The Jewish roots of Christianity

Home » Zola TV » Video Archives » ZLM Video

Bible teaching with an emphasis on Israel, prophecy and the Jewish roots of Christianity

This program is not available for playing in your browser (see below for alternatives).

Play video (28:31)
Episode: “Judah’s Hezekiah and Manasseh”
Good King Hezekiah did not depart from following God and His commandments. Faithfulness pays dividends! Unfortunately, Hezekiah’s son Manasseh brought Judah horror and bloodshed for the five decades of his rule.
Series: “Kings and Kingdoms”
Dr. Jeffrey Seif teaches from the Books of 1 and 2 Kings. He examines the rulers of ancient Israel and Judah, who reveal lessons in Godly leadership. David and Kirsten Hart discuss their applications for today. Throughout this eight-part series, we hear Israeli perspectives on the kings, and Sarah Liberman teaches Hebrew words for worship.

Caption transcript for Kings and Kingdoms: “Judah’s Hezekiah and Manasseh” (6/8)

  • 00:03 David Hart: Welcome to "Our Jewish Roots" with insightful
  • 00:06 Bible teaching from Israel by Dr. Jeffrey Seif.
  • 00:09 This week, we contrast two kings of Judah: a faithful father and
  • 00:14 his evil son, today on "Kings and Kingdoms."
  • 00:19 ♪♪♪
  • 00:29 ♪♪♪
  • 00:39 ♪♪♪
  • 00:49 ♪♪♪
  • 00:59 ♪♪♪
  • 01:07 David: We're so glad you've joined us
  • 01:08 today, I am David Hart.
  • 01:09 Kirsten Hart: I'm Kirsten Hart.
  • 01:11 Jeffrey Seif: Jeffrey Seif.
  • 01:12 David: So we're in the middle of the series and it's all about
  • 01:14 leadership in the Bible.
  • 01:16 You've been grading them and it hasn't been good news.
  • 01:19 We need a little bit of good news.
  • 01:20 Kirsten: Please, can one of the kings be good?
  • 01:23 Look at--look, my fingers are crossed.
  • 01:24 Please?
  • 01:26 Jeffrey: Listen, young lady, don't shoot the
  • 01:27 messenger, I only work here.
  • 01:29 The Bible gives 'em bad scores on the whole because things are
  • 01:32 deteriorating and the kingdom's going down the drain.
  • 01:35 As an instructor, I tend to be more of an upbeat and more of a
  • 01:37 gracious grader, but it's hard to do it on the whole.
  • 01:41 But we have a good one coming in short order.
  • 01:42 Kirsten: Good, well, the northern kingdom's gone now.
  • 01:45 We're down to little Judah.
  • 01:46 Jeffrey: See, yes, in fact, Judah would have gone too were
  • 01:49 it not for the individual who's the object of our
  • 01:51 attention at the outset.
  • 01:53 Kirsten: Good, I'm ready for a good grade.
  • 01:54 Jeffrey: Yeah, God did a turnaround because this
  • 01:56 was a turnaround king.
  • 01:58 I like turnaround leaders. How about you?
  • 02:00 David: I think it's about a father and son today, correct?
  • 02:02 Jeffrey: Mm-hmm, the son not so good.
  • 02:04 Let's just do Dad now. We'll get to the kiddos later.
  • 02:08 David: Right now, let's go to the Kidron Valley in Jerusalem
  • 02:10 with Dr. Seif's teaching.
  • 02:12 ♪♪♪
  • 02:20 Jeffrey: I am surrounded by the memories
  • 02:22 of biblical noteworthies.
  • 02:25 I say that because just off to my right is the tomb of Absalom.
  • 02:31 You might have--recall that name.
  • 02:34 Just over my left shoulder is a tomb to Zechariah.
  • 02:39 You might recall that name.
  • 02:41 And if you're deep into the biblical woods,
  • 02:44 you might remember the sons of Keziah mentioned in Nehemiah and
  • 02:49 1 Chronicles, one of 24 famous priestly families.
  • 02:54 Their tombs are just off to my immediate right.
  • 02:57 Very, very interesting place here at the base
  • 03:01 of the Mount of Olives.
  • 03:04 If you've been to Jerusalem and the area adjacent to it on the
  • 03:08 Mount of Olives, you'd noted that it's one big cemetery and a
  • 03:12 lot of rabbis and pious Jews are buried and,
  • 03:16 here, this is a place reserved for men of renown.
  • 03:22 And this is a great place to talk to the one who arguably is
  • 03:27 the best of the best of the best.
  • 03:30 When it comes to the kings of Israel,
  • 03:32 save David himself, this person is adjudged to be so
  • 03:37 important--think of this, some of the kings of Judah are just
  • 03:41 given a few sentences or a paragraph.
  • 03:43 This one: three chapters here in 2 Kings.
  • 03:50 His name is Hezekiah.
  • 03:51 Comes from the word "chezeq," which means strength.
  • 03:55 And he was going to need it.
  • 03:58 And he himself was vested with responsibility to inculcate it
  • 04:03 into Judah for he served at the helm of the
  • 04:08 community during troubling times.
  • 04:11 You can't see it from where the camera's pointed, but my
  • 04:14 peripheral vision is the city of David and, right around the
  • 04:18 bend from me, you might have heard of Hezekiah's Tunnel.
  • 04:22 One of the things that Hezekiah did in preparation for enabling
  • 04:26 Judas to survive an invasion, is he managed waterworks by
  • 04:32 constructing a tunnel to get to a water source which is
  • 04:35 essential if you're going to have a siege.
  • 04:38 There are stones laying round about as well.
  • 04:40 He built up fortifications, but more than what he did
  • 04:44 materially, the Bible says there was something about him
  • 04:48 spiritually that gave him a kind of wisdom that wouldn't
  • 04:53 otherwise have been there.
  • 04:55 I already mentioned there's three chapters dedicated
  • 04:58 to the man's memory.
  • 04:59 I just wanna look at how he's introduced, and so I'm looking
  • 05:03 at 2 Kings chapter 18, and the author here in verse 5 says,
  • 05:08 "[Speaking in Hebrew],"
  • 05:12 that is, "He trusted in the Lord God of Israel."
  • 05:17 Isn't that a good testimony to say of someone
  • 05:19 that he trusted the Lord?
  • 05:21 A lot of people don't.
  • 05:23 In verse 6, he goes on,
  • 05:26 "[Speaking in Hebrew]
  • 05:28 He cleaved to the Lord."
  • 05:31 This is more than just kind of like an intellectual assent as
  • 05:35 in trust, "Yes, I think it'll work out the
  • 05:37 way the Good Book says."
  • 05:38 No, but there's something about him that cleaves to.
  • 05:41 That says something. I like that in a leader.
  • 05:44 How about you?
  • 05:45 "[Speaking in Hebrew]
  • 05:48 He departed not from following him."
  • 05:52 You know, sometimes people get religion on the spur and it
  • 05:55 evaporates like morning dew.
  • 05:58 You know, when they're in trouble they kind of--you know,
  • 06:01 they run to the altar but in the,
  • 06:02 you know, in due time those energies just dissipate.
  • 06:07 There's a kind of staying power with him.
  • 06:10 We're told that he didn't evaporate.
  • 06:12 "[Speaking in Hebrew]
  • 06:15 But that he kept God's commandments."
  • 06:19 Now, one of the reasons why I wanna break this down
  • 06:22 specifically isn't simply to eulogize him.
  • 06:25 You know, I'm not some rabbi tasked with the--there's
  • 06:29 something called panegyria in antiquity, that is, the
  • 06:31 way you speak of greats, of noteworthies, of royalty.
  • 06:34 The reason why I wanna slow down and get into the particulars
  • 06:38 here is less about describing him,
  • 06:41 much as it is my wanting to lift up what are some of the
  • 06:44 characteristics of leaders that I am game to affirm personally?
  • 06:49 That is to say, I like this.
  • 06:52 More important than what I like, the Bible commands this.
  • 06:56 We're told as well, as we read on through to the end of verse
  • 07:00 6: "He kept the commandments, which the Lord
  • 07:03 God commanded Moses."
  • 07:08 This is before the printing press, by the way, where people
  • 07:10 can get books on the cheap and everyone can pick up a Gideons
  • 07:13 Bible in a hotel room, never mind a bookstore, never
  • 07:17 mind googling something and getting a text online.
  • 07:20 That he, before those modern inventions,
  • 07:25 that he dwelt in proximity to the literature.
  • 07:29 The Torah beckoned kings to make a copy of the text and so,
  • 07:32 by virtue of their being involved in the manufacture,
  • 07:35 the hope was that that would contribute toward their abiding
  • 07:39 with it and having more of a familiarity with it.
  • 07:41 Not always the case, however.
  • 07:43 If you look at the biblical testimony,
  • 07:46 if we look at the kings of Judah and their religion,
  • 07:49 you couldn't trust it any further than you can throw it.
  • 07:52 Out of 28 kings, the only one there noteworthy for any kind of
  • 07:54 piety, there's 8 of them, and in this series we only cover 4.
  • 07:59 We don't have time to do it all.
  • 08:01 This man, however, comes with these sterling affirmations.
  • 08:07 Now, I wanna close the book to make a point.
  • 08:09 You know, I'm a Bible teacher and I'm opening up the Bible and
  • 08:13 going back, you know, thousands of years and certainly when
  • 08:17 we're looking at the book, Kings,
  • 08:19 we're going back, you know, to a bygone era.
  • 08:22 But I wanna bring it forward and make a point,
  • 08:24 one you've heard me to say on a number of occasions as we've
  • 08:28 looked at the biblical testimony about kings and kingdoms.
  • 08:32 And what is that point, principally?
  • 08:34 The simple point is that faithfulness
  • 08:37 to the Lord pays dividends.
  • 08:40 Over and over again, that's what the biblical
  • 08:44 chroniclers alight upon.
  • 08:47 This translates into success in life.
  • 08:50 By way of contra-distinction, the lack thereof translates into
  • 08:55 failure, which is why when I look at kings and kingdoms,
  • 09:01 while I'm looking there generally, specifically
  • 09:04 what I'm looking at are issues associated with
  • 09:07 faithfulness to biblical vision.
  • 09:11 And I say that to you as you're looking for what leads,
  • 09:15 who leads, what ideas move forward,
  • 09:18 what personalities best advocate for those ideas.
  • 09:22 As you, in a democracy, weigh in and decide what you wanna do,
  • 09:27 who you wanna support, whether it's in government,
  • 09:30 in the broader sense of political government,
  • 09:33 who do you wanna attach yourself to in business,
  • 09:36 in the business of business, or even who you wanna attach
  • 09:39 yourself to in the business of love, whether it's building
  • 09:42 a biological kingdom, whether it's building a business
  • 09:45 kingdom, whether it's considering the national
  • 09:48 kingdom that we live in, our country.
  • 09:51 Let me encourage you with what the biblical authors encourage
  • 09:55 us: put your energies and support behind that which
  • 10:01 advocates faithfulness to the biblical economy.
  • 10:05 Support faithful men, support policies
  • 10:09 that reflect biblical vision.
  • 10:11 This, according to the authors of this,
  • 10:14 the Bible, this is a recipe for success in life.
  • 10:19 Conversely, throwing this behind the back translates into
  • 10:24 lack of success in life.
  • 10:27 There are individuals who ostensibly pay lip service to a
  • 10:30 biblical agenda, but it doesn't really inform what
  • 10:33 they're thinking and doing.
  • 10:35 What you wanna do is look for people that are
  • 10:38 faithful to the biblical text.
  • 10:40 Call those faithful people your friends and I believe you'll be
  • 10:45 better for so doing.
  • 10:47 ♪♪♪
  • 10:57 ♪♪♪
  • 11:01 Jeffrey: He was, in no uncertain terms,
  • 11:04 a worthless piece of human wreckage.
  • 11:09 To whom am I referring?
  • 11:11 Well, a Bible character: the son of Judah's most famous king,
  • 11:16 Hezekiah, was a mess.
  • 11:19 His name was Manasseh.
  • 11:22 And my description of him in my opening statement pales in
  • 11:28 comparison to the way the Bible describes him.
  • 11:33 And here in this segment, I wanna take
  • 11:36 a look at that passage.
  • 11:38 And I'm pleased to film this segment from here.
  • 11:42 I can't think of a better place.
  • 11:45 I'm coming to you from the Valley of Gehenna,
  • 11:49 also known as hell, interestingly.
  • 11:53 In fact, some New Testament texts you'll see where Jesus
  • 11:56 says, "hell," and you look at the bottom,
  • 11:58 there's an italicized letter and it gives the word "Gehenna,"
  • 12:02 because it was in this place years ago that corpses were
  • 12:06 taken and incinerated.
  • 12:09 So it was a reminder of a place where corpses would be taken
  • 12:14 and incinerated, that is hell.
  • 12:17 Beyond that, here was a place where child sacrifices were
  • 12:23 offered, and we'll see in short order how Manasseh actually
  • 12:27 offered his own son as a child sacrifice in Judah.
  • 12:33 Horrible.
  • 12:34 And this is the place where it all happened.
  • 12:36 Well, this is a place that has a horrible memory attached to it.
  • 12:41 And I wanna come to you from this place and tell a bad story.
  • 12:45 It's not that I'm game to tell bad stories.
  • 12:47 I know we have a lot of bad stories in our own personal
  • 12:50 narratives and people watch religious TV for a Bible study
  • 12:54 to get some good news.
  • 12:56 But sometimes, it's important to take a look at the bad in order
  • 13:00 to see the way through it to get that which is good.
  • 13:04 I mention that because I had a friend in medical school.
  • 13:06 He said they would take cadavers,
  • 13:08 bodies that died of disease processes,
  • 13:11 and they would take them and dissect them.
  • 13:14 It was adjudged to be important to look how disease worked and
  • 13:19 to look at the effect that it had on the body.
  • 13:22 Well, I think that's true and I think the biblical authors
  • 13:25 think that's true too.
  • 13:26 And why is that?
  • 13:28 Because they tell this man's story.
  • 13:31 Let's go take a look at the book.
  • 13:32 It's worth seeing.
  • 13:33 It's a tough story to tell, but it's worth hearing
  • 13:36 as we look at kings and kingdoms.
  • 13:39 ♪♪♪
  • 13:45 Jeffrey: You can see from the passageway behind me that the
  • 13:48 road to hell is indeed well traveled.
  • 13:52 Of course, it's an analogy here but,
  • 13:54 unfortunately, it's very true.
  • 13:56 And it's doubly unfortunate that it was one of Judean kings who
  • 14:01 was particularly culpable in leading people to it.
  • 14:06 My strong and disdainful intro bears some biblical proof text
  • 14:14 for it, lest you think that I'm just brazen in my disregard
  • 14:18 for personalities of old.
  • 14:20 In chapter 21 of 2 Kings, therein,
  • 14:24 the literature is very clear.
  • 14:27 Manasseh is introduced and we're told at the outset
  • 14:30 he reigned 55 years.
  • 14:32 It's 55 years of World War II, in effect.
  • 14:36 It's 55 years of horror.
  • 14:38 We're told in verse 2: "And he did evil in the eyes of the
  • 14:43 Lord, going after the various abominations of the nations whom
  • 14:48 the Lord cast out before the eyes
  • 14:51 of the children of Israel."
  • 14:53 There were things that the Lord cast out and he ran after those
  • 14:57 with a vengeance to reinstall them in Israel, in Judah.
  • 15:04 There's particulars noted.
  • 15:06 We're told here that he built altars to Baal,
  • 15:11 pagan worship is instilled, as well as Asherah,
  • 15:14 the female counterpart to this pagan worship.
  • 15:18 Not only that, in verse 4, to add insult to the injury,
  • 15:23 we're told that he built pagan altars in the house of the Lord,
  • 15:29 in the--called the temple, the Beit
  • 15:32 Hamikdash, the holy house.
  • 15:34 He took that which was dedicated to Jehovah and,
  • 15:38 in effect, dedicated it to the devil.
  • 15:41 That's what this author is saying.
  • 15:44 We're told as well, as evidence thereof in verse 6,
  • 15:48 that, "He made his son to pass through the fire."
  • 15:51 This harks back to a pagan practice of child sacrifice.
  • 15:57 He did it.
  • 15:58 By the way, child sacrifices were done here in this valley
  • 16:02 and, here, this man, we're told, a king of Judah,
  • 16:05 mind you, is proactive in all of that.
  • 16:07 Not only that, this Manasseh, his father, Hezekiah, was the
  • 16:11 best kiddy in the Judean litter, a very righteous king.
  • 16:17 And his son, to be so deplorable, it's just bombastic.
  • 16:22 We're told as well that he practiced soothsaying, he's
  • 16:26 something of a fortune teller, absolutely unacceptable.
  • 16:31 If you look in verse 16 of the chapter,
  • 16:33 we're told that, "He shed innocent blood very much till he
  • 16:39 filled Jerusalem from one end to another."
  • 16:44 In another life, I've served as a police academy director and
  • 16:48 instructor, and I would teach professionalism and ethics.
  • 16:51 I teach a course in the US Constitution and Bill of Rights,
  • 16:55 and I always made a number of points with a mind to inculcate
  • 16:59 the imperative that those that have power be virtuous,
  • 17:02 just, ethical, fair, and good.
  • 17:05 This man was anything but that.
  • 17:07 He was unjust, guilty of murder, filling Jerusalem with blood
  • 17:12 from one end to the other.
  • 17:14 When I think of that, there are leaders that are like that.
  • 17:17 They go after policies that lend themselves to murder.
  • 17:20 It's horrible, completely unacceptable.
  • 17:23 The net result, we're told in verse 12,
  • 17:26 that God is gonna bring evil upon Jerusalem.
  • 17:29 When you have leaders like that, bad leaders,
  • 17:32 bad things happen as a result of that.
  • 17:35 We wanna go after people that reflect biblical
  • 17:38 vision, value, and virtue.
  • 17:40 Vote for them, get behind them.
  • 17:42 Put 'em in your house, put 'em in the White House,
  • 17:45 put 'em in Congress.
  • 17:46 That's what we want.
  • 17:48 And if we don't get it, if we get this,
  • 17:51 I see a bad moon rising.
  • 17:55 ♪♪♪
  • 18:04 Jeffrey: Our Creator chose certain places on the planet to
  • 18:07 reveal himself and his message of redemption to us.
  • 18:12 Mount Sinai, Moriah, Olives, the Mount of Beatitudes,
  • 18:16 as well as various seas, rivers, and deserts.
  • 18:19 These were the places.
  • 18:21 Some are now only ruins, yet they continue to tell of the
  • 18:25 Lord's faithfulness and love.
  • 18:28 These sacred backdrops have been beautifully captured in our
  • 18:31 resource this week: the book, "Heaven and Earth: Landmarks of
  • 18:37 the Bible from Genesis to Revelation."
  • 18:41 Our producer and director, Ken Berg, has assembled some
  • 18:44 of his favorite photographs taken during his four decades
  • 18:49 of travel through the lands of the Bible.
  • 18:53 Contact us and ask for the book, "Heaven and Earth."
  • 19:00 male announcer: If you're thinking about visiting the Holy
  • 19:02 Land, come on a Zola Tour where the Scriptures come to life as
  • 19:06 you get teaching from a messianic perspective.
  • 19:10 Our Spring Tour goes to Israel and Petra.
  • 19:12 In the fall, you can add a cruise of Greece and Ephesus.
  • 19:16 Come to Israel, see the Jewish roots of your faith.
  • 19:21 Call us at 1-800-WONDERS or click on the
  • 19:24 levitt. com/tour info.
  • 19:31 David: We have so many people that ask us,
  • 19:33 "What is your favorite thing about taking a trip to Israel?"
  • 19:37 And it's really hard to say, but I will say this.
  • 19:40 We love going to Tiberias, on the Sea of Galilee on the Jesus
  • 19:44 Boat is life-changing.
  • 19:46 Also being baptized in the Jordan.
  • 19:48 Bring your family, bring your friends,
  • 19:50 bring your church, bring your pastor.
  • 19:53 And it's a life-changing event for them.
  • 19:55 We would love for you to join us.
  • 19:56 You can find all the information on levitt.com.
  • 19:59 Also, we just wanna say thank you so much for your financial
  • 20:02 support that helps us do what we do around the world every week.
  • 20:05 Kirsten: We have many creative ways.
  • 20:07 This is wonderful.
  • 20:09 The head of our ministry, Mark Levitt,
  • 20:11 has creative ways that you can give finances to this ministry.
  • 20:16 So it's not just all dollars.
  • 20:18 If your heart is Israel, if your heart is behind "Our Jewish
  • 20:23 Roots," get in touch with us, levitt.com,
  • 20:25 and we'll help facilitate your support of this ministry.
  • 20:29 Jeff has been talking about a good king, Hezekiah.
  • 20:32 The benchmark, I think, is King David;
  • 20:34 a good name, your name is David.
  • 20:36 Who was one of the first praise and worship leaders.
  • 20:39 He wrote the Psalms, and Sarah Liberman is a worship leader in
  • 20:43 Israel and she's gonna teach us Hebrew words of worship.
  • 20:47 Here's Sarah now.
  • 20:49 ♪♪♪
  • 20:54 Sarah Liberman: Shalom haverim.
  • 20:56 Welcome back to our series on exploring the words
  • 20:59 of worship in Hebrew.
  • 21:00 You see, in English we primarily have only two words:
  • 21:03 "worship" and "praise."
  • 21:05 But in the Hebrew language, there are so many more words
  • 21:08 that explore what it is to worship God.
  • 21:12 Now, today's word is the word "La'avod."
  • 21:15 In fact, the first time the word "worship" is mentioned in the
  • 21:19 Bible, it uses this word in Hebrew, "la'avod."
  • 21:23 The word means work.
  • 21:24 It comes from the same root that we use to describe our jobs,
  • 21:28 our daily work that we do as our profession.
  • 21:31 Do you know where it's found?
  • 21:33 It's found in that moment where Abraham is going to take Isaac
  • 21:37 up to Mount Moriah.
  • 21:39 He says to the boy, "Let us go up and worship," or work,
  • 21:45 "as unto the Lord."
  • 21:46 I find that incredible and inspiring because that act of
  • 21:51 surrender, that act of worship, that Abraham knows he's going to
  • 21:55 do with Isaac, he uses that word "work."
  • 21:58 It suggests to me that we can go about our daily lives,
  • 22:03 our work, our tasks, everything that we are doing,
  • 22:07 and we can go about it with the attitude of worshiping God.
  • 22:11 What would our lives look like if everything we did,
  • 22:15 we did from that place in our heart to say,
  • 22:18 "I am doing this as a work unto the Lord,
  • 22:22 as a act of worship and service unto God"?
  • 22:26 Imagine going through your life and continually being aware of
  • 22:31 the presence of the Lord and wanting to give him something in
  • 22:34 everything that you do.
  • 22:36 This is this word of worship, "la'avod et Adonai."
  • 22:41 ♪♪♪
  • 22:44 ♪ Though I walk in darkness-- ♪
  • 22:48 ♪ Though I'm often lost, ♪
  • 22:51 ♪ you light the way. ♪
  • 22:54 ♪ By the still waters, ♪
  • 22:57 ♪ leading me onward, ♪
  • 23:00 ♪ a place of peace and quiet rest. ♪
  • 23:05 ♪ I call out your name. ♪
  • 23:08 ♪ You hear my voice. ♪
  • 23:11 ♪ I hear you call me, "My chosen." ♪
  • 23:16 ♪ Hold a place for me, ♪
  • 23:18 ♪ there beside your throne. ♪
  • 23:21 ♪ I will follow you forever. ♪
  • 23:26 ♪ I call out your name. ♪
  • 23:29 ♪ You hear my voice. ♪
  • 23:32 ♪ I hear you call me, "My chosen." ♪
  • 23:37 ♪ Hold a place for me, ♪
  • 23:40 ♪ there beside your throne. ♪
  • 23:43 ♪ I will follow you forever. ♪
  • 23:48 ♪ I call out your name. ♪
  • 23:54 ♪ I hear you call me, "My chosen." ♪
  • 23:59 ♪ Hold a place for me. ♪
  • 24:04 ♪ I will follow you forever. ♪♪
  • 24:12 David: We love bringing you music by Marty Goetz.
  • 24:15 We love having him on this program.
  • 24:16 Also, we hope you're enjoying our Hebrew lessons that we bring
  • 24:19 you each week from Sarah Liberman.
  • 24:21 Right now, I think you have a report card here.
  • 24:24 What's going on today?
  • 24:25 Kirsten: I'm ready. I'm ready for this, great.
  • 24:27 Jeffrey: Professor Seif is at it again.
  • 24:29 I hope I'll make you happier.
  • 24:31 Kirsten: Hezekiah, he has his own tunnel.
  • 24:34 He's gotta get a good grade.
  • 24:35 Jeffrey: Okay, then only because of you, we'll give
  • 24:37 him a B, how's that?
  • 24:38 David: That's what I was--I was gonna say a B.
  • 24:40 Jeffrey: Oh, there you go.
  • 24:42 You know, I mean, I like him.
  • 24:44 He's noteworthy in the literature for
  • 24:46 a variety of reasons.
  • 24:49 He was faithful unto the Lord.
  • 24:50 His weakness that's noted in the text is that he showed off his
  • 24:54 treasury to enemy envoys who came and that was gonna
  • 24:58 come back to haunt him.
  • 24:59 Kirsten: Which is prideful. "Look what I have."
  • 25:01 Jeffrey: It was prideful of him and showing off
  • 25:03 your money's not a good thing.
  • 25:04 Now, we're not gonna have that problem at "Our
  • 25:07 Jewish Roots," I should say.
  • 25:10 We're not working with deep pockets and big treasuries.
  • 25:13 We get it a dime at a time.
  • 25:15 And that said, I want to encourage you,
  • 25:17 please, help us to fill the coffers.
  • 25:20 We don't store it up from generation to generation.
  • 25:23 We're on nationally syndicated television.
  • 25:26 We don't own it, we rent it, and it's due every month.
  • 25:28 And if you'd help us, if you think this is good news,
  • 25:31 looking at it all through the eyes of the Jews, please put
  • 25:34 some money in there and I know God'll bless you for so doing.
  • 25:38 Hezekiah was a blessed man.
  • 25:40 He served the Lord and saw miracles in his life.
  • 25:42 And I think we can see miracles in our own as well.
  • 25:46 Unfortunately, his son, Manasseh, was a worthless
  • 25:50 piece of human wreckage, bad to the bone.
  • 25:54 He's the worst kiddy in this litter to my way of thinking.
  • 25:58 David: Here's my thought, you and I are dads
  • 26:01 and I think we both have great sons.
  • 26:03 My son was in the army, another son lived in
  • 26:06 Jerusalem for three years.
  • 26:07 You have great sons.
  • 26:09 Hezekiah, he had to deal with his son who was evil.
  • 26:13 Jeffrey: Well, you know, in Jewish tradition,
  • 26:16 it says that he turned it around later in life but, you know, the
  • 26:20 author of Hebrews speaks about some being sawn in two.
  • 26:24 It was Manasseh who murdered Isaiah
  • 26:26 the prophet, one of the greats.
  • 26:27 Kirsten: I mean, literally, he--a saw, right?
  • 26:29 I mean, it's just horrible.
  • 26:31 Jeffrey: Yeah, you know, these kings can really
  • 26:33 be bad to the bone.
  • 26:35 He gets an F-minus. I'm not pleased.
  • 26:39 You know, like politicians today,
  • 26:40 sometimes when you give someone power,
  • 26:43 things flower in conjunction with that.
  • 26:45 Napoleon said, "You find out the measure of a man when you give
  • 26:48 him some rank," the General.
  • 26:50 Well, we see the measure of this man.
  • 26:53 He wasn't very good.
  • 26:54 Kirsten: We should pray for our politicians.
  • 26:58 Pray for them and pray that pride will not rise up.
  • 27:02 That's my personal takeaway.
  • 27:04 Jeffrey: Yes, and speaking of taking
  • 27:06 away, it's time to go away.
  • 27:07 And speaking of prayer as you go,
  • 27:09 shaalu shalom Yerushalayim.
  • 27:12 Kirsten: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
  • 27:17 David: Join us right now for additional content that is only
  • 27:20 available on our social media sites: Facebook,
  • 27:23 YouTube, and Twitter.
  • 27:25 Visit our website, levitt.com, for the current and past
  • 27:28 programs, the television schedule, tour information,
  • 27:31 and our free monthly newsletter, which is full of insightful
  • 27:35 articles and news commentary.
  • 27:37 View it online or we can ship it directly to your
  • 27:39 mailbox every month.
  • 27:42 Also on our website is the online store.
  • 27:45 There, you can order this week's resource or you can always give
  • 27:48 us a call at 1-800-WONDERS.
  • 27:51 Your donations to "Our Jewish Roots" help us to support these
  • 27:55 organizations as they bless Israel.
  • 27:58 Please remember we depend on tax-deductible
  • 28:00 donations from viewers like you.
  • 28:04 CC by Aberdeen Captioning 1-800-688-6621 abercap.com
  • 28:08 ♪♪♪
  • 28:18 ♪♪♪
  • 28:25 David: This has been a paid program brought to you
  • 28:27 by Zola Levitt Ministries.

Episodes in this series

  1. Israel’s First Kings
  2. Kingdom Divided
  3. Israel’s Omri and Ahab
  4. Israel’s Jereboam II and Hoshea
  5. Judah’s Joash and Uzziah
  6. Judah’s Hezekiah and Manasseh
  7. Judah’s Josiah and Zedekiah
  8. Israel’s Future King

Guest organizations and links

Our Jewish Roots
Levitt Letter
Tours
Podcasts