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Episode: “The Home”
By today’s standards the first century house was small, dark and, in the winter, very cold. But in this meeting place for the family, the meals were prepared and they sat down to break bread and partake of such meaningful feasts as Passover.
Series: “The First Christians (2019)”
The Life and Times of Those Who First Believed in Jesus
Originally produced in 1995, The First Christians series explores the background of the customs and manners of Jesus’ day, unearthing the Jewish roots of Christianity. God chose this one people to speak to all humanity for all time. This nine program series seeks to better understand the people with whom He chose to reside on earth. From the studio, David and Kirsten Hart talk with Dr. Jeffrey Seif about the importance and modern applications for each program.

Caption transcript for The First Christians (2019): “The Home” (2/9)

  • 00:01 ♪♪♪
  • 00:05 male announcer: Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer
  • 00:07 to God for Israel is that they might be saved,
  • 00:11 for there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek
  • 00:14 for the same Lord over all is rich unto all
  • 00:17 that call upon him.
  • 00:20 "Zola Levitt Presents."
  • 00:22 ♪♪♪
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  • 00:38 David Hart: Thank you for joining us today
  • 00:39 on "Zola Levitt Presents," I'm David Hart.
  • 00:41 Kirsten Hart: I'm Kirsten Hart.
  • 00:42 Jeffrey Seif: And I am Jeffrey Seif, and we want
  • 00:45 to talk to you about getting some shalom in the home, peace
  • 00:48 in the home, speaking of which we're going to look at where
  • 00:51 life was played out in the ancient world.
  • 00:53 David: I think things have changed since
  • 00:56 the 1st century to now in a big way.
  • 00:59 Jeffrey: In a big way, yes.
  • 01:00 Today people can have 2,500 square feet.
  • 01:02 Back then, you didn't necessarily have five.
  • 01:04 Kirsten: But it worked. Jeffrey: It worked.
  • 01:06 People learned to work together back then,
  • 01:08 and there's something to be said for that.
  • 01:09 Kirsten: Yes, and actually, right now we're going to go
  • 01:12 on location in the Golan Heights to see what a home
  • 01:16 might have been like in the 1st century.
  • 01:21 Zvi Maoz: Well, I'm Zvi Maoz.
  • 01:23 I was the chief archaeologist, the director of the excavation
  • 01:25 here, and we are standing at the facade of the synagogue
  • 01:28 of the ancient Qasrin and here you can see how the synagogue
  • 01:31 is so close, how the houses of the village are encroaching
  • 01:34 on the synagogue.
  • 01:36 And you must understand that this is one of the only places
  • 01:39 in Israel we can see such a combination of houses and
  • 01:43 synagogue, and this is very true to reality because in the
  • 01:47 ancient time the synagogue was very much a part
  • 01:50 of the tissue of the ancient village.
  • 01:52 And people used to go there very many times.
  • 01:55 And the males used to go three times a week, Monday, Thursday,
  • 01:58 and the family on the Saturday morning, and they would go pray.
  • 02:02 But not only for praying they go, they went also for all sorts
  • 02:06 of other community gatherings such as politics,
  • 02:09 such as raising finances, celebrations, weddings,
  • 02:13 bar mitzvahs, and things like that.
  • 02:14 Everything that was communal in the village was
  • 02:17 in the synagogues.
  • 02:22 Now that we've seen how close the houses of the village are
  • 02:26 to the synagogue, let's take a closer look at the house
  • 02:29 adjacent to the synagogue.
  • 02:33 Zola Levitt: Zvi and other archaeologists estimate
  • 02:35 that 300 people lived in 75 homes located
  • 02:38 here in Qasrin.
  • 02:40 Zvi: I'm standing at the entrance to the house,
  • 02:43 and as you can see there was a mezuzah here.
  • 02:46 We are not certain that the mezuzah of the 1st century see
  • 02:49 was exactly like this one.
  • 02:51 It may have been some kind of a leather parchment dangling from
  • 02:54 the wall or attached to one side, but there is no question
  • 02:57 that they would have had one in the 1st century and later,
  • 03:00 because that's the law.
  • 03:02 The wooden door is similar to what they had in these years.
  • 03:06 We reconstructed here a similar door.
  • 03:08 Behind me is the outside oven which was used mostly
  • 03:14 in the summer, but also in cases where it's--
  • 03:16 when it was needed to bake the bread in.
  • 03:18 It's a sort of a pit lined with clay on the outside.
  • 03:21 They would put heat inside and would bake the bread.
  • 03:24 We can also see from the outside of the house that in many cases,
  • 03:28 these houses were divided into two storeys.
  • 03:31 The main living room was two-storeys high
  • 03:33 and on the side rooms, they many--
  • 03:35 in many cases had balconies, which they could use.
  • 03:38 These balconies and rooftops in the ancient time were very
  • 03:42 important because this was a place not only for sleeping in
  • 03:45 the heat of the summer, but also for drying foods, figs, grapes,
  • 03:50 dates, everything which would--
  • 03:52 to be conserved, foods that had to be conserved,
  • 03:54 had to be dried, and this was done on the roof.
  • 03:57 So the roof was a most important part
  • 03:59 of the ancient house of that time.
  • 04:03 It's true to say that Jesus and his disciples have seen houses
  • 04:06 exactly like these, made of the same material.
  • 04:11 The construction of a house in a village was a big event,
  • 04:15 and the carpenter was always a very important part of the team,
  • 04:18 who would supposed to build the scaffolding and all sorts
  • 04:21 of semi support and interim support.
  • 04:24 Then there would be the mason himself who would lay the stones
  • 04:27 one by one on the courses, usually working by himself
  • 04:31 according to the sources we have.
  • 04:37 Almost every family in ancient time had a few animals
  • 04:40 in the household not inside the house, but in some sort of
  • 04:44 a shed of a colt that they had.
  • 04:48 So this was average five, six animals for--per household.
  • 04:51 This was the average of the house.
  • 04:53 In the winter, they would have brought them into the house
  • 04:56 and sometimes if the weather was really very bad.
  • 04:58 There were families that specialized in growing animals
  • 05:02 on the fringe of the village, and they would send the cheese
  • 05:06 for the rest of the village in return for cereals
  • 05:09 or for olive oil.
  • 05:13 Zola: Bread was the basis of every meal in ancient times.
  • 05:16 The process of making bread began with taking grain
  • 05:19 from a storage area and grinding it into flour.
  • 05:22 The flour was then mixed with salt and water
  • 05:24 and kneaded by hand using a wooden bowl or plank.
  • 05:28 Usually the dough was shaped into what we would call
  • 05:31 pita bread; round, thin pieces that baked quickly using
  • 05:35 very little heat.
  • 05:39 Zvi: The typical house always comprising of living room
  • 05:44 in which the family gathers, in which the family performs
  • 05:47 all its role.
  • 05:48 That's where they gather to eat.
  • 05:50 That's where you find the table, usually not in the center
  • 05:52 of the house.
  • 05:53 It's usually stashed one side and brought to the center
  • 05:55 only when it's needed.
  • 05:58 Zola: In the 1st century, it was important to wash
  • 06:00 the hands before eating since there were no utensils
  • 06:03 like knives and forks.
  • 06:04 By this time, the Pharisees had insisted that Jews follow
  • 06:08 a prescribed procedure for hand washing.
  • 06:11 Jesus's disciples did not always follow the ritual of the
  • 06:13 Pharisees, but they did wash their hands before eating.
  • 06:16 It was also customary to give thanks before the meal.
  • 06:21 [speaking foreign language]
  • 06:25 Zola: Blessed art thou, O Lord our God, king of the
  • 06:28 universe, creator of the fruit of the vine.
  • 06:33 [speaking foreign language]
  • 06:38 Zola: Blessed art thou, O Lord our God, king of the
  • 06:40 universe who bringeth forth bread from the earth.
  • 06:44 These prayers have been said by the Jewish people for millennium
  • 06:48 and are still in use today.
  • 06:50 At the Last Supper, our Lord Jesus said the same these
  • 06:53 prayers before partaking of the elements in the Passover meal.
  • 07:10 Zola: Well, as Zvi was telling us, the people liked
  • 07:12 to live in stone houses close into the synagogue.
  • 07:17 They came off into worship.
  • 07:19 People came daily--several times a day and some still do,
  • 07:23 and they built their houses out of stone.
  • 07:25 They built in a permanent way in Israel.
  • 07:28 They still do that too.
  • 07:29 It's a municipal law today in Jerusalem that all the buildings
  • 07:32 have to be made of the natural stone found in the land,
  • 07:36 the limestone.
  • 07:38 So they built this way and the walls are still standing.
  • 07:41 The houses had small rooms, a roof of straw and palm branches,
  • 07:46 which is a good insulator.
  • 07:48 And although the roofs are gone over time,
  • 07:50 these stone wall houses remain.
  • 07:56 Inside the house, the table was often set with at least
  • 08:01 the staples of the diet of the day.
  • 08:05 The bread, the peculiar flat bread baked in the earthen
  • 08:09 ovens and of course the fruit of the vine always available.
  • 08:14 And these were not only sacramental things,
  • 08:19 as the Lord consecrated them, but they were the everyday fare
  • 08:21 of the people.
  • 08:23 In the house, a fire was going in the kitchen.
  • 08:25 It was also for heat as well as for cooking,
  • 08:28 and the house with its flat roof was really very serviceable.
  • 08:33 In the village of Silwan today, just south of the temple wall
  • 08:36 in Jerusalem, we can see flat roofs in an extraordinary
  • 08:40 display of how they build on mountainsides.
  • 08:43 And if you're going to live in a place like Jerusalem,
  • 08:45 that is necessary.
  • 08:47 Now, those flat roofs came in handy.
  • 08:49 When Peter was visiting Simon the tanner in Acts 10--
  • 08:53 and Acts 10 of course is an important chapter
  • 08:55 we've taught many times,
  • 08:57 the beginning of Gentile salvation.
  • 08:59 Peter was visiting in Joppa and Caesarea--
  • 09:02 that is Cornelius.
  • 09:05 It says Caesarea sent for him.
  • 09:07 Where do you think they found him?
  • 09:09 It says, "On the morrow, as they went on their journey,"
  • 09:11 that's Cornelius's men, "and drew nigh unto the city,
  • 09:15 Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour."
  • 09:20 So the flat roof got you out of the way of the family, the
  • 09:24 children, the animals, and so on and gave you a place
  • 09:27 to commune with the Lord.
  • 09:29 It was regarded as a sort of a porch.
  • 09:32 People actually put tubs of water out there and bathed
  • 09:36 in a hot climate, in the sunny day, or in the evening.
  • 09:42 And the story of David spying Bathsheba on her roof
  • 09:47 in her bath, it's clear now if you consider these roofs
  • 09:51 and how they worked that that could be seen.
  • 09:54 The palace was the highest point in the city, and her roof
  • 09:57 was just one of many that he could see.
  • 10:02 We mentioned that the houses were well-built,
  • 10:03 but there's a wonderful illustration in the Bible
  • 10:05 of just how well-built.
  • 10:07 In Israel, there are ancient cities going back very far.
  • 10:12 At Megiddo you find Canaanite ruins from--
  • 10:14 gosh, they were there, I suppose,
  • 10:16 when Abraham arrived or thereafter.
  • 10:19 And the Philistines built particularly well.
  • 10:23 Along the coastline, they built stone houses facing the sea
  • 10:27 breeze so that they were comfortable in the evenings
  • 10:30 when the wind came in and they could relax
  • 10:32 in these wonderful stone houses.
  • 10:34 Well, the Israelis built a new city for immigrants across the
  • 10:38 road called New Ashkelon and it filled up very fast as more
  • 10:42 and more immigrants came over time.
  • 10:45 And as new ones came speaking the same language, they too
  • 10:50 wanted to live in New Ashkelon, but the services had run out.
  • 10:53 The air conditioning, the electricity,
  • 10:55 the water was overburdened.
  • 10:58 They volunteered for a while that they would live in the
  • 11:01 ruins of the Philistines, imagine that, in the houses that
  • 11:04 were still there so well built 3,000 years before literally
  • 11:10 in the reign of David and Solomon.
  • 11:14 And so they were allowed to do that.
  • 11:16 And I came once on a tour in a bus that went by that area,
  • 11:20 seeing children's toys in the yard and laundry hanging by
  • 11:26 the old ruins, and the Bible teacher on that tour shared
  • 11:31 with us the wonderful verse Zephaniah 2:7 which says this:
  • 11:36 "And the coast shall be for the remnant of the house of Judah.
  • 11:40 They shall feed thereupon; in the houses of Ashkelon shall
  • 11:44 they lie down in the evening, for the Lord their God
  • 11:47 shall visit them and turn away their captivity."
  • 11:50 Imagine God remembered all this time his people out there,
  • 11:54 brought them back, and put them in those houses just
  • 11:56 as the prophet foretold.
  • 11:58 That prophecy has a range of 2,700 years and lands
  • 12:03 in one little town.
  • 12:05 ♪♪♪
  • 12:15 Jeffrey: Our Creator shows certain places on the planet to
  • 12:18 reveal himself and his message of redemption to us:
  • 12:23 Mount Sinai, Moriah, Olives, the Mount of Beatitudes
  • 12:27 as well as various seas, rivers, and deserts.
  • 12:30 These were the places.
  • 12:32 Some are now only ruins yet they continue to tell
  • 12:35 of the Lord's faithfulness and love.
  • 12:38 These sacred backdrops have been beautifully captured
  • 12:42 in our resource this week, the book "Heaven and Earth:
  • 12:47 Landmarks of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation."
  • 12:51 Our producer and director, Ken Berg, has assembled some
  • 12:55 of his favorite photographs taken during his four decades
  • 12:59 of travel through the lands of the Bible.
  • 13:04 Contact us and ask for the book "Heaven and Earth."
  • 13:10 ♪♪♪
  • 13:20 [singing foreign language]
  • 13:28 ♪ In the holy city of Jerusalem, ♪
  • 13:34 ♪ we will pray for peace. ♪
  • 13:37 ♪ Shalom. ♪
  • 13:47 David: If you love worshiping as much as we love to lead
  • 13:49 worship, we would love for you to join us on a tour to Israel,
  • 13:53 Greece, even Petra.
  • 13:55 Everywhere we go, we lead you in worship.
  • 13:58 Join us.
  • 13:59 You can find all the information on levitt.com.
  • 14:01 Right now let's go back to Zola's teaching in Israel.
  • 14:06 Zola: Well, the door of the house was a special thing
  • 14:08 too--the very door jamb because it had Scripture
  • 14:12 on it in a box called a mezuzah.
  • 14:14 Every Jewish home has this now.
  • 14:17 In Israel, every single hotel room has this little box
  • 14:20 of Scripture on the side of the door and in there is the
  • 14:24 Scripture from the law, most likely Deuteronomy 6:4
  • 14:29 [speaking foreign language]
  • 14:32 "Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God,
  • 14:34 the Lord is one."
  • 14:36 The lentils of the door, the trim on the jamb,
  • 14:39 was used in Egypt on Passover night.
  • 14:41 As you know, they were told to put blood on the lentils
  • 14:44 and swabbing the door with the blood.
  • 14:46 They put it on either side and on the top, and of course if you
  • 14:50 join those with lines somehow you make a cross.
  • 14:54 The floors of the house were very important, that they be
  • 14:56 strong, build on a strong foundation as the Lord advised.
  • 15:01 One method was to soak soil constantly with oil and pack it
  • 15:05 down and pack it down until you virtually had a waterproof floor
  • 15:09 as if it were covered with linoleum.
  • 15:12 In any case, the Lord made a parable about the man
  • 15:15 who built his house upon rock.
  • 15:17 You can't get a stronger floor than that.
  • 15:19 And the parable teaches that that is the way to build,
  • 15:22 and that is the way they built.
  • 15:25 The table sometimes was just a mat laid on the floor
  • 15:30 sometimes with a small table.
  • 15:32 Some houses, if they admired the Roman culture, had the
  • 15:35 three-sided triclinium table in the grander houses.
  • 15:38 But in a religious house, you would probably find a table
  • 15:41 very, very simple, maybe something like this,
  • 15:44 maybe lower.
  • 15:46 But in any case, just serviceable,
  • 15:48 not fancy at least in religious homes.
  • 15:53 The oil lamp could be found just everywhere,
  • 15:56 and we have a small one here.
  • 15:59 It's an ancient.
  • 16:01 At that time, it was an ancient fixture of the house.
  • 16:04 Oil lamps have been found from 4,000 years ago and going back.
  • 16:07 It's one of the simplest and most useful tools
  • 16:11 that man has ever developed.
  • 16:13 And the Lord love the idea of oil as the Holy Spirit,
  • 16:17 and throughout the Scripture we see the believer characterized
  • 16:22 as a kind of an oil lamp.
  • 16:24 In 2 Corinthians 4, we are characterized as
  • 16:28 but earthen vessels but having a flame within.
  • 16:32 The church eventually is called a candlestick,
  • 16:34 which is another kind of oil lamp.
  • 16:37 In the Revelation 2 and 3, the Lord threatens,
  • 16:39 "I'll remove your candlestick if you don't do these things
  • 16:42 or if you remain guilty of these things."
  • 16:45 There's a wonderful parable in Matthew 25 about
  • 16:49 the ten virgins.
  • 16:51 Five had oil for their lamps and five did not, you'll recall.
  • 16:54 The oil was all important to a young bride.
  • 16:57 We've often told the story of the bridegroom coming
  • 17:00 to propose, pouring her a cup of wine.
  • 17:02 She drinks it and he says, "I go to prepare a place for you."
  • 17:05 He goes back to his father's house to build her a mansion,
  • 17:08 a little bridal chamber for their honeymoon,
  • 17:11 and she for her part has to trim her oil lamp
  • 17:13 every night because the wedding contract said he
  • 17:16 can come for her any night and take her away.
  • 17:20 She's his from the moment she drinks the cup, but he does have
  • 17:23 to finish this chamber, she doesn't know when he's coming,
  • 17:26 and so she waits.
  • 17:28 And she waits particularly with this oil lamp trimmed
  • 17:32 at night because they like to come at midnight.
  • 17:35 They like to steal the bride out of her bed in the middle
  • 17:37 of the night, wake her and take her away.
  • 17:41 And so it says in the parable, it was midnight
  • 17:43 and a cry was made.
  • 17:45 Well, you have unusual situation that the Lord proposed
  • 17:47 in this parable.
  • 17:49 There are ten virgins and they're supposed to be ready
  • 17:53 to go when their bridegroom comes.
  • 17:55 It seems to characterize the peoples of the church perhaps,
  • 17:58 and the bridegroom does come at midnight.
  • 18:01 But it says five had oil and five did not,
  • 18:04 and the ones that did not could not go with him.
  • 18:06 The idea is--it's pitch dark outside and they're going to be
  • 18:09 running through the rugged fields of Israel,
  • 18:12 which are rocky and dangerous and hilly.
  • 18:17 And so the idea was that she had to have a lamp in her hand
  • 18:21 or it's just asking for a broken ankle or something.
  • 18:23 She'll never get to the chamber.
  • 18:25 That was the story.
  • 18:27 And so it says the five that had no oil went out to buy some oil.
  • 18:31 They knew what they needed.
  • 18:32 That teaches a wonderful lesson.
  • 18:34 They knew who the bridegroom was.
  • 18:36 They weren't surprised to hear the shouts:
  • 18:38 "The bridegroom cometh, go ye out to meet him."
  • 18:40 They knew they needed oil so they went out to buy some.
  • 18:44 Virgins want to get married.
  • 18:46 What was their mistake?
  • 18:48 Only that they didn't think he was coming that night.
  • 18:51 They probably would have gone during the day, the next day
  • 18:53 to get some oil, but they failed to have it at that very night.
  • 18:58 And so I guess it teaches there should never be a night
  • 19:02 when we do not think the Lord can come.
  • 19:05 He can come any night.
  • 19:07 I always like to say more likely tonight than last night.
  • 19:09 He didn't come last night.
  • 19:12 There will be a night that he comes.
  • 19:13 He's paid a terrific price for this bride,
  • 19:15 and he will be back to take us so that we can be there
  • 19:18 where he is.
  • 19:20 He said all that at the upper room, and we have to be very,
  • 19:24 very touched.
  • 19:26 Passover itself is a very good example of how
  • 19:30 the home was used.
  • 19:32 The in-laws, the children that had made,
  • 19:34 their children would come, everybody would come,
  • 19:36 even though it's a small room crowding.
  • 19:39 And you recall, the Lord and his men having Passover
  • 19:42 in an upper room.
  • 19:43 When we go to Israel and see the upper room,
  • 19:46 the traditionally accepted, it is a very large upper room.
  • 19:50 But I imagine in many towns, somebody lent a room to--
  • 19:55 singles to people that weren't with their family,
  • 19:58 to people away from home to have a Passover.
  • 20:00 They probably held Passover in bedrooms.
  • 20:03 Passover has been held in jail cells,
  • 20:04 in concentration camps, in cellars, in the ghettos.
  • 20:09 The Jews always celebrate Passover one form or another
  • 20:12 on the first full moon of spring no matter where they are,
  • 20:15 who has them captive, or whatever,
  • 20:17 and the house of course was critical.
  • 20:20 There was always a mat or a nicer table and special
  • 20:25 artifacts, nice dishes, and the cloth that come with Passover,
  • 20:30 a much touch for keeping the hidden piece of bread.
  • 20:34 Of course they wouldn't use this bread because it has leaven
  • 20:39 the round bread, but they would bake without leaven.
  • 20:40 So they'd have a perfectly flat sheet with stripes because they
  • 20:45 would grill it and pierced with holes so that the heat would go
  • 20:50 through it without any rising agent to--
  • 20:53 in order to cook through,
  • 20:55 you had to punch it like a pie crust.
  • 20:56 And so you would end up with that Passover matzah, pierced,
  • 21:01 striped, pure, really the body of the Lord.
  • 21:05 The Lord said, "This is my body and so you have it unleavened."
  • 21:08 Leaven in the Bible is sin.
  • 21:09 So unleavened bread is his body, sinless.
  • 21:13 "By his stripes are we healed."
  • 21:15 They shall look upon me whom they have pierced.
  • 21:17 And then the fruit of the vine always be served,
  • 21:21 but on Passover a special wine.
  • 21:24 Today there's Passover wines that are said
  • 21:27 to be kosher for Passover.
  • 21:29 [speaking foreign language]
  • 21:31 as we said in my household.
  • 21:32 And this wine is different.
  • 21:35 It's better than the year round wine, and that's an important
  • 21:38 point because when the Lord when he put his cup down
  • 21:40 at the Passover table said, "I'll not drink of this wine,"
  • 21:44 this Passover wine, "until I drink it new with you
  • 21:47 in my Father's Kingdom."
  • 21:49 Not just any wine, but he would not take of this particular cup,
  • 21:53 meaning that we will celebrate Passover
  • 21:55 in his father's kingdom.
  • 21:57 Scripture is clear that we'll do the Feast of Tabernacles
  • 21:59 in Zechariah 14:16.
  • 22:01 We'll do the high feasts throughout the kingdom.
  • 22:05 Gosh, people have written in saying
  • 22:07 how can I say they'll do sacrifices in the kingdom?
  • 22:10 I didn't say that. God said that.
  • 22:13 If you look in Ezekiel 43 and 45, you will see sacrifices
  • 22:16 of a memorial nature, even in the millennial kingdom
  • 22:20 just as we do this bread and wine in a memorial style
  • 22:24 at Passover remembering the Lord's sacrifice
  • 22:27 and what he said on that Passover night
  • 22:30 in that upper room, in that house where
  • 22:32 they offered such wonderful hospitality.
  • 22:35 Hospitality is legendary in the Middle East.
  • 22:39 Strangers can come, they are welcome.
  • 22:41 Bowls of water for their feet.
  • 22:43 Foot washing was very common.
  • 22:44 You come off the hot road or the desert and a good host
  • 22:47 would actually do you this service which is so relieving.
  • 22:52 And once I went to a Bedouin tent--
  • 22:55 they are famous for receiving strangers graciously.
  • 22:59 We were making the program.
  • 23:00 They gave us the best place to sit,
  • 23:02 a stone in the doorway where the breeze blew by.
  • 23:06 They served us tea, and we took an Arabic interpreter with us
  • 23:12 and I asked his advice when I went into the tent.
  • 23:16 "Can I discuss any subject with my Bedouin host that might be
  • 23:21 of interest to our viewers?"
  • 23:23 And he said, "Well, talk about anything you like."
  • 23:25 This was during the Lebanon campaign and politics
  • 23:28 in Israel were hansy as usual.
  • 23:31 I said to him, "Can I discuss politics with them?"
  • 23:35 Whatever you like, you will receive simply perfect
  • 23:38 hospitality in the tent.
  • 23:40 If you've offended him in any way, when you leave and get
  • 23:43 beyond a certain perimeter outside the camp,
  • 23:45 he'll come after you and kill you.
  • 23:47 So he told me.
  • 23:49 And so I thought, "Well, maybe he's hinting that I shouldn't
  • 23:51 discuss politics," and I didn't on that occasion.
  • 23:56 You would certainly be served bread, lahem,
  • 23:59 the staple of life.
  • 24:01 The Lord said, "I am the bread of life."
  • 24:03 It was bread that God fed the children of Israel on out there
  • 24:06 in the Exodus and it was--it's bread that the Lord actually was
  • 24:14 when that unleavened piece was broken and wrapped and buried as
  • 24:20 it is every Passover ceremony and brought forth again
  • 24:24 at the third cup.
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  • 25:23 Jeffrey: And that was Zola.
  • 25:26 For that matter, this is, as you know, "Zola Levitt Presents."
  • 25:31 Truth be known, Zola hasn't presented for a dozen years,
  • 25:36 but still the legacy carries on.
  • 25:40 We're not just going on the steam that Zola generated
  • 25:44 in his day.
  • 25:45 Of course he built this house.
  • 25:47 I wrote a book with him when I was apprenticing with him called
  • 25:50 "The House That God Built."
  • 25:52 It was on the tabernacle.
  • 25:54 Truth be known, this is the house that he built, and I know
  • 25:56 that I and Dave and Kirsten, we are inhabiting a home
  • 26:02 that someone else constructed.
  • 26:04 And the reason why that home stands and the reason why we
  • 26:08 inhabit it is because you find value in it.
  • 26:12 Those of us that have spent time on the planet know that people
  • 26:15 come and people go.
  • 26:17 It's a fact of life, and it's a fact of the Christian life
  • 26:21 as well that when someone lays down the torch,
  • 26:24 someone picks it up and carries it.
  • 26:27 And I want to thank you for helping us to burn bright
  • 26:32 and shine the light in this lighthouse that was
  • 26:35 a house that Zola Levitt built.
  • 26:38 Great ministry, isn't it?
  • 26:40 David: Home, very important to us.
  • 26:42 Kirsten: We share one. David: Takes some work, right?
  • 26:44 Kirsten It does. It does.
  • 26:46 You have to build it.
  • 26:47 Jeffrey: Yes it does, and people working together
  • 26:48 in the home so love can permeate and God's graces can--
  • 26:53 Kirsten: That's good.
  • 26:55 Jeffrey: Make your way.
  • 26:56 Kirsten: Talking about work, building house takes work.
  • 26:59 Next week, we're talking about the livelihoods of the very
  • 27:03 first Christians in the 1st century, things like fishing
  • 27:06 and making nets and tents.
  • 27:09 We'll talk all about that next week.
  • 27:11 Join us. Come back.
  • 27:13 Jeffrey: Come on back, and until then...
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Episodes in this series

  1. Birth
  2. The Home
  3. Livelihood
  4. The Family
  5. Agriculture
  6. Government
  7. Religion
  8. Messiah
  9. Death

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