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Episode: “Mothers / Hannah”
That lovers become mothers is the natural course. We consider base maternal instincts by regarding one of the Old Testament’s greatest mothers: Hannah. Sandra and Sharon Sanders of Christian Friends of Israel discuss caring for others, giving love just like a mother.
Series: “She Shall Be Called Woman”
In this teaching series, Dr. Jeffrey Seif opens up the Hebrew Scriptures and focuses on God’s wonderful creation of Man’s human complement: Woman. Sandra Levitt contributes interviews with women who are passionate in their areas of expertise. Eight 30-minute TV Programs on 2 DVDs.

Caption transcript for She Shall Be Called Woman: “Mothers / Hannah” (2/8)

  • 00:04 WITH DR. JEFFREY SEIF AND SANDRA LEVITT
  • 00:09 SHE SHALL BE CALLED WOMAN
  • 00:14 I CAME FORTH FROM A MAN...
  • 00:14 BUT I FOUND FAVOR WITH HIM...
  • 00:16 AND TRUE SUCCESS IS NOT MEASURED IN WEALTH AND POWER BUT IN THE ESTATE IN ONE'S HEART...
  • 00:22 I'VE NEVER BEEN HAPPIER AND MORE FULFILLED...
  • 00:28 I RAISED HIM UP STRICTLY IN THE FAITH AND THE LAW AND THE PROPHETS...
  • 00:30 AND NOW I WANT TO GIVE SOMETHING BACK...
  • 00:32 I BELIEVE ELOHIM MEANT IT TO BE THIS WAY...
  • 00:34 SHE'S STILL A CORNERSTONE OF WISDOM TO THE FAMILY...
  • 00:37 BUT YOU ARE ALWAYS IN MY HEART...
  • 00:56 MY SON,
  • 00:58 I KNOW WE WERE TOGETHER ONLY FOR A SHORT TIME
  • 01:02 BUT YOU ARE ALWAYS IN MY HEART.
  • 01:05 I THINK OF YOU DAILY.
  • 01:10 AND YOU MAY NOT UNDERSTAND NOW,
  • 01:13 BUT I MADE A VOW TO YAHWEH
  • 01:16 THAT IF HE WOULD TURN MY AFFLICTION
  • 01:20 AND GIVE ME A SON
  • 01:23 I WOULD GIVE THE CHILD BACK ALL THE DAYS OF HIS LIFE.
  • 01:31 THAT IS WHY YOU LIVE IN THE HOUSE OF ELOHIM AND SERVE THE PRIESTS.
  • 01:37 LISTEN CAREFULLY AND OBEY THEM
  • 01:40 FOR IT IS THEIR CHARGE TO TEACH YOU THE WAYS OF YAHWEH.
  • 01:46 SAMUEL, I WILL ALWAYS BE YOUR MOTHER AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE MY SON.
  • 01:52 WEAR THIS TO KEEP YOU WARM
  • 01:55 AND DO REMEMBER ME WHEN YOU ARE LONELY.
  • 02:04 A HEARTY SHALOM TO ALL OF YOU.
  • 02:06 JEFFREY SEIF WITH MY FRIEND SANDRA LEVITT.
  • 02:08 SHALOM, WELCOME BACK.
  • 02:09 WE'RE DOING WOMEN,
  • 02:10 THE SERIES ABOUT WOMEN,
  • 02:12 "THOU SHALT BE CALLED WOMAN".
  • 02:13 WONDERFUL.
  • 02:14 IT'S A GREAT STORY.
  • 02:16 AND THIS STORY IS TOUCHING TODAY
  • 02:18 AS WE LOOK AT HANNAH,
  • 02:20 A WOMAN WHO WAS MISUNDERSTOOD BY MEN,
  • 02:24 A WOMAN THAT WAS BETRAYED BY CIRCUMSTANCES
  • 02:27 EVIDENCED BY HER BEING UNABLE TO BEAR A CHILD.
  • 02:29 SO MUCH FOR THE BAD NEWS,
  • 02:31 THE GOOD NEWS IS GOD LOVED HER AND REDEEMED HER.
  • 02:33 DIDN'T HE?
  • 02:34 GOD GAVE HER MORE THAN WHAT SHE ASKED FOR.
  • 02:36 SHE ASKED FOR JUST A SON.
  • 02:38 HE GAVE HER SAMUEL, THE LAST JUDGE OF ISRAEL.
  • 02:41 HE GAVE HER SAMUEL, MUCH MORE THAN WHAT SHE ASKED FOR.
  • 02:44 THERE'S A JEWISH EXPRESSION THAT GOES,
  • 02:46 "THAT EVEN WHEN THE GATES OF HEAVEN ARE CLOSED TO PRAYERS THEY'RE OPEN TO TEARS."
  • 02:51 AND HERE'S A WOMAN WHO JUST PRIVATELY WAS SO CHAGRINED BY HER CIRCUMSTANCE
  • 02:55 AND GOD MOVED INTO HER WORLD SO WONDERFULLY.
  • 02:57 AND TOOK ALL HER CARES AWAY.
  • 03:00 WE'RE GONNA SEE JEFF IN ISRAEL TEACHING ABOUT HANNAH.
  • 03:05 AS THE BOOK OF 1ST SAMUEL, OR
  • 03:06 "Shmuel" BEGINS,
  • 03:08 "Yerushalayim", JERUSALEM,
  • 03:10 IS IN THE HANDS OF THE "Yevusi",
  • 03:11 THE JEBUSITES.
  • 03:13 DAVID IS SOON TO COME BUT HE DOESN'T APPEAR IN THE NARRATIVE YET.
  • 03:16 IN FACT, THERE IS NO KING IN ISRAEL.
  • 03:18 THE JEWISH PEOPLE DON'T HAVE A CENTRAL LEADER.
  • 03:20 THERE IS NO CAPITOL CITY.
  • 03:22 WHAT YOU HAVE ARE INDIVIDUALS LIVING OUT IN VARIOUS FARMING COMMUNITIES.
  • 03:26 THEY LIVE IN VILLAGES; THEY LIVE IN HUMBLE HOMES, JUST LIKE ELKANAH HERE.
  • 03:31 THE BIBLE ISN'T WELL STUDIED.
  • 03:33 SOME, LIKE THIS FELLOW, ARE GIVEN TO THE STUDY OF SCRIPTURE,
  • 03:36 BUT BY AND LARGE IT'S BEEN NEGLECTED FOR YEARS.
  • 03:38 BUT STILL THERE ARE RIGHTEOUS SOULS TRYING TO EEK OUT AN EXISTENCE
  • 03:42 AND FIND SOME SECURITY IN A RATHER INSECURE WORLD.
  • 03:47 HERE IN EPHRAYIM THERE WAS A MAN ELKANAH WHO HAD A WIFE, PENINNAH, AND A WIFE, HANNAH.
  • 03:53 HANNAH IS PARTICULARLY NOTED TO BE A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN, A SINCERE, DEVOTED WOMAN
  • 03:58 BUT SHE'S JUST GIVEN OVER TO TROUBLE.
  • 04:01 SHE LIVED A RATHER RURAL EXISTENCE.
  • 04:04 THEY FARMED, THEY LEARNED TO DOMESTIC LIVESTOCK AND USE IT.
  • 04:10 THEY GATHERED THE FRUITS OF THE EARTH.
  • 04:12 IN EFFECT, THEY LIVE A PEASANT LIFE.
  • 04:14 THEY DIDN'T EXPECT MUCH BUT A WOMAN STILL EXPECTS LOVE.
  • 04:20 AND IT'S NOT TOO MUCH TO ASK TO FIND LOVE FROM A MAN.
  • 04:23 AND IT'S NOT TOO MUCH TO ASK FOR CHILDREN.
  • 04:26 OH, HANNAH WAS A BROKEN WOMAN.
  • 04:28 WE LEARN THIS STORY IN FIRST SAMUEL HOW SHE'S SO VERY VEXED.
  • 04:32 NOT ONLY IS SHE UNABLE TO BEAR A CHILD,
  • 04:35 SHE'S REALLY UNABLE TO BEAR THE ANGST GENERATED
  • 04:38 BECAUSE HER RIVAL, THE OTHER WOMAN IN THE HOUSE IS GIVEN TO CHILD BEARING
  • 04:43 AND IS FOREVER PUTTING A THORN IN THE SIDE OF HANNAH.
  • 04:47 WHY IS THAT?BECAUSE HER HUSBAND LOVED HER SO VERY MUCH.
  • 04:52 HE LOVES HER EVEN THOUGH SHE DOESN'T HAVE A CHILD
  • 04:54 AND HE EVEN SAYS TO HER AT ONE POINT,
  • 04:57 "DEAR", HE SAYS, "AM I NOT WORTH MORE TO YOU THAN 10 CHILDREN?"
  • 05:01 AT ONE HAND I CAN APPRECIATE HIS SENTIMENTS.
  • 05:04 BUT THE ANSWER IN TRUTH IS "NO, YOU'RE NOT."WHY IS THAT?
  • 05:08 BECAUSE SHE WAS DRIVEN SO MUCH FOR A DESIRE TO BEAR.
  • 05:13 AND WHAT DOES SHE DO?
  • 05:14 I'M SURE CAN RECALL THE STORY.
  • 05:16 SHE GOES TO THE TABERNACLE, THE MISHKAN,
  • 05:23 THIS WORSHIP CENTER THAT WAS SET UP AND LONG SINCE NEGLECTED.
  • 05:26 AND THERE SHE PRAYS, "GOD, PLEASE, I BEG YOU, PLEASE, PLEASE GIVE ME A CHILD."
  • 05:31 "AND IF YOU DO THAT I WILL DEDICATE THAT CHILD TO YOU."
  • 05:35 YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENS, SHE DOES JUST THAT AND GOD DOES JUST THAT.
  • 05:40 SHE'S GOING TO CONCEIVE A CHILD.
  • 05:42 OH, MARVELOUS IS THIS WOMAN!
  • 05:45 AND THERE'S A BEAUTIFUL STORY THAT UNFOLDS HERE OF A WOMAN'S LOVE FOR A CHILD.
  • 05:51 AND THIS OUR BEGINNING POINT AS WE CONSIDER MOTHERHOOD.
  • 05:54 THIS SACRED ACT OF BRINGING LIFE INTO THE WORLD
  • 05:58 AND WE'LL CONSIDER THIS AS WE STUDY THE TORAH ON MOTHERHOOD.
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  • 06:35 WHAT DOES THE SCRIPTURE SAY?
  • 06:37 (Speaking Hebrew)
  • 06:39 THIS IS QUOTING HANNAH
  • 06:42 WHO'S THERE BESEECHING GOD AT THE MISHKAN SAYING...
  • 06:52 THIS IS IN THE "Shmuel" TEXT
  • 06:54 IT IS THE EQUIVALENT OF WHAT WE FIND IN THE MATHEAN GOSPEL
  • 06:58 WHERE YESHUA, WHERE JESUS IS ON RECORD SAYING,
  • 07:00 "IF YOU'D SEEK FIRST THE KINGDOM, I'LL GIVE EVERYTHING ELSE TO YOU."
  • 07:03 THIS WOMAN IS SAYING, "GOD I WANT TO PUT YOU FIRST."
  • 07:06 AND SHE SAYS THAT BELIEVING THAT, GOD IS GOING TO IN FACT ACT ON HER BEHALF.
  • 07:11 I THINK ITS VERY INTERESTING FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS,
  • 07:14 ONE OF WHICH IS HERE YOU'RE LOOKING IN THE HEBREW BIBLE
  • 07:16 AND DISCOVERING A WOMAN WHO IS AUTHORIZED TO MAKE A VOW.
  • 07:21 THIS TO ME IS REFLECTIVE OF A NUMBER OF THINGS,
  • 07:23 ONE OF WHICH IS THE FACT THAT SHE ISN'T CONSTRUED AS SIMPLY
  • 07:26 THE LOVE SLAVE OF THE MALE IN HER LIFE
  • 07:30 NOR IS SHE SIMPLY DOMESTIC HELP TO WORK AROUND A HOME
  • 07:33 AND SERVE THE FAMILY'S VARIOUS MATERIAL NEEDS AND INTERESTS.
  • 07:36 TO BE SURE SHE DOES BEAR CHILDREN AND YES SHE HELPS AROUND THE HOUSE.
  • 07:40 BUT THIS IS A WOMAN THAT'S EMPOWERED; SHE'S AUTHORIZED IN VARIOUS WAYS.
  • 07:45 THIS IS EVIDENCED IN FACT,
  • 07:47 BECAUSE LATER ON WHEN IT COMES TIME TO FULFILL THE VOW HER HUSBAND ELKANAH SAYS,
  • 07:50 "WELL, SHALL WE NOW GIVE THIS CHILD OVER TO THE LORD AS PER YOUR VOW"?
  • 07:54 AND SHE SAYS, "TIS NOT THE TIME".
  • 07:57 AND SHE IN EFFECT WAS TOLD BY HIM,
  • 07:58 "LISTEN, DO WHATEVER YOUR PLEASURE IS, DO WHAT SEEMS BEST".
  • 08:01 HERE AGAIN IS AN EXAMPLE WHERE A WOMAN HAS SOCIAL POWER AND THIS IS STRIKING.
  • 08:07 TODAY I'VE DISCOVERED IN A PAST CAREER AS A POLICE OFFICER MANY EXAMPLES OF MEN
  • 08:12 WHO NEGLECT AND ABUSE WOMEN, WHO TREAT THEM AS PROPERTY TO PUSH THEM AROUND.
  • 08:17 AND I OBSERVE IN THE WORLD TODAY AS WELL THAT SOME RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS SEEM TO SANCTION
  • 08:21 A VISION OF A WOMAN AS JUST THE PROPERTY OF A MALE, A LOVE SLAVE,
  • 08:26 SOMEONE TO DO HIS MATERIAL BIDDING.
  • 08:28 THE HEBREW BIBLE, HOWEVER, CASTS A VISION FOR A WOMAN OF WORTH, A WOMAN OF VALUE.
  • 08:35 THIS IS EVIDENCED IN CREATION IN FACT WHERE WE DISCOVER THAT SHE IS MADE FROM ADAM
  • 08:40 AND IN SOME SENSE THEN IS HER EQUAL, NOT JUST HIS PROPERTY.
  • 08:45 I'D LIKE TO SIT DOWN AND TAKE YOU TO THE TIME
  • 08:49 WHEN MOSES STOOD UP AND DELIVERED THE "Logos",
  • 08:52 THE COMMANDMENTS.
  • 08:54 YOU MIGHT RECALL HE GOES TO MT. SINAI
  • 08:57 AND HE COMES DOWN WITH THE "Logos",
  • 09:00 WITH THE COMMANDMENTS, WITH THE TABLE OF TEN.
  • 09:03 PRINCIPAL IN THAT TABLE IS A MANDATE.
  • 09:07 IT'S OBSERVED IN THE BOOK "Shemot",
  • 09:09 IN EXODUS CHAPTER 20, VERSE 12.
  • 09:12 THEREIN THE ISRAELITES WERE TOLD TO HONOR YOUR FATHER AND YOUR MOTHER.
  • 09:18 IT'S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT NOT JUST FOR MEN TO HONOR THEIR WIVES,
  • 09:25 BUT IT'S IMPORTANT FOR THE CHILDREN TO HONOR THE FATHER AND THE MOTHER.
  • 09:28 AND THE REASON WHY I WANT TO UNDERSCORE "MOTHER" HERE FOR THE YOUNG
  • 09:33 IS BECAUSE LATER ON WHEN THIS IS REPEATED IN "Vayikra",
  • 09:37 IN LEVITICUS THERE IN THE 19TH CHAPTER, THE ORDER IS REVERSED.
  • 09:41 MOSES THERE REITERATES AND SAYS THIS TIME,
  • 09:44 "HONOR YOUR MOTHER AND YOUR FATHER" HENCE THE IMPORTANCE OF VALUING A MOTHER.
  • 09:50 IN AS MUCH AS WE SEE WOMEN SO VESTED IN THE CARE OF THEIR YOUNG
  • 09:56 SO IT IS IMPERATIVE UPON THE MALES OF THE SPECIES TO VALUE THE MOTHER
  • 10:01 AND FOR THE CHILDREN OF THE SPECIES TO VALUE THE MOTHER.
  • 10:04 THIS IS UNDERSCORED IN THE HEBREW BIBLE WITH THE NOTATION
  • 10:09 THAT ONE MUST NEEDS DO SO IN ORDER FOR THEIR DAYS TO BE PROLONGED UPON THE EARTH.
  • 10:15 THIS IS ONE OF THE FEW OF THE 613 EXAMPLES WHERE THERE'S INSTRUCTION
  • 10:20 AND THEN IT SAYS "DO THIS IN ORDER THAT YOU MAY BE SUCCESSFUL IN LIFE".
  • 10:25 THIS POINT IS UNDERSCORED BEAUTIFULLY IT SEEMS TO ME IN THE HEBREW BIBLE IN THE BOOK "Devarim".
  • 10:31 DEVARIM IN HEBREW MEANS "THE WORDS",
  • 10:34 ITS KNOWN AS "Deuteronomos" FROM THE GREEK MEANING "SECOND LAW".
  • 10:40 THEREIN IN THE 22ND CHAPTER THERE'S WHAT SEEMS TO BE AN INSIGNIFICANT STORY.
  • 10:46 HERE "Moshe Rabanu", MOSES IS ON RECORD SAYING
  • 10:49 THAT IF YOU WALK ALONG THE PATH AND STUMBLE UPON A NEST,
  • 10:53 OR IF NOT ON THE PATH, IF YOU SEE A NEST THAT JUST HAPPENS TO BE UPON THE GROUND,
  • 10:58 ONE THAT FELL FROM A TREE BRANCH AND AS THIS ONE HERE HAS FALLEN AND EGGS HAVE FALLEN OUT,
  • 11:03 HERE THE INSTRUCTION IS THAT IF A PERSON IS WALKING ALONG THE PATH OR DISCOVERS A NEST
  • 11:10 AND THAT PERSON SAYS, "I WANT TO EAT THE YOUNG",
  • 11:15 THE PERSON IS TOLD THAT IF THE MOTHER BIRD IS AROUND THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED TO TOUCH THE EGGS.
  • 11:21 THE INSTRUCTION IN CHAPTER 22, VERSE 6 AND 7 IS THAT ONE MUST NEEDS SHOO AWAY THE MOTHER
  • 11:27 AND AFTER DOING SO THEN THE PERSON CAN TAKE THE EGGS.
  • 11:32 AND AFTER THIS LAW, ONE OF THE 613 IT SAYS,
  • 11:36 "DO THIS IN ORDER THAT YOUR DAYS MIGHT BE PROLONGED UPON THE EARTH.
  • 11:40 HERE WE'RE LOOKING AT THE FEW EXAMPLES, SPARTAN TEXTS
  • 11:44 WHERE THERE'S A COMMANDMENT TO DO THIS IN ORDER THAT YOU MAY PROSPER.
  • 11:47 AND WHY IS THAT?
  • 11:49 SO SACRED IS THE BOND BETWEEN A CHILD AND A PARENT THAT IT EXTENDS NOT JUST TO HUMANS
  • 11:56 BUT TO SMALLEST OF CREATURES, THE BIRDS.
  • 12:00 THE HEBREW CHILD IS INSTRUCTED THAT THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN A MOTHER AND A CHILD IS SACRED.
  • 12:05 AND SO IT IS THAT THE CHILDREN MUST NEEDS HONOR, RESPECT AND HELP THE MOTHER.
  • 12:10 IF THIS BOY LEARNS THIS AT A YOUNG AGE YOU KNOW WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN?
  • 12:14 IN AS MUCH AS HE'S LEARNED TO HONOR HIS MOTHER HE'S GOING TO GROW UP.
  • 12:18 AND YOU KNOW WHAT?
  • 12:19 HE'S GOING TO HONOR HIS WIFE.
  • 12:22 WOULD WE NOT DO WELL TO OPEN UP THE HEBREW BIBLE AND COME TO TERMS WITH THE OBLIGATIONS
  • 12:27 TO HONOR THE WOMEN IN OUR WORLD, OUR DAUGHTERS, OUR MOTHERS, OUR WIVES?
  • 12:44 HANNAH WAS A LOVING MOTHER WASN'T SHE?
  • 12:46 AND THAT REMINDS ME THAT WE'RE OBLIGATED TO IN TURN LOVE OUR MOTHERS,
  • 12:50 TO RETURN THAT FAVOR.
  • 12:51 THIS IS UNDERSCORED IN DEUTERONOMY AND ELSEWHERE
  • 12:54 WHERE WE SEE THE IMPERATIVE THAT CHILDREN RESPECT THEIR MOTHERS AND THEIR FATHERS.
  • 13:01 AND THERE'S CONSEQUENCES FOR NOT DOING, CORRECT?
  • 13:03 GOD THOUGHT IT WAS IMPORTANT
  • 13:05 OR HE WOULDN'T HAVE PUT IT AS ONE OF THE TEN COMMANDMENTS.
  • 13:07 TRUE.
  • 13:08 AND WE LIVE IN A WORLD TODAY WHERE IT'S IMPORTANT TO REAFFIRM THAT VALUE.
  • 13:13 I SEE DISRESPECT, ITS UBIQUITOUS, ITS EVERYWHERE.
  • 13:16 IT COMES OUT IN FAMILY SYSTEMS AND IT COMES OUT IN PASSING TOO.
  • 13:20 I SEE WHEN A PARENT PASSES SOMETIMES THE KIDS ARE LIKE
  • 13:24 HUNGRY SHARKS ABOUT WHAT KIND OF INHERITANCE THERE IS AND WHAT "I CAN GET".
  • 13:28 THERE'S A FEEDING FRENZY.
  • 13:30 WE JUST HAVE A DIFFERENT TAKE ON THE FAMILY NOW
  • 13:32 AND I THINK WE NEED TO GET BACK TO THE BASICS
  • 13:34 OF RESPECTING EACH OTHER.
  • 13:35 AGAIN, IT COMES DOWN TO RESPECTING EACH OTHER AGAIN.
  • 13:38 AND THAT'S WHY I LIKE GOING BACK TO THE BIBLE.
  • 13:40 THERE'S THE OLD EXPRESSION,
  • 13:41 "KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID"
  • 13:42 AND THE BIBLE TAKES US BACK >>RIGHT. RIGHT.
  • 13:44 AND HELPS US TO GET ORIENTED
  • 13:46 TO SEE HOW WE SHOULD BE AS HUSBANDS AND WIVES,
  • 13:48 MOTHERS AND FATHERS AND CHILDREN. >>AND CHILDREN.
  • 13:50 IT'S ALL GOOD.
  • 13:51 WHAT IS OUR MORAL COMPASS?
  • 13:54 THE BIBLE IS OUR MORAL COMPASS.
  • 13:55 AND WE HAVE LOST IT SOMETIMES.
  • 13:57 AND THIS IS GOOD TO GET BACK TO DO THIS.
  • 13:59 YES, AND IT HELPS US TO FALL IN LOVE WITH OUR MOTHERS AFRESH
  • 14:02 WHEN WE CONSIDER HOW BEAUTIFUL MOTHERHOOD IS.
  • 14:04 RIGHT.
  • 14:05 I TALKED TO SHARON SANDERS IN ISRAEL.
  • 14:06 QUITE A MOTHER THERE.
  • 14:07 SHE REALLY WAS.
  • 14:09 I ASKED HER HOW LONG THEY HAD LIVED IN ISRAEL,
  • 14:10 HOW LONG THEY HAD BEEN THERE
  • 14:12 AND THEY ARE WITH THE CHRISTIAN FRIENDS OF ISRAEL.
  • 14:14 AND IT'S JUST EXACTLY WHAT IT SAYS THEY ARE.
  • 14:17 THEY ARE CHRISTIAN FRIENDS OF ISRAEL
  • 14:19 AND THEY TOO DO RECONSTRUCTION.
  • 14:21 THEY ALSO FURNISH FOOD,
  • 14:23 THEY GO OUT AND THEY TALK TO PEOPLE.
  • 14:25 THEY REALLY LITERALLY OPEN THEIR ARMS TO ALL THE JEWS.
  • 14:28 SHE'S JUST WONDERFUL!
  • 14:30 YOU KNOW I HAD HER DAUGHTER AS A STUDENT >>THAT'S RIGHT.
  • 14:33 BEING A COLLEGE PROFESSOR PREPARING FOR MINISTRY.
  • 14:35 SHE AND HER SON-IN-LAW.
  • 14:37 SHE'S DOING A GREAT WORK THERE.
  • 14:38 THEY REALLY ARE AND I ASKED HER,
  • 14:39 "REALLY, HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED IN ISRAEL?"
  • 14:41 AND THIS IS HER STORY.
  • 14:42 HERE'S SHARON SANDERS.
  • 14:45 WELL, SANDRA WE'VE
  • 14:46 BEEN HERE 22 YEARS.
  • 14:47 MY HUSBAND AND I
  • 14:49 CAME FROM THE MIDWEST
  • 14:50 OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
  • 14:52 AND I COULD SAY THAT
  • 14:53 THE LAST 22 YEARS
  • 14:55 HAVE BEEN THE BEST
  • 14:56 YEARS OF OUR LIFE.
  • 14:57 THEY'VE BEEN HARD,
  • 14:58 THEY'VE BEEN DIFFICULT, >>YES..YES
  • 14:59 BUT THEY'VE BEEN GOOD.
  • 15:00 AND I BELIEVE THAT ONE HAS TO HAVE DETERMINATION TO LIVE HERE,
  • 15:05 ONE HAS TO BE DEVOTED TO LIVE HERE
  • 15:08 AND YOU GOT BE A LITTLE BIT COURAGEOUS.
  • 15:10 I AGREE WITH THAT. (Sandra Laughing)
  • 15:12 I THINK ESPECIALLY IF YOU'RE A WOMAN OF FAITH IN THE LORD
  • 15:19 DEVOTION OF COURSE TO GOD IS THE WHOLE THING.
  • 15:21 IF YOU HAVE A CALL FROM GOD,
  • 15:23 CAUSE THAT'S THE ONLY THING THAT'LL KEEP YOU HERE.
  • 15:25 AND I THINK DETERMINATION IN WHATEVER GOD'S CALLING YOU TO DO
  • 15:31 IF YOU'VE SEEN A NEED YOU GO AND MEET IT.
  • 15:35 THAT'S WHAT I CALL A WOMAN OF FAITH
  • 15:37 AND BEING A BELIEVER HERE IN ISRAEL.
  • 15:38 THERE'S SO MANY NEEDS IN THIS COUNTRY.
  • 15:42 WE'RE SEEING NEEDS EVERYDAY OF OUR LIFE
  • 15:44 OF JEWISH PEOPLE FROM EVERY WALK OF LIFE
  • 15:47 AND EVEN A LOT OF NON-JEWISH PEOPLE WHO ARE NOW IN THE LAND.
  • 15:50 BUT I BELIEVE THAT COURAGE ALSO..
  • 15:54 WE HAVE A LOT OF PARADIGMS IN THE BIBLE.
  • 15:55 RIGHT, WOMEN OF COURAGE. >>RIGHT
  • 15:58 RUTH, THEY ALL HAD THEIR WONDERFUL ASPECTS
  • 16:04 AND CHARACTERISTICS OF BEING COURAGEOUS AND DOING SOMETHING.
  • 16:08 I THINK OF THE WORDS OF...
  • 16:10 DO YOU REMEMBER ERMA BOMBECK?
  • 16:11 OH, YES.SHE WAS SO FUNNY.
  • 16:14 SHE WAS A HUMOROUS WRITER.
  • 16:15 SHE TALKED A LOT ABOUT WOMEN, ABOUT HOME LIFE.
  • 16:18 BUT SHE SAID ONE THING THAT HAS CHANGED MY LIFE.
  • 16:21 SHE SAID SOMETHING LIKE,
  • 16:23 "WHEN I COME TO THE END OF MY LIFE AND I STAND BEFORE GOD"
  • 16:29 "I WANT TO HAVE USED UP EVERY BIT OF TALENT"
  • 16:35 "AND ABILITY THAT I HAD WITHIN ME."
  • 16:38 "AND WHEN I SAY TO HIM, 'I USED IT ALL. I USED EVERY BIT'."
  • 16:41 ...THAT'S WHAT I WANT TO SAY."
  • 16:43 OH, AMEN!
  • 16:45 WHATEVER IS WITHIN ME, I WANT TO USE IT FOR THE KINGDOM.
  • 16:47 CAUSE IT'S REALLY NOT ABOUT US,
  • 16:49 IT'S ABOUT HIM AND OTHERS.
  • 16:52 AND, YEAH, I THINK LIVING HERE HAS TAUGHT ME HUMILITY FOR ONE THING.
  • 16:59 I SEE SO MANY NEEDS, AND THE LORD TOLD ME ONCE,
  • 17:03 "TO GO HIGH WITH ME YOU NEED TO GO LOWER, SHARON."
  • 17:06 AND I ASKED WHAT THAT MEANT AND HE SAID,
  • 17:09 "WHAT DID MY SON DO?"
  • 17:10 "WHEN HE WASHED THE FEET OF HIS DISCIPLES."
  • 17:12 "THAT WAS ME, GOD, WITH A TOWEL IN MY HAND."
  • 17:15 AND SO I'VE LEARNED IN MY YEARS HERE
  • 17:18 TO GO TO PLACES WHERE NOBODY ELSE WANTS TO GO,
  • 17:22 TO SIT AT THE FEET OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE AND HEAR THEM,
  • 17:25 HEAR THEIR STORIES, LISTEN TO THEM, THEIR PAIN, THEIR SUFFERING.
  • 17:30 AND I WILL TO SAY THAT PROBABLY OUR FEET HAVE GONE PLACES WHERE FEW OTHER FEET HAVE GONE.
  • 17:36 WE SOMETIMES THINK THAT
  • 17:38 WE DON'T MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN
  • 17:40 LITTLE THE LITTLE THINGS WE DO.
  • 17:41 BUT THE HOSPITALITY THAT WE DO,
  • 17:43 THE KIND WORDS THAT WE DO, THE LISTENING TO PEOPLE, MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD.
  • 17:47 THE LISTENING - IMPORTANT.
  • 17:49 WE ALWAYS LIKE TO DO A LOT OF TALKING.
  • 17:51 BUT I'VE LEARNED TO LISTEN IN ISRAEL.
  • 17:53 THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS I'VE LEARNED TO DO
  • 17:54 BECAUSE THE ISRAELIS', THE JEWISH PEOPLE HAVE SO MUCH TO SAY.
  • 17:57 RIGHT
  • 17:58 WHETHER THEY'RE YOUNG,
  • 18:00 MAYBE THEY'VE SUFFERED TERRORIST ATTACKS,
  • 18:02 WHICH IS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT THAN AN OLDER PERSON WHO SUFFERED MANY YEARS DURING THE WAR.
  • 18:07 BUT THEY'VE ALL GOT A STORY AND SO I'VE LEARNED TO LISTEN.
  • 18:10 FOR ME LIFE HERE AND THE WORK THAT WE DO,
  • 18:13 IT'S SIMPLY TAKING THE LOVE OF THE LORD BACK TO THE VERY PEOPLE WHO BROUGHT IT TO US IN THE BEGINNING.
  • 18:20 RIGHT
  • 18:21 AND HELPING TO UNDO SOME OF THE DAMAGE THAT'S BEEN DONE OVER THE PAST.
  • 18:26 WHERE DO YOU SEE THE MINISTRY GOING?
  • 18:29 WHAT ARE YOUR HOPES, WHAT ARE YOUR DREAMS?
  • 18:31 WELL, 22 YEARS AGO, THE JEWISH PEOPLE WHEN WE ARRIVED
  • 18:34 IT WAS LIKE, "KEEP YOUR DISTANCE".
  • 18:36 WE REMEMBER WORLD WAR II.
  • 18:38 WE REMEMBER WHAT CHRISTIANS DID.
  • 18:40 RIGHT RIGHT
  • 18:42 AND SO IT HASN'T BEEN EASY.
  • 18:43 WE HAD TO ROLL UP THOSE SLEEVES AND GO TO WORK.
  • 18:45 AND EVEN IF THEY DIDN'T WANT TO HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH US
  • 18:48 WE JUST HAD TO KEEP GIVING LOVE, THE LOVE OF THE LORD.
  • 18:51 RIGHT
  • 18:52 LET ME TELL YOU ONE THING.
  • 18:54 THERE WAS A HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR,
  • 18:55 HER NAME WAS SEMA.
  • 18:56 SHE WAS A BERGEN-BELSEN SURVIVOR.
  • 18:58 I WANTED TO HUG HER BECAUSE I WAS A CHRISTIAN.
  • 19:03 SHE SAID, "I DON'T WANT YOUR HUG."
  • 19:05 "I DON'T WANT ANYTHING TO DO WITH YOU"
  • 19:07 "BECAUSE OF WHAT YOUR PEOPLE DID TO MY PEOPLE DURING WORLD WAR II."
  • 19:11 "YOU CLOSED YOUR DOORS,"
  • 19:12 "YOU PULLED DOWN THE SHADES,"
  • 19:14 "WE WERE STANDING OUTSIDE IN THE STREET."
  • 19:17 AND YET I WANTED TO MEET SURVIVORS SO SEMA TOOK ME AND WE BEGAN TO GO.
  • 19:23 AND ONE DAY 2 YEARS LATER SHE THREW HER ARMS AROUND ME
  • 19:28 AND SAID, "I LOVE YOU."
  • 19:30 SHE SAID, "YOU ARE THE FIRST CHRISTIAN THAT EVER CAME TO MY PEOPLE"
  • 19:35 "AND I HAVE WATCHED YOU FOR 2 YEARS OR MORE."
  • 19:39 "YOU REALLY DO LOVE MY PEOPLE."
  • 19:41 "YOU DO LOVE THEM." >>ABSOLUTELY
  • 19:45 SHE SAID, "I'VE WATCHED YOU AND I'VE SEEN YOU."
  • 19:46 AND SO THIS IS WHAT'S HAPPENED.
  • 19:49 22 YEARS OF CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES, OTHERS LIKE OURSELVES,
  • 19:52 JUST GIVING THE LOVE OF GOD.
  • 19:54 WHO WOULD HAVE DREAMT THAT CHRISTIANS WOULD SIT IN KNESSET TODAY
  • 19:59 IN A KNESSET CHRISTIAN ALLIES CAUCUS FORUM?
  • 20:03 WHO WOULD HAVE EVER THOUGHT THERE'D BE A WOMEN'S COUNCIL? >>THAT'S RIGHT
  • 20:07 WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THESE THINGS?
  • 20:09 AND IT'S GOD.
  • 20:11 GOD IS OPENING THE DOORS.
  • 20:13 IT'S GOD BRINGING US TOGETHER. >>HE'S OPENING THE DOORS AND THAT IS A BLESSING.
  • 20:15 BUT WE HAVE TO DO THE WORK. >>RIGHT
  • 20:16 BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT'S NEEDED.
  • 20:20 I'VE KNOWN SHARON SANDERS
  • 20:21 AND HER HUSBAND RAY FOR YEARS.
  • 20:24 TOGETHER THEY HAVE BEEN LABORING TO ADVANCE CHRIST'S KINGDOM IN ISRAEL
  • 20:28 AND BUILD BRIDGES BETWEEN JEWS AND NON-JEWS.
  • 20:33 I'VE SEEN AS WELL HOW SHARON ROLLS UP HER SLEEVES
  • 20:35 TO MINISTER TO THE POOR,
  • 20:37 TO HELP DISPLACED, DISPOSSESSED IMMIGRANTS WHO COME TO ISRAEL
  • 20:41 WITH LITTLE MORE THAN THE CLOTHES ON THEIR BACK.
  • 20:43 AND THERE SHE IS MOTHERING, LOVING, AND CARING AND SHARING.
  • 20:47 GREAT WOMAN, GREAT CHRISTIAN TESTIMONY!
  • 20:49 IT WAS WONDERFUL.
  • 20:51 WHEN WE WERE INTERVIEWING HER SHE WAS MAKING SURE ALL THE CREW HAD SOMETHING TO DRINK,
  • 20:55 MAKING SURE WE WERE OKAY, JUST A NATURAL TENDENCY TO MOTHER PEOPLE.
  • 20:59 SHE REACHES OUT, HER MINISTRY REACHES OUT, TOUCHES LIVES, HUGS PEOPLE.
  • 21:05 HOW MANY MINISTERS DO YOU KNOW THAT JUST GO OUT AND HUG PEOPLE?
  • 21:08 WHY DO WE EXCLUDE WOMEN FROM MINISTRY?
  • 21:12 WHEN YOU SEE AN EXAMPLE OF ROLLING UP SLEEVES
  • 21:14 AND LOVING AND SHARING AND CARING,
  • 21:17 WHY IS THERE NOT ROOM FOR THAT IN THE LORD'S WORK TODAY?
  • 21:19 BUT I THINK THERE IS JEFF. >>SO DO I
  • 21:21 I THINK WE'RE SEEING IT.
  • 21:23 I THINK THAT'S PART OF WHAT WE'RE DOING IN THE PROGRAM
  • 21:25 IS SHOWING THAT WOMEN DO HAVE A PLACE
  • 21:28 AND I THINK IT'S A WONDERFUL PLACE.
  • 21:29 GOD USES EVERYTHING FOR WOMEN.
  • 21:31 NOW SPEAKING OF PLACE,
  • 21:33 WE HAD A WONDERFUL INTERVIEW WITH A MOTHER AND A DAUGHTER
  • 21:36 IN A PLACE CALLED GETHSEMANE DIDN'T WE?
  • 21:38 IT WAS AN INTERESTING INTERVIEW.
  • 21:40 I KNEW THESE PEOPLE.
  • 21:42 THEY HAD BEEN ON THE TOUR A COUPLE OF TIMES.
  • 21:44 AND THEN I WAS TALKING TO THEM
  • 21:46 AND A WHOLE OTHER STORY COMES OUT
  • 21:48 ABOUT HOW THIS MOTHER HAD THIS CHILD
  • 21:51 AND HOW THIS ALL CAME ABOUT.
  • 21:53 WONDERFUL INTERVIEW.
  • 21:54 AND THE BABY WAS BORN IN ISRAEL, CORRECT?
  • 21:55 THE BABY WAS CONCEIVED IN ISRAEL. >>CONCEIVED IN ISRAEL.
  • 21:58 THEY WERE ON A TOUR IN ISRAEL
  • 21:59 AND NOW I'M SPOILING THE WHOLE SCENE
  • 22:02 BUT REALLY, I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW IT.
  • 22:04 I'M STANDING AND INTERVIEWING
  • 22:05 AND SHE'S STARTING TO TELL ME THIS AND I'M LIKE,
  • 22:07 "OH MY GOODNESS I DIDN'T KNOW THIS."
  • 22:08 AND I'VE KNOWN THESE PEOPLE FOR YEARS.
  • 22:10 SO IT WAS A WONDERFUL,
  • 22:11 INTERESTING STORY SIDELINE TO BE IN ISRAEL.
  • 22:14 GREAT MOTHER- DAUGHTER STORY. >>GREAT MOTHER- DAUGHTER...
  • 22:16 I THINK YOU'LL LIKE IT.
  • 22:19 ONE OF MY GREATEST JOYS
  • 22:20 IS TO SEE PARENTS BRING
  • 22:22 THEIR CHILDREN TO ISRAEL.
  • 22:24 BETSY BROUGHT HER DAUGHTER MANY, MANY YEARS AGO AS YOU WERE A LITTLE GIRL WHEN YOU CAME.
  • 22:28 AND THEY KEEP COMING BACK BECAUSE THEY LOVE ISRAEL.
  • 22:31 AND I LOVE TO SEE THAT LOOK AND THAT SPARK IN YOU ALLS EYES.
  • 22:35 HOW DOES IT AFFECT YOU AS A WOMAN TO LOVE ISRAEL, TO KNOW ISRAEL, TO COME TO ISRAEL?
  • 22:40 HOW DOES IT AFFECT YOUR FAITH? HOW DOES IT AFFECT YOUR WITNESS?
  • 22:45 THE FIRST TIME I CAME HERE WITH ELIZABETH I BECAME PREGNANT.
  • 22:51 SO SHE IS MY LITTLE BABY FROM ISRAEL. >>OH HOW WONDERFUL.
  • 22:53 IT IS SUCH A BLESSING.
  • 22:55 AND WHEN I COME HERE I SEE THROUGH GOD'S EYES IN A WAY I CAN'T SEE AT HOME.
  • 23:00 I SEE THE FLOWERS, I SEE WHERE HE WALKED,
  • 23:04 I SEE THE THINGS HE DID. WHAT HIS HEART BEAT WAS.
  • 23:07 AND I CAN RELATE TO THE CULTURE SO MUCH BETTER.
  • 23:09 AND SO I UNDERSTAND WHAT HE'S TRYING TO SAY THROUGH JEWISH EYES
  • 23:14 THAT I DON'T SEE WHEN I'M IN AN AMERICAN CULTURE PERHAPS.
  • 23:18 I REALLY BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND THE BIBLE SO MUCH BETTER AND I LOVE IT.
  • 23:21 IT PUTS IT ALL TOGETHER.
  • 23:23 IT'S NOT AN OLD TESTAMENT,
  • 23:24 ITS NOT A NEW TESTAMENT,
  • 23:26 ITS ONE BOOK OF THE BIBLE.
  • 23:28 RIGHT
  • 23:28 AND YOU ARE SO YOUNG
  • 23:29 AND YET YOU LOVE ISRAEL SO MUCH
  • 23:31 I DO.ISRAEL HAS A SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART.
  • 23:34 I CAME HERE WHEN I WAS REALLY YOUNG
  • 23:35 AND I WAS BAPTIZED IN THE JORDAN RIVER
  • 23:38 AND EVERY TIME I COME BACK YOU ALWAYS GET SOMETHING NEW
  • 23:42 AND IT STRENGTHENS MY FAITH.
  • 23:45 IT HELPS ME GROW A LOT IN THE WORD
  • 23:48 AND I TRY TO TELL PEOPLE THAT COME
  • 23:50 JUST HOW THEY NEED TO COME FIRST HAND AND JUST SEE THE SIGHTS
  • 23:53 BECAUSE YOU GET TO WALK WHERE JESUS WALKED AND YOU GET TO EXPERIENCE IT,
  • 23:58 JUST SEEING HIS PRESENCE WHERE HE WAS.
  • 24:03 AND ON THE WAY UP HERE TO JERUSALEM
  • 24:06 WHEN WE READ THE PSALMS
  • 24:08 AND YOU OPEN UP YOUR BIBLE AND YOU JUST SEE...
  • 24:11 IT JUST POPS OFF THE PAGE...
  • 24:14 JUST SEEING THE CONTEXT FIRST HAND.
  • 24:18 PSALM CHAPTER 122, VERSE 6 WHERE HE SAYS
  • 24:22 PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.
  • 24:23 IT MAKES SENSE DOESN'T IT?
  • 24:25 AS YOU'RE DRIVING UP YOU'RE COMING UP
  • 24:27 MAKING "ALIA" TO ISRAEL, TO JERUSALEM,
  • 24:29 IT REALLY DOES MAKE SENSE.
  • 24:31 DOES IT STRENGTHEN YOU AS WOMEN TO BE HERE?
  • 24:33 YES, ABSOLUTELY.
  • 24:34 IN WHAT WAY?
  • 24:35 IT JUST MAKES ME REALIZE
  • 24:37 THAT I NEED TO TAKE.. YOU KNOW, GO OUT WITH MY FAITH
  • 24:40 AND THAT GOD CAN USE THAT IN SO MANY WAYS
  • 24:44 AND THAT WE CAN JUST GO OUT AND BE LIGHTS AND SHINE THE TRUTH.
  • 24:49 AND IT MAKES YOU AFTER YOU COME HERE
  • 24:52 JUST REALLY WANT TO GO OUT AND JUST SPREAD THE WORD.
  • 24:55 SO IS THIS YOUR LAST TRIP?
  • 24:57 NEVER >>NEVER
  • 24:58 AND WE ALWAYS TRY TO
  • 25:00 BRING SOMEONE BACK WITH US.
  • 25:01 YES
  • 25:01 GOD BLESS YOU.
  • 25:03 THANK YOU SO MUCH! >>THANK YOU >>THANK YOU
  • 25:11 (Zola playing recorder)
  • 26:12 SACRED IS THE BOND BETWEEN PARENT AND CHILD TIS THE MORAL OF THE STORY TODAY.
  • 26:17 IT IS.
  • 26:19 AND YOU KNOW THE BOND OF MAN AND WIFE.
  • 26:20 WE'RE GOING TO TALK TO A COUNSELOR NEXT WEEK.
  • 26:22 WHO'S THAT?
  • 26:23 BUT A SPECIAL COUNSELOR,
  • 26:24 MRS. PATTY SEIF, YOUR WIFE IS GOING TO BE WITH US NEXT WEEK.
  • 26:27 SO THAT'S EXCITING.
  • 26:28 I'VE ENJOYED HANNAH, I'VE ENJOYED EVE
  • 26:32 AND NOW WE'RE GOING TO TALK TO PATTY SEIF, THE COUNSELOR.
  • 26:34 JOIN US NEXT WEEK AND AS YOU GO,
  • 26:36 "SHA' ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM"
  • 26:38 PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.

Episodes in this series

  1. Wives / Eve
  2. Mothers / Hannah
  3. Counselors / Abigail
  4. Managers / "The Virtuous Wife" of Proverbs 31
  5. Deviants / Delilah
  6. Educators / Lois & Eunice
  7. Widows
  8. Queens / Esther
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