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Series: “In The Footsteps of The Rabbi From Tarsus”
In this twelve-part TV series, Dr. Jeffrey Seif sheds light on the Apostle Paul, his movements, and his message. After examining Paul’s travels throughout the Roman Empire, Jeff analyzes Paul’s divinely inspired letters to early Church congregations, preserved in the New Testament.
Episode: “Roman Imprisonment, Release, Travels and Death”
Shows Paul imprisoned in Rome, his release and further ministry, and his eventual execution in Rome.

Caption transcript for In The Footsteps of The Rabbi From Tarsus: “Roman Imprisonment, Release, Travels and Death” (6/12)

  • 00:03 WITH DR. JEFFREY SEIF AND SANDRA LEVITT
  • 01:01 A HEARTY SHALOM TO ALL OF YOU.
  • 01:03 JEFFERY SEIF HERE
  • 01:04 WITH MY BUDDY SANDRA LEVITT.
  • 01:06 SHALOM.
  • 01:07 WELCOME BACK TO IN THE FOOTSTEPS
  • 01:08 OF A RABBI FROM TARSUS.
  • 01:10 WE'RE TALKING ABOUT PAUL.
  • 01:11 WE HAVE SEEN HIM A LOT OF PLACES.
  • 01:14 WE'VE SEEN HIM EPHESUS, GREECE, WE'VE SEEN HIM EVERYWHERE.
  • 01:18 AND NOW HE'S IN STOCKS, IN EFFECT RESTRICTED IN PRISON,
  • 01:22 RIGHT UP AGAINST THE END.
  • 01:24 WITH THIS PROGRAM WE'RE LOOKING AT THE BEGINNING OF THE END.
  • 01:28 NOT THE END OF THE SERIES, NOT THE END OF THE WORLD,
  • 01:31 BUT CERTAINLY PAUL'S WORLD.
  • 01:33 AS HE TRAVELED ABOUT FINALLY AT THE END OF LIFE, HE IS RESTRICTED.
  • 01:38 AND YOU CAN LOOK AT PRISON AS THE END,
  • 01:42 BUT HE WAS INDUSTRIOUS EVEN IN THAT CIRCUMSTANCE.
  • 01:44 HE WAS.
  • 01:46 HIS CIRCUMSTANCES CHANGED, HE KNEW THE END WAS COMING
  • 01:48 AND YET WHAT WAS HIS RESPONSE?
  • 01:50 HIS RESPONSE WAS TO GET THE WORD OUT,
  • 01:52 TO BE ENCOURAGING TO HIS FOLLOWERS,
  • 01:54 STAY THE COURSE, WAS HIS MONTRA, I GUESS?
  • 01:59 CERTAINLY IT WAS HIS MONTRA.
  • 02:01 NOW IN THE COURSE OF THIS PROGRAM, THIS SERIES,
  • 02:05 WE'RE LOOKING AT A 12 PART SERIES DIVIDED IN 2.
  • 02:08 THE FIRST OF WHICH WE LOOK AT HIS MOVEMENTS AND THEN HIS PARCHMENTS.
  • 02:12 AND AS HE FINISHES UP WE SEE JUST WHAT SANDRA SAID,
  • 02:16 THAT IS, AS HE'S WINDING UP HE'S MINISTERING TO THE END,
  • 02:20 ENCOURAGING, LOVING, HELPING, COULD WELL BE SUMMED HERE.
  • 02:23 YOU'RE BOUND UP IN A NURSING HOME, BOUND UP IN BEDROOM SOMEWHERE.
  • 02:29 YOU DON'T HAVE THE ENERGIES OR THE RESOURCES THAT YOU HAD IN A BYGONE ERA.
  • 02:32 THAT DOESN'T MEAN THAT LIFE ENDS FOR YOU.
  • 02:35 WE ALL CAN KEEP LOVING RIGHT INTO THE END,
  • 02:37 CAN'T WE?
  • 02:38 AND WE CAN AND THAT IS THE ENCOURAGEMENT FOR ALL OF US.
  • 02:40 WE'RE GONNA GO TO JEFF NOW ON LOCATION,
  • 02:42 CONTINUE WITH PAUL
  • 02:44 IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE RABBI FROM TARSUS.
  • 02:48 COME WITH ME AND SEE THE GLORY THAT WAS ROME.
  • 02:54 A SPLENDID EMPIRE BEGAN IN THE ITALIAN BOOT IN ITALY
  • 03:01 AND SPREAD TO POINTS EAST AND FROM THERE WEST AND SOUTH.
  • 03:07 ALL OVER THE MEDITERRANEAN BASIN.
  • 03:09 EXTENDED TO ISRAEL AND EVEN FURTHER EAST THAN THAT.
  • 03:14 AND HERE WE ARE IN THE EMPIRE.
  • 03:18 FASCINATING TO SEE THE OLD RUINS AND THE PLACES.
  • 03:22 AND IT'S MY PLEASURE, BY THE WAY.
  • 03:24 I THANK YOU FOR TURNING ON THE TELEVISION, SO THAT YOU CAN SEE WHAT PAUL SAW.
  • 03:29 SO YOU CAN MAYBE FEEL IT, SO YOU CAN SENSE IT.
  • 03:33 HERE'S PAUL, A SLAVE FOR THE KINGDOM, MAKING HIS WAY ABOUT THE GLORIOUS ROMAN EMPIRE.
  • 03:42 AND IT'S IN THAT EMPIRE FINALLY WHERE PAUL WAS BROUGHT LOW.
  • 03:47 CONSIDERED UNWORTHY TO GO ON LIVING HE'S GOING THERE FOR ALL INTENSIVE PURPOSES,
  • 03:53 OR SO THEY'LL THINK, MEET AN INGLORIOUS END.
  • 03:57 AND IN THIS SEGMENT WE'LL GO TO WHERE HE ARGUABLY ENDED.
  • 04:01 WE'LL GO TO THE DUNGEON, THE X MARKS THE SPOT, WE'LL SHOW YOU THE ROMAN PRISON,
  • 04:07 THERE WEREN'T MANY, THIS WAS ONE PERHAPS THE ONE WHERE PAUL SAW HIS FINAL DAYS.
  • 04:14 HE WHO TRAVELED AROUND THE EMPIRE, THAT YOU'RE LOOKING AT RIGHT NOW.
  • 04:17 HE WHO TRAVELED THOUSANDS OF MILES COULDN'T GO A DOZEN FEET, AS HE'S RESTRICTED IN A DUNGEON.
  • 04:26 AND FROM THAT DUNGEON HE WILL EMERGE AND FACE HIS DESTINY TO DIE.
  • 04:33 THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS, HE STARTED DYING THE MINUTE HE STARTED LIVING.
  • 04:39 NOW WHAT DO I MEAN BY THAT?
  • 04:40 IF WE CAN FOR A MOMENT, SAY NEVER MIND HIS FINAL STEPS.
  • 04:44 AND IF WITH ME YOU CAN LOOK AT THAT FIRST STEP.
  • 04:48 LOOKING HERE IN MY BIBLE IT'S THE BRIT HADASHAH IN HEBREW.
  • 04:52 WHAT THAT MEANS IN ENGLISH IS THE NEW TESTAMENT.
  • 04:54 THERE LUKE IN HIS BOOK CALLED ACTS, RECORDS AN EXCHANGE BETWEEN PAUL AND SOMEONE.
  • 05:03 IN ACTS CHAPTER 9, VERSE 5;
  • 05:25 PAUL AT THAT MOMENT CAME TO KNOW JESUS.
  • 05:29 WHAT A STORY!
  • 05:31 IT'S LIKE PAUL WAS THIS RELIGIOUS LEADER, HE STUDIED FOR YEARS AND YEARS.
  • 05:36 HE WAS THE MOST STUDIED OF ALL OF JESUS' DISCIPLES.
  • 05:39 THE OTHERS WERE COMMON FISHERMEN.
  • 05:41 BUT NO, PAUL WAS A SAGE.
  • 05:43 HE CUT HIS TEETH, THEOLOGICALLY, BUT EVEN WITH HIS STUDIES SOMETHING WAS MISSING.
  • 05:49 HE KNEW THE WORD, THE WRITTEN WORD.
  • 05:53 BUT NOW HE CAME TO KNOW THE WORD INCARNATE, THE WORD THAT WAS LIFE.
  • 05:57 AND THAT TRANSACTION CAUSED SOMETHING TO BE INFUSED WITHIN HIM.
  • 06:03 WITH THE NET RESULT THAT PAUL CAME TO LIFE.
  • 06:06 AND AFTER HE CAME TO LIFE, HE WAS PARTICULARLY PROACTIVE
  • 06:11 IN HELPING OTHER PEOPLE COME TO KNOW LIFE.
  • 06:14 BUT THERE WAS A PRICE TO BE PAID.
  • 06:17 PAUL WAS BLEEDING TO DEATH, IN SOME SENSE, THE WHOLE WHILE.
  • 06:20 THE PROPHETIC WORD OVER PAUL WAS, THE LORD SAYING, "I'LL SHOW HIM WHAT HE NEEDS TO SUFFER."
  • 06:26 BUT PAUL COUNTED IT ALL GLORIOUS.
  • 06:30 HE COUNTED HIS LIFE AS INSIGNIFICANT,
  • 06:33 FOR THE PURPOSE OF BEING ABLE TO HELP PEOPLE KNOW THE LORD.
  • 06:36 FOR HIMSELF BEING ABLE TO PRESS ON TO KNOW HIM BETTER.
  • 06:40 PAUL COMES TO FAITH ON THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS.
  • 06:43 HE GOES INTO DAMASCUS.
  • 06:44 HE'S GONNA WIND UP BEING SPIRITED AWAY FROM DAMASCUS.
  • 06:47 HE'S GONNA SEE JERUSALEM FOR A SEASON.
  • 06:49 HE'S GONNA SEE ARABIA FOR A SEASON.
  • 06:51 HE'S GOING TO SEE TARSUS FOR 10 YEARS.
  • 06:54 AND THEN THE LORD'S GONNA DROP IT INTO BARNABAS TO COME AND FETCH HIM.
  • 06:59 AND BARNABAS AND PAUL TOGETHER WILL GO TO A MISSION OUTPOST, ANTIOCH,
  • 07:03 COSMOPOLITAN CITY.
  • 07:06 MADE UP OF JEWS AND NON-JEWS, RICH AND POUR.
  • 07:09 AND THERE, THERE WAS A CHURCH MADE UP OF ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE.
  • 07:12 AND IN THAT CHURCH, PAUL HAD A VISION.
  • 07:15 HE ALREADY HAD KNOWLEDGE OF THE WORD AND HE HAD SPIRIT.
  • 07:20 HE WAS A NEW CREATION.
  • 07:22 BUT THERE IN THAT MATRIX, HE BEGINS TO DEVELOP SOME SENSE OF THE VISION FOR PLANET EARTH.
  • 07:28 WHEN WE FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE RABBI FROM TARSUS,
  • 07:32 WE NOTE SOMEONE WHO WENT ON VARIOUS MISSIONARY JOURNEYS FROM ANTIOCH.
  • 07:36 TO MAKE KNOWN TO THE WORLD THAT THE MESSIAH HAS COME AND HIS NAME IS JESUS.
  • 07:40 BUT NOT JUST TO THE JEWISH WORLD, BUT TO ALL THE WORLD.
  • 07:42 HE WENT BY SEA, HE WENT BY LAND, HE FOUND HIMSELF EXPERIENCING RECEPTION AND REJECTION.
  • 07:50 HE PREACHED IN SYNAGOGUES, SOME LOVED HIM, SOME DIDN'T.
  • 07:54 HE SPOKE IN MARKET PLACES, SOME IGNORED HIM, SOME DIDN'T,
  • 07:58 BUT THAT INTREPID BOLD PIONEER OF THE FAITH WAS USED BY GOD TO ESTABLISH COMMUNITIES.
  • 08:05 BUT THERE WAS A PRICE TO BE PAID.
  • 08:07 FOR IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE NEW LIFE, THE SPIRIT OF ANTI-LIFE WAS INVESTED AGAINST HIM
  • 08:14 WITH THE NET RESULT THAT HE WAS ARRESTED ON MANY OCCASIONS.
  • 08:17 HE ESCAPED FROM HIS IMPRISONMENT ON A NUMBER OF OCCASIONS, BUT NOT THIS TIME.
  • 08:23 AND SO, OFF WE GO TO THE DUNGEON IN ROME.
  • 08:28 OFF HE WENT.
  • 08:30 I WOULD IMAGINE HE HAD A SMILE ON HIS FACE, HOWEVER, FOR THIS WAS THE MAN WHO SAID,
  • 08:36 HE COUNTED HIS LIFE AS NOTHING.
  • 08:38 FOR HIM TO INVEST HIS LIFE FOR CHRIST'S SAKE, FOR HIM TO DIE FOR CHRIST, IT'S ALL GOOD.
  • 08:42 THIS WAS A MAN ON A MISSION.
  • 08:45 AND HIS MISSION FINALLY TOOK HIM TO THIS PLACE.
  • 08:47 AND YOU'LL SEE THE PLACE IN ROME, WHERE PAUL MET HIS END.
  • 08:52 BUT WHAT WAS HIS END?
  • 08:54 TRUTH BE KNOWN WAS A WHOLE NEW BEGINNING.
  • 08:56 FOR PAUL AS YOU KNOW EMERGED FROM HIS DEATH AND ENTERED INTO GOD'S PRESENCE.
  • 09:01 AND IN A MINUTE WE'RE GONNA SEE WHERE PAUL FINISHED.
  • 09:04 AND WE'RE GONNA TAKE YOU TO THE PLACE, THAT WAS PAUL'S FINAL PLACE.
  • 09:19 WANT YOU TO GET TO KNOW PAUL A LITTLE BETTER
  • 09:22 AND FRANKLY I WANT YOU TO GET TO KNOW US.
  • 09:25 IF YOU'LL CALL:
  • 09:28 THAT'S THE GO TO NUMBER TO GET IN TOUCH WITH US,
  • 09:31 ZOLA LEVITT MINISTRIES.
  • 09:32 IF YOU'D LIKE WE'RE PLEASED TO SEND YOU A FREE MAGAZINE.
  • 09:36 THERE'S ARTICLES.
  • 09:37 YOU CAN READ IT, RESPOND TO IT, GET SOME INTERACTION GOING.
  • 09:42 WE WANT YOU TO GO ON THE JOURNEY WITH US AS WITH PAUL.
  • 09:45 AND SPEAKING OF JOURNEYS, WE TAKE TRIPS TO ISRAEL AND GREECE.
  • 09:49 WE LIKE TO WALK IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS AND PAUL.
  • 09:52 JOIN US ON A TRIP.
  • 09:58 ROME, IT'S CALLED THE ETERNAL CITY.
  • 10:01 I MAY BE DATING MYSELF,
  • 10:03 BUT ABOUT 40 YEARS AGO I WAS IN ROME,
  • 10:05 SO IT WAS REALLY INTERESTING FOR ME
  • 10:07 TO GO BACK AND SEE HOW LOVELY ROME WAS.
  • 10:11 YOUR TEACHINGS THERE WERE WONDERFUL.
  • 10:13 IT WAS A GREAT EXPERIENCE TO SEE ROME.
  • 10:14 WE'VE SEEN ISRAEL, WE'VE SEEN GREECE,
  • 10:17 AND NOW WE'RE IN ROME.
  • 10:18 I WONDER HOW PEOPLE IN ITALY WOULD FEEL
  • 10:21 IF WE WANTED TO CARVE UP ROME
  • 10:22 AND GIVE THE HEART OF IT TO SOME ETHNIC GROUP AND SO FORTH?
  • 10:25 THAT CITY IS PRIDE OF PLACE IN ITALY AND I'M SURE IT'S WELL VALUED.
  • 10:29 AND IT SHOWS.
  • 10:31 AND THE OTHER THING I ALWAYS THINK ABOUT IS
  • 10:32 ROME IS GONNA PLAY IN THE END TIMES ALSO.
  • 10:35 HERE IT IS THIS MAGNIFICENT CITY AT THE BEGINNING, NOW IT'S KIND OF SO-SO,
  • 10:39 BUT IT'S GONNA COME BACK AND BE PART OF THE END TIMES.
  • 10:42 SO THAT'LL BE INTERESTING.
  • 10:43 HERE'S JEFF ON LOCATION IN ROME.
  • 10:47 I ALWAYS LIKE WORKING WITH BIBLICAL SOURCES
  • 10:50 WHENEVER POSSIBLE.
  • 10:51 BUT IN LOOKING AT PAUL'S FINISH
  • 10:53 WE JUST DON'T HAVE BIBLICAL RESOURCES TO DRAW UPON.
  • 10:56 LUKE, PAUL'S HISTORIAN, TELLS US THAT PAUL WAS IMPRISONED IN ROME.
  • 11:03 IT WAS MORE LESS A HOUSE ARREST, A CASUAL ARREST.
  • 11:05 AND THERE'S A VERY COGENT ARGUMENT
  • 11:08 THAT HE WAS FREED FROM THAT.
  • 11:10 AND THEN HE WENT ABOUT AND CONTINUED HIS MINISTRY.
  • 11:14 THIS IS ENFORCED BY HIS LETTER TO TITUS, FOR EXAMPLE,
  • 11:18 WHEN HE REFERS TO THE MINISTRY IN CRETE THAT WAS ESTABLISHED.
  • 11:22 ENCOURAGES TITUS TO CONTINUE ON.
  • 11:24 BUT AS YOU FOLLOW PAUL'S MISSIONARY JOURNEYS IN ACTS,
  • 11:26 THERE'S NO RECORD OF HIM SPENDING ANYTIME IN CRETE TO SPEAK OF.
  • 11:31 FOR THAT AND OTHER REASONS SCHOLARS ARGUE
  • 11:34 THAT PAUL GOT OUT OF HIS QUANDARY IN ROME AND TRAVELED ABOUT.
  • 11:39 ONLY TO THEN RETURN TO ROME AND ARGUABLY RETURN TO THIS PLACE IN ROME WHERE HE FINISHED UP.
  • 11:46 THIS PLACE IS AN INTERESTING PLACE.
  • 11:49 I'VE SPOKEN TO SOME EXPERTS THAT COULD SPEAK MORE TO THIS THAN I, BUT THIS ARGUABLY IS A PRISON.
  • 11:55 THERE'S A STAIRWAY BEHIND ME THAT I'M GOING TO DESCEND,
  • 11:58 BUT THOSE WHO CAME TO THIS PRISON, CAME THROUGH THIS HOLE RIGHT HERE.
  • 12:03 LOOKS LIKE A MANHOLE, I GRANT, BUT WHAT THIS WAS, THIS WAS THE ENTRANCE.
  • 12:07 AND PEOPLE WERE LOWERED DOWN, THEY WERE SHOVED IN THERE.
  • 12:10 AND THERE'S AN ARGUMENT THAT IF PAUL WASN'T PLACED IN THIS PRISON,
  • 12:14 AS IS ALLEGED BY THE TRADITION, THEN CERTAINLY ONE LIKE IT.
  • 12:18 AND WE DON'T KNOW WHAT OTHER ONE THERE'D BE, BECAUSE THIS IS THE ONE THAT WE KNOW OF IN ROME.
  • 12:21 PAUL WE'RE TOLD, WAS EXECUTED UNDER NERO ALONG WITH PETER.
  • 12:32 AND AS WE CONSIDER HIS FINALE, IF YOU WILL,
  • 12:37 THERE'S A SENSE IN WHICH WE'RE SAYING GOODBYE TO AN OLD FRIEND.
  • 12:42 IN THIS SERIES WE'VE BEEN CONCERNED WITH FOLLOWING
  • 12:46 IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE RABBI FROM TARUS.
  • 12:48 WE'VE BEEN INTEREST IN HIS MOVEMENTS AND IN HIS PARCHMENTS.
  • 12:53 AND AS WE DO A WRAP ON HIS MOVEMENTS LET'S JUST SAY
  • 12:57 THAT ONE OF HIS MOVEMENTS WOULD HAVE BEEN TO BE COMPRESSED INWARD
  • 13:01 AND SHOVED DOWN THIS HOLE, WHERE HE FOUND HIMSELF IN PRISON FOR A SEASON, SUCH IS THE TRADITION.
  • 13:07 LET'S GO DOWN AND SEE WHAT WE FIND, WHEN WE GO DOWN INTO THE JAIL THAT ARGUABLY HOUSED PAUL.
  • 13:24 IT'S HARD TO GET COMFORTABLE DOWN HERE, BUT THEN AGAIN IT'S NOT A HOTEL.
  • 13:28 THE WALLS ARE PRESSING IN ON ME.
  • 13:31 FEEL LIKE THE CEILINGS COMING DOWN.
  • 13:33 I'M A PRETTY TALL GUY ANYWAY AND I'M RIGHT UP AGAINST IT.
  • 13:36 THIS IS ARGUABLY WHERE PAUL FINISHED UP AND AS I'D SAID,
  • 13:39 IT'S NOT COMFORTABLE, IT SMELLS TOO.
  • 13:41 THERE'S A CISTERN HERE WHERE THE PRISONERS COULD TEND TO THERE BUSINESS.
  • 13:47 MUST HAVE BEEN A HORRIBLE PLACE TO BE.
  • 13:49 BUT PAUL WAS NO STRANGER TO THESE ENVIRONS INTERESTINGLY.
  • 13:52 IN A WORLD WHERE PEOPLE EXTOLLED THE VIRTUES OF A CHRISTIAN LIFE, HOW EVERYTHING COMES UP ROSES,
  • 13:58 WHEN SOMEONE PRAYS A SINNERS PRAYER, FOR AS MUCH AS THAT'S ADVOCATED,
  • 14:03 I DON'T KNOW THAT THE CHURCH KNOWS WHAT TO DO IN A PLACE LIKE THIS.
  • 14:07 NEVER MIND THIS PLACE FOR A MOMENT, THE LORD PREPARED PAUL FOR THIS.
  • 14:10 THIS WASN'T HIS FIRST TIME WHEN WAS IN DIFFICULT STRAITS.
  • 14:13 HE IS AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL IN HIS CORINTHIAN CORRESPONDENCE.
  • 14:16 AND I WANT YOU TO LOOK IN 2ND CORINTHIANS, CHAPTER 11, VERSE 23;
  • 14:26 AND THAT'S NOT TO SAY HE LIKED WEARING STRIPES AS APPOSED TO PAISLEY OR WHATEVER.
  • 14:29 IT SAID THAT HE WAS (WHIP SOUND) BEAT SO MANY TIMES.
  • 14:33 HIS BACK, HIS LEGS HE WOULD'VE BEEN A MESS.
  • 14:36 HE SAYS,
  • 14:44 HE WASN'T JUST WHIPPED WITH A BELT, BUT THERE WERE LITTLE SHERDS AT THE END OF THAT,
  • 14:48 SHARDS TO KINDA TEAR INTO THE SKIN, IT WAS HORRIBLE.
  • 14:56 PEOPLE SAY, WAS PAUL MARRIED?
  • 14:57 AT ONE LEVEL HE WASN'T MUCH TO LOOK AT AND TOUCH,
  • 15:00 HE WAS JUST LIVING MOVING SCAR TISSUE, IF YOU WILL.
  • 15:03 A BUSTED UP KIND OF FELLOW FOR ALL HE'D BEEN THROUGH.
  • 15:06 HE SAYS,
  • 15:08 AS IF ALL THE IMPRISONMENT AND TORTURE WASN'T BAD ENOUGH.
  • 15:13 THIS GUY HAD A RUFF GO OF IT, BUT YOU KNOW WHAT?
  • 15:15 DIFFICULTIES NOT WITHSTANDING, THE GRACE OF GOD SUSTAINED HIM.
  • 15:19 AND HE WAS ABLE TO FIND A TRIUMPH IN TRAGEDY.
  • 15:36 PAUL SAID THAT HE LEARNED TO ABOUND AND HE LEARNED TO BE ABASED.
  • 15:40 HE LEARN TO GET IT BOTH WAYS IN LIFE.
  • 15:42 WOULD THAT WE LEARN THAT SECRET?
  • 15:44 SPEAKING TO YOU FROM THE DUNGEON WHERE PAUL WAS ALLEGED TO HAVE FINISHED
  • 15:49 DEEP IN THE BOWELS OF ROME.
  • 15:52 SPEAKING FROM THIS PLACE, LET ME REMIND YOU THAT THERE IS A TRIUMPH THAT COMES FROM TRAGEDY
  • 15:59 AND THAT'S ONE OF THE LESSONS THAT WE LEARN WHEN WE CONSIDER THE LIFE,
  • 16:04 WHEN WE WALK IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE RABBI FROM TARSUS.
  • 16:08 LOOK AT HIS LIFE AND LOOK AT HIS DEATH.
  • 16:10 WE LEARN THERE'S SOMETHING MORE THAN LIFE AND MORE IMPORTANT THAN DEATH.
  • 16:14 HERE IN THE DUNGEON WHERE PAUL SPENT SOME OF HIS LAST MOMENTS
  • 16:19 THERE IS A PLAQUE HERE AND IT SHOWS PAUL IN THE ORANT POSTURE.
  • 16:25 I'VE SEEN THIS ORANTE POSTURE WITH HANDS UP AND EXTENDED IN THE CATACOMBS OF ROME.
  • 16:31 IT WAS THE PRAYER POSTURE IN ANTIQUITY WHERE PEOPLE, IT'S INDICATIVE OF SURRENDER.
  • 16:36 AND HERE PAUL WAS IN SOMETHING OF A TRIUMPHANT POSTURE.
  • 16:40 INTERESTINGLY HE HAS CHAINS ON HIS HAND AND HE'S CHAINED TO THIS PILLAR, ARGUABLY.
  • 16:45 BUT THOUGH HE WAS CHAINED CIRCUMSTANTIALLY, HE WAS A FREE MAN, FREE INDEED.
  • 16:51 AND THE REASON, OF COURSE IS BECAUSE, HE WHO HAS THE SON, IS FREE INDEED.
  • 16:56 AND JESUS WAS IN THIS MAN'S HEART AND HE KNEW THE TRUTH AND THE TRUTH DID SET HIM FREE.
  • 17:01 AND PAUL WOULD SOAR LIKE AN EAGLE, DIFFICULTIES NOT WITHSTANDING.
  • 17:05 WOULD THAT WE ALL LEARN THAT LESSON?
  • 17:08 WOULD THAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE TRIUMPH THAT'S MADE AVAILABLE?
  • 17:12 AND THE WAY SOMEONE COMES TO TERMS WITH THAT IS
  • 17:15 THEY FIRST REALIZE THAT WHAT SHACKLES US IN LIFE ISN'T OUR CIRCUMSTANCES.
  • 17:20 WHAT SHACKLES IN LIFE IS OUR SIN.
  • 17:22 AND WE CAN GET FREE OF THAT THE SAME WAY PAUL DID.
  • 17:25 THE SAME WAY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN DOING IT BEFORE PAUL AND AFTER
  • 17:28 AND THAT IS BY REACHING UP TO GOD AND OUT TO THE FUTURE AND SAYING,
  • 17:31 "LORD PLEASE FORGIVE ME FOR MY SINS."
  • 17:33 AND THEN REACHING OUT TO THE FUTURE WITH HIM AND SAY,
  • 17:36 "LORD I WANNA WALK WITH YOU IN THE NEWNESS OF LIFE,
  • 17:38 PLEASE COME INTO MY HEART AND GIVE ME THE HOLY SPIRIT."
  • 17:41 AND THEN WE CAN GET ON WITH OUR BUSINESS.
  • 17:43 YOU KNOW YOU CAN'T SOAR LIKE AN EAGLE IF YOU ACT LIKE A TURKEY.
  • 17:46 AND THERE ARE TO MANY PEOPLE RUNNING AROUND GOING,"GOBBLE, GOBBLE, GOBBLE."
  • 17:50 WOULD THAT WE LEARNED WHAT IT IS TO TRIUMPH?
  • 17:53 WHAT IT IS TO SOAR?
  • 17:55 AND SO HERE WE ARE NOW MIDWAY THROUGH OUR TREATMENT OF PAUL.
  • 18:01 WE'RE LOOKING AT THE FOOTSTEPS OF THIS RABBI FROM TARUS.
  • 18:05 IN THE FIRST 6 PROGRAMS WE'VE CONSIDERED PAUL'S MOVEMENTS.
  • 18:10 AND THE NEXT 6 WE'LL CONSIDER HIS PARCHMENTS.
  • 18:13 WE'LL CONSIDER HIS WRITINGS.
  • 18:15 AND I TRUST THAT WITH ME YOU'LL AGREE THAT PAUL IS A PRINCIPAL INTERPRETER OF THE JESUS STORY.
  • 18:21 AND BY COMING TO TERMS WITH PAUL, YOU CAN COME TO TERMS WITH JESUS.
  • 18:24 BY COMING TO TERMS WITH JESUS, YOU CAN COME TO TERMS WITH LIFE.
  • 18:27 AND EXPERIENCE THE HEALING THAT'S AVAILABLE TO YOU IN LIFE BY THE ONE WHO GIVES NEW LIFE.
  • 18:32 AND THIS WE LEARN THE MORE SO AS WE CONSIDER WITH PAUL,
  • 18:35 AS WE WALK IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE RABBIT FROM TARSUS.
  • 18:51 ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I FIND FASCINATING ABOUT PAUL'S IMPRISONMENT,
  • 18:55 IS THE FACT THAT IN MANY RESPECTS HE WAS NEVER THERE.
  • 18:59 WHAT DO I MEAN BY THAT?
  • 19:01 VICTOR FRANKLE, A JEW SURVIVED THE HOLOCAUST, BECAME A PSYCHIATRIST AND HE SAID,
  • 19:06 "YOU KNOW EVEN IN THE DARKEST HOUR IT'S NOT UNTIL
  • 19:09 YOU DESIDE TO GET BITTER THAT THEY OWN YOU."
  • 19:11 HE WAS MINDED TO KEEP A GOOD ATTITUDE AND A POSITIVE RESOLUTION,
  • 19:15 DIFFICULTIES NOT WITHSTANDING.
  • 19:17 AND FOR ALL PURPOSES, PAUL SHOWS THAT SO VERY WELL, DOESN'T HE?
  • 19:21 IN THE WAY THAT HE FINISHED SO GLORIOUSLY.
  • 19:23 BUT HE DOES.
  • 19:24 BUT WE'RE ALL IN A PRISON OF SOME SORT.
  • 19:26 WHETHER IS A PHYSICAL PRISON OR A SPIRITUAL,
  • 19:28 ANY OTHER KIND OF PRISON,
  • 19:31 WE'RE IN PRISON OF SOME SORT.
  • 19:32 IT'S HOW WE HANDLE IT.
  • 19:34 WELL THERE'S A SENSE IN WHICH OUR PERSONA IS IMPRISONED IN THIS EARTH,
  • 19:36 SOON CALLED THE BODY. >>RIGHT.
  • 19:38 AND THERE CIRCUMSTANCES ROUND ABOUT US.
  • 19:39 BUT IT'S GOOD TO BE ABLE TO TRANSCEND THAT
  • 19:42 AND HAVE A VISON BEYOND OUR OWN LIFE,
  • 19:44 BEYOND OUR OWN MORTAL EXPERIENCE.
  • 19:46 WELL AND THE COMFORT.
  • 19:47 THE COMFORT OF KNOWING THAT WE DO HAVE AN ANSWER.
  • 19:50 WE DO HAVE BELIEF THAT KEEPS US, SUSTAINS US THROUGHOUT THE TRIALS.
  • 19:54 AND LEADS US IN TRIUMPH BEYOND THAT IS WELL. >>RIGHT ABSOLUTELY
  • 19:57 IT'S A GREAT PACKAGE. >>IT'S A GREAT PACKAGE.
  • 19:59 YES AND PAUL DOES IT SO VERY WELL.
  • 20:00 AND DR. JOHN FISCHER TALKS ABOUT PAUL SO VERY WELL.
  • 20:04 ONCE AGAIN WE RETURN TO AN OLD FRIEND OF OURS NOW.
  • 20:07 I KNOW YOU'VE APPRECIATED THE RABBI, DR. JOHN FISCHER.
  • 20:10 AND HERE HE IS AGAIN WAXING ELOQUENT ON THE FACT THAT
  • 20:13 PAUL WASN'T IN TROUBLE BECAUSE HE ABANDONED JUDAISM,
  • 20:15 HE WAS IN TROUBLE BECAUSE HE SPOKE THE TRUTH
  • 20:18 AND INVOKED THE IRE OF SOME,
  • 20:21 AS A RESULT OF HIS SO DOING.
  • 20:23 SO HERE'S PAUL, HE'S NOW IN ROME, HE'S IN PRISON.
  • 20:27 SOME SAY HOUSE ARREST, SOME SAY WE'RE REALLY LOOKING AT THE DUNGEON,
  • 20:31 NOW THAT HE'S IN THE DUNGEON.
  • 20:32 AND YET, HE STILL FINDS THE WHEREWITHAL
  • 20:35 TO WITNESS.
  • 20:37 IT'S AN INCREDIBLE STORY.
  • 20:39 HE'S BEEN BEATEN, HE'S BEEN STONED,
  • 20:40 HE'S BE LET DOWN IN A BASKET,
  • 20:41 SHIPWRECKED.
  • 20:43 YOU NAME IT HE'S DONE IT AND NOW HE'S IN PRISON.
  • 20:44 THAT'S PART OF HIS LIFE.
  • 20:46 WHAT MORE CAN HAPPEN?
  • 20:47 THERE WAS MORE TO HAPPEN, YEAH.
  • 20:50 BUT IT'S AN ESSENTIAL PART OF HIS LIFE,
  • 20:52 SO HE'S IN ROME, HE MEETS WITH JEWISH LEADERS THERE,
  • 20:57 BUT THIS WHOLE PACKAGE STARTED EALIER WHEN HE WAS MEETING WITH
  • 21:00 THE JEWISH LEADERS IN JERUSALEM, IN THE VARIOUS TRIAL SCENES.
  • 21:03 AND HE'S ALWAYS USING THOSE TRIAL SCENES
  • 21:05 AS A WAY OF DOING TWO THINGS INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH.
  • 21:07 NOT ONLY TELLING THEM ABOUT THE MESSIANIC MESSAGE,
  • 21:11 IT'S SO MUCH A CORE OF HIS BEING,
  • 21:12 BUT ALSO CONTINUALLY TESTIFYING TO HIS CONSISTENT OBSERVANCE
  • 21:18 OF THE TRADITIONS.
  • 21:19 SO IT'S BEFORE THESE TRIBUNALS, THESE JEWISH TRIBUNALS,
  • 21:23 HE'S SAYING NOT, "I USED TO BE A PHARISEE", "I AM A PHARISEE".
  • 21:25 RIGHT
  • 21:26 HE SAYS YOU KNOW MY MANNER OF LIFE.
  • 21:28 YOU CAN TESTIFY TO THE FACT THAT I'VE LIVED CONSISTENTLY AS A JEW,
  • 21:31 PRESENT TENSE, NOT PAST TENSE.
  • 21:33 I AM HALACHICLY OBSERVANT, PRESENT TENSE, NOT PAST TENSE.
  • 21:37 AND THEN...
  • 21:38 SO THAT'S THE KIND OF JEW HE IS,
  • 21:42 IN FACT ON THE WAY TO ROME PRIOR TO THE SHIPWRECK,
  • 21:44 THIS SLIDES BY MOST INTERPRETERS,
  • 21:46 HE'S CELEBRATING YOM KIPPUR, ACTS CHAPTER 27.
  • 21:48 SO HE SHOWS UP IN JERUSALEM FOR THE MAIN FEAST AND FESTIVALS.
  • 21:52 HE'S ON A BOAT GETTING READY TO BE SHIPWRECKED, HE CELEBRATES YOM KIPPUR.
  • 21:55 THIS GUY'S A GOOD JEW ALL THE WAY THROUGH TO THE END,
  • 21:59 BUT HE'S MESSIANIC. >>AND HE DOESN'T APOLOGIZE FOR IT.
  • 22:01 HE DOESN'T SAY, OH BUT NO I'M NOT.
  • 22:03 I BELIEVE THIS, I AM A JEW.
  • 22:05 AND I THINK THAT IS SO ENCOURAGING FOR ALL OF US TO STAND UP FOR WHAT WE BELIEVE IN.
  • 22:11 SAY I AM A JEW AND I BELIEVE THIS IS THE MESSIAH.
  • 22:13 IT'S AS THEY SAY, THE WARP AND WOOF OF HIS LIFE IN THE BEGINNING.
  • 22:16 HE'S AS A JEW HE'S ALSO COMMITTED TO THE MESSIAH.
  • 22:19 AND BOTH OF THOSE THINGS SHOW UP WHEN HE'S TALKING TO THE RELIGIOUS LEADERSHIP IN ROME.
  • 22:23 HE SAYS, THEY WANNA KNOW WHY ARE YOU HERE?
  • 22:27 WHY WERE YOU BROUGHT TO TRIAL?
  • 22:28 HE SAYS, "LOOK,"
  • 22:36 NOT JUST THE TORAH.
  • 22:38 HE WAS, TORAH OBSERVANT ALL THE WAY THROUGH,
  • 22:39 BUT HE WAS TRADITION OBSERVANT ALL THE WAY THROUGH.
  • 22:41 I'M NOT HERE BECAUSE I VIOLATED THOSE,
  • 22:43 I'M HERE BECAUSE I'M SPREADING A MESSIANIC MESSAGE,
  • 22:46 THAT CAUSES SOME PEOPLE SOME DISCOMFORT.
  • 22:48 THOROUGHLY JEWISH AND VALIDLY MESSIANIC.
  • 22:52 WONDERFUL COMBINATION, BUT THAT WAS THE CORE, HEART OF HIS LIFE.
  • 22:56 IT WAS HIS HEARTBEAT.
  • 22:57 AND THEY SHOULD'VE BEEN EXCITED.
  • 22:58 BUT EVERYWHERE HE WENT THEY WEREN'T THAT EXCITED.
  • 23:01 LET ME DIFFER JUST A LITTLE BIT. >>OK
  • 23:03 THERE WERE SOME WHO WERE "THEY" WHO WEREN'T EXCITED, >>RIGHT
  • 23:05 BUT MANY THAT "THEY" WERE VERY ENTHUSIASTIC.
  • 23:07 AND THAT'S WHAT CAUSED SOME OF THE "THEY" TO BE A LITTLE LESS EXCITED.
  • 23:10 SOME OF THE LEADERS PROBABLY.
  • 23:12 IT WAS THE LEADERS.
  • 23:13 IT WAS THE SAME PROBLEM WITH YESHUA.
  • 23:14 THE PROBLEM WITH YESHUA WASN'T THE PHARISEES, IT WASN'T THE LAY PEOPLE,
  • 23:17 IT WAS THE SADDUCEES, SANHEDRIN, AND THE HIGH PRIEST.
  • 23:20 THE PROBLEM WITH RAV SHAUL, THE RABBI LATER, SAME PROBLEM.
  • 23:23 LEADERSHIP FELT THEIR STATUS BEING JEOPARDIZED.
  • 23:28 THEY FELT THEIR STATUS BEING UNDERCUT, SO THEY WERE ENVIOUS, JEALOUS.
  • 23:33 THE HIGH PRIEST IN YESHUA'S TIME SAID,
  • 23:36 IT'S BETTER THAT ONE PERSON DIE THAN THE WHOLE NATION PERISH.
  • 23:38 HE WASN'T BEING POLITICALLY CORRECT OR PATRIOT THERE,
  • 23:43 HE WAS BEING, HE WAS JUST REMINDING THE REST OF HIS CREW THAT,
  • 23:46 RIGHT IT'S THEM OR US. >>IT'S HIM OR US.
  • 23:49 IT'S HIM OR US, RIGHT.
  • 23:51 AND ROME'S NOT GONNA BE TOO HAPPY
  • 23:53 IF THIS CHARACTER GETS TOO MUCH OF A LARGER FOLLOWING,
  • 23:55 AND WE'RE THE ONES WHO ARE GONNA PAY.
  • 23:56 SAME THING AS THE RABBI TRAVELS.
  • 23:59 WE'LL TALK SOME MORE.
  • 24:01 YEAH, WE'LL TALK ABOUT IT.
  • 24:02 ALRIGHT. THANKS
  • 24:34 DR. FISCHER TALKS ABOUT PAUL BEING A JEW.
  • 24:36 AND FOR ME IT WAS MY LATE HUSBAND, ZOLA.
  • 24:39 TOWARD THE END OF HIS LIFE, HE WAS STILL A JEW,
  • 24:42 BUT HE WAS SO EXCITED ABOUT THE MESSIAH.
  • 24:46 THAT WAS HIS PRIORITY.
  • 24:48 HIS PRIORITY BECAME "PEOPLE NEEDED TO KNOW, THIS WAS THE TRUTH".
  • 24:52 HE WASN'T FAKE, IT WASN'T HE DID FOR A LIVING, THIS WAS HIS LIFE.
  • 24:57 IT WAS A GREAT TESTIMONY FOR ME TO SEE HIM ENDURE TIL THE END AND TO TAKE OFF.
  • 25:02 WELL WE GET IN TROUBLE FOR THOSE OF US GIVEN
  • 25:05 TO WANTING TO KEEP A FOOT IN THINGS JEWISH
  • 25:07 AND ANOTHER FOOT IN THINGS JESUS.
  • 25:09 JEWISH PEOPLE SAY WE'RE REALLY NOT AUTHENTIC BECAUSE OF JESUS
  • 25:13 AND JESUS PEOPLE SAY WE'RE REALLY NOT AUTHENTIC BECAUSE WE'RE JEWISH.
  • 25:16 WE TAKE SOME PIES IN THE FACE,
  • 25:18 BUT WE OUGHTA TAKE THE REJECTION GRACEFULLY,
  • 25:20 BECAUSE IF I UNDERSTAND PAUL IT GOES WITH THE TERRITORY.
  • 25:23 ZOLA ABSORBED THE REJECTION WELL
  • 25:25 AND I THINK THAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO MUCH OF THE SAME.
  • 25:27 WELL SOMETIMES HE ABSORBED IT WELL,
  • 25:29 THERE WERE TIMES
  • 25:31 THAT IT REALLY DID CUT HIM DEEPLY.
  • 25:32 AND IT HURT BECAUSE HERE HE WAS TRYING TO GET THE TRUE WORD OUT
  • 25:36 AND NO ONE WOULD LISTEN.
  • 25:37 NO ONE WOULD BELIEVE HIM
  • 25:39 AND IF THEY BELIEVED THEY WOULD SAY,
  • 25:40 "YES, BUT YOU'RE COMING FROM THE JEWISH PERSPECTIVE."
  • 25:43 AND THEN ONCE THE JEWS HEARD IT THEY'LL SAY,
  • 25:45 "WELL, NO, BUT YOU'RE REALLY COMING FROM THE CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE."
  • 25:46 AND HE JUST REALLY PERSEVERED AND IT HELPED ME,
  • 25:50 IT HELPS ME TODAY TO KNOW I CAN GO ON. >>YES.
  • 25:53 WELL, I THINK IT'S HELPFUL THAT OUR PRIMARY PURPOSE ISN'T TO GET THE PAIN OUT,
  • 25:57 OUR PRIMARY PURPOSE IS TO GET THE MESSAGE OUT.
  • 26:00 AMEN
  • 26:02 AND THERE'S PAIN THAT GOES WITH THE PASSION, BUT IT GOES WITH THE TERRITORY.
  • 26:04 I LEARN THAT WHEN I THINK OF RABBI PAUL.
  • 26:07 IT'S ENCOURAGING.
  • 26:09 I HATE TO KEEP SAYING THAT, BUT IT'S ENCOURAGING.
  • 26:11 IT'S ENDURING, IT IS THE HOPE THAT I HAVE THAT I CAN ENDURE TOWARD THE END.
  • 26:16 PEOPLE MAY PUSH AT ME OR SPIT AT ME AND I HAVE I'VE BEEN PUSHED, I'VE BEEN SPIT AT.
  • 26:21 IT'S NOTHING COMPARED TO WHAT PAUL HAS DONE.
  • 26:23 IT'S NOTHING TO WHAT ZOLA DID, NOTHING.
  • 26:25 AND WHAT DID YESHUA SAY? HE SAYS,
  • 26:27 "I WILL SEND YOU THE HELPER."
  • 26:29 "I WILL SEND YOU THE HELPER."
  • 26:30 NOW THE HELPER COMFORT, BUT THE HELPER HELPS IN OTHER WAYS AS WELL
  • 26:33 AS WE KEEP BREAKING AGAINST THE PREVAILING DARKNESS.
  • 26:37 JOIN US NEXT WEEK AND WE LOOK AT PAUL'S WRITINGS, HIS PARCHMENTS AS JEFF CALLS THEM.
  • 26:43 1ST THESSALONIANS AND GALATIANS
  • 26:45 AND SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM.
  • 26:47 PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.

Episodes in this series

  1. First Steps Toward Christ
  2. First “Official” Ministry
  3. Apostolic Ordination and First Missionary Journey
  4. Second and Third Missionary Journeys
  5. Arrest and Appeal to Rome for Trial
  6. Roman Imprisonment, Release, Travels and Death
  7. Paul's Earliest Writings: to the Galatians and Thessalonians
  8. Letter to the Corinthians, and Follow-up to the Thessalonians
  9. Reconciliation with the Corinthians, and Roman Correspondence
  10. Letters to Philemon, and the Colossians and Ephesians
  11. Letters to the Philippians and Timothy
  12. Final Steps and Farewell Letters to Titus and Timothy

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