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Episode: “Israel’s Future King”
Under the Mount of Olives, Jeff visits the tombs of the prophets Zechariah, Malachi, and Haggai. The prophet Isaiah looked to a reunited Israel’s ultimate King, who is called “Mighty God” and “Prince of Peace.” This is the Lord Yeshua, who will return to rule and reign from David’s throne.
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.

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  • 00:03 ♪♪♪ male announcer: Welcome to "Our Jewish Roots," with insightful
  • 00:06 Bible teaching from Israel by Dr. Jeffrey Seif.
  • 00:10 This week, Israel and Judah are captured in exile.
  • 00:13 So what happens next?
  • 00:15 Today, on "Kings and Kingdoms."
  • 00:18 ♪♪♪
  • 00:28 ♪♪♪
  • 00:38 ♪♪♪
  • 00:48 ♪♪♪
  • 00:58 ♪♪♪
  • 01:07 David: Thank you so much for joining us today.
  • 01:09 I'm David Hart.
  • 01:10 Kirsten Hart: I'm Kirsten Hart.
  • 01:12 Jeffrey Seif: Jeffrey Seif.
  • 01:14 David: This is the last program in this series.
  • 01:15 It's all about leaders, about kings.
  • 01:17 I think today is about the ultimate King of kings, yes?
  • 01:19 Jeffrey: Well, he's certainly gonna emerge out of the story
  • 01:21 and it reminds me that leadership hurts sometimes when
  • 01:25 I look at this and I think you know what I'm talking about and
  • 01:28 I know we do.
  • 01:29 There's a price to pay when you stand up for biblical values in
  • 01:32 a valueless world.
  • 01:34 Kirsten: And that's the crown of a real King, humble.
  • 01:37 Jeffrey: That's a real King.
  • 01:39 That's the best symbol right there.
  • 01:41 Kirsten: That's a humble crown.
  • 01:42 Jeffrey: Yes.
  • 01:43 David: Right.
  • 01:45 Right now we're gonna take you underneath the Mount of Olives
  • 01:46 for Dr. Seif's teaching.
  • 01:48 Let's go there now.
  • 01:49 ♪♪♪
  • 01:54 Jeffrey: Let's call this an "Our Jewish
  • 01:56 Roots" exclusive.
  • 01:59 I think it's fair to say because you're not gonna see this from
  • 02:02 many others.
  • 02:03 This is a place that most don't frequent unless, perhaps, you
  • 02:08 are a Hasidic Jew, an ultra-Orthodox Jew, who lives
  • 02:14 in Jerusalem.
  • 02:15 Those folk come here to pray.
  • 02:19 The reason why they do is 'cause they venerate the site because
  • 02:23 here in the Mount of Olives in a cave underground there's a tomb.
  • 02:31 There are a number of tombs actually, venerated by the
  • 02:34 ultra-Orthodox to be the tombs of Haggai, Zechariah,
  • 02:40 and Malachi.
  • 02:42 Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi.
  • 02:44 The reason why they're important for our story is those were
  • 02:49 prophetic voices who administered what the Lord put
  • 02:54 on their heart during the last days of Old Testament history.
  • 03:00 And, oh, the days were fascinating.
  • 03:03 Babylonia had exiled the Hebrews in Judea but then Babylonia
  • 03:07 itself fell to Persia and the Persians allowed the displaced
  • 03:13 Hebrews to come back and rebuild.
  • 03:16 There's a new political world, there's a new set of
  • 03:19 circumstances, and there are prophetic voices to speak to
  • 03:24 the moment.
  • 03:26 Let's go to the site venerated as the tomb of the
  • 03:29 prophet Malachi.
  • 03:32 Let's go in there, and Malachi and Haggai, both are said to
  • 03:36 have been laid to rest there.
  • 03:38 Let's visit the spot and hear what one of them had to say.
  • 03:43 Really, you're gonna love it because it is very, very
  • 03:46 interesting and appropriate.
  • 03:49 Come with me.
  • 03:51 ♪♪♪
  • 03:59 Jeffrey: I wanna turn out this light and turn on this one,
  • 04:02 in fact.
  • 04:04 And as I do so, you know, it feels a little odd coming to you
  • 04:09 from tombs.
  • 04:11 I don't think I'm disrespecting the prophets who are alleged to
  • 04:14 have been interred here because what I'm doing is resurrecting
  • 04:18 their voice.
  • 04:19 There's an old saying that the long arm of the pen reaches
  • 04:22 beyond the grave and that's gonna be the case today when we
  • 04:25 consider the prophet Haggai.
  • 04:28 As I noted earlier, there are three post exilic prophets right
  • 04:32 at the end of the older Testament: Haggai, Zechariah,
  • 04:35 and Malachi.
  • 04:37 Haggai comes from the Hebrew, "chagh," which means feast or
  • 04:40 festival, specifically.
  • 04:43 Zechariah or Zachariah speaks of remembering from "zakhar" in
  • 04:47 Hebrew, and Malachi comes from "malakh" which means
  • 04:52 my messenger.
  • 04:54 Interesting story, by the way, as we consider Haggai, a prophet
  • 04:58 who ministered during the days of Ezra and Nehemiah and during
  • 05:02 the time when Zerubbabel was the first governor and then Ezra
  • 05:09 came and then Nehemiah came after and this prophetic word
  • 05:14 here about the governor.
  • 05:16 It speaks to a political moment and I'm looking at the very end
  • 05:20 of Haggai's prophetic word in verse 21: "Say to Zerubbabel,"
  • 05:27 and Zerubbabel comes from the Hebrew "zera" which means seed
  • 05:33 and Babel because this governor came from Babylonia.
  • 05:38 He came from one political circumstance and then he's
  • 05:41 transpositioned to be somewhere else.
  • 05:45 "Say to him--say to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah," this is the
  • 05:50 new fledgling colony of Judah, "I am going to shake the heavens
  • 05:56 and the earth, and I will overturn the throne of kingdoms
  • 06:01 and destroy the strength of the kingdoms of the nations."
  • 06:07 That's a very strong word.
  • 06:09 In the Hebrew Bible, the Lord is referred to by a number of
  • 06:12 names: Adonai-Tzva'ot is one of them, the "Lord of the armies."
  • 06:17 There's a word, a theological term: "omnipotent," that
  • 06:21 is, all-powerful.
  • 06:23 One can set up political structures and they tumble.
  • 06:27 God can displace persons.
  • 06:31 He can displace nations.
  • 06:33 He can replace people.
  • 06:35 He can place people to accomplish his own purposes.
  • 06:38 That's what he's saying here.
  • 06:40 And he is behind this governor because the governor is being
  • 06:44 faithful to him.
  • 06:46 And isn't that what we want of leaders, by the way?
  • 06:49 We want leaders to be just, equitable, fair, and righteous,
  • 06:54 and then we want the good Lord to be working behind the leader
  • 06:58 to accomplish good purposes on the earth.
  • 07:00 When we cast our vote for leaders, I really do think that
  • 07:03 we want to be on the side of the Lord.
  • 07:07 We want to wrestle with the question when we hear parties,
  • 07:12 platforms, and people, we wanna know what best comports with
  • 07:16 biblical vision in order to help ensure that God's going to bless
  • 07:21 the endeavor.
  • 07:23 Well, here, that is not in question because there's a
  • 07:26 prophetic word to the governor, "Look, I'm going to be with
  • 07:28 you," but not just that.
  • 07:31 If you'll pivot to the very end in verse 23, "On that day," and
  • 07:36 then inserted in here parenthetically, "it is a
  • 07:40 declaration of Adonai-Tzva'ot," that is, the Lord of the armies,
  • 07:44 the Lord of hosts.
  • 07:46 That is language that portrays a God of strength, power to move
  • 07:51 nations and circumstance.
  • 07:53 It is a declaration.
  • 07:54 He says, "I will take you, Zerubbabel, my servant," and
  • 08:00 then again it's almost superfluous.
  • 08:04 It is a declaration of the Lord, that is to say God himself is
  • 08:08 saying in no uncertain terms, "It's coming through a prophetic
  • 08:11 word that I am going to be with you," and he says, "I will set
  • 08:16 you like a signet ring."
  • 08:20 Now, throughout this series, we've employed various kinds of
  • 08:23 regal paraphernalia, specifically a crown and a
  • 08:28 scepter and you've seen some robes.
  • 08:31 The signet ring, again, it's whoever carries that ring and
  • 08:35 employs the seal, this is an attestation of the will and the
  • 08:40 law of the magistrate and here, in effect, this governor is
  • 08:48 likened to God's seal.
  • 08:52 And let me just say when we think of kings and kingdoms,
  • 08:55 that's what we want with people who hold power, who we give
  • 08:58 power to.
  • 09:00 We want them to have God's blessings, to have his stamp in
  • 09:05 what they do, which is the reason why, throughout the
  • 09:08 series I've stressed, we want leaders.
  • 09:10 We wanna choose leaders who comport with biblical vision and
  • 09:15 virtue to enhance the chance of God's being behind them and
  • 09:19 their endeavors to facilitate success to the end that we might
  • 09:22 be the head and not the tail; a victor, not a victim; a winner,
  • 09:26 not a loser, and that's what we want.
  • 09:28 And we want leaders to facilitate that.
  • 09:30 Well, here, at the very end of the older Testament, the good
  • 09:34 Lord is saying he's gonna be behind this good governor to
  • 09:38 accomplish his purposes.
  • 09:41 Kings and kingdoms, it's important to have the right kind
  • 09:44 of people with the right kind of power and the right kind
  • 09:47 of place.
  • 09:49 That's not only true of governments generally.
  • 09:52 In our own homes as well, we want godly people, we want godly
  • 09:55 virtue, godly vision, because that will ensure good success in
  • 09:58 our personal endeavors, not just our communal corporate, you
  • 10:04 know, American or continental endeavors, whatever country you
  • 10:08 live in.
  • 10:10 More to come as we consider kings and kingdoms.
  • 10:14 ♪♪♪
  • 10:19 Jeffrey: I talked with Avi Lipkin, an author, a friend
  • 10:22 of the ministry, a personal friend, in fact, to get his
  • 10:25 perspective on what happened at the conclusion of the 70-year
  • 10:29 exile in Babylon.
  • 10:32 Jeffrey: Avi, Ezra, Nehemiah, the end of the Old
  • 10:36 Testament world, what was happening back then?
  • 10:40 Avi Lipkin: Well, as you know, after the destruction of the
  • 10:42 first temple and most of the Israelites were exiled to Iraq,
  • 10:47 most of the exiles really did not wanna come back to the land
  • 10:51 of Israel.
  • 10:52 Life in Iraq was very good, don't--
  • 10:54 Jeffrey: Babylon.
  • 10:56 Avi: Babylon, yeah.
  • 10:57 Jeffrey: In antiquity; Iraq in modernity.
  • 10:59 Avi: And Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob came from there and so it
  • 11:03 was comfortable for the Jews to stay there.
  • 11:05 Actually, the Talmud was concocted, you know, was written
  • 11:08 in that area by the year 500 AD.
  • 11:11 Jeffrey: That's right, people don't know that.
  • 11:13 The Bavli, the Babylonian Talmud, was more expanded than
  • 11:15 the Yerushalmi, the Jerusalem--
  • 11:17 Avi: Yerushalmi, exactly, the Jerusalem Talmud is shorter,
  • 11:20 it's more abridged, and actually they suffered at that time more
  • 11:23 from the Byzantine persecution.
  • 11:27 It wasn't possible as much to be free, that freedom in Babylonia
  • 11:32 to do the Talmud, anyway--
  • 11:34 Jeffrey: Yeah, but I led you another place.
  • 11:35 What do you wanna say about Ezra and Nehemiah, that world?
  • 11:37 Avi: Okay, now, Ezra and Nehemiah wanted to come back and
  • 11:41 they wanted to have a more--more of a purist Jewish state.
  • 11:46 And so what they said to many of the Israelites was to divorce
  • 11:50 what they called their foreign wives, their pagan wives.
  • 11:52 Don't forget, this is BC, this is before Christ.
  • 11:55 So in the year 400 BC, 500 BC, it wasn't like they were
  • 12:00 intermarrying with Christians.
  • 12:01 They were intermarrying with pagans.
  • 12:03 And one of the very first things I learned 50 years ago from my
  • 12:05 wife Rachel who's from Egypt, is that the Jews and the Christians
  • 12:08 are one people.
  • 12:10 We're the people of the book, the people of the Bible.
  • 12:12 And so, if the Christians believe in the same God, the
  • 12:15 same Bible, and they believe in the Messiah who was a Jew,
  • 12:17 they're not pagans.
  • 12:18 So it's not the same as in Ezra's time.
  • 12:20 And Muslims are great people but they have another god, Allah the
  • 12:23 moon god, and they have another Bible and they have another book
  • 12:26 and they have another tradition.
  • 12:28 Jeffrey: Our viewers, by and large, are working with the
  • 12:30 concept of being grafted into the Jewish people, to
  • 12:32 your point.
  • 12:34 Avi: Absolutely correct, and one of the things I say about that
  • 12:36 is that if the Jews are the roots and the Christians are
  • 12:38 the branches, and I say, "Amen," to that, but together we
  • 12:40 make one tree, and any attack on the roots is an attack on the
  • 12:44 branches, and vice versa.
  • 12:46 And, again, it's one of the reasons why I felt God was
  • 12:49 forcing me, telling me, "You've got to do this Judeo-Christian
  • 12:52 Alliance Party."
  • 12:53 And I'm hoping one day that we will see ourselves as the
  • 12:56 biggest party in the Knesset when all of these millions and
  • 12:59 millions of Jews and Christians come home.
  • 13:01 Jeffrey: Thank you so much, Avi.
  • 13:03 Avi: My pleasure, God bless you.
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  • 13:07 Jeffrey: It's one of the trademarks of this program that
  • 13:09 we come from biblical sites when teaching, but the real estate
  • 13:14 that I wanna speak from in this segment is biblical
  • 13:18 real estate itself.
  • 13:21 In Psalm 139, David sings in verse 23, "Search me, O God, and
  • 13:28 know my heart; examine me, and know my anxious thoughts."
  • 13:34 And I wonder what kind of leader, what kind of political
  • 13:38 figure would ask for such things.
  • 13:42 In a world where so many are predisposed to keep the
  • 13:45 skeletons in the closet out of public view, and even out of a
  • 13:49 personal view.
  • 13:51 This person goes on to say in verse 24: "And see if there be
  • 13:55 any offensive way within me, and lead me in a way everlasting."
  • 14:02 Now, there is a kind of beauty in this, to be sure.
  • 14:05 And for that matter, the person that came up with the song is
  • 14:08 imperfect, David himself.
  • 14:11 I don't personally expect perfection in human affairs, but
  • 14:17 I like to see things that come closer to it and, against that
  • 14:21 backdrop, as I begin to walk away from a series looking at
  • 14:27 kings and kingdoms, with kingdoms that fell apart and
  • 14:31 kings that fell apart, recalling my own grading of these kings, I
  • 14:36 wasn't particularly gracious but I think they didn't earn good
  • 14:41 grades on the whole.
  • 14:42 But even against that backdrop, I'm reminded of a prophet who
  • 14:48 was murdered by one of Judah's kings who looked over the
  • 14:52 horizon in chapter 9, verse 6 "when he sees a child who's
  • 14:56 going to be born, a Son who's going to be given, and the
  • 15:00 government will be upon his shoulder."
  • 15:04 He envisions this king.
  • 15:06 Now, Hebrews, rabbis are predisposed to see this as a
  • 15:11 prophecy of the coming of King Hezekiah.
  • 15:15 I'm less inclined because Hezekiah's name wasn't called
  • 15:20 "Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and
  • 15:24 Prince of Peace."
  • 15:26 That title, to be sure, is reserved for one person.
  • 15:31 You might think of the song, if come Christmastime you're game
  • 15:36 to listen to Handel's "Messiah," which is something of a
  • 15:39 tradition in my family.
  • 15:42 Irrespective of what you think of the holiday and when you
  • 15:45 think the Lord was born, those of us who think the Messiah was
  • 15:49 born in the person of Yeshua, are harking back to a song that
  • 15:55 was sung, "For unto us a child is born," referencing him.
  • 16:00 We're told of "the increase of his government and of peace
  • 16:04 there will be no end."
  • 16:08 In speaking of kings and kingdoms, and all the
  • 16:12 imperfections associated with them, I wanna draw attention to
  • 16:19 a King.
  • 16:21 Should we give him rulership in our world, there's a guarantee
  • 16:27 of peace and success in life that comes in the wake of our
  • 16:31 so doing.
  • 16:33 Appropriately, in a democracy we're afforded the opportunity
  • 16:37 to cast a vote.
  • 16:39 But I wanna tell you that irrespective of who sits in the
  • 16:44 Oval Office on Pennsylvania Avenue, and I have my
  • 16:49 preference, I believe however, that irrespective of who sits
  • 16:53 there, for us, success in life is more predicated upon who
  • 16:59 reigns in here.
  • 17:02 And to that end, I believe we'd do well to look at
  • 17:04 the literature.
  • 17:07 As I said at the outset, I'm used to coming to you from a
  • 17:09 biblical terrain, actually hills, sticks and bricks, sites,
  • 17:15 ancient fortifications, palaces, and sites in the Holy Land, but
  • 17:20 I wanna come to you from a location in the holy book and
  • 17:24 tell you that when I think of kings and kingdoms and who ought
  • 17:29 to reign and who ought to have dominion, I'm minded to go with
  • 17:34 this prophet who gives voice to the fact that should we give
  • 17:38 access to this prince of peace, this King of kings, we're told
  • 17:44 that "of peace, of shalom, as we see his government manifested in
  • 17:50 our life, that we'll see a peace that passes all understanding.
  • 17:57 And of that there will be no end."
  • 18:00 Words come to an end, and television series come to
  • 18:04 an end.
  • 18:06 But there's a kind of peace that comes to us now and goes with us
  • 18:10 beyond the grave.
  • 18:12 As we look at kings and kingdoms I wanna encourage you to second
  • 18:17 look--take a second look at the one who wore this crown and
  • 18:21 invite him into your world and discover how that, by virtue of
  • 18:26 his residing therein, it will make all the difference.
  • 18:34 David: Our resource this week, the series "Kings and Kingdoms."
  • 18:37 These eight programs examine the rulers of ancient Israel and
  • 18:41 Judah because within their stories we find lessons of godly
  • 18:44 leadership and principles we can observe today, even in our
  • 18:48 political leaders.
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  • 18:56 and Kingdoms."
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  • 19:31 Kirsten: Earlier in the program, we got to see Dr. Seif teaching
  • 19:33 in--in the Mount of Olives.
  • 19:36 It was fascinating and fantastic.
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  • 19:42 We are on top of it.
  • 19:43 We don't get to go inside the mountain but it's just such an
  • 19:46 amazing place to go.
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  • 20:12 Right now, we have one more Hebrew lesson from
  • 20:14 Sarah Liberman.
  • 20:16 If you've enjoyed these Hebrew lessons, we'd love to hear
  • 20:17 from you.
  • 20:19 Let's go to her now.
  • 20:20 ♪♪♪
  • 20:25 Sarah Liberman: Shalom haverim.
  • 20:26 Welcome back to our series, exploring words of worship in
  • 20:30 the language of Hebrew.
  • 20:32 You see, in English we have primarily two words: "praise"
  • 20:35 and "worship."
  • 20:36 But in Hebrew, these words mean so many different things and, as
  • 20:41 a worship leader, I know that if you take some of these meanings
  • 20:44 and bring them into your worship life, it will truly transform
  • 20:48 your relationship with the Lord.
  • 20:51 Now, today's word is a little bit of a tongue-twister.
  • 20:54 It is this: l'hishtachavot.
  • 20:57 It's a very long word and it comes from the Hebrew word,
  • 21:00 "hishtachvaim*."
  • 21:02 What it means is to bow down or to stretch out, face down on the
  • 21:08 ground in worship.
  • 21:10 It's used in context of coming in contact with royalty, when
  • 21:15 you bow down in front of the king.
  • 21:18 In our worship services normally, if somebody were to
  • 21:21 lie down, face down, on the ground, we might think that's a
  • 21:25 little weird.
  • 21:26 But actually, this act of complete surrender, of laying
  • 21:30 ourselves down all the way, going to the lowest place, is a
  • 21:35 place where we can give highest praises to the one in the
  • 21:40 highest place because he deserves the best of
  • 21:44 our worship.
  • 21:45 And when we humble ourselves and lower ourselves to the lowest
  • 21:49 place, that's when we can give the most incredible worship unto
  • 21:54 the Lord.
  • 21:56 Look at what it says in Psalms: "All the nations you have made
  • 21:59 will come and worship before you, O Lord; they will bring to
  • 22:04 you glory and exalt your name because you have done great and
  • 22:09 marvelous deeds; you alone are God."
  • 22:13 This is the kind of attitude of giving God the fullness of the
  • 22:19 glory of everything in your life.
  • 22:22 I don't know if you've ever tried it and I know it might
  • 22:24 sound a little scary, but maybe one time you can go before the
  • 22:29 Lord alone and just stretch yourself out before him and just
  • 22:34 give him the highest praise from the lowest place.
  • 22:39 I tell you, it will truly transform your life.
  • 22:45 ♪♪♪
  • 23:01 ♪ I'll sing a song with the giants ♪
  • 23:04 ♪ Against the mighty foe ♪
  • 23:08 ♪ I know the Lord is with me wherever I may go ♪
  • 23:17 ♪ And though the battle's raging ♪
  • 23:21 ♪ It looks like they will win ♪
  • 23:25 ♪ I know the Lord is with me ♪
  • 23:28 ♪ Even to the end ♪
  • 23:34 ♪♪♪
  • 23:36 ♪ Search me, and know me, Lord, wherever I go ♪
  • 23:43 ♪ Grant me a clean heart ♪
  • 23:47 ♪ Then will I know ♪
  • 23:51 ♪ How precious are your thoughts ♪
  • 23:55 ♪ I can't count them all ♪
  • 23:59 ♪ For you are Almighty God, my All in All ♪
  • 24:08 ♪♪♪
  • 24:28 David: Our desire in this ministry is that you hear the
  • 24:32 good news of our ultimate leader, Yeshua.
  • 24:35 We can't do this without your help and we just thank you so
  • 24:38 much for that.
  • 24:40 Today, it's all about Yeshua and the grade that we give
  • 24:43 him, correct?
  • 24:45 Jeffrey: That's true and, you know, speaking of grading,
  • 24:49 inasmuch as I've graded these various kings, the way people
  • 24:52 grade us is with their dollars that they help.
  • 24:55 It's kind of like politicians, you know, if they get to power
  • 24:58 it's because people vote 'em in and, similarly, if Jesus gets
  • 25:02 into a heart, it's because he's invited in and if we get to tell
  • 25:06 this story this way, it's because people facilitate it
  • 25:09 when they vote with their dollars.
  • 25:11 Here, as we look to--
  • 25:13 Kirsten: A lot of kings.
  • 25:15 David: A lot of "F's."
  • 25:16 Jeffrey: A lot of "F's."
  • 25:18 You know, it really was something of a downward spiral
  • 25:20 in so many ways that came to ruin, decay, and despair.
  • 25:23 Until we get to A-plus here, of course.
  • 25:25 David: There it is.
  • 25:27 Kirsten: Yes, finally.
  • 25:28 Jeffrey: And Yeshua himself, A-plus.
  • 25:30 Kirsten: Plus, another plus.
  • 25:32 Jeffrey: Yes, and, you know, he lived 2000 years ago but he
  • 25:33 lives today 'cause he rose from the dead.
  • 25:35 These didn't.
  • 25:37 And he brings a kind of peace now and again into the future.
  • 25:40 And so, I'm so pleased to present him as the ultimate
  • 25:43 solution to human affairs.
  • 25:45 David: And that's the word that sticks out in my mind.
  • 25:47 As you taught us, he's the prince of peace.
  • 25:49 Is there peace in our world today?
  • 25:51 Jeffrey: Well, again, we have to answer that for ourselves.
  • 25:53 There's inner peace.
  • 25:55 Minimally, we can achieve that by virtue of forgiveness and,
  • 25:59 not only receiving it ourselves, but being inclined to grant it
  • 26:02 to others as well.
  • 26:05 And thus bringing about a cessation of hostilities.
  • 26:08 We can get all tangled up with human beings.
  • 26:11 These thorns got all tangled up and put on a human being who is
  • 26:14 referred to as a king, mockingly so.
  • 26:17 We can invite him into our lives and get all untangled.
  • 26:21 Kirsten: He looks so different from the others.
  • 26:23 He wasn't what they expected.
  • 26:25 They thought this military leader like the military leader
  • 26:28 of all military leaders will finally come and he came and he
  • 26:31 was different.
  • 26:34 But he really brought them everything they needed.
  • 26:36 Jeffrey: Yes.
  • 26:38 Kirsten: That was it.
  • 26:40 Jeffrey: Yes, and I realize that in our world today and back then
  • 26:42 in antiquity as well, leaders are commander in chief of
  • 26:43 the armies.
  • 26:45 We need that going forward but I'm looking for human beings as
  • 26:47 individuals that mirror this King and I certainly wanna see
  • 26:50 it in political figures.
  • 26:52 Kirsten: Well, I'm looking forward to the time that he's
  • 26:54 ruling for 1000 years in Jerusalem.
  • 26:57 He will show everyone what a real King and real leader
  • 26:58 looks like.
  • 27:00 Jeffrey: Yes.
  • 27:02 David: I was gonna say a lot of prayer these days for our
  • 27:03 leadership, yes?
  • 27:04 Jeffrey: Amen, certainly, it's all needed.
  • 27:06 Well, it's been swell.
  • 27:08 Thanks for going with us on the journey and, as you go now,
  • 27:11 shaalu shalom Yerushalayim.
  • 27:13 David: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
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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

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