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Episode: The Miracle of Passover (2007), Part 2
Zola explains the origin and significance of the Passover and demonstrates the feast. He also shows how Christ is revealed in the feast and proceeds to tell a "Christian Love Story."
Series: “The Miracle of Passover (2007)”
Zola explains the origin and significance of the Passover and demonstrates the feast. He also shows how Christ is revealed in the feast and proceeds to tell a “Christian Love Story.”

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Caption transcript for The Miracle of Passover (2007): Part 2 (2/2)

  • 00:18 PASSOVER, THE CROWN JEWEL OF BIBLICAL FEASTS,
  • 00:22 SACRED TO JEWS AND CHRISTIANS ALIKE.
  • 00:25 TAUGHT SINCE THE EXODUS THIRTY-FIVE CENTURIES AGO
  • 00:28 AND REVERED IN THE LORD'S SUPPER, COMMUNION, THE EUCHARIST
  • 00:33 AND BY ALL PEOPLES WHO RESPECT THE FREEDOM OF NATIONS.
  • 00:37 HERE IS PASSOVER
  • 00:40 IN ALL IT'S GLORY.
  • 00:47 HEARTY SHALOM TO ALL OF YOU.
  • 00:49 JEFFREY SEIF HERE WITH MY FRIEND SANDRA LEVITT.
  • 00:52 SHALOM.
  • 00:52 WELCOME BACK TO PASSOVER.
  • 00:54 AND ON WE GO TO COMMUNION.
  • 00:55 YES, AND WHAT A STORY IT IS. PASSOVER.
  • 00:58 GIVE ME 28 MINUTES, I'LL GIVE YOU A WINDOW INTO COMMUNION YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE.
  • 01:07 IT'LL BE GOOD!
  • 01:07 IT MAKES SENSE.
  • 01:08 CHRISTIAN PASSOVER, CHRISTIAN COMMUNION,
  • 01:11 JEWISH PASSOVER,
  • 01:12 ONE IN THE SAME THING.
  • 01:13 HERE'S ZOLA AS HE CONTINUES HIS TEACHING
  • 01:16 ON PASSOVER.
  • 01:18 WELL WE'RE IN THE MIDDLE OF PASSOVER.
  • 01:20 LAST WEEK I EXPLAINED
  • 01:21 HOW THIS 3500 YEAR OLD FEAST,
  • 01:24 THE WORLD'S OLDEST FEAST
  • 01:26 BY A LONG SHOT,
  • 01:26 WAS STILL BEING SET UP IN JEWISH HOMES
  • 01:29 AND I EXPLAINED THAT IN THE EXODUS THERE WERE 400 YEARS OF SILENCE
  • 01:35 BEFORE THAT BLOOD SACRIFICE OF THE LAMB THAT GOT THEM OUT OF EGYPT,
  • 01:39 COMPARABLE TO THE 400 YEARS OF SILENCE
  • 01:42 FROM THE END OF THE OLD TESTAMENT TO WHEN JESUS CAME,
  • 01:45 THE BLOOD SACRIFICE THAT TAKES US ALL OUT OF SLAVERY.
  • 01:47 AND THEN WE WENT ON TO COMPARE THE LAMB AND JESUS, THE LAMB OF EGYPT AND THE LAMB OF GOD.
  • 01:57 PRETTY MUCH THE SAME THING IN GOD'S VIEW.
  • 01:59 AND THEN I EXPLAINED HOW WE HAVE A DAY OF PREPARATION TO SET UP THIS TABLE CHANGE OVER,
  • 02:06 THE DISHES, GET THE LEAVEN OUT OF THE HOUSE,
  • 02:08 FATHER DONS THE KITTEL, WE COME TO THE TABLE,
  • 02:10 WE LIGHT THE CANDLE, WE HAD THEM LIT BY A FEMALE
  • 02:14 BECAUSE A FEMALE BROUGHT US THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD AFTER ALL.
  • 02:17 AND THEN WE DRANK THE FIRST CUP OF WINE, WE HID THE AFIKOMAN,
  • 02:23 WE BROKE A PIECE OF BREAD THAT WAS THE MIDDLE OF A STACK OF THREE,
  • 02:27 WE WRAPPED IT AND HID IT AWAY AND WE'LL COME TO IT LATER.
  • 02:31 WE HAD A YOUNG CHILD ASK THE FOUR QUESTIONS
  • 02:35 AND WE STARTED THE STORY OF THE EXODUS,
  • 02:39 ESPECIALLY THE FOODS ON THIS PLATE.
  • 02:41 THERE'S BITTER HERBS AND CHAROSES,
  • 02:45 A MIXTURE OF APPLES AND NUTS AND CINNAMON
  • 02:47 THAT REPRESENTS BRICK MORTAR.
  • 02:49 AND THEN THE PARSLEY WHICH WE DIPPED IN SALT WATER.
  • 02:54 WE POINTED OUT ABOUT THE DIPPING IN THE GOSPEL, "THE ONE WHO DIPS AFTER ME".
  • 02:58 AND WE CAME THROUGH THESE FOODS,
  • 03:00 THE SECOND CUP WE POUR IT OUT SO IT LOOKS LIKE BLOOD FOR THE PLAGUES
  • 03:06 AND WE HAD COME UP TO THIS EGG. THERE'S AN EGG ON THIS PLATE.
  • 03:12 THERE'S AN EGG IN WHAT WE CALL EASTER TOO,
  • 03:14 BUT I'M GOING TO EXPLAIN HOW THIS REALLY IS NOT A VALID BIBLICAL SYMBOL.
  • 03:19 IT'S NOT CALLED FOR IN THE SCRIPTURE.
  • 03:21 THE EGG IS USED AS A SYMBOL OF FERTILITY.
  • 03:24 NOW FERTILITY AND RESURRECTION ARE QUITE DIFFERENT THINGS.
  • 03:29 YOU KNOW, EVERY PLANT, EVERY BUG IS FERTILE.
  • 03:33 WE GET RESURRECTION ONLY FROM JESUS CHRIST.
  • 03:36 THE EGG SEEMS TO HAVE CREPT ONTO THE JEWISH PLATE FROM THE BABYLONIAN TIMES,
  • 03:42 FROM NEBUCHADNEZZAR.
  • 03:42 IT SEEMS TO HAVE CREPT INTO RESURRECTION SUNDAY THE SAME WAY.
  • 03:48 IN OTHER WORDS THAT SUNDAY IN THE BIBLE IS CALLED "FIRST FRUITS".
  • 03:53 WHEN WE SAY "EASTER" WE ARE PRONOUNCING THE NAME
  • 03:56 OF A BABYLONIAN GODDESS OF FERTILITY, "ISHTAR".
  • 03:59 THIS LEAKS OVER FROM A PAGAN RITE AND THE BABYLONIANS HAD A FERTILITY RITE EVERY SPRING.
  • 04:08 THEY HAD A VERITABLE ORGY.
  • 04:08 THEY HAD TO GET AHEAD OF THE PLAGUES THAT WERE KILLING THEM ALL THE TIME
  • 04:12 BECAUSE THEY DID NOT HAVE THE LAW OF GOD AND DID NOT LIVE IN A CONTINENT WAY
  • 04:16 AND THEY HAD WHAT THE LORD CALLED "THE DISEASES OF EGYPT"
  • 04:20 AND THEY WERE DECIMATED ALL THE TIME,
  • 04:21 SO IN THE SPRING THEY WOULD ENCOURAGE A LOT OF FERTILITY AND HAVE THE FERTILITY GODDESS,
  • 04:26 THEY WORSHIPPED THE THINGS IN NATURE OF FERTILITY,
  • 04:29 THE TREES WERE PUTTING ON NEW CLOTHES, SO THEY BOUGHT NEW OUTFITS,
  • 04:32 THE RABBIT WHO WAS SO HEROICALLY FERTILE, WE STILL HAVE THIS EASTER BUNNY.
  • 04:37 YES, AND WE PLAY WITH EGGS TOO, THE PRIME SYMBOL OF FERTILITY. WE COLOR THEM, WE HIDE THEM.
  • 04:44 NOW LOOK, I'LL TELL YOU A TRUTH, AN EGG HUNT IS AN ATTEMPT AT PREGNANCY, THAT'S WHAT THAT IS.
  • 04:52 WELL, THINK ABOUT THAT. AND IT'S ALMOST FUNNY WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT.
  • 04:56 AND WE'RE DOING THIS BABYLONIAN RITE EVERY SPRING
  • 05:00 AND CONFUSING IT WITH RESURRECTION SUNDAY, "FIRST FRUITS".
  • 05:04 IF WE WOULD ONLY CALL IT "FIRST FRUITS" BY ITS BIBLICAL NAME, A MUCH GREATER TRUTH EMERGES.
  • 05:09 IF THERE'S A FIRST, THERE'S A SECOND, A THIRD. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT RESURRECTION HERE.
  • 05:15 IN FIRST CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 15, VERSE 22 THE SCRIPTURE SAYS,
  • 05:33 JESUS IS CALLED BY THE NAME OF A FESTIVAL.
  • 05:35 HE HAS A NUMBER IN THIS RESURRECTION.
  • 05:37 HE'S THE FIRST MAN PERMANENTLY RESURRECTED AND HIS NUMBER IS ONE. AND WE ALL HAVE A NUMBER.
  • 05:45 EVIDENTLY, YOU GO INTO ONE OF THOSE CROWDED STORES WHERE THEY GIVE YOU A NUMBER,
  • 05:49 YOU'RE CONFIDENT THAT YOU'LL BE SERVED AND YOU WILL BE SERVED.
  • 05:51 WELL, IN THIS RESURRECTION IT SAYS THE DEAD IN CHRIST WILL RISE FIRST.
  • 05:55 WELL, OBVIOUSLY THEY HAVE LOWER NUMBERS. (Audience laughing)
  • 05:58 WE GO IN ACTUAL RANKS IN THIS RESURRECTION. IT'S THAT ORGANIZED.
  • 06:03 YOU HAVE A NUMBER, AND I HAVE A NUMBER,
  • 06:04 THE SCRIPTURE SAYS THE HAIRS OF YOUR HEAD ARE ALL NUMBERED.
  • 06:08 SOME OF YOU HAVE HIGHER NUMBERS THAN I DO.
  • 06:10 (Audience laughing).
  • 06:12 BUT REALLY THE EGG IS A FERTILITY SYMBOL
  • 06:16 AND FERTILITY AND RESURRECTION ARE REALLY QUITE DIFFERENT.
  • 06:18 IT'S A LITTLE CRUSADE OF MY OWN. I WISH WE COULD CALL THE FESTIVAL "FIRST FRUITS".
  • 06:22 I REMEMBER A CHURCH WHERE THEY ASKED ME TO SPEAK ON "FIRST FRUITS".
  • 06:27 A PASTOR CALLED AND SAID, "COULD YOU SPEAK TO US ON FIRST FRUITS?"
  • 06:32 I WAS SO HONORED THAT FINALLY I HEAR SOMEBODY USE THE RIGHT NAME
  • 06:35 FOR THE BIBLICAL NAME FOR THE FESTIVAL.
  • 06:38 I SAID, "I'LL BE GLAD TO COME".
  • 06:39 I CAME TO THE CHURCH,
  • 06:40 ON THE WAY IN I BROKE A BRANCH OFF A YOUNG TREE TO WAVE OVER THE CONGREGATION,
  • 06:44 CAUSE THAT'S WHAT YOU DO ON FIRST FRUITS.
  • 06:45 A THANK OFFERING FOR THE LORD MAKETH THE LAND FERTILE AGAIN AFTER THE EXODUS.
  • 06:49 A DEACON TOLD ME, "BROTHER LEVITT, WE JUST PLANTED THOSE TREES."
  • 06:54 I SAID, "YOUR SUPPOSED TO PICK A SACRIFICE!"
  • 06:58 (Audience laughing)
  • 07:01 I REMEMBER THAT MORNING I SAT ON THE PODIUM,
  • 07:03 THE PASTOR WANTED TO DO EVERYTHING RIGHT AND HE SAID TO ME,
  • 07:05 "HOW DO I INTRODUCE YOU BROTHER LEVITT?"
  • 07:07 "DO I CALL YOU A MESSIANIC JEW OR A COMPLETED JEW OR A HEBREW CHRISTIAN, A JEWISH CHRISTIAN?"
  • 07:13 "WHAT ARE YOU?
  • 07:14 AND I THOUGHT A MINUTE AND I SAID,
  • 07:15 "YOU KNOW WHEN MY PEOPLE WERE SAVED IN THE FIRST CENTURY THEY CALLED US CHRISTIANS."
  • 07:21 (Audience laughing).
  • 07:23 THAT'S ALL THERE WAS TO THAT.
  • 07:24 WELL, THAT IS THE PLATE INCLUDING THE EGG AND THIS IS HOW IT IS SET UP.
  • 07:30 WHEN FATHER IS TELLING THE STORY
  • 07:32 WE'VE PARTAKEN OF EACH OF THE FOODS AS HE COMES TO THAT ISSUE IN THE STORY.
  • 07:37 SO WE DIPPED FOR THE RED SEA AND SO ON.
  • 07:40 BUT THIS WHOLE PLATE IS A STORY OF SALVATION.
  • 07:43 IT REALLY TELLS OF YOUR WHOLE.
  • 07:45 THE BITTER HERBS BEFORE YOU WERE SAVED.
  • 07:48 THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB,
  • 07:51 YOUR COMING TO CHRIST.
  • 07:53 THE RED SEA.
  • 07:54 YOU KNOW WATER KILLS BUT THE HEBREW NATION WENT IN THERE AND CAME OUT SAFELY.
  • 07:59 WHEN YOU WENT INTO YOUR BAPTISM AND WENT OUT SAFELY, YOU COULD DROWN IN THERE
  • 08:03 BUT YOU CAME OUT SAFELY LIKE THEY DID.
  • 08:05 AND NOW YOU'RE IN THE WILDERNESS WALKING ALONG IN THIS TOUGH AREA OF SO MUCH LAW
  • 08:09 WHERE IT'S SO HARD TO GET FOOD AND WATER BUT WE'RE EVER HEADING TOWARD HEAVEN, JERICHO.
  • 08:16 HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE EVERY SEEN JERICHO?
  • 08:19 IT'S A BEAUTIFUL PLACE.
  • 08:19 FLOWERS AND GRAPEFRUITS AND ORANGES HANGING OFF THE TREES
  • 08:23 AND COLD WATER RUNNING UP AND DOWN THE GUTTERS.
  • 08:25 THIS IS WHERE GOD CHOSE TO SHOW HIS CHOSEN PEOPLE THEIR PROMISED LAND.
  • 08:29 JERICHO IS A SYMBOL OF PARADISE, OF HEAVEN, OF THE END OF THE EXODUS JOURNEY,
  • 08:35 OF THE END OF OUR JOURNEYS IN THIS LIFE.
  • 08:38 THE CLINCHER IS THE NAME OF THE LEADER.
  • 08:41 YOU RECALL WHEN THE CHOSEN PEOPLE WENT INTO THE PROMISED LAND AT JERICHO
  • 08:45 IT WAS WITH SHOUTS AND TRUMPETS AND THE WALLS FELL DOWN.
  • 08:48 AND THE NAME OF THE LEADER WAS JOSHUA, GENERAL JOSHUA.
  • 08:51 WELL, WHO'S GOING TO TAKE OUT THE CHURCH?
  • 08:54 WE CALL HIM JESUS BUT HIS NAME IN HEBREW IS "YESHUA".
  • 08:58 IF YOU TRANSLATE THAT DIRECTLY TO ENGLISH WITHOUT THE GREEK TRANSLITERATION OF JESUS,
  • 09:04 "YESHUA" MEANS "JOSHUA".
  • 09:06 WE LOSE A BIBLE TYPE, A SYMBOL THAT'S WONDERFUL HERE.
  • 09:09 THE FACT IS ONCE AGAIN JOSHUA IS GOING TO TAKE HIS CHOSEN PEOPLE TO THE PROMISED LAND
  • 09:16 AT THE SOUND OF THE SHOUTS OF THE TRUMPETS.
  • 09:28 SO IT'S A REPEAT PERFORMANCE.
  • 09:29 THE RESURRECTION OR THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH IS LIKE THE ENTRY INTO JERICHO AFTER THE EXODUS.
  • 09:37 WELL, AFTER ALL THOSE FOODS WE THEN HAVE THE REAL MEAL.
  • 09:41 THESE ARE JUST APPETIZER FOODS OBVIOUSLY
  • 09:43 AND NOW WE SERVE THE BEST MEAL OF THE YEAR
  • 09:47 AND IT IS NOT LAMB THOUGH.
  • 09:49 THEY USUALLY OMIT LAMB BECAUSE YOU KNOW YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO TAKE YOUR LAMB TO THE TEMPLE,
  • 09:54 OFFER IT TO GOD, HE HAD A PORTION, THE PRIEST TOOK A PORTION.
  • 09:59 GOD LIKES LAMB EVIDENTLY.
  • 10:00 THEY FEEL LIKE THEY'RE EATING IN FRONT OF HIM AND SO THEY HAVE CHICKEN OR BEEF
  • 10:04 OR SOME OTHER KOSHER MEAT AND THEY EAT A WONDERFUL FEAST.
  • 10:07 AND THEN AT THE END OF THIS FEAST FATHER GETS UP AGAIN, THE SERVICE GOES ON.
  • 10:14 I MEAN WE'VE EATEN FOR TWO HOURS NOW, PICTURE, THIS IS A LONG EVENING, I CAN TELL YOU.
  • 10:19 AND AT THE END OF THIS MEAL THE LAST THING EATEN IS THAT HIDDEN AFIKOMAN.
  • 10:26 YOU REMEMBER THE PIECE OF BREAD WE BROKE LAST WEEK?
  • 10:29 WE TOOK THE MIDDLE PIECE OUT OF THIS BAG, BROKE IT,
  • 10:31 WRAPPED IT UP IN A WHITE CLOTH, HID IT AWAY.
  • 10:34 FATHER NOW BRINGS IT FORTH AGAIN, GETS IT OUT OF ITS HIDING PLACE.
  • 10:44 AND THIS PIECE OF BREAD
  • 10:47 AND THE THIRD CUP OF WINE, THE CUP OF REDEMPTION,
  • 10:50 IS THE LORD'S SUPPER. IT'S NOT LIKE IT, IT IS IT. IT'S THE ORIGINAL.
  • 10:55 IT'S THE COMMUNION, THE EUCHARIST, WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT.
  • 11:01 THIS RED, AND THIS PARTICULARLY WINE,
  • 11:03 YOU SEE I TOLD YOU IF YOU COULD SEE THE WHOLE SERVICE YOU'LL APPRECIATE IT BETTER.
  • 11:08 SO THIS IS HOW IT COMES OUT OF THE SERVICE.
  • 11:11 AND LET ME SAY A FEW WORDS ABOUT THE BREAD AND THE WINE.
  • 11:16 WE CAN PICK UP JESUS DOING THIS IN THE GOSPEL.
  • 11:29 NOW WHAT DID HE SAY IN THAT BLESSING?
  • 11:31 WELL THE BLESSING OVER BREAD HAD BEEN THE SAME FOR 1500 YEARS.
  • 11:35 "Barukh atah Adonai eloheinu melekh ha-olam,"
  • 11:38 "ha-motzi lechem min ha-aretz."
  • 11:39 "BLESSED ART THOU, O LORD OUR GOD, KING OF THE UNIVERSE,"
  • 11:43 "WHO BRINGEST FORTH BREAD FROM THE EARTH"
  • 11:45 AND SO THERE WAS A PROPHECY IN THAT BLESSING.
  • 11:49 MEN, DON'T WORRY IF THEY TRY TO PUT MY BODY IN THE EARTH THIS WEEK.
  • 11:53 THIS BREAD IS MY BODY BUT GOD BRINGS FORTH BREAD FROM THE EARTH.
  • 11:57 YOU CAN'T BURY A KERNEL OF WHEAT. SOMETHING COMES UP AGAIN.
  • 12:02 WHEN HE SAID THIS BREAD IS MY BODY IT'S NOT JUST A METAPHOR.
  • 12:05 THE BREAD IS UNLEAVENED. IT'S PURE LIKE HIS BODY.
  • 12:10 IT HAS STRIPES.
  • 12:12 YOU HAVE TO GRILL IT.
  • 12:14 "BY HIS STRIPES ARE WE HEALED."
  • 12:16 AND IT'S PIERCED WITH HOLES
  • 12:18 LIKE A PIE CRUST IS PIERCED.
  • 12:19 YOU CAN SEE RIGHT THROUGH IT.
  • 12:22 HE SAID, "I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE."
  • 12:24 HE WAS BORN IN BETHLEHEM, "BEIT LEHEM", "HOUSE OF BREAD."
  • 12:29 HE WAS BURIED ON THE FESTIVAL CALLED "UNLEAVENED BREAD".
  • 12:31 THIS IS THE ONLY PICTURE WE HAVE OF OUR LORD
  • 12:34 AND WE GET OUR SALVATION SIMPLY LIKE THIS.
  • 12:41 HIS BODY IS BROKEN FOR US. WE PARTAKE OF IT
  • 12:45 AND WE INGEST THAT QUALITY OF RISING FORTH FROM THE EARTH.
  • 12:50 THAT'S THE WONDERFUL PIECE OF BREAD THAT WE HID AWAY.
  • 12:54 IT WAS THE MIDDLE OF THE THREE.
  • 12:55 IF IT'S THE TRINITY, THEN THAT WHOLE CEREMONY WAS PERFORMED WITH THE BODY OF THE SON.
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  • 13:56 YOU CAN BE CHANGED.
  • 13:57 THE WHOLE PURPOSE OF THE PASSOVER
  • 13:58 IS TO REMIND THAT GOD TOOK PEOPLE OUT OF SLAVERY AND TOOK THEM INTO FREEDOM.
  • 14:02 THAT STORY THAT HAPPENED BACK THEN IS AVAILABLE TO ALL OF US TODAY.
  • 14:06 OH WOULDN'T YOU BUT JUST APPRECIATE WITH ME HOW JESUS IS REVEALED IN THE PASSOVER STORY.
  • 14:13 AND WOULDN'T YOU, LIKE THEY IN A BYGONE ERA,
  • 14:15 APPROPRIATE THE BLOOD OF THAT LAMB AND BE SET FREE FROM SLAVERY
  • 14:19 AND GO ON ROUTE TO THE PROMISED LAND THAT GOD HAS FOR YOU.
  • 14:22 STAY TUNED. THERE'S MORE TO COME ON THE PASSOVER.
  • 14:25 WELL, WE JUST TALKED ABOUT THE BREAD AND HOW IT SPEAKS TO RESURRECTION.
  • 14:29 WHEN WE INGEST THAT BREAD WE INGEST THAT QUALITY OF COMING FORTH FROM THE EARTH OURSELVES.
  • 14:35 WHEN HE HAD SAID THAT BLESSING THEY'D SAID IT FROM TIME IMMEMORIAL,
  • 14:39 BUT HE REALLY GAVE IT A NEW MEANING.
  • 14:41 NOW, THE CUP. HE SAID,
  • 14:43 "BARUCH HATA ADONAI ELOHENU MELLECH HA'OLAM,"
  • 14:46 "BORAY PERI HAGAFEN."
  • 14:47 "BLESSED ART THOU, OH LORD OUR GOD, KING OF THE UNIVERSE,"
  • 14:50 "CREATOR OF THE FRUIT OF THE VINE."
  • 14:51 WELL HE'D ALREADY SAID "I'M THE TRUE VINE. THE DISCIPLES ARE THE BRANCHES."
  • 14:55 IT'S US, THE CHURCH, THAT IS THE FRUIT OF THE VINE OR THE FRUITS OF THE VINE.
  • 14:59 AND WE'RE BRANCHES, TOO, AND WE BEAR FRUITS, BUT HE IS DRINKING A TOAST TO US. AND WHY?
  • 15:06 BECAUSE A CUP OF WINE WAS THE WAY THAT A BRIDEGROOM PROPOSED MARRIAGE.
  • 15:11 HE DRANK A TOAST TO THE BRIDE. HE SET IT BEFORE HER.
  • 15:14 IT WORKED LIKE THIS. SEE, THEY DIDN'T HAVE DATING AND COURTSHIP IN ISRAEL.
  • 15:19 THE LAW WAS TOO STRICT FOR THAT.
  • 15:21 THEY JUST PROPOSED ON THE FIRST DATE.
  • 15:24 MY FATHER PROPOSED TO MY MOTHER ON THEIR FIRST DATE.
  • 15:27 YOU KNOW THEY DIDN'T THINK ANYTHING OF MARRYING STRANGERS.
  • 15:29 IN "FIDDLER ON THE ROOF" THERE'S A SONG, "THE FIRST TIME I SAW YOU WAS ON OUR WEDDING DAY".
  • 15:34 THEY SAID NO MATTER HOW LONG YOU KNEW EACH OTHER YOU STILL ALWAYS MARRY A STRANGER.
  • 15:40 (AUDIENCE LAUGHING)
  • 15:43 SOME PEOPLE ARE LAUGHING.
  • 15:46 (MORE LAUGHTER)
  • 15:48 (ZOLA LAUGHS)
  • 15:49 YOU KNOW REBECCA MARRIED A STRANGER WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT.
  • 15:53 REMEMBER REBECCA. SHE'S LIKE AN ILLUSTRATION OF THE CHURCH.
  • 15:55 SHE'S IN HER PLACE IN HARAN AND HERE COMES A SERVANT SENT BY ABRAHAM.
  • 15:59 ELIEZER COMES TO HER AND SHE WATERS HIS CAMELS
  • 16:02 AND HE SHOWS HER BEAUTIFUL THINGS THAT A PERSPECTIVE BRIDEGROOM HAS SENT.
  • 16:06 SHE SEES THESE THINGS AND SHE'S WOOED AND WON AND WILLING TO GO OFF AND MARRY HIM.
  • 16:11 THAT'S OUR POSITION. WE HAVE NOT REALLY SEEN JESUS CHRIST,
  • 16:14 BUT WE HAVE SEEN THE GIFTS BROUGHT BY THE HOLY SPIRIT
  • 16:17 AND WE'RE WOOED AND WON WILLING TO GO OFF AND MARRY THIS JEWISH PRINCE WE KNOW NOT WHERE.
  • 16:22 SO REBECCA IS REALLY AN ILLUSTRATION OF THE CHURCH. IT'S A BEAUTIFUL STORY.
  • 16:26 A PERFECT STRANGER COULD SPOT ANY LADY IN THE MARKET THAT DIDN'T HAVE A VEIL ON
  • 16:32 AND FOLLOW HER HOME OR LEARN WHERE SHE LIVED AND COME TO HER HOUSE WITH A MARRIAGE CONTRACT.
  • 16:38 HE WOULD ALSO BRING SOME MONEY. THEY HAD A BRIDE PRICE.
  • 16:41 HER FATHER WAS ENTITLED TO RECEIVE A PRICE FOR EACH DAUGHTER.
  • 16:44 IT WAS THOUGHT THAT IF YOU RAISED SONS YOU HAD DEFENDERS AND WORKERS ON YOUR PLACE.
  • 16:49 NATURAL ADVANTAGES. BUT THE MEN THAT RAISED DAUGHTERS HAD NOTHING BUT LIABILITIES.
  • 16:54 SOME OF YOU MEN MAY SYMPATHIZE WITH THAT.(Audience Laughing)
  • 16:57 BUT WHEN THE GIRLS GOT BIG ENOUGH THE BOYS WANTED TO MARRY THEM,
  • 17:00 YOU COULD KIND OF CONSOLIDATE YOUR LOSSES. (Audience laughing)
  • 17:04 WELL, THE YOUNG MAN WOULD COME IN. NOW IT DIDN'T HAVE TO BE A STRANGER.
  • 17:07 IT COULD BE THE KID FROM THE NEXT FARM.
  • 17:08 IT COULD BE A FELLOW AT WHOSE FEET YOU DROPPED A MAP TO YOUR HOUSE IN THE MARKET PLACE.
  • 17:13 (Audience laughing)
  • 17:14 BUT ANYWAY, WHOEVER IT WAS HE WOULD COME IN AND SET DOWN THIS OBVIOUS ENVELOPE
  • 17:18 WITH A CONTRACT WITH A BUNCH OF CASH IN THERE AND SET A CUP OF WINE BEFORE YOU.
  • 17:24 THERE YOU ARE LADY, TAKE ALL THE TIME YOU NEED. TWO MINUTES, THREE MINUTES...
  • 17:30 (Audience laughing)
  • 17:31 READ THE CONTRACT, COUNT THE MONEY. (Audience laughing)
  • 17:35 BUT EITHER LIFT UP THAT CUP AND DRINK IT OR IF YOUR INTUITION TELLS YOU SOMETHING ISN'T RIGHT
  • 17:41 YOU DON'T HAVE TO DRINK IT, JUST WITHDRAW.
  • 17:44 THAT GUY WILL PICK UP HIS STUFF AND LEAVE AND HE WON'T BE BACK.
  • 17:49 OKAY. THAT'S HOW IT WORKED.
  • 17:51 LET'S SAY IN OUR STORY THE GAL PICKS UP THE CUP AND SIPS FROM IT.
  • 17:55 WELL, THEN THE YOUNG MAN WOULD JUMP UP AND SAY, "I GO TO PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU."
  • 17:58 AND HE'D GO BACK TO HIS FATHER'S HOUSE AND BUILD HER A LITTLE MANSION,
  • 18:03 A BRIDAL CHAMBER FOR THEIR HONEYMOON.
  • 18:05 NOW,YOU CAN SEE THIS IS THE GOSPEL. THE LORD CAME FROM HIS FATHER'S HOUSE TO OUR HOUSE.
  • 18:11 HE BROUGHT THE CONTRACT. "BRIT HAHADASHA", THE NEW CONTRACT, NEW TESTAMENT WE CALL IT.
  • 18:17 DON'T LOSE YOUR NEW TESTAMENT. THAT'S YOUR MARRIAGE LICENSE.
  • 18:21 HE POURED THE CUP HERE AT THE PASSOVER TABLE,
  • 18:25 SET IT BEFORE US. THEY DRANK IT THAT NIGHT, THE CHURCH AND IT'S SET BEFORE YOU OFTEN.
  • 18:31 AND HE PAID THE PRICE, THE HIGHEST POSSIBLE PRICE, THE VERY LIFE OF AN INNOCENT MAN.
  • 18:39 YOU CAN'T PAY MORE THAN THAT.
  • 18:40 AND HE MADE THAT SPEECH,"I GO TO PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU", AND HE WENT BACK TO HIS FATHER'S HOUSE.
  • 18:46 AND HE SAID IN MY FATHER'S HOUSE ARE MANY MANSIONS.
  • 18:49 THERE'S ENOUGH FOR THE WHOLE CHURCH THERE.
  • 18:51 WONDERFUL. AND RIGHT NOW HE'S BUILDING A BRIDAL CHAMBER. WE DON'T KNOW WHEN HE'S COMING.
  • 18:55 IT COULD BE TONIGHT. NO REASON WHY NOT TONIGHT.
  • 18:59 MORE LIKELY TONIGHT THAN LAST NIGHT.
  • 19:02 HE DIDN'T COME LAST NIGHT.
  • 19:04 THERE WILL BE A NIGHT HE COMES.
  • 19:06 A MAN DOESN'T PAY A PRICE LIKE THAT FOR A BRIDE AND NOT GO AND GET HER.
  • 19:09 BELIEVE ME, THE YOUNG MAN WHOSE CUP SHE DRANK ALWAYS CAME BACK FOR HER, NO QUESTION.
  • 19:15 WELL, SHE WENT ABOUT HER BUSINESS WEARING A VEIL IN THE TOWN. THE VEIL IS HER FAITH.
  • 19:21 THAT'S WHAT COVERS HER. THEY DON'T RECOGNIZE HER, BUT THEY KNOW SHE'S ENGAGED.
  • 19:26 THAT'S WHAT KEEPS THE WORLD FROM RECOGNIZING US REALLY.
  • 19:28 OUR CONTRACT BEHIND THE SCENES WITH THE ONE WE LOVE AND ARE WAITING FOR.
  • 19:33 THE CONTRACT SAID SHE HAD TO BE WAITING EVERY NIGHT.
  • 19:36 SHE TRIMMED AN OIL LAMP. THEY LIKED TO COME AT MIDNIGHT.
  • 19:39 THEY LIKED TO COME LIKE THIEVES IN THE NIGHT.
  • 19:42 SHE WAS CALLED CONSECRATED, SET APART, BOUGHT WITH A PRICE.
  • 19:46 SHE'S NOT HER OWN. THAT'S HOW PAUL DESCRIBES THE CHURCH.
  • 19:49 HE SAID I WOULD PRESENT YOU A VIRGIN BRIDE TO MY LORD.
  • 19:52 THAT'S THE STORY. AND WHEN THE CHAMBER WAS FINALLY DONE
  • 19:55 IT WAS UP TO THE FATHER OF THE GROOM WHEN THE CHAMBER WAS PROPERLY FINISHED.
  • 20:00 YOU COULD SEE THE LOGIC THERE.
  • 20:01 IF IT WERE UP TO THE YOUNG MAN HE WOULD THROW UP SOME KIND OF LEAN-TO AND GO GET THE GIRL.
  • 20:05 (Audience laughing)
  • 20:06 HIS FATHER TOLD HIM WHEN IT WAS DONE. SO IF YOU SAW A YOUNG MAN BUILDING A CHAMBER
  • 20:10 YOU MIGHT SAY TO HIM, "WHEN IS THE BIG DAY?"
  • 20:14 BUT HE WOULD SAY, "I DON'T KNOW. ONLY MY FATHER KNOWS."
  • 20:17 WHICH THE LORD SAID IN THE GOSPEL, YOU SEE.
  • 20:19 WELL, THE BIG NIGHT WOULD FINALLY COME. THEY'D SLIP UP TO HER HOUSE IN THE DARK
  • 20:25 MAKING SURE EVERYBODY IS ASLEEP.
  • 20:26 NOW THE RULES WERE THEY COULDN'T JUST RUSH IN AND GRAB YOU OUT OF YOUR BED.
  • 20:30 I MEAN THIS IS YOUR WEDDING NIGHT. YOU MIGHT HAVE COLD CREAM ON YOUR FACE.
  • 20:33 THE RULES WERE THAT WHEN THEY WERE CLOSE ENOUGH TO BE HEARD
  • 20:37 SOMEONE IN THE WEDDING PARTY HAD TO SHOUT.
  • 20:40 WHEN SHE HEARD THAT SHOUT SHE KNEW HE'D BE IN THERE IN A MOMENT.
  • 20:43 SO THE PARABLE OF THE TEN VIRGINS IT SAYS IT WAS MIDNIGHT AND A CRY WAS MADE.
  • 20:49 OR THE GREAT RAPTURE SCRIPTURE,
  • 20:56 AND THEY'D RUSH IN AND GRAB THE BRIDE AND ALL THE GIRLS
  • 20:58 AND RUN THEM OUT OF THE TOWN AND THROUGH TOWN INTO THE BRIDAL CHAMBER AT THIS FATHER'S HOUSE.
  • 21:05 NOW I TELL THAT STORY TO ILLUSTRATE THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS CUP.
  • 21:08 THIS CUP IS THE LORD'S PROPOSAL TO YOU.
  • 21:10 IF YOU'RE WILLING TO WAIT FOR HIM EVERY NIGHT AND GO WITH HIM WHEN HE COMES,
  • 21:14 THEN WHEN THEY SERVE YOU THIS CUP, DRINK IT.
  • 21:16 NOW YOU LADIES HAVE HAD MORE CUPS POURED FOR YOU THAN YOU CAN POSSIBLY LIFT. THAT'S NORMAL.
  • 21:23 IDEALLY YOU PICK UP ONE GOOD ONE.
  • 21:26 BUT YOU KNOW, THE CUP YOU DON'T DRINK, LIKE I SAID, THAT FELLOW WOULD TAKE HIS STUFF AND GO.
  • 21:31 HE'S NOT GOING TO COME BACK AGAIN.
  • 21:33 THE ONE CUP YOU LIFT AND DRINK, THAT YOUNG MAN WILL ALWAYS COME BACK.
  • 21:36 SO WHEN THEY SERVE YOU JESUS' CUP, DRINK IT AND WHEN HE COMES, HE'LL STOP AT YOUR HOUSE.
  • 21:43 NOW THAT IS COMMUNION. THAT'S THE BREAD. THAT'S THE WINE.
  • 21:46 I BROKE UP THE PIECE OF BREAD BECAUSE THAT'S HOW WE GET OUR SALVATION. THAT'S SIMPLY IT.
  • 21:53 HIS BODY BROKEN FOR US. THAT CUP.
  • 21:55 YOU KNOW, WHEN WE SIN SO WE RENEW OUR VOWS SO TO SPEAK. WE DRINK IT OFTEN.
  • 22:01 OUR LORD PUT DOWN HIS CUP AND SAID "I'LL NOT DRINK THIS WINE"
  • 22:04 "UNTIL I DRINK IT NEW WITH YOU IN MY FATHER'S KINGDOM."
  • 22:06 HE DOESN'T SIN, BUT HE'S WAITING TO DRINK ANOTHER CUP WITH US.
  • 22:10 THE LAST CUP HE HAD WITH THE CHURCH WAS THEN ON PASSOVER NIGHT.
  • 22:14 IMAGINE, HE MUST BE LOOKING FORWARD TO IT.
  • 22:16 THAT'S THE THIRD CUP. AND THE FOURTH CUP IS FOR ELIJAH.
  • 22:20 ELIJAH HAS A CUP OF WINE IN FRONT OF AN EMPTY CHAIR
  • 22:24 AND WE'RE WAITING FOR HIM TO COME AND ANNOUNCE THE MESSIAH.
  • 22:27 MALACHI SAYS,
  • 22:33 WELL, WE UNDERSTAND THAT TO BE THE SECOND COMING,
  • 22:34 BUT THE JEWS HAVE NOT RECEIVED JESUS AND ARE STILL WAITING FOR ELIJAH.
  • 22:38 THEY SEND A YOUNG CHILD TO THE DOOR, OPEN IT, LOOK OUT INTO THE STREET, SEE IF ELIJAH'S THERE.
  • 22:44 IN MY TURN I WOULD WALK DOWN TO THE CORNER.
  • 22:46 THERE WERE GENTILES LIVING BETWEEN US AND THE CORNER.
  • 22:47 I THOUGHT MAYBE ELIJAH WOULD PASS BY AND NOT STOP AT OUR HOUSE.
  • 22:52 WE HAD A TABLE SET. I MEAN DISHES, SILVERWARE, COFFEE,
  • 22:57 EVERYTHING FOR ELIJAH IN CASE HE CAME.
  • 22:59 HE NEVER DID COME AND WE DON'T EXPECT HIM UNTIL THE SECOND COMING.
  • 23:03 HE MAY BE ONE OF THE TWO WITNESSES.
  • 23:06 AND THAT'S WHERE WE GO INTO THE HYMNS.
  • 23:07 IT SAYS IN THE GOSPEL THEY SANG A HYMN AND WENT OUT TO THE MOUNT OF OLIVES.
  • 23:11 I WANT TO TEACH YOU A HEBREW HYMN. IT'S EASY ENOUGH TO LEARN.
  • 23:15 IT ONLY HAS ONE WORD, "DAYENU".
  • 23:18 SAY THAT, "DAYENU". (Everyone speaking)
  • 23:20 "DAYENU" MEANS ENOUGH. AND IT'S AT THE END OF THIS LONG SERVICE.
  • 23:24 BUT IT REALLY REFERS TO WHAT GOD DID FOR US IN THE EXODUS.
  • 23:28 THE SONG IS LIKE... THE FATHER SAYS SOMETHING LIKE,
  • 23:31 "IF HE'D ONLY BROUGHT US OUT OF THE LAND OF EGYPT IT WOULD HAVE BEEN ENOUGH!"
  • 23:36 AND YOU SING, "ENOUGH, ENOUGH, ENOUGH." TO THIS TUNE,
  • 23:38 ♪ DAY-DAYENU, DAY-DAYENU, DAY-DAYENU, DAYENU, DAYENU! ♪♪
  • 23:45 AND TWICE LIKE A FIGHT SONG. ALRIGHT?
  • 23:47 AND THEN HE SAYS ANOTHER QUEUE AND YOU SING ANOTHER VERSE AND IT GOES ON AND ON.
  • 23:53 SO LET'S TRY IT. READY?
  • 23:54 IF HE HAD ONLY GIVEN US THE LAW IT WOULD HAVE BEEN ENOUGH!
  • 23:56 ♪ DAY-DAYENU, DAY-DAYENU, DAY-DAYENU, DAYENU, DAYENU! DAYENU! ♪
  • 24:03 ♪ DAY-DAYENU, DAY-DAYENU, DAY-DAYENU, DAYENU, DAYENU! ♪♪
  • 24:09 COME ON, I WANT YOU TO SING LIKE JEWS THAT HAVE HAD FOUR CUPS OF WINE! (Audience Laughing)
  • 24:15 IF HE HAD ONLY GOTTEN US THROUGH THE WILDERNESS IT WOULD HAVE BEEN ENOUGH!
  • 24:18 ♪ DAY-DAYENU, DAY-DAYENU, DAY-DAYENU, DAYENU, DAYENU! DAYENU! ♪
  • 24:25 ♪ DAY-DAYENU, DAY-DAYENU, DAY-DAYENU, DAYENU, DAYENU! ♪♪
  • 24:32 (APPLAUSE)
  • 24:40 AND THAT BRINGS PASSOVER TO A CLOSE. THEY SING THAT HYMN.
  • 24:45 AND IT MAY HAVE BEEN THE SAME. THAT'S AN OLDIE BUT GOODIE.
  • 24:48 THAT'S BEEN SUNG IN EVERY CULTURE IN EVERY GENERATION. PASSOVER ENDS ON AN UPBEAT NOTE.
  • 24:54 OH, THERE'S MORE HYMNS THAN THAT IN THE PASSOVER BOOK. WE SANG A TON OF THEM.
  • 24:59 YOU WOULD BE AT THE TABLE FROM SUNDOWN UNTIL MIDNIGHT ON A REAL PASSOVER.
  • 25:04 YOU WOULD HEAR HOURS OF TEACHING.
  • 25:05 YOU WOULD EXPERIENCE THE EXODUS ALL OVER AGAIN AS IF YOU WERE THERE.
  • 25:10 IT WAS A THRILL. IT WAS A WONDERFUL FAMILY HOLIDAY.
  • 25:14 IT ENDS WHEN FATHER PRONOUNCES THIS GREAT BLESSING,
  • 25:17 "L'SHANAH HABA'AH B'YERUSHALAYIM," NEXT YEAR IN JERUSALEM.
  • 25:22 AND, YOU KNOW, FOR 2,000 YEARS - I REMEMBER INTERVIEWING THE MAYOR OF JERUSALEM.
  • 25:28 WE SAW THE FOOTAGE. AND HE SAID, "IS THAT POLITICS, 2,000 YEARS OF YEARNING LIKE THAT?"
  • 25:34 HE'D BEEN ACCUSED OF IT'S PURE POLITICS, THAT THE JEWS WANT ISRAEL AND SO ON.
  • 25:39 NO, THEY HAVE PRAYED, THEY HAVE CRIED, THEY HAVE WEPT.
  • 25:41 AND NOW THAT THEY HAVE JERUSALEM AND CAN GO THERE FOR PASSOVER
  • 25:44 THE PRAYER HAS BEEN SAID SO LONG THAT IT CONTINUES BY MOMENTUM. IT'S STILL IN THE HAGGADAH.
  • 25:50 SO THEY SAY EACH TIME, "L'SHANAH HABA'AH B'YERUSHALAYIM",
  • 25:55 NEXT YEAR IN JERUSALEM.
  • 25:57 WE WONDER IF THEY'RE NOT SAYING, NEXT YEAR IN THE NEW JERUSALEM.
  • 26:00 AND I ALWAYS SAY, SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALIAM,
  • 26:04 PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM. AMEN.
  • 26:26 ONE OF MY FAVORITE PARTS OF THE PASSOVER STORY, JEFF,
  • 26:28 IS THE GROOM PROPOSING TO THE WIFE WITH THE CUP OF WINE.
  • 26:33 IT'S THE WAY ZOLA PROPOSED TO ME
  • 26:35 AND IT WAS JUST THE SWEETEST, DEAREST THING.
  • 26:37 I UNDERSTOOD WHAT IT MEANT.
  • 26:40 HE WAS ASKING ME, REALLY, TO BE HIS WIFE,
  • 26:43 JUST LIKE MESSIAH ASKS US TO BE HIS BRIDE. I LOVED IT.
  • 26:47 GREAT STORY.
  • 26:49 IT IS A WONDERFUL STORY.
  • 26:50 THANK YOU FOR WATCHING AND AS YOU GO,
  • 26:52 SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALIAM,
  • 26:54 PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.
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Episodes in this series

  1. The Miracle of Passover (2007), Part 1
  2. The Miracle of Passover (2007), Part 2

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