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Episode: “Life’s Detours”
God reminds us of His provision and blessing, but situations don’t always work out according to our plans. Sometimes the Lord uses our present circumstances to drive us toward what He has prepared for our future.
Series: “Faith for the Future”
Our Journey with the Patriarchs
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob displayed their faith in God by taking small steps and sometimes leaps of faith. Oftentimes, these actions dramatically altered the course of their lives, while redirecting them toward greater dependence on the Lord. In this ten part series, Dr. Jeffrey Seif takes us through strategic events in their lives while Dr. Barri Seif (Jeff’s wife) provides a personal perspective. This ten part series also includes discussions with David and Kirsten Hart as well as dramatic reenactments filmed in Israel.

Caption transcript for Faith for the Future: “Life’s Detours” (8/10)

  • 00:03 ♪♪♪ male announcer: Welcome to "Our Jewish Roots."
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  • 00:10 ♪♪♪
  • 00:12 announcer: Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for,
  • 00:15 the conviction of things not seen.
  • 00:18 For by it the men of old received divine approval.
  • 00:22 For whatever was written in former days was written for our
  • 00:25 instruction, that through endurance and through the
  • 00:29 encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
  • 00:32 ♪♪♪
  • 00:36 announcer: "Faith for the Future:
  • 00:38 Our Journey with the Patriarchs."
  • 00:40 ♪♪♪
  • 00:43 David Hart: We're so glad you've joined us today, I'm David Hart.
  • 00:45 Kirsten Hart: I'm Kirsten Hart.
  • 00:47 Dr. Jeffrey Seif: I am Jeffrey Seif.
  • 00:49 Really glad to be on the program today.
  • 00:51 Last program, you might recall, if you do recall, that we saw
  • 00:55 that Isaac and Ishmael were kind of working together.
  • 01:01 In this program, we'll see that Isaac
  • 01:04 is working together with some in Philistia.
  • 01:09 I think it's imprudent to read too much animus
  • 01:12 into the biblical literature between Hebrew
  • 01:14 and Arabian people, we do get along.
  • 01:17 Kirsten: We do, and sometimes there are detours even
  • 01:19 in relationships, and we see coming up
  • 01:22 in this program a literal detour.
  • 01:24 There's famine in the land.
  • 01:26 You have to go where there's food, right?
  • 01:27 Dr. Jeffrey Seif: Yeah, yeah.
  • 01:28 David: Our drama takes place in Genesis 26,
  • 01:31 and then Dr. Seif will be teaching on location.
  • 01:34 Let's go to our drama right now.
  • 01:35 ♪♪♪
  • 01:38 male narrator: Now, there was a famine in the land of Canaan,
  • 01:41 and Isaac went to the city of Gerar.
  • 01:48 Isaac: [speaking Hebrew]
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  • 02:11 Isaac: [speaking Hebrew]
  • 02:21 Isaac: [speaking Hebrew]
  • 02:31 Isaac: [speaking Hebrew]
  • 02:41 Isaac: [speaking Hebrew]
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  • 02:54 Isaac: [speaking Hebrew]
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  • 03:10 Isaac: [speaking Hebrew]
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  • 03:21 Dr. Jeffrey Seif: Let me tell you something
  • 03:22 you probably already know.
  • 03:25 Things don't always work out according to plan.
  • 03:30 There are road bumps on the highway of life, and I mention
  • 03:34 that because Yitzchak or Isaac finds himself in an in-between
  • 03:41 place where things are not working according to plan.
  • 03:43 In chapter 26 of Genesis, it starts off "Hayah raab,"
  • 03:50 From the word raab, from roa, evil, actually here, there was
  • 03:55 evil in the land or a famine in the land particularly.
  • 03:59 You know, you're a farmer, you sow, you want it to grow, but
  • 04:02 the answer's no, nothing's happening.
  • 04:04 I've got a great set here right now, beautiful fruits around me
  • 04:08 and behind me, but there's no bounty at the time.
  • 04:11 Later on in the chapter, by the way, we're told in verse 12
  • 04:14 Isaac is going to sow, and he's going to reap a hundredfold.
  • 04:17 He's going to rebound from it, but the point is here he finds
  • 04:22 himself between a proverbial rock and a hard place.
  • 04:27 He's not in a good way, things are not going according to plan.
  • 04:31 He's detouring. It's interesting.
  • 04:34 Even those of us that have faith in God for the future--while
  • 04:40 it's true the shortest distance between two points is a straight
  • 04:44 line, we don't always make it on a straight line.
  • 04:47 You know, sometimes there's detours and road bumps
  • 04:50 and the like; and truth of the matter is
  • 04:52 God strengthens us through the process.
  • 04:55 And a lot of times, people get fainthearted in the process.
  • 05:01 Hence, a verse in Scripture, "In due season,
  • 05:04 you will reap if you do not lose heart."
  • 05:07 This can be very disheartening.
  • 05:09 When you think of a famine, you're uncertain about the
  • 05:13 future, if you're an agrarian, it's not just
  • 05:15 you--livestock, you know, crop, family.
  • 05:21 I mean, the earth languishes, and everybody who derives
  • 05:25 sustenance from it and everything--and by the way, they
  • 05:29 weren't into computer technology at the time.
  • 05:32 Everything is relying on the earth; and if there's no rain,
  • 05:34 there's no grain; no grain, lots of pain, it's a bad day.
  • 05:40 We're told here that Isaac was forced to make a little trip.
  • 05:44 He is going to go to Abimelech, which is probably a title name.
  • 05:49 Melech is a Semitic term for king.
  • 05:53 Avi, my father is king, a title name in a dynasty, just like,
  • 05:57 you know, if you're in France, it's King Louis.
  • 06:01 Well, which one? The 12th, the 14th?
  • 06:03 Even pharaoh's a title name.
  • 06:06 We come to these names in history,
  • 06:08 and here we're coming into one here.
  • 06:09 He's going to go, and the Lord is going
  • 06:14 to appear to Isaac and direct him.
  • 06:19 We're told here, "Do not go," in verse 2, "to Mizraim.
  • 06:25 Don't go to Egypt," he says.
  • 06:28 You know, you've gotta go. There's a detour.
  • 06:31 But, you know, God can even guide in the detours.
  • 06:36 He says, "Don't go there, go here."
  • 06:38 I mean, the same God that said, "Don't go here,
  • 06:40 go there," could've sent rain upon the earth,
  • 06:42 but he has someone dropped into a trial.
  • 06:48 It's made stressful for him.
  • 06:53 You know, in another life, I've many years as a professor, and I
  • 06:57 would usually talk above people's heads.
  • 07:01 You know, I used big words to create the illusion
  • 07:03 that I know what I'm talking about.
  • 07:06 I made people read, you know, and it's stressful.
  • 07:10 It's somewhat disorienting.
  • 07:11 You know, I drop people in the grease,
  • 07:14 if you will, but people cultivate their
  • 07:16 mental aptitudes, their heart, their head.
  • 07:20 They develop disciplines in reading, and those things
  • 07:23 contribute to their overall success in life.
  • 07:27 I don't make it easy, I don't want to make
  • 07:28 it too hard, but I don't make it easy.
  • 07:30 And God's not making it easy for him, but that's how you grow
  • 07:33 people--not just people in the book, but people today.
  • 07:38 I mean, it is what it is.
  • 07:40 Well, we're told here that God's even giving direction in the
  • 07:45 detour against the backdrop of the famine.
  • 07:49 And there's a promise that's reiterated to him, even though
  • 07:54 he does not see how it is going to get fulfilled.
  • 07:57 In verse 3, he says, "Go there and live as an outsider."
  • 08:01 But look, listen, he says, "But I am going to--
  • 08:06 Don't worry, I'm going to do what I promised
  • 08:10 in the very first place."
  • 08:12 And there's something here that's very important.
  • 08:14 And for my money, it has a Christological application.
  • 08:18 He says, "Look--" that is it relates to Jesus.
  • 08:22 He says to him again in verse 3, "Look, I'm going to
  • 08:24 give you and your seed all the lands."
  • 08:28 You're gonna get what you had coming, what was promised.
  • 08:32 He said, "I am going to confirm the pledge
  • 08:35 that I swore to Abraham your father."
  • 08:37 Of course, he's talking to Isaac.
  • 08:39 "I'm going to multiply your seed," and we've seen that.
  • 08:43 "I'm going to multiply them as the
  • 08:45 stars of the sky," we get that.
  • 08:48 "I will give your seed the lands."
  • 08:50 And then he says, "And in your seed all the nations of the
  • 08:54 earth will be blessed," or "continually be blessed."
  • 08:58 And that's what I want to land on here.
  • 09:01 Not only is God going to fulfill his promises
  • 09:03 to this faith walker, but he's going to
  • 09:06 accomplish his own purposes through him.
  • 09:08 And you know that is?
  • 09:09 Not just to bless the Jew, but to bless you.
  • 09:13 The promise was at the very beginning, that seminal promise
  • 09:16 in Genesis 12, he tells Abraham, "Go,
  • 09:18 [speaking Hebrew] go, go, go to the land I'm
  • 09:20 going to show you, I'm going to bless you."
  • 09:22 And he says, "And through you all the
  • 09:26 nations of the earth will be blessed."
  • 09:29 Blessing isn't just for you; blessing is through you.
  • 09:33 And here again, Isaac, who's detoured, he says, "Don't worry,
  • 09:36 I'm gonna--it's gonna happen just like I promised to Dad,
  • 09:39 and through you all the families of the earth will be blessed."
  • 09:44 And you know how that happened?
  • 09:45 It's through the Hebrew people that we have the Bible.
  • 09:48 It's through Isaac and that lineage
  • 09:49 that we have Jesus the Savior.
  • 09:52 And ultimately, it's through him that all the
  • 09:56 nations of the earth indeed are blessed.
  • 10:00 I hope this builds up faith.
  • 10:01 There's more to come, as we walk in the footsteps of the
  • 10:04 patriarchs, and we learn about faith for the future.
  • 10:08 ♪♪♪
  • 10:14 Kirsten: Our resource this week, the series, "Faith for the
  • 10:17 Future: Our Journey with the Patriarchs" on DVD.
  • 10:20 Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob put their faith in action,
  • 10:23 changing the course of their lives, leading
  • 10:25 to increased dependence on the Lord.
  • 10:28 These ten programs feature Bible teaching by
  • 10:30 Dr. Jeffrey Seif with special guest Dr. Barri Seif,
  • 10:35 plus dramatic reenactments filmed in Israel.
  • 10:38 Contact us and ask for the DVD series, "Faith for the Future."
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  • 12:08 Kirsten: Right, and we have the "Bearded Bible Brothers,"
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  • 12:29 Now let's go see Jacob, as he's on the road of the patriarchs.
  • 12:35 ♪♪♪
  • 12:38 narrator: Isaac's father and mother knew Canaan very well.
  • 12:42 Abraham and Sarah had journeyed here as aliens through this very
  • 12:46 land given to them by God, from its northern reaches
  • 12:50 to its southern boundaries with Egypt.
  • 12:53 At Beersheba, Abraham had dug a well and was careful to make
  • 12:58 peace with Abimelech, the ruling king of the Philistines.
  • 13:03 Now many years later, Isaac had come
  • 13:05 to Beersheba, where he built an altar.
  • 13:09 And the Lord appeared unto him and said,
  • 13:12 "I am the God of your father Abraham.
  • 13:15 Fear not, for I am with thee and will bless thee and multiply thy
  • 13:20 seed for my servant Abraham's sake."
  • 13:23 ♪♪♪
  • 13:27 Dr. Jeffrey Seif: Baruch atah Adonai Elohenu melekh ha'olam
  • 13:31 shehecheyanu vekiymanu vehigi'anu lazman hazeh.
  • 13:36 Blessed art thou, O Lord our God, King of the universe, who
  • 13:40 has granted us life, sustained us, and allowed
  • 13:44 us to arrive at this time, this season.
  • 13:50 It's a beautiful prayer.
  • 13:52 It's recited in the Jewish world,
  • 13:56 and it's appropriate to the text here.
  • 13:58 You saw the drama that comes from Genesis chapter 26, an
  • 14:03 affirmation of God's provision and blessing.
  • 14:08 Isaac is responsive to that.
  • 14:11 The drama doesn't note it, but the drama is telling a story
  • 14:16 that comes on the heel not of exaltation but aggravation.
  • 14:24 I mention that because as noted previously in this story, in
  • 14:30 this particular program, things went bad for Isaac, and he had
  • 14:34 to go to Gerar, and he settled there.
  • 14:37 And I'd mentioned that he was successful there.
  • 14:40 But you know, success breeds contempt.
  • 14:44 The Lord blessed him in the land, and there were people in
  • 14:46 the land who were chagrined by him.
  • 14:48 We're told that things had deteriorated there with others,
  • 14:53 other men that are quarreling with him,
  • 14:55 and the word appears a few times before this.
  • 14:58 You know, he's a shepherd, he digs
  • 15:00 wells, you know, others come.
  • 15:02 "This is my land," and this and that,
  • 15:04 and they stop up the well, so he moves on.
  • 15:08 Isaac shows himself to be rather deferential
  • 15:11 to these people that are causing him troubles.
  • 15:14 But his being deferential toward them
  • 15:17 doesn't allay their aggravations.
  • 15:20 You know, jealousy just keeps on going.
  • 15:22 It's a gift that keeps on giving, and these tensions just
  • 15:26 follow him, and it's these tensions that drive him
  • 15:31 to Beersheba, where he's going to build
  • 15:33 an altar and call the name of the Lord.
  • 15:35 It's interesting when you talk
  • 15:36 about faith in God for the future.
  • 15:40 Do you know, sometimes God uses aggravations in the present to
  • 15:44 drive us toward what he has for us in the future,
  • 15:48 and that's the backstory to the story here.
  • 15:51 Well, we see in verse 23 in chapter 26--
  • 15:54 and that's where I want to pick up.
  • 15:57 "He went up from there to Beersheba."
  • 16:02 You know, Isaac goes to Beersheba, and we're told, "The
  • 16:06 Lord appeared to him that night--"
  • 16:11 You know, sometimes God appears at night.
  • 16:15 And I mention that because, you know,
  • 16:17 in the evening time, we can be a bit restless.
  • 16:20 You know, the circumstances of the day are behind us, and we're
  • 16:24 just there with our minds, you know, contemplating, kind of
  • 16:29 rehashing, and it's not all pleasant all the time,
  • 16:34 and the Lord has a way of showing up.
  • 16:37 And by the way, if you can relate to this, if you think I'm
  • 16:40 describing you, I'm not doing it intentionally.
  • 16:42 I'm trying to describe him, the circumstances here.
  • 16:46 What I want to do is be true to the text; and if I'm true to the
  • 16:49 text, the Holy Spirit can work through it to be true to you.
  • 16:54 We're told here that he goes up, and the Lord appears to him at
  • 16:58 night, and there is a reaffirmation of what's been
  • 17:02 said, said again, and said again.
  • 17:05 Sometimes we need to be reminded.
  • 17:09 "I am the God of your father Abraham."
  • 17:11 He's telling a guy that was dropped into the frying pan into
  • 17:16 the fire--this is a guy that's been through it.
  • 17:20 And sometimes, when you've been through it, when your life has
  • 17:25 been disoriented by less than hoped for circumstances, some of
  • 17:29 which seem very, very unfair, sometimes when that happens we
  • 17:34 can lose our north star, that sense of being guided along.
  • 17:42 That sense of providence can fade away,
  • 17:44 given the troubles of the day.
  • 17:46 And here you have this reminder,
  • 17:48 you know, "I am the God of your father.
  • 17:51 Do not be afraid, fear not, for I am with you, and I will bless
  • 17:59 you and multiply your seed for the sake of Abraham my servant."
  • 18:05 You might say, "Hey, buddy, you know,
  • 18:07 we're watching your program.
  • 18:08 Didn't you just tell that story before?
  • 18:10 And now you're doing it again in this segment."
  • 18:12 Hey, listen, if the story comes up twice in the chapter, come up
  • 18:15 twice in the program that gives a telling of the chapter.
  • 18:18 At the end of the day, as I'd said,
  • 18:20 reminder isn't a bad thing.
  • 18:22 Peter said, you know, "For me to say the same thing isn't
  • 18:25 irksome, and it's helpful for you."
  • 18:29 Sometimes you need to hear it twice, three times,
  • 18:31 twenty times, I don't know, because life
  • 18:33 circumstances can sometimes be a little tough.
  • 18:36 It's good to be reminded.
  • 18:38 Well, subsequent to that, there's something that I see
  • 18:40 this man doing here, and I want you to do there.
  • 18:42 What does he do, he hears the Word,
  • 18:44 he's reminded of it, and in verse 25, "He
  • 18:48 built an altar there and called on the name of the Lord."
  • 18:54 Hebrew, an altar is mizbeach.
  • 18:57 He worships there, and he seeks the Lord.
  • 19:01 He kind of reconnects.
  • 19:05 Oh, it's important to have a reconnected place and
  • 19:08 reconnecting space, and here you have it in the literature.
  • 19:12 I hope you find it in your life, as well,
  • 19:14 that you make that space, so that way you, with faith,
  • 19:18 can walk on the quest for your preferred future.
  • 19:24 ♪♪♪
  • 19:26 Kirsten: Jeff, you just mentioned in your teaching
  • 19:29 something I want to draw back maybe from the beginning of your
  • 19:31 teaching that you just did is that sometimes
  • 19:34 we can lose our bearings because of conflict.
  • 19:38 Isn't that kind of humanity 101?
  • 19:41 Dr. Jeffrey Seif: It surely is.
  • 19:42 Kirsten: That maybe their story can give us hope, as we
  • 19:46 walk through things and difficult days, and we can kind
  • 19:49 of lose even our balance, as well as our direction.
  • 19:52 David: Probably not one person watching today
  • 19:54 has not had conflict in their life,
  • 19:56 in their family, whatever situation.
  • 19:58 Dr. Jeffrey Seif: It's part of the human condition
  • 20:00 from Genesis to Revelation.
  • 20:02 And it doesn't mean people don't love each other.
  • 20:04 It just means that people are people interacting with each
  • 20:06 other, and there's going to be some
  • 20:08 friction every now and then, to be sure.
  • 20:11 Speaking of friction every now and again,
  • 20:13 goodness gracious, mother saw this one coming,
  • 20:16 and moms have a kind of radar up.
  • 20:18 They look out for their kids.
  • 20:20 We're gonna see a story about one mom looking out for one kid,
  • 20:24 and my wife is gonna unpack some of the particulars of it.
  • 20:27 ♪♪♪
  • 20:30 narrator: In the latter days of his life,
  • 20:32 Isaac had been deceived by his son Jacob.
  • 20:35 Unknowingly, Isaac had given his blessing
  • 20:38 to Jacob instead of Esau.
  • 20:41 And now the winds of Esau's wrath
  • 20:43 were blowing through the tent.
  • 20:46 Jacob's mother, Rebecca, provides counsel
  • 20:49 and stern warning to her son.
  • 20:52 Rebecca: [speaking Hebrew]
  • 20:55 Jacob: [speaking Hebrew]
  • 20:57 Rebecca: [speaking Hebrew]
  • 21:06 Jacob: [speaking Hebrew]
  • 21:12 ♪♪♪
  • 21:15 Jacob: [speaking Hebrew]
  • 21:21 ♪♪♪
  • 21:26 ♪♪♪
  • 21:32 Dr. Barri Seif: Jacob and Esau, the conflict, the
  • 21:36 fighting, the jealousy, the bitterness, the betrayal, the
  • 21:41 deception, all of us have those elements within our own heart.
  • 21:50 We were born broken, and I had a broken
  • 21:55 moral compass just like those two boys did.
  • 22:01 If I had done bad, I just made it worse.
  • 22:04 I didn't know how to fix myself.
  • 22:07 Was there even a way to fix myself?
  • 22:10 I tried with transactional analysis.
  • 22:13 I'm okay, you're okay.
  • 22:15 I was a seeker, but I just didn't know how to fix myself.
  • 22:19 Have you been like that? I was.
  • 22:23 But in January of 1980, in a delicatessen in North Dallas, my
  • 22:28 family's delicatessen, cousin's, two customers took me to lunch,
  • 22:34 and over lunch, they just began to share with me their life
  • 22:37 story, that they were messed up back in the early '80s, 1980.
  • 22:44 And one of the associates there, Larry, shared with me
  • 22:49 a Bible verse that changed my life,
  • 22:52 from Isaiah the 53rd chapter, 6th verse.
  • 22:56 "All of us like sheep have gone astray.
  • 22:59 Each has turned to his own way.
  • 23:02 But the Lord has taken the iniquity of us all on Him."
  • 23:06 And at that moment, I saw that I was
  • 23:09 that sheep that had gone astray, I had turned my own way.
  • 23:14 And I understood what iniquities were.
  • 23:18 Now mind you, I had gone to year after year Yom Kippur, the Day
  • 23:22 of Atonement services, but I wasn't any more changed
  • 23:27 when I walked out of the building,
  • 23:28 out of the synagogue, from when I walked in.
  • 23:32 But sitting there and hearing those words about "All of us
  • 23:36 like sheep have gone astray," I saw myself, and my life changed.
  • 23:41 Yeshua came into my heart, he changed me,
  • 23:44 he made me a new person.
  • 23:47 Day by day, we make decisions for right or for wrong.
  • 23:51 And with God's grace, I'm going to
  • 23:53 keep making good decisions with his help.
  • 23:56 Do you know the Lord?
  • 23:58 Invite him into your heart, and you'll never be the same.
  • 24:02 You'll be the best for now, as well as eternity.
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  • 25:09 David: We hope you're enjoying as much as Kirsten
  • 25:11 and I are having Dr. Barri Seif with us in this whole series.
  • 25:15 We're loving her insight.
  • 25:17 Dr. Jeffrey Seif: Yes, and I love it, too.
  • 25:19 Every morning we begin with that.
  • 25:21 We open up the Bible and "What do you see, Jeff?"
  • 25:24 "What do you see, Barri?"
  • 25:25 We conversate about three books of the Bible.
  • 25:28 We go into a chapter, and then we pray together
  • 25:30 and take the Lord's Supper every morning.
  • 25:32 I get to--and she leads in it.
  • 25:34 Kirsten: I brush my teeth, so
  • 25:36 there you go, there's the difference.
  • 25:37 Dr. Jeffrey Seif: We do that, too.
  • 25:39 Kirsten: But I just have to say, as a mother, this story is
  • 25:42 so interesting of mama looking out for one son over the other.
  • 25:47 I don't know, it's just interesting, isn't it, to me.
  • 25:50 Dr. Jeffrey Seif: Well, she observes something in the one.
  • 25:53 I don't know that she throws the other under the bus entirely,
  • 25:57 but she realizes that there's something
  • 25:59 about Jacob that he possesses that Esau doesn't.
  • 26:02 And, of course, we explore that in depth.
  • 26:04 Kirsten: And trying to protect that birthright 'cause
  • 26:07 she knew it was supposed to come through that second born.
  • 26:10 Dr. Jeffrey Seif: And protect him because Jacob
  • 26:12 was weaker, truth be known.
  • 26:13 Esau could've snuffed him out easy.
  • 26:16 Kirsten: I'm telling you, family dynamics
  • 26:17 is interesting, isn't it?
  • 26:19 Even in that Old Testament.
  • 26:20 Dr. Jeffrey Seif: And how mothers step in the
  • 26:21 gap to help their kids.
  • 26:23 I mean, that's a series in and of itself.
  • 26:25 Kirsten: That's a better viewpoint, I like that.
  • 26:27 David: We have so much more next week,
  • 26:28 but we end our program today--it's over.
  • 26:30 Dr. Jeffrey Seif: Just like this, "Sha'alu
  • 26:32 shalom Yerushalayim."
  • 26:33 Kirsten: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
  • 26:36 ♪♪♪
  • 26:46 ♪♪♪
  • 26:54 ♪ Everyone will come and see the Holy Land. ♪
  • 27:00 ♪ 'Cause it made our heart leap up with joy. ♪
  • 27:05 ♪ Sing with us a hymn ♪
  • 27:09 ♪ unto the King of Israel. ♪
  • 27:20 ♪ Brothers, we are needing your mighty arms. ♪
  • 27:27 ♪ Sisters, we are needing your love. ♪
  • 27:34 ♪ Israel by divine right, ♪
  • 27:40 ♪ God is calling us home. ♪
  • 27:49 ♪ Israel, by divine right, ♪
  • 27:54 ♪ our God is calling us home. ♪♪
  • 28:04 ♪♪♪
  • 28:09 ♪♪♪
  • 28:14 ♪♪♪
  • 28:24 ♪♪♪

Episodes in this series

  1. Stepping Out in Faith
  2. Conflicting Directions and Destinations
  3. Delivering the Unexpected
  4. Sacrifice and Loss
  5. Toward the Unknown
  6. Love and Marriage
  7. Not by Sight
  8. Life’s Detours
  9. Patient Endurance
  10. Stepping Closer to Destiny

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