Well, he went up to the doctoral degree.
  • 25:38 Never wrote his dissertation.
  • 25:40 Kirsten Hart: I wanna jump into Joshua.
  • 25:42 It's something I love about him as a person is he was not afraid
  • 25:48 to learn and to be an apprentice of Moses.
  • 25:50 He wasn't afraid to be in that subservient, should I say?
  • 25:54 Jeffrey Seif: And he was there as an apprentice, but then
  • 25:56 the mantle was on him.
  • 25:57 It's just--it's the nature of things.
  • 26:00 No one lives forever.
  • 26:02 And you know, Joshua had to follow in Moses's footsteps
  • 26:05 and and we follow in Zola's.
  • 26:08 It is what it is.
  • 26:09 We remember the past, but we reach for the future.
  • 26:11 David Hart: I think he'd be happy to know that we're
  • 26:13 continuing his legacy.
  • 26:14 Jeffrey Seif: I think so.
  • 26:16 Many don't continue.
  • 26:17 This is well over a decade since he went on to be
  • 26:19 with the Lord.
  • 26:20 That's a tribute to the founders that love our Jewish roots.
  • 26:23 Kirsten Hart: Yes, it's all about that.
  • 26:24 And we have such a desire to learn, especially
  • 26:29 from the Old Testament.
  • 26:30 There's so much rich history that we're just not taught
  • 26:33 in churches.
  • 26:34 Jeffrey Seif: I think our viewers are interested in these
  • 26:35 panels behind us, modern Israel.
  • 26:37 I think they're interested in looking at biblical
  • 26:39 literature.
  • 26:41 They want to look at the good news through the eyes
  • 26:42 of the Jews.
  • 26:43 That business carries on until it's all over for all
  • 26:45 of us.
  • 26:46 Kirsten Hart: And Joshua was just such a great man to learn
  • 26:49 what's our position and how do we get to that next place.
  • 26:51 Jeffrey Seif: Right, and he picked up the torch and gave us
  • 26:54 a great example.
  • 26:55 David Hart: I'll also say this too, that there's no way that we
  • 26:57 could do any of this without your continued support,
  • 27:01 so we thank you for that.
  • 27:02 Let's continue this great legacy that Zola brought us.
  • 27:05 Jeffrey Seif: Let's do it, and thank you so much.
  • 27:07 And as you go, the way Zola used to go,
  • 27:10 Sha'alu shalom Yerushalayim.
  • 27:14 Kirsten Hart: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
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Episodes in this series

  1. At Sinai
  2. The Spy
  3. At the Jordan
  4. At Jericho
  5. At Ai
  6. The Gibeonites
  7. At Shiloh
  8. At the End

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