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Episode: “The Story of Hanukkah”
Dr. Jeffrey Seif sets up the story of Hanukkah and the abominable Antiochus Epiphanes; wherein, the Syrian dictator overthrew Jerusalem and desecrated the Holy Temple. Although many throughout history have sought to destroy God’s chosen people, Jeff reassures us that, “He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.” Also, we learn about harvesting the olive and its importance to the golden Menorah, which resided in the Holy Place.
Series: “The Feast of Lights”
Since the dawn of time, forces of darkness have amassed and threatened the Jews with extinction. However, in every generation, God provided a leader who would shine the Light of God’s faithfulness. Hanukkah—the Jewish Feast of Lights harks back to a time when a cruel, anti-Semitic dictator threatened to wipe out the Hebrews. But the Lord’s Deliverer arose, lit the lamp of hope, and saved Israel. From generation to generation, Jews have lit lamps in their homes to commemorate the victory and retell the story of the Feast of Lights.

Caption transcript for The Feast of Lights: “The Story of Hanukkah” (1/3)

  • 00:07 FROM TIME IMMEMORIAL
  • 00:09 FORCES OF DARKNESS HAVE UNMASKED AND THREATENED THE JEWS WITH EXTINCTION.
  • 00:13 IN EVERY GENERATION, HOWEVER,
  • 00:16 GOD PROVIDED A LEADER WHO WOULD SHINE THE LIGHT OF GOD'S FAITHFULNESS.
  • 00:20 HANUKKAH, THE JEWISH FEAST OF LIGHTS, HARKS BACK TO A TIME
  • 00:25 WHEN JUDAISM WAS THREATENED WITH EXTINCTION.
  • 00:28 A HERO EMERGED, LIT THE LAMP OF HOPE AND DELIVERED ISRAEL.
  • 00:33 FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION JEWS LIGHT LAMPS IN THEIR HOMES TO COMMEMORATE THE VICTORY
  • 00:39 AND TO RETELL THE STORY OF...
  • 00:47 SHALOM, JEFFREY SEIF HERE WITH MY GOOD FRIEND SANDRA LEVITT
  • 00:51 SHALOM
  • 00:52 AND TOGETHER WE ARE GOING TO BE DOING
  • 00:54 THE FIRST OF A THREE PART SERIES
  • 00:56 ON THE JEWISH VERSION OF CHRISTMAS.
  • 00:59 A HOLIDAY CALLED "HANUKKAH".
  • 01:02 GREAT HOLIDAY IN THE JEWISH WORLD ISN'T IT SANDRA?
  • 01:04 IT'S A FUN HOLIDAY.
  • 01:06 IT SURELY IS.
  • 01:07 IT'S JUST A GREAT HOLIDAY >>YES
  • 01:08 FUN, FUN, FUN
  • 01:09 FUN MEMORIES FOR ME,
  • 01:10 I REMEMBER I WAS A
  • 01:11 YOUNGSTER WHEN I GOT
  • 01:12 A LITTLE FIRE TRUCK
  • 01:14 AND I THOUGHT I DIED
  • 01:15 AND WENT TO HEAVEN THEN,
  • 01:16 TELL YOU THE TRUTH
  • 01:17 IT WAS THE GREATEST THING IN ALL THE WORLD.
  • 01:18 YOU GET EIGHT GIFTS, NOT JUST ONE GIFT,
  • 01:20 YOU GET EIGHT GIFTS. THAT'S ALWAYS FUN!
  • 01:22 EIGHT DAYS OF PRESENTS.
  • 01:23 OF COURSE, THERE'S THE CONTEMPORARY WAY TO CELEBRATE IT.
  • 01:26 WE NEED TO FOCUS A LITTLE ON WHAT THE "IT" IS.
  • 01:29 A STORY THAT GOES BACK TO THE SECOND CENTURY BC
  • 01:32 WHEN PEOPLE WERE TRYING TO KILL JEWS.
  • 01:35 AND THAT'S WHAT'S IMPORTANT TODAY,
  • 01:36 IS THAT THE JEWS STOOD UP AND SAID,
  • 01:40 "NO MORE." "NO MORE."
  • 01:42 "WE'RE NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANY MORE."
  • 01:44 AND THAT'S A GREAT HOLIDAY
  • 01:45 YES, WE NEED TO REMEMBER THAT YEAR AFTER YEAR TOO
  • 01:48 BECAUSE IT WAS THE SYRIANS BACK THEN,
  • 01:50 ANTIOCHUS EPIPHANES WAS BENT ON DESTROYING THE JEWS, SECOND CENTURY BC,
  • 01:55 RAN INTO THE TEMPLE, SET UP AN ALTAR TO ZEUS
  • 01:59 AND DESECRATED IT.
  • 02:00 HORRIBLE! >>PIGS BLOOD EVERYWHERE.
  • 02:02 I CAN'T IMAGINE THE VISUAL
  • 02:04 THAT THE JEWS SAW WHEN THEY
  • 02:05 CAME BACK TO THE TEMPLE.
  • 02:07 YES, HE NOT ONLY HATED JEWS, HE WENT OUT OF HIS WAY TO INSULT THE JEWS,
  • 02:10 RIGHT. ABSOLUTELY >>TO DEFAME THE GOD OF ISRAEL
  • 02:13 IS THIS SOUNDING FAMILIAR TODAY?
  • 02:14 YES, GENERATION TO GENERATION
  • 02:16 IT JUST GOES ON AND ON AND ON >>YES
  • 02:18 NOWWHAT WE HAVE ON THE MENU TO DO HERE AS I SAID
  • 02:21 IS TO CELEBRATE WITH YOU BY TEACHING THREE PROGRAMS DEALING WITH HANUKKAH.
  • 02:28 IN A MOMENT ARCHAEOLOGIST, ROBERT MULLINS IS GOING TO COME
  • 02:31 AND HE IS GOING TO TEACH A LITTLE BIT ABOUT OIL.
  • 02:35 THE HANUKKAH STORY IS A MIRACLE.
  • 02:38 "NES GODOL HAYAH SHAM", A GREAT MIRACLE HAPPENED THERE.
  • 02:40 A MIRACLE THAT HAD TO DO WITH THE MENORAH, WITH THE CANDELABRA,
  • 02:44 A MIRACLE OF OIL, WITH THE DEDICATION,
  • 02:46 THE REDEDICATION OF THE TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM
  • 02:50 THE OLIVE TREE IS MENTIONED IN THE BIBLE SOME FIFTY TIMES.
  • 02:53 ONE OF THE FIRST REFERENCES TO THE OLIVE IS IN THE BOOK OF GENESIS
  • 02:58 WHERE FOLLOWING NOAH'S FLOOD
  • 03:00 WE HAVE A DOVE THAT RETURNS TO THE ARK WITH AN OLIVE BRANCH IN ITS MOUTH.
  • 03:05 SINCE THAT TIME THE OLIVE TREE
  • 03:06 HAS BEEN A SYMBOL OF
  • 03:08 PEACE AND PROSPERITY.
  • 03:11 ONE OF THE MOST NOTICEABLE THINGS ABOUT THE OLIVE TREE IS THE CHARACTER OF ITS LEAVES.
  • 03:17 YOU'LL NOTICE THAT THE OLIVE LEAF HAS BOTH A DARK SIDE AND A LIGHTER, SILVERY UNDERSIDE.
  • 03:25 AND THE RABBIS OF JESUS' DAY MADE THIS CONNECTION
  • 03:28 BETWEEN THE EFFECT OF LIGHT BY THE MOVEMENT OF THE LEAVES WITH THE WIND
  • 03:34 AND ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PRODUCTS OF THE OLIVE TREE,
  • 03:37 AND THAT IS THE FRUIT OF THE OLIVE TREE, WHO'S OIL WOULD BE USED FOR OIL LAMPS.
  • 03:43 AND SO WE HAVE LIGHT IN CONNECTION IN THE TREE ITSELF
  • 03:47 AND LIGHT IN CONNECTION WITH THE OLIVE OIL.
  • 03:50 THE OLIVE TREE BLOSSOMS BETWEEN MARCH AND APRIL
  • 03:53 AND IN FACT THIS IS BETWEEN THE TIME OF PASSOVER AND THE TIME OF PENTECOST FIFTY DAYS LATER.
  • 04:00 BY JULY THE FRUIT IS FULLY FORMED ON THE TREE BUT IT IS STILL UNRIPE.
  • 04:06 NOW, THE METHOD THAT'S USED TODAY IS THE SAME METHOD THAT WAS USED 2000 YEARS AGO
  • 04:14 WHAT THEY DID IS THEY LAID AT THE BASED OF THE TREE A CLOTH
  • 04:18 THAT WOULD CATCH THE FRUIT AS IT CAME DOWN FROM THE TREE.
  • 04:21 THE METHOD OF GATHERING THE FRUIT WAS DIFFERENT IN VARIOUS WAYS.
  • 04:26 FOR EXAMPLE, IT WAS POSSIBLE TO CLIMB UP INTO THE TREE AND PICK THE FRUIT BY HAND.
  • 04:31 ONE COULD ALSO, UP IN THE TREE, SHAKE THE BRANCHES AND THIS WOULD RELEASE SOME OF THE FRUIT.
  • 04:37 IT IS ALSO POSSIBLE ON THE GROUND WITH LONG STICKS
  • 04:40 TO REACH UP AND HIT THE TREE AND ALSO KNOCK DOWN THE FRUIT AS WELL.
  • 04:56 I'M COMING TO YOU FROM THE MOUNT OF OLIVES.
  • 04:58 BEHIND ME IS THE GREATEST VISTA IN THE WORLD,
  • 05:04 JERUSALEM, YOUNG AND OLD.
  • 05:07 YOU SEE THE NEW JERUSALEM
  • 05:09 AND YOU THE SEE THE WALL
  • 05:10 AROUND THE OLD CITY.
  • 05:12 FASCINATING PICTURE
  • 05:14 HERE FROM THE MOUNT OF OLIVES.
  • 05:16 AND IN MY HAND, YES...OLIVES.
  • 05:20 IN ANCIENT ISRAEL THEY WERE ALL FARMERS AND THEY LOVED BRINGING IN THE FRUITS OF THE EARTH.
  • 05:26 AND THE OLIVES WERE USED WITH OTHER FRUITS OF THE EARTH TO MAKE LIGHT;
  • 05:30 THE OIL WAS USED FOR LIGHT AND FOR COOKING AND FOR A VARIETY OF THINGS.
  • 05:35 OH, THEY LOVED TO GATHER IN THE OLIVES!
  • 05:37 AND YOU KNOW SOMEONE WANTED TO GATHER IN THIS CITY BEHIND ME.
  • 05:41 IT WAS A CHOICE FRUIT; IT WAS A CHOICE OLIVE IN THE EYES OF ANTIOCHUS EPIPHANES, THE MADMAN.
  • 05:49 HISTORY STUDENTS RECALL HOW IN THE SECOND CENTURY BC, A MAN NAMED ANTIOCHUS AROSE.
  • 06:00 STUDENTS RECALL HOW JUDEA HAD BEEN ANNEXED INTO THE LARGER SYRIAN PROVINCE.
  • 06:06 AND SO IT IS THAT JUDEANS WERE IMPOSED UPON BY ANTIOCHUS
  • 06:14 WHO FOISTED PAGAN PRACTICES ONTO THE JEWISH WORLD.
  • 06:19 IT WAS HORRIBLE AND ANTIOCHUS WAS INVOLVED IN A WAR WITH THE THALAMIC DYNASTY IN EGYPT.
  • 06:27 TO HELP PAY FOR THE WAR HE SEIZED JERUSALEM AND HE SAYS, "I GOT TO GET ME THAT."
  • 06:33 HE SEES GOLD IN THE TEMPLE, HE SAYS, "I GOT TO GET THAT."
  • 06:37 AND BEYOND THAT THERE WAS SOMETHING THAT HE DIDN'T LIKE IN JUDEA.
  • 06:41 HE DIDN'T LIKE JUDAISM AND HE SAID, "I GOT TO GET RID OF THAT."
  • 06:46 AND WHAT DOES ANTIOCHUS DO?
  • 06:48 HE USES HIS INFLUENCE AND BY DINT OF DETERMINATION
  • 06:51 HE PRESSES HIS ARMIES TO BREAK THROUGH JERUSALEM. THEY BREACH THE CITY.
  • 06:57 THEY GO INTO THE TEMPLE AND THEY GO INTO THE VERY HOLY OF HOLIES
  • 07:03 AND THERE THEY SET UP AN ALTAR, A SHRINE TO ZEUS.
  • 07:08 AND UPON THAT ALTAR WHAT DO THEY DO?
  • 07:10 THEY SLAY PIGS; THEY SACRIFICE SWINE'S FLESH, INDEED AN ABOMINATION.
  • 07:19 THEY DID OTHER THINGS AS WELL, SAD TO SAY, TO GET RID OF JEWS AND JUDAISM.
  • 07:25 WHAT DO THEY DO?
  • 07:27 THEY MAKE IT AGAINST THE LAW TO KEEP KOSHER.
  • 07:31 NOT ONLY DO WE HAVE TO SACRIFICE PIGS TO ZEUS BUT INDIVIDUALS HAVE TO EAT IT THEMSELVES.
  • 07:38 NOT ONLY ARE JEWS PROHIBITED FROM KEEPING KOSHERITE LAWS, JEWS ARE FORBIDDEN TO CIRCUMCISE.
  • 07:46 BEYOND THAT, JEWS ARE FORBIDDEN TO KEEP THE SABBATH.THERE IS AN OLD SAYING,
  • 07:51 "IT'S NOT THE JEWS WHO KEEP THE SABBATH,BUT RATHER IT'S THE SABBATH THAT KEEPS THE JEWS."
  • 08:00 SO WHAT HAVE WE HERE?
  • 08:02 WE HAVE A WORLD THAT'S FOISTED ONTO THE JEWISH WORLD.
  • 08:06 WE HAVE ANTIOCHUS EPIPHANES IN HIS DAY HELL BENT ON DESTROYING JEWS.
  • 08:12 HELL BENT ON DESTROYING JUDAISM, BELIEVING THAT THE WORLD WOULD BE A BETTER PLACE WITHOUT JEWS.
  • 08:21 AND SO HE SET HIMSELF TO DESTROY IN AS MUCH AS THE DEVIL COMES TO STEAL, TO KILL AND TO DESTROY,
  • 08:31 HE SETS HIMSELF TO ERADICATE JUDAISM FROM THE WORLD. IT'S A HORRIBLE STORY IS IT NOT?
  • 08:39 TRAGICALLY IT'S A STORY THAT'S PLAYED OUT FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION.
  • 08:45 YESTERDAY THERE WAS ANTIOCHUS EPIPHANES MINDED TO DESTROY JUDAISM AND JEWS.
  • 08:52 BEFORE HIM WAS A PHARAOH
  • 08:54 IN EGYPT WHO WAS DETERMINED
  • 08:56 TO RID THE WORLD OF JEWS.
  • 09:00 AFTER HIM THERE WAS THIS LEADER AND THAT LEADER,
  • 09:02 WE GET INTO THE MODERN ERA,
  • 09:04 WE HAVE "HITLERS" IN MY PARENTS GENERATION,
  • 09:07 WE HAVE STALIN ERADICATING JEWS IN HIS DOMINION,
  • 09:11 IN THE MODERN WORLD WE HAVE MAHMOUD AHMADINEJAD SWEARING THAT THE WORLD'S A BETTER PLACE
  • 09:19 FOR ISRAEL TO BE DRIVEN OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH AND THE STORY GOES ON AND ON AND ON.
  • 09:24 AMIDST THE TURBULENCE OF OFTEN TRYING TIMES
  • 09:27 JEWS HAVE CARVED OUT A LITTLE SPACE AROUND DECEMBER WHEN JEWS COMMEMORATE THE FACT,
  • 09:35 THOUGH THERE WILL BE THOSE AGAINST US, THERE'S A GOD WHO'S FOR US.
  • 09:39 AND HANUKKAH TELLS THAT STORY AND THERE'S A VARIETY OF SPIN-OFFS FROM IT,
  • 09:44 BUT FUNDAMENTALLY HANUKKAH IS A WAY THE JEWS CELEBRATE THE FACT THAT
  • 09:49 "HE WHO KEEPETH WATCH OVER ISRAEL NEITHER SLUMBERS NOR SLEEPS."
  • 09:57 AND SO IT IS FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION JEWS GATHER AND THEY REMEMBER "NES GADOL HAYAH SHAM",
  • 10:05 THAT A GREAT MIRACLE HAPPENED THERE.
  • 10:10 AND JEWS REMEMBER HOW GOD GATHERED TOGETHER HIS PEOPLE.
  • 10:14 IT'S INTERESTING HOW AGRARIAN LANGUAGE IS USED.
  • 10:18 JEWS ARE CONSIDERED AT ONE LEVEL IN THE BIBLICAL TEXT THE "APPLE OF GOD'S EYE".
  • 10:23 JEWS ARE COMPARED TO AS A FIG TREE AND IN SOME SENSE JEWS ARE LIKE THE FRUITS OF THE OLIVE.
  • 10:29 THE OLIVE IS TAKEN, IT'S PRESSED, IT'S SQUEEZED,
  • 10:34 BUT GOOD THINGS COME OUT OF THAT OLIVE WHEN IT IS.
  • 10:37 SO PLEASED YOU'RE STAYING WITH US AND WATCHING THIS HANUKKAH STORY
  • 10:41 AND WE'LL CONTINUE TO ATTEND TO ITS PARTICULARS AS OUR STORY CONTINUES TO UNFOLD.
  • 10:47 GOD BLESS.
  • 10:49 (ZOLA PLAYING THE RECORDER)
  • 11:01 JEFF IT'S GREAT SEEING YOU ON THE MOUNT OF OLIVES.
  • 11:03 THE MOUNT OF OLIVES IS REALLY A WONDERFUL VISUAL FOR US.
  • 11:06 IT SURELY IS AND JUST THINK ABOUT IT
  • 11:08 THE MOUNT OF OLIVES. >>OLIVES. YES
  • 11:10 THESE WERE FARMERS THERE AND PEOPLE VALUED THE FRUITS OF THE EARTH.
  • 11:16 IT SHOWS WHAT THE EARTH BRINGS FORTH
  • 11:20 AND HERE ARE THE OLIVES, THEY USED IT FOR EVERYTHING.
  • 11:23 NOTHING WENT TO WASTE.
  • 11:24 YES, IN DIFFICULT TIMES LIFE HAS ADVERSITY,
  • 11:27 BUT THE JEWS KEEP BEARING FRUIT KIND OF LIKE THE OLIVE,
  • 11:30 LIKE THE FRUITS OF THE EARTH.
  • 11:31 AND WE'RE REMINDED OF THAT WHEN WE SEE THE OLIVES.
  • 11:34 YES, I THINK SO OFTEN THAT JEWS HAVE BEEN THROUGH SO MUCH,
  • 11:37 BUT WE REMEMBER YEAR AFTER YEAR HOW GOD'S BEEN FAITHFUL.
  • 11:42 "HE WHO KEEPS WATCH OVER ISRAEL NEITHER SLUMBERS NOR SLEEPS."
  • 11:55 THE OLIVE, ONE LITTLE FRUIT OF THE EARTH,
  • 11:59 BIG APPLICATIONS FROM THIS FRUIT THAT'S PRESSED,
  • 12:03 THE OIL OF WHICH THEN IS USED TO LIGHT LAMPS ALL OVER ANCIENT ISRAEL, A MILLENNIA AGO.
  • 12:10 THE OIL IS USED TO COOK AND LEVITICAL PRIESTS HAD SPECIAL APPLICATIONS
  • 12:16 AS THEY USED THE OIL TO LIGHT THE LAMPS IN THE "BEIT HA-MIKDASH", THE TEMPLE,
  • 12:21 A STORY THAT WE'LL ATTEND TO IN A MOMENT.
  • 12:29 JUDAISM SAGES GOING TO GREAT DETAIL
  • 12:31 TO TALK ABOUT HOW THERE WAS A SPECIAL GROUP OF PRIESTS THAT WERE VESTED WITH RESPONSIBILITY
  • 12:37 TO MANUFACTURE THE OLIVE OIL THAT WAS USED IN THE TEMPLE.
  • 12:42 TODAY THE TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM NO LONGER STANDS, HOWEVER.
  • 12:46 IT WAS DESTROYED IN 70 AD AND THE "MENORAH", THE CANDELABRA THAT WAS USED IN THE TEMPLE
  • 12:52 WAS CARRIED OFF TO ROME, IN FACT, AS A RELIC IT WAS THERE PLACED,
  • 12:56 IT WAS GIVEN A PRIVATE PLACE AS A SYMBOL FOR THE ROMANS OF HOW THEY CONQUERED JUDEA.
  • 13:01 IN THE ABSENCE OF THE TEMPLE PROPER THE SYNAGOGUE DEVELOPED
  • 13:04 AND IT DEVELOPED IN SUCH A WAY TO KEEP THE MEMORY OF THE TEMPLE ALIVE,
  • 13:10 IN FACT, WE SEE THERE'S A LAMP THAT'S LIT RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE ARK OF THE COVENANT.
  • 13:15 THE "ARON KODESH", THE ARK OF THE COVENANT CONTAINS THE SCRIPTURES.
  • 13:19 HERE WE HAVE THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (SPEAKING HEBREW).
  • 13:23 THESE ARE JUST ABBREVIATED REMINDERS OF THESE VARIOUS TEN COMMANDMENTS.
  • 13:28 AND UNDERNEATH HERE WE HAVE (SPEAKING HEBREW);
  • 13:33 "BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD."THIS IS CALLED FROM PSALM CHAPTER 118.
  • 13:40 YOU MIGHT RECALL THAT WHEN JESUS SPOKE IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 24,
  • 13:45 THERE HE GIVES THE OLIVET DISCOURSE ON THE MOUNT OF OLIVES
  • 13:49 AND THIS IS PRECIPITATED IN THE 23RD CHAPTER BY HIM TELLING THE RELIGIOUS LEADERS THAT,
  • 13:54 "YOU WILL NOT SEE ME AGAIN UNTIL YOU'RE READY TO SAY,"
  • 13:57 "BLESSED BE HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD."
  • 14:00 THAT'S WHAT THIS IS, (SPEAKING HEBREW),
  • 14:05 IN FACT, I'M COMING TO YOU FROM BARUCH HASHEM CONGREGATION.
  • 14:09 IT'S A MESSIANIC JEWISH CONGREGATION MADE UP OF JEWS AND NON-JEWS WHO LOVE THE LORD,
  • 14:15 LOVE THE "ANOINTED ONE", THE MESSIAH OF ISRAEL AND GATHER HERE TO PRAY AND SAY,
  • 14:20 "BLESSED BE HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD."
  • 14:37 THE SCRIPTURES. BIBLICAL TRUTH PIERCES THE DARKNESS NOW DOESN'T IT?
  • 14:43 LONG BEFORE THE INVENTION OF THE PRINTING PRESS,
  • 14:46 USED WERE SCROLLS THAT ARE HERE BEHIND ME IN FRONT OF YOU.
  • 14:51 TORAH SCROLLS, WHEREIN THE WORD OF GOD IS WRITTEN BY HAND WORD FOR WORD.
  • 14:59 THERE ARE BEAUTIFUL COVERS THAT ADORN THESE.HERE WE HAVE ONE THAT SAYS, (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 15:05 THIS IS THE CONGREGATION BARUCH HASHEM,
  • 15:07 THE MESSIANIC JEWISH SYNAGOGUE WHERE WE ARE RIGHT NOW
  • 15:10 AND UNDERNEATH I SEE HERE EMBROIDERED A HEBREW EXPRESSION, (SPEAKING HEBREW),
  • 15:18 THERE'S AN EXPRESSION, "IT'S A TREE OF LIFE" TO THOSE WHO GRAB HOLD OF IT.
  • 15:24 SCRIPTURE IS A TREE OF LIFE. SPEAKING OF LIFE YOU MIGHT RECALL WHERE JESUS SAID,
  • 15:35 WE'RE LOOKING AT OIL. OIL IS USED TO LIGHT A LAMP IN HANUKKAH.
  • 15:40 "NES GADOL HAYAH SHAM" IS THE FAMOUS JEWISH EXPRESSION,
  • 15:44 "A GREAT MIRACLE HAPPENED THERE".
  • 15:47 YOU MIGHT RECALL ONCE UPON A TIME THERE WERE INDIVIDUALS
  • 15:50 WHO THOUGHT THE WORLD WOULD BE A BETTER PLACE WITHOUT JEWS IN IT.
  • 15:53 IT'S A STORY THAT UNFORTUNATELY PLAYS OUT "DOR L'DOR", GENERATION TO GENERATION.
  • 15:58 ANTIOCHUS EPIPHANES WANTED TO RID THE WORLD OF TORAH SCROLLS,
  • 16:02 GET RID OF MENORAHS, GET RID OF JEWS ENTIRELY. BUT GOD HAD OTHER PLANS.
  • 16:08 HERE, LOOKING IN THE SCRIPTURE I'M HARKING BACK TO THE BOOK IN HEBREW, IT'S CALLED "SHEMOT",
  • 16:14 WE KNOW IT AS EXODUS.YOU MIGHT RECALL THAT THE LORD CALLS "MOSHE RABANU",
  • 16:20 HE CALLS MOSES OUT OF EGYPT INTO THE SINAI AND THEN OUT OF THE SINAI INTO THE MINISTRY
  • 16:28 AND HE IS BECKONED TO GO BRING ABOUT A GREAT DELIVERANCE.A GREAT MIRACLE HAPPENED THERE.
  • 16:33 CHILDREN OF ISRAEL, SOME TWO MILLION OF WHICH, ARE FREED FROM EGYPT,
  • 16:37 ARE LED IN TOE DOWN TO SINAI AND THERE AT THE BASE OF THE MOUNTAIN,
  • 16:41 ARE GIVEN SOME INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE MANUFACTURE OF A TABERNACLE.
  • 16:45 AND HERE IN EXODUS CHAPTER 37, VERSE 17,
  • 16:49 NOTED IS THE MANUFACTURE OF A LAMP STAND OF PURE GOLD,
  • 17:02 IT'S SHAFT, IT'S BRANCHES, IT'S BOWLS ARE DESCRIBED HEREIN,
  • 17:04 WHEREIN WE'RE INFORMED IN THE LITERATURE
  • 17:06 THAT THERE WAS THIS MAGNIFICENT MENORAH THAT WAS MADE,
  • 17:08 A LAMP THAT WAS TO BE KEPT LIT TO SERVE AS A REMINDER OF GOD'S PRESENCE.
  • 17:12 IT'S CUTE AT ONE LEVEL. THERE ARE SONGS IN THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH,
  • 17:18 (SINGING) "GIVE ME OIL IN MY LAMP KEEP ME BURNING".
  • 17:21 THERE'S "THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE I'M GONNA LET IT SHINE".
  • 17:26 NOW I REALIZE IT SOUNDS FUNNY FOR A JEWISH FELLOW
  • 17:28 IN A TALLIS AND A YAMIKA TO SING THOSE SONGS.
  • 17:32 I JUST MENTION THIS TO UNDERSCORE THE FACT THAT THE CONCEPT OF GOD'S LIGHT SHINING,
  • 17:38 HIS SCRIPTURE SHINING IN A DARKENED WORLD,
  • 17:42 HAS ITS ROOTS IN THE WAY THE JEWISH PEOPLE CELEBRATED.
  • 17:46 YOU MIGHT RECALL JEWISH FARMERS GATHERED THEIR FRUITS, THE OLIVE.
  • 17:52 THE OLIVES WERE PRESSED, SQUEEZED AND USED TO MAKE FOOD AND USED TO MAKE LIGHT.
  • 17:58 I'M REMINDED BY THE WAY HOW AT THE BASE OF THE MOUNT OF OLIVES
  • 18:02 IS A GARDEN CALLED GETHSEMANE,
  • 18:05 IN HEBREW "THE OLIVE PRESS",
  • 18:07 WHERE THERE WAS SOMEONE THERE
  • 18:08 THAT WAS SQUEEZED,
  • 18:09 WENT THROUGH A LOT OF PRESSURE
  • 18:11 AND OUT OF HIS BEING SQUEEZED CAME A SOURCE OF LIFE AND LIGHT FOR ALL PEOPLE,
  • 18:15 THAT IS "YESHUA HA'MESHIAC",
  • 18:18 JESUS THE MESSIAH WENT ON TO DIE ON THE CROSS
  • 18:22 AND HE IS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD TO LIGHTEN MY WORLD AND TO LIGHTEN YOURS.
  • 18:26 I SURELY HOPE THAT YOU WILL RECEIVE HIM AND WALK UNDER THE LIGHT OF HIS LIGHT.
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  • 19:52 THAT'S ISRAEL. IT'S A WONDERFUL PLACE TO GO. I ENCOURAGE YOU TO GO TO ISRAEL.
  • 19:56 YOU KNOW JEFF, AROUND HANUKKAH TIME IN ISRAEL,
  • 19:58 I LOVE TO SEE PEOPLE WALKING AROUND WITH DOUGHNUTS
  • 20:01 AND THEY EAT ALL THESE DOUGHNUTS.
  • 20:02 PEOPLE THAT DON'T EAT SWEETS ALL YEAR ROUND EAT THESE DOUGHNUTS.
  • 20:05 AND ISN'T IT AMAZING THAT THERE CAN ACTUALLY BE A HANUKKAH IN ISRAEL?
  • 20:09 ISRAEL.YES. >>JEWS RE-GATHERED BACK PROPHETICALLY IN THESE DAYS.
  • 20:13 FASCINATING. >>IT'S MORE THAN FASCINATING.
  • 20:16 THEY GO IN THE SYNAGOGUES AND THEY CELEBRATE
  • 20:19 THIS WONDERFUL TRIUMPH OVER EVIL. >>YES.
  • 20:23 IT'S SOMETHING FOR US ALL TO REMEMBER.
  • 20:25 FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION. >>GENERATION.
  • 20:27 AND ISN'T THAT GREAT?
  • 20:28 WE'RE GOING TO JOIN TOM MCCALL
  • 20:29 AS HE INTERVIEWS DICK LUDIG AT THE GREAT PASSION PLAY IN ARKANSAS.
  • 20:34 BACK AFTER THIS.
  • 20:37 WELL DICK YOU'VE BROUGHT US INTO
  • 20:38 THE KADOSH, THE FIRST ROOM
  • 20:40 OF THE TABERNACLE BUILDING.
  • 20:42 CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THIS ROOM?
  • 20:43 WELL THIS IS A
  • 20:45 VERY INTERESTING CHAMBER.
  • 20:46 OF COURSE YOU KNOW IT WAS MADE
  • 20:48 OUT OF WOOD AND IT WAS THEN
  • 20:50 COVERED WITH FINE GOLD
  • 20:52 AND IT'S THE FIRST HOLY PLACE REALLY INSIDE THE TABERNACLE.
  • 20:56 WE HAVE "HOLY GROUND", "MOST HOLY GROUND" AND THEN FINALLY "THE HOLY OF HOLIES".
  • 20:59 BUT THIS WAS THE LAST STOP FOR MOST PRIESTS, THEY COULDN'T GO ANY FARTHER.
  • 21:02 AND OF COURSE THERE IS THREE WONDERFUL PIECES OF FURNITURE IN HERE.
  • 21:05 EACH ONE HAS A SIGNIFICANCE IN GOD'S PLAN.
  • 21:08 WELL, WE'RE IN FRONT OF ONE RIGHT NOW, THE MENORAH,
  • 21:11 AND IT'S A VERY BEAUTIFUL
  • 21:13 RENDITION OF THE MENORAH.
  • 21:15 CAN YOU EXPLAIN WHAT THE BRANCHES ARE AND THE TOPS?
  • 21:20 WELL I'LL GIVE YOU WHAT I BELIEVE.I'M NOT OLD ENOUGH TO REMEMBER EVERYTHING.
  • 21:23 BUT YOU KNOW IT WAS A SEVEN BRANCH MENORAH, BUT MANY OF US BELIEVE IT'S SIX.
  • 21:28 OF COURSE THE CENTRAL BRANCH IS THE SERVANT.
  • 21:30 THESE REPRESENT THE SIX DAYS OF THE WEEK AND THESE ARE OLIVE OIL LAMPS UP IN HERE.
  • 21:35 THEY HAD A WICK AND THEY WERE FILLED WITH PURE OLIVE OIL.
  • 21:38 A SIMPLE PURPOSE WAS TO BRING LIGHT INTO THIS CHAMBER.
  • 21:41 IT'S THE ONLY LIGHT HERE AND OF COURSE GOD IS LIGHT
  • 21:44 AND IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE HAVE LIGHT WHEN WE'RE WORKING WITH THINGS.
  • 21:47 WHAT IS IT MADE OF?
  • 21:49 IT WAS MADE OUT OF PURE GOLD. A LITTLE EXPENSIVE.
  • 21:54 THE TALENT OF GOLD THAT IT WAS MADE FROM CAME FROM EGYPT
  • 21:57 AND IT WAS SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 75 AND 85 POUNDS AND IT WAS WROUGHT INTO THIS SHAPE.
  • 22:03 HOW DID THE SLAVES OF EGYPT, THE HEBREW PEOPLE,GET ALL THIS GOLD TO MAKE SUCH A THING?
  • 22:08 I THINK THE EGYPTIANS WERE SO GLAD TO BE RID OF THEM AFTER THE PLAGUES
  • 22:13 THAT THEY WERE GIVING THEM ANYTHING..... "JUST DON'T COME BACK!"
  • 22:17 NOW THIS NOT ONLY HAD A SIGNIFICANCE FOR THE PRIESTS
  • 22:21 WHO WERE WORKING IN THE TABERNACLE IN ANCIENT DAYS
  • 22:24 BUT IT ALSO HAS A SIGNIFICANCE WITH REGARD TO THE MESSIAH.
  • 22:29 AH, YES IT CERTAINLY DOES.
  • 22:30 OF COURSE WE KNOW JESUS IS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD. AND THIS WAS THE ONLY LIGHT HERE.
  • 22:34 AND IN OUR WORLD JESUS IS THE ONLY LIGHT TOO.
  • 22:39 HOW DOES JESUS FULFILL THIS REPRESENTATION HERE, THIS MENORAH?
  • 22:45 HE IS THE LIGHT, DOES IT ALSO IMPACT UPON US AS HIS BELIEVERS?
  • 22:50 I BELIEVE SO.
  • 22:52 YOU KNOW THIS CHAMBER THAT WE'RE STANDING IN ACTUALLY REPRESENTS ALMOST THE COMPLETION,
  • 22:57 THE LAST DAYS OF OUR LIVES AS A CHRISTIAN AND ONE OF THE THINGS WE HAVE TO REMEMBER IS THAT
  • 23:01 IN OUR LIVE WE NEED THE LIGHT OF GOD'S WORD AND HIS LOVE TO SHINE DOWN ON US
  • 23:06 JUST LIKE THE LIGHT FROM THE MENORAH.
  • 23:08 IT WARMS US, IT PROTECTS US, IT SHOWS US THE WAY.
  • 24:28 AND THAT'S ZOLA PLAYING HIS RECORDER,
  • 24:30 LOVING EVERY BIT OF PLAYING HIS RECORDER.
  • 24:33 HIS MUSIC WILL GO ON FOREVER.
  • 24:35 JEFF I REALLY LOVE DOING THIS SEGMENT ABOUT HANUKKAH
  • 24:39 AND THE OLIVE BRANCH AND THE MENORAHS AND IT'S JUST GREAT.
  • 24:42 YES, THERE'S SO MUCH IN IT
  • 24:44 AND ZOLA WAS A MUSICIAN,
  • 24:45 HE WAS A TEACHER,
  • 24:47 HE WROTE ON HANUKKAH,
  • 24:49 HE WROTE ON THE VARIOUS JEWISH FEASTS.
  • 24:51 THE TEMPLE.
  • 24:52 ALL THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE TEMPLE
  • 24:54 THAT IT HAS WITH MESSIAH AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE.
  • 24:58 RIGHT, HE AND I WROTE A BOOK TOGETHER >>RIGHT.
  • 25:00 TWENTY SOME YEARS AGO CALLED "THE HOUSE THAT GOD BUILT".
  • 25:02 ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS. BELIEVE IT OR NOT. >>OH, REALLY!
  • 25:03 I LOVED IT. >>I DIDN'T KNOW THAT. THANK YOU!
  • 25:05 AND THE TABERNACLE IN THE WILDERNESS.
  • 25:07 OF COURSE THIS IS A STORY IN HANUKKAH
  • 25:09 ABOUT HOW THE TEMPLE WAS DESECRATED YEARS AGO
  • 25:12 AND AS YOU MENTIONED ON THE OUTSET HOW ANTI-SEMITISM RAISES
  • 25:16 IT'S HOARY HEAD FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION.
  • 25:19 THIS IS NOTHING NEW. >>RIGHT.
  • 25:21 THERE'S ALSO BEEN ANTI-SEMITISM.
  • 25:22 AND THE FACT THAT JEWISH PEOPLE CELEBRATE GOD'S FAITHFULNESS
  • 25:26 TO RESTORE AND TO REDEEM IS IMPORTANT
  • 25:28 BECAUSE AMIDST THE TURBULENCE OF TRYING TIMES
  • 25:31 I THINK WE DO WELL TO BE REMINDED OF THE FACT THAT
  • 25:33 THERE IS A GOD WHO WATCHES, WHO CARES,
  • 25:36 WHO CAN PULL THE RABBIT OUT OF THE HAT
  • 25:37 AND CHANGE CIRCUMSTANCES.
  • 25:39 AND IT'S A GREAT VISUAL
  • 25:40 NOT JUST FOR THE JEWS BUT FOR US.
  • 25:43 YES IT IS.
  • 25:44 AND I THINK TO MAKE MUSIC ABOUT IT,
  • 25:46 TO PUT GOD'S WORD, HIS WILL AND HIS WAYS TO SONG,
  • 25:49 TO DEVELOP A HOLIDAY
  • 25:51 THAT CHILDREN CAN GATHER TOGETHER AND CELEBRATE
  • 25:54 AND YOU KNOW IT'S INTERESTING,
  • 25:56 TAKING ANTI-SEMITISM WITH ANTIOCHUS EPIPHANES
  • 25:59 AND TURNING IT INTO A HOLIDAY TO CELEBRATE GOD'S GOODNESS >>RIGHT.
  • 26:03 DIFFICULTIES NOT WITHSTANDING >>BUT IT'S THE PERSEVERANCE.
  • 26:07 RIGHT >>THEY PERSEVERED THROUGH,
  • 26:09 THEY PERSEVERED ON AND WE HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY BECAUSE OF IT.
  • 26:13 YES, AND THERE'S A LESSON IN THERE
  • 26:14 IF WE COULD ALL JUST LEARN HOW TO DEAL WITH ADVERSITY
  • 26:19 AND HOW TO FIND WAYS TO KEEP FAITH IN GOD ALIVE
  • 26:22 AMIDST THE TURBULENCE OF TRYING TIMES.
  • 26:24 JEWS HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS! (LAUGHING). >>THEY'RE NOT STUPID!
  • 26:27 THERE'S A REASON THAT THEY CELEBRATE THIS HOLIDAY. >>CORRECT.
  • 26:32 AND IT'S A WONDERFUL REASON. >>THAT'S RIGHT.
  • 26:34 PLEASE JOIN US NEXT WEEK.
  • 26:36 AS YOU GO, SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM,
  • 26:39 PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.

Episodes in this series

  1. The Story of Hanukkah
  2. "You Are the Light of the World"
  3. The Feast of Dedication
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Levitt Letter
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