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Episode: “The Call”
We consider how David captured the heart of Israel, his selection by Samuel, and the amazing battle with Goliath that catapulted him to renown.
Series: “The Warrior King”
David-like Leadership for Goliath-like times
The Warrior King tells the story of King David’s time; but it is also the story of our own time. With challenges larger than Goliath all around us, we need Bible-based leaders now more than ever. In this eight-part series, Dr. Jeffrey Seif speaks to that need. Dramatic re-enactments—shot on location in Israel—complement the teachings in this series.

Caption transcript for The Warrior King: “The Call” (1/8)

  • 00:53 A HEARTY SHALOM TO ALL OF YOU,
  • 00:56 JEFFREY SEIF HERE,
  • 00:58 AND I AM PLEASED TO WELCOME TO YOU TO A BRAND NEW SERIES THAT WE'VE PRODUCED JUST FOR YOU,
  • 01:05 A WORD FOR THE WORLD THAT WE LIVE IN,
  • 01:09 A SERIES ENTITLED "THE WARRIOR KING"
  • 01:13 AND A THEME DEVELOPED ALONG THE LINES OF THE NEED FOR
  • 01:16 DAVID-LIKE LEADERSHIP IN THESE GOLIATH-LIKE TIMES.
  • 01:21 OFF WE GO NOW FOR 30 MINUTES OF TV WORTH WATCHING
  • 01:26 AS WE CONSIDER DAVID'S STORY AND NOTE ITS IMPORTANCE FOR A WORLD JUST LIKE OUR VERY OWN.
  • 01:40 (Woman speaking) WE WILL NEVER FORGET THAT DAY.
  • 01:43 OUR HEARTS LEAPED FOR JOY AT THE SIGHT OF HIM.
  • 01:46 DAVID, THE GIANT KILLER HAD RETURNED.
  • 01:49 THE PHILISTINES THOUGHT THAT GOLIATH COULD NEVER BE DEFEATED BUT DAVID HAD PROVEN THEM WRONG.
  • 01:55 WHAT FAITH, HOW BOLD!
  • 01:58 HE WENT TO BATTLE WITH A FEW SMALL STONES AND RETURNED WITH THE SWORD OF A GIANT!
  • 02:03 KING SAUL HAS DONE WELL IN SELECTING HIM.
  • 02:06 OUR ENEMIES HAVE BEEN SLAIN BY THE TENS OF THOUSANDS.
  • 02:10 BECAUSE OF DAVID WE NOW HAVE PEACE WITHIN OUR WALLS.
  • 02:28 THERE WAS ELECTRICITY IN THE AIR IF YOU WILL.
  • 02:31 PEOPLE WERE BRISTLING WITH EXCITEMENT.
  • 02:35 AND WHY IS THAT?
  • 02:37 BECAUSE THERE WAS A SENSE IN ISRAEL THAT THERE WAS A NEW DAY DAWNING.
  • 02:40 AND WHY IS THAT?
  • 02:41 BECAUSE A NEW PERSONALITY WAS EMERGING.
  • 02:45 DAVID WAS BEGINNING TO MAKE HIS MARK ON ISRAELITE HISTORY
  • 02:50 AND PEOPLE HAD A SENSE THAT THEY'D BE THE BETTER FOR IT.
  • 02:54 IT HAD BEEN HUNDREDS OF YEARS SINCE ISRAEL HAD SOMEONE LIKE HIM.
  • 02:59 MOSHE RABANU, MOSES, WAS A RELIGIOUS SORT BUT HE WAS A SPIRITED SOLDIER.
  • 03:05 JOSHUA FIRED UP THE NATIONAL SPIRIT WITH ENTHUSIASM
  • 03:10 AS HE WITH HIS INTREPID BOLD SPIRIT FOLLOWED IN MOSES' FOOTSTEPS.
  • 03:16 BUT AFTER THAT THE WHOLE THING FELL APART.
  • 03:19 FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS THERE WASN'T A NATIONAL HERO
  • 03:24 AND PEOPLE JUST WENT TO THEIR OWN HOMES, THEY WENT THEIR OWN WAY
  • 03:28 AND ISRAELITE LIFE SLIPPED INTO DECAY, DESPAIR AND DISORIENTATION.
  • 03:36 SAUL HELD THE BANNER FOR A SEASON
  • 03:39 AND IT WAS HIS JOB TO TAKE THE SWORD OUT OF THE SHEATH AND FIGHT ISRAEL'S BATTLES
  • 03:45 BUT SAUL WAS INDEPENDENT MINDED AND HE LOST THE JOB.
  • 03:50 GOD SAID, "ENOUGH ALREADY".
  • 03:52 HE PROVED HIMSELF UN-MANAGEABLE, UN-TEACHABLE, COULDN'T WORK WITH HIM,
  • 03:57 MORE CONCERNED WITH WHAT PEOPLE THOUGHT THAN WHAT GOD THOUGHT
  • 04:01 AND SO ATTENTION SHIFTED TO THE HOUSE OF JESSE
  • 04:04 WHERE THE LORD ALIGHTED UPON A FELLOW NAMED DAVID.
  • 04:10 THE WORD "DAVID"
  • 04:11 COMES FROM THE WORD
  • 04:12 MEANING "BELOVED"
  • 04:15 AND BELOVED DAVID WORKED HIS WAY INTO THE HEARTS OF ISRAEL AND ISRAEL WAS THE BETTER FOR IT.
  • 04:22 BUT THERE WAS ONE HEART THAT WAS NOT THE LEAST BIT KINDLY DISPOSED TOWARD HIS ARRIVAL.
  • 04:29 WE READ HERE...AND BY HERE I MEAN IN I SAMUEL, CHAPTER 18,
  • 04:34 THAT FOLLOWING A SKIRMISH WITH THE PHILISTINES WE'RE TOLD IN VERSE 7
  • 04:42 THAT THE WOMEN CAME OUT WITH TAMBOURINE IN HAND, CELEBRATED, AND THEY SANG AND I QUOTE...
  • 04:51 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 05:00 YOU GO SAUL!
  • 05:02 AND THEN,
  • 05:04 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 05:11 AND LISTEN TO ME, SAUL WAS FIT TO BE TIED.
  • 05:16 I DON'T KNOW IF WOMEN UNDERSTAND HOW MUCH OF AN AFFECT THAT THEY HAVE ON THE MALES OF THE SPECIES IN SO MANY WAYS.
  • 05:22 SAUL WAS SO SENSITIVE TO HOW THE WOMEN PERCEIVED HIM
  • 05:26 AND BEING WRAPPED UP IN HIMSELF AS HE WAS, HE KNEW THAT HE WAS ON THE OUTS WITH GOD.
  • 05:32 AND WHEN HE SAW DAVID'S RISE HE BECAME DAVID'S ENEMY HENCEFORTH AND FOREVERMORE ALL THE WAY TO THE GRAVE.
  • 05:43 DIFFICULTIES NOT WITHSTANDING AGAINST THE BACKDROP
  • 05:46 OF A MONARCH WHO IS FOREVER TRYING TO KILL HIM
  • 05:49 DAVID STILL ROSE AND GREW HIGHER AND HIGHER AND HIGHER.
  • 05:54 AND MY WORD TO YOU IS YOU MAY WELL HAVE A SAUL IN YOUR LIFE
  • 05:57 OR A SET OF CIRCUMSTANCES THAT'S HOLDING YOU BACK THAT'S INDEED ADVERSARIAL.
  • 06:03 EVERY TIME YOU TURN AROUND SOMEONE FOR REASONS OF THEIR OWN
  • 06:06 IS LOOKING TO KNOCK THE LEGS OUT FROM UNDERNEATH YOU.
  • 06:09 DIFFICULTIES NOT WITHSTANDING WHEN WE LOOK AT THE WARRIOR KING
  • 06:13 WE'RE GOING TO SEE A STORY OF A MAN WHO WAS NOT TO BE STOPPED.
  • 06:17 WE'RE GOING TO SEE A STORY OF A MAN WHO OVERCAME ADVERSITY, WHO OVERCAME THE "SAULS" IN HIS LIFE
  • 06:23 AND HE HAD MORE THAN ONE PROBLEM,
  • 06:25 SAUL WAS A PERENNIAL ONE, BUT WHEN SAUL DISSIPATED THERE WERE OTHERS.
  • 06:29 BUT DIFFICULTIES NOT WITHSTANDING AT THE END OF DAVID'S ADMINISTRATION
  • 06:33 ISRAEL WHICH WAS 6,000 MILES WAS THEN 60,000 MILES.
  • 06:39 DAVID LEFT HIS MARK THROUGH SONG AND MANY OF THEM WERE SUNG IN HIS WAKE
  • 06:44 WHERE DAVID UNDER HIS ADMINISTRATION TAUGHT PEOPLE
  • 06:47 THAT WITH GOD WE CAN OVERCOME LIFE'S OBSTACLES
  • 06:51 AND GET THE BETTER OF LIFE'S VEXING DILEMMAS.
  • 06:56 AT FIRST OUR LEADERS WERE FEARFUL ABOUT THE PROPHET'S VISIT TO BETHLEHEM.
  • 07:00 BUT FATHER ASSURED US THAT THIS MAN OF GOD, SAMUEL, WAS HERE ON A HOLY MISSION.
  • 07:06 GOD HAD TOLD HIM THAT ONE OF US WOULD BE SELECTED AS ISRAEL'S NEXT KING.
  • 07:12 FATHER WAS SURE THAT IT WOULD BE MY BROTHER ELIAB
  • 07:16 BUT THE PROPHET ASKED TO SEE MY NEXT BROTHER AND THEN THE NEXT.
  • 07:21 HE LOOKED AT ALL MY BROTHERS AND IN EACH CASE SAID "THE LORD HAS NOT CHOSEN THIS MAN".
  • 07:28 FINALLY THE PROPHET SAID TO FATHER, "DO YOU HAVE ANYMORE SONS?"
  • 07:34 FATHER TOLD HIM HE HAD ONE MORE.
  • 07:37 DAVID WAS YOUNG AND HANDSOME AND ACCORDING TO SAMUEL WAS THE ONE GOD HAD CHOSEN TO BE ANOINTED.
  • 07:55 THINGS CHANGED FOREVER THAT DAY FOR MY BROTHER DAVID AND FOR ALL OF ISRAEL.
  • 08:05 I BELIEVE THAT THE NEW TESTAMENT IS A VERY, VERY, VERY JEWISH STORY.
  • 08:09 WELL I'M KIND OF DIFFERENT.
  • 08:10 NOT EVERYBODY SEES IT THAT WAY.
  • 08:12 THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW ACTUALLY IS WRITTEN IN HEBREW FIRST.
  • 08:15 WE ONLY HAVE GREEK TEXT NOW. IT STARTS OFF,
  • 08:18 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 08:31 I THINK IT'S A GREAT STORY.
  • 08:32 JESUS CHRIST...
  • 08:34 YOU KNOW WHEN I GREW UP I THOUGHT HIS FATHER AND MOTHER WERE MR. AND MRS. "CHRIST".
  • 08:38 BUT I WAS MINDED THAT ACTUALLY "CHRIST" ITSELF IS A GREEK TELLING OF THE HEBREW "MASHIACH", "MESSIAH".
  • 08:47 AND THE WORD "MESSIAH" ITSELF COMES FROM A WORD IN HEBREW "ANOINTED ONE".
  • 08:53 AND WHY IS THAT?
  • 08:55 BECAUSE IN THE TORAH THERE WERE INDIVIDUALS THAT WHEN THEY CAME TO OFFICE THEY WERE ANOINTED,
  • 09:02 PROPHETS, PRIESTS AND KINGS AND THEY WERE ANOINTED WITH OIL.
  • 09:06 AND HERE WE ARE IN AN OIL MAKING FACTORY JUST LIKE IT WAS IN BIBLE DAYS.
  • 09:15 AND HERE THE OLIVES ARE PUT IN AND THEY'RE GROUND DOWN.
  • 09:19 THERE'S A NUMBER OF GRINDING DOWN PROCESSES TO GET THE FRUIT OF THE OLIVE,
  • 09:25 TO PUT THE OLIVES UNDER PRESSURE.
  • 09:28 AND YOU KNOW ON ONE LEVEL IT KIND OF WORKS TO MY WAY OF THINKING
  • 09:33 THAT LEADERS GET UNDER THE OLIVE OIL, YOU KNOW,
  • 09:38 THAT WHICH IS PRODUCED THROUGH ALL THIS PRESSURE.
  • 09:40 CAUSE THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS WHEN INDIVIDUALS STEP UP TO LEAD
  • 09:45 THEY STEP UP INTO A WORLD WHERE THERE'S LOTS OF PRESSURES.
  • 09:50 OUR STORY TAKES PLACE TODAY AGAINST THE BACKDROP
  • 09:54 OF DAVID BEING VISITED BY SAMUEL THE PROPHET.
  • 10:00 CAME TO BETHLEHEM AND HE CAME TO THE HOUSE OF JESSE AND HE SAID, "LET ME SEE YOUR BOYS".
  • 10:07 "SOMETHING TELLS ME I'M IN FOR SOMETHING GOOD" SAYS JESSE.
  • 10:11 THOSE BOYS ARE MARCHED ONE AFTER THE OTHER.
  • 10:13 "I'M PLANNING ON ANOINTING ONE" SAYS THE PROPHET...BUT NOTHING.
  • 10:17 FINALLY AFTER COMING UP EMPTY THE PROPHET LOOKS AT DAD
  • 10:20 AND SAYS "DON'T YOU HAVE ANYBODY ELSE?"
  • 10:23 "WELL, COME TO THINK OF IT WE DO."
  • 10:26 "WE HAVE DAVIE, THAT KID, OUT THERE."
  • 10:27 TO ME ITS STRIKING THAT HIS OWN FATHER DIDN'T THINK HIGHLY OF HIM,
  • 10:32 THAT DAVID WAS A LOSER IN HIS FATHER'S EYES SO MUCH SO
  • 10:35 THAT WHEN THE PROPHET CAME TO THE HOUSE AND SAID,
  • 10:39 "LET ME SEE YOUR BOYS"
  • 10:40 DAVID WASN'T EVEN INCLUDED IN THE LIST.
  • 10:42 AND THE FACT THAT DAVID IS DISRESPECTED
  • 10:43 NOT JUST BY THE FATHER BUT BY HIS BROTHERS LATER ON
  • 10:47 WHEN DAVID COMES TO THE ARMY BRINGING FOOD STAPLES.
  • 10:49 TALKING ABOUT TAKING ON GOLIATH, HIS BROTHERS...
  • 10:52 "OH SHUT UP DAVID!"
  • 10:54 "WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?"
  • 10:55 "GO TEND TO YOUR LOUSY LITTLE SHEEP."
  • 10:56 THE KIND OF DISRESPECT THAT DAVID HAD IS STRIKING.
  • 10:59 GOD TAKES THIS GUY OUT OF NOWHERE WHO'S A NOBODY
  • 11:03 AND BRINGS HIM SOMEWHERE AND TURNS HIM INTO A SOMEBODY.
  • 11:06 AND LET ME TELL YOU THAT'S ALL ABOUT THE CALL OF GOD.
  • 11:09 THE RABBIS EXPLAIN WHY IT IS THAT DAVID WAS SO MARGINALIZED IN HIS FAMILY SYSTEM.
  • 11:16 THERE ARE VARIOUS ARGUMENTS PUT FORTH,
  • 11:18 ONE OF WHICH IS THAT DAVID HIMSELF WAS BORN OUT OF AN ADULTEROUS RELATIONSHIP
  • 11:23 WHICH WOULD EXPLAIN WHY HIS BROTHERS
  • 11:25 WHO CONSTRUED THEIR COMING INTO THE FAMILY MORE LEGITIMATELY
  • 11:28 WOULD LOOK AT HIM DISPARAGINGLY.
  • 11:30 YOU MIGHT RECALL THE PSALM WHERE DAVID SAYS,
  • 11:35 AND AGAIN SOME RABBIS ATTRIBUTE IT TO JUST THAT.
  • 11:38 OTHERS ARGUE THAT MUCH AS DAVID'S GRANDMOTHER WAS A MOABITESS,
  • 11:42 SO WAS HIS MOTHER OF NON-JEWISH EXTRACT HERSELF.
  • 11:45 THIS COULD EXPLAIN WHY SOME OF THE OTHER BROTHERS MARGINALIZED DAVID.
  • 11:49 THE REASON WHY SOME PUT THAT FORTH IS BECAUSE WHEN DAVID WAS ON THE RUN FROM SAUL
  • 11:53 HE GOES AND LEAVES HIS MOM WITH THE MOABITES AND THAT GIVES CREDENCE TO THAT NOTION.
  • 11:58 IN ANY CASE WE'RE HERE IN THE TEXT WHERE THE PROPHET COMES TO THE HOUSE.
  • 12:06 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 12:09 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 12:11 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 12:16 DAVID, THAT NOBODY GUY, GETS THE OIL.
  • 12:20 WE'RE TOLD,
  • 12:20 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 12:27 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 12:35 AND THEN,
  • 12:36 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 12:44 GOD CALLS ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE.
  • 12:47 WE HAVE PEOPLE THAT ARE APPOINTED AS LEADERS
  • 12:50 AND HERE WE HAVE PEOPLE THAT ARE ANOINTED.
  • 12:52 I SAY THREE CHEERS FOR THE CALL OF GOD!
  • 12:55 IT'S AVAILABLE NOT JUST FOR DAVID AND FOR ME BUT FOR YOU.
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  • 13:49 TO BE ABLE TO COME
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  • 13:53 AND CRUCIFIED AND WAS RISEN.
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  • 14:40 AN OFFER THAT'S COMING LATER IN THIS PROGRAM IS A BOOK THAT I WROTE SOME TIME AGO,
  • 14:44 NOT LONG AGO CALLED "GUNS AND MOSES".
  • 14:47 IT'S ABOUT THE LEGITIMACY OF THE USE OF FORCE.
  • 14:51 UNPLEASANT AS IT IS SOMETIMES A MAN'S GOT TO DO WHAT A MAN'S GOT TO DO.
  • 14:56 SOMETIMES A BIBLICAL MAN HAS TO STAND UP AND DECIDE WHAT'S WORTH CONTENDING FOR
  • 15:01 AND I BELIEVE IN THAT PERSONALLY.
  • 15:03 AND FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT THINK THAT'S NOT BIBLICAL,
  • 15:06 YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BE THINKING THAT AFTER YOU READ "GUNS AND MOSES".
  • 15:10 WELL NEVER MIND MY BOOK, BACK TO GOD'S BOOK NOW AS WE CONSIDER THE STORY OF DAVID AND GOLIATH.
  • 15:17 OH HE FOUGHT HIM AND BROUGHT HIM DOWN;
  • 15:20 GOD WAS WITH HIM IN THE PROCESS
  • 15:21 AND OFF TO THAT STORY WE GO AS WE LOOK AT THE WARRIOR KING DAVID
  • 15:26 AND CONSIDER THE NEED FOR DAVID-LIKE LEADERSHIP IN GOLIATH-LIKE TIMES.
  • 15:33 DAVID ONLY NEEDED ONE SMOOTH STONE BUT HE SELECTED FIVE.
  • 15:43 WAITING FOR HIM WAS THE BIGGEST MAN ANYONE HAD EVER SEEN.
  • 15:47 OVER NINE FEET TALL HIS ARMOR ALONE WEIGHED AS MUCH AS A MAN.
  • 15:51 HIS IRON SPEAR WAS GREATER THAN FIFTEEN POUNDS.
  • 15:55 GOLIATH HAD TAUNTED US UNMERCIFULLY FOR FORTY DAYS!
  • 16:01 THEN ONE DAY THE SHEPHERD BOY, DAVID, THE SON OF JESSE,
  • 16:07 CONFRONTED THE PHILISTINE BEAST WITH HIS SLING AND THAT ONE SINGLE STONE.
  • 16:23 IT WAS A DAY THAT ALL ISRAEL SHALL NEVER FORGET.
  • 16:25 HOW PROUD WE WERE.
  • 16:27 WE WERE SERVING IN THE ARMY OF THE LIVING GOD.
  • 16:37 THE WORD "SEIF" COMES FROM THE GERMAN MEANING "SOAP".
  • 16:43 IT DOESN'T BRING OUT THE MACHISMO SPIRIT IN ME TO BE SURE
  • 16:46 BUT MY PARENTS ARE OF GERMAN-JEWISH EXTRACT.
  • 16:48 THE WORD "SEIF" HAS ANOTHER NAME IN ARABIC, IT MEANS "SWORD".
  • 16:53 I PREFER THAT BUT I CAN'T CLAIM THAT.
  • 16:55 HOWEVER, WHEN I THINK OF THE FAITH THAT I HAVE THROUGH THE MESSIAH, THROUGH THE SCRIPTURE,
  • 17:01 I CAN CLAIM THAT "SWORD" KIND OF VALIANT SPIRIT
  • 17:04 AND THE REASON IS, IS BECAUSE I WANT TO WALK IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF DAVID.
  • 17:08 WE ARE CONSIDERING A MAN WHO AGAINST ALL ODDS
  • 17:13 JUMPED INTO THE FRAY AND ACCOMPLISHED GREAT THINGS IN LIFE.
  • 17:19 I BELIEVE BY THE WAY THAT HE NEEDN'T BE AN ANOMALY.
  • 17:22 I THINK ALL OF US CAN DO MUCH THE SAME.
  • 17:25 DAVID DIDN'T HAVE MUCH TO BEGIN WITH.
  • 17:27 HE DIDN'T HAVE A SWORD IN HAND.
  • 17:28 IN FACT DAVID WAS KNOWN FOR A STONE.
  • 17:32 DAVID DIDN'T KILL GOLIATH WITH A STONE AS IS OFTEN SUPPOSED.
  • 17:38 HE STUNNED HIM WITH IT.
  • 17:40 IN FACT, I THINK GOLIATH WAS CAUGHT OFF GUARD IN SO MANY WAYS THAT DAY WASN'T HE?
  • 17:45 HE STUNNED HIM WITH IT, KNOCKED HIM OUT.
  • 17:46 AND IT MAY WELL BE THAT AS GOLIATH WAS COMING TO,
  • 17:51 HE JUST LIVED TO SEE THE INGLORIOUS MOMENT WHEN HE WAS SLAIN BY HIS OWN SWORD.
  • 17:58 DAVID THEN TOOK THE SWORD AS WELL AS THE HEAD AS TROPHIES, AS BOOTIES, AS A PLUNDER OF WAR.
  • 18:03 THERE'S A GREAT STORY THERE, NOT THAT I GLORY IN ANY DEATH,
  • 18:07 BUT I AM REMINDED OF A BASIC BIBLICAL PRINCIPLE...THIS IS BIBLE 101...
  • 18:11 AND THAT IS THAT FAITH CAN, DOES AND WILL MOVE MOUNTAINS.
  • 18:16 IT'S ALL ABOUT US AT ONE LEVEL.
  • 18:18 BY THAT I MEAN...DO WE WANT TO EXERCISE FAITH AND GET ON WITH THE PURSUIT OF THE FUTURE?
  • 18:23 THE WORD "CONFIDENCE" COMES FROM THE LATIN WORD "CON FIDES",
  • 18:28 A CONFLATION OF WORDS MEANING "WITH FAITH".
  • 18:32 WE'RE LOOKING AT A STORY HERE WHERE DAVID LEARNED IT THAT DAY ON THE FIELD OF BATTLE.
  • 18:36 AND LET ME TELL YOU THAT SO MANY THINGS IN LIFE ARE REALLY LEARNED ON THE FIELD OF BATTLE.
  • 18:41 IF WE WANT TO HAVE TESTIMONY WITH THE LORD, WELL THAT'S GREAT,
  • 18:45 IT'S GOOD TO HAVE A TESTIMONY.
  • 18:47 BUT IF WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A TESTIMONY WE GOT TO HAVE A, QUOTE, "TEST" FIRST.
  • 18:50 AND LIFE PRESENTS WITH A LOT OF CHALLENGES BUT CHALLENGES ARE OPPORTUNITIES WITH WORK CLOTHES.
  • 18:55 WE JUST HAVE TO RISE UP AND MEET THEM HEAD ON.
  • 18:57 AND DAVID DID THAT DIDN'T HE?
  • 18:59 OTHERS WERE AFRAID... THEY WERE DAUNTED BY THIS TOWERING GOLIATH.
  • 19:04 BUT DAVID REALLY THOUGHT THAT THE BIGGER THEY WERE THE HARDER THEY FALL
  • 19:06 AND HE JUST JUMPED INTO THE FRAY AND THE REST IS HISTORY.
  • 19:11 IN THE BOOK, SAMUEL, CHAPTER 17
  • 19:15 I WANT YOU TO READ WITH ME HERE. WE'RE TOLD,
  • 19:19 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 19:26 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 19:33 BUT THEN WHAT HE SAYS AS A FOLLOW UP IS JUST EMBLAZONED IN BIBLICAL MEMORY.
  • 19:38 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 19:47 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 19:49 "...THE LORD OF THE ARMIES."
  • 19:51 I WANT YOU TO HEAR ME FOR A SECOND.
  • 19:53 WE LIVE IN PRECARIOUS TIMES
  • 19:58 AND I'M NOT JUST SPEAKING ABOUT WORLD CULTURE AND INDIVIDUAL NATION STATES.
  • 20:03 BUT THE WORLD IS A VERY PRECARIOUS PLACE
  • 20:06 AND VARIOUS NATIONS ARE IN THE THROWS OF DESPAIR IN SO MANY WAYS.
  • 20:10 WHEN I THINK OF HOUSEHOLD UNITS THAT ARE BASIC BUILDING BLOCKS OF ANY SOCIETY
  • 20:15 JUST LIKE THERE'S PILLARS HERE HOLDING UP THIS HOUSE,
  • 20:18 SO TOO THE FAMILY IS A BASIC BUILDING BLOCK.
  • 20:21 THE FAMILY IS BEING ASSAILED, THERE ARE CHALLENGES TODAY.
  • 20:24 WELL WHO IS OR ISN'T PRESIDENT ISN'T AS IMPORTANT.
  • 20:28 WHAT SOCIAL PROGRAMS ARE ON THE TABLE ISN'T AS IMPORTANT.
  • 20:31 WHAT'S IMPORTANT IS THAT WE LIKE DAVID RISE UP WITH FAITH
  • 20:36 BECAUSE I BELIEVE THAT FAITH CAN AND WILL PAY DIVIDENDS, FAITH IN JESUS, ISRAEL'S MESSIAH.
  • 20:46 (Jeff speaking) AND NOW...
  • 20:48 FROM THE BEAUTIFUL SANCTUARY OF THE KING OF KINGS PAVILION IN THE HEART OF JERUSALEM
  • 20:54 PAUL WILBUR JOINS US IN SONG.
  • 21:04 ♪LET GOD ARISE♪
  • 21:09 ♪LET GOD ARISE♪
  • 21:14 ♪LET GOD ARISE♪
  • 21:19 ♪LET GOD ARISE♪
  • 21:25 ♪LET HIS ENEMIES BE SEVERED♪
  • 21:28 ♪AND LET THE RIGHTEOUS BE GLAD
  • 21:31 ♪YES, LET THEM REJOICE WITH GLADNESS♪
  • 21:35 ♪GOD HAS TRIUMPHED MIGHTILY♪
  • 21:40 ♪LET GOD ARISE♪
  • 21:45 ♪LET GOD ARISE♪
  • 21:50 ♪LET GOD ARISE♪
  • 21:55 ♪LET GOD ARISE♪
  • 22:00 ♪LET GOD ARISE♪
  • 22:05 ♪LET GOD ARISE♪
  • 22:10 ♪RONI RONI BAT ZION♪
  • 22:14 ♪HARIU YISRAEL♪
  • 22:18 ♪SIMCHI V'ALTISI B'CHOL LEV♪
  • 22:21 ♪BAT YERUSHALAYIM♪
  • 22:24 ♪REJOICE, REJOICE♪
  • 22:26 ♪DAUGHTER OF ZION♪
  • 22:28 ♪SHOUT OUT ALOUD ISRAEL♪
  • 22:31 ♪SING, REJOICE WITH ALL YOUR HEART O JERUSALEM♪
  • 22:37 ♪FOR THE LORD YOUR GOD IN THE MIDST OF YOU♪
  • 22:41 ♪MIGHTY IS HIS NAME♪
  • 22:45 ♪REJOICING OVER YOU WITH SONGS OF GLADNESS SINGING JOYFULLY♪
  • 22:49 ♪HE WILL SAVE US♪
  • 22:51 ♪REJOICE, REJOICE♪
  • 22:53 ♪DAUGHTER OF ZION♪
  • 22:54 ♪SHOUT OUT ALOUD ISRAEL♪
  • 22:57 ♪SING, REJOICE WITH ALL YOUR HEART O JERUSALEM♪
  • 23:04 ♪RONI RONI BAT ZION♪
  • 23:08 ♪HARIU YISRAEL♪
  • 23:11 ♪SIMCHI V'ALTISI B'CHOL LEV♪
  • 23:14 ♪BAT YERUSHALAYIM♪
  • 23:18 ♪BAT YERUSHALAYIM♪
  • 23:21 ♪BAT YERUSHALAYIM♪ ♪
  • 23:26 HALLELUJAH! (CROWD CHEERS)
  • 23:33 THAT WAS PAUL WILBUR.
  • 23:34 AND IN CASE YOU DON'T KNOW THAT INTEGRITY RECORDING ARTIST,
  • 23:38 I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT PAUL IS ONE OF THE MOST BELOVED PRAISE AND WORSHIP ARTISTS
  • 23:45 IN CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIANITY TODAY...A MESSIANIC JEW I MIGHT ADD
  • 23:51 AND A LONG STANDING FRIEND OF MINE,
  • 23:53 A FRIEND OF THIS MINISTRY AND NOW TO YOU A NEW FRIEND
  • 23:57 AS PAUL JOINS US ON THIS 8 PART SERIES WHERE WE LOOK AT ANOTHER MESSIANIC JEWISH SONGWRITER, DAVID HIMSELF.
  • 24:09 AND TALK ABOUT JEWISH SONGWRITERS
  • 24:11 OFF WE GO NOW TO ZOLA LEVITT, NOT IN SONG THIS TIME
  • 24:16 BUT AS ZOLA REMINDS US WHEN HE LOOKS AT THE BIBLE BEGINNING WITH DAVID AND GOLIATH
  • 24:21 AND GOING ON FROM THERE THAT WE NEED NOT FEAR WHEN WE'RE WALKING WITH THE LORD.
  • 24:27 (Zola speaking)
  • 24:59 AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED,
  • 25:01 WE ALL KNOW THAT STORY.
  • 25:03 FELLED THE GIANT WITH ONE SMOOTH STONE RIGHT IN THE FOREHEAD,
  • 25:07 TOOK THE MAMMOTH'S OWN SWORD, DECAPITATED HIM AND THE BATTLE WAS THE LORD'S AGAIN.
  • 25:13 YOU KNOW EVEN IN THE GOSPEL THE DISCIPLES LOSE THEIR COURAGE FROM TIME TO TIME.
  • 25:20 THERE'S THE STORY OF THE BOAT IN LUKE, CHAPTER 8...IT SAYS,
  • 25:32 AND ANYWAY THAT STORM COMES UP...THE LORD SPEAKS TO THE WIND AND TO THE STORM
  • 25:36 AND HE TELLS IT "PEACE BE STILL" AND THEY SAY,
  • 25:39 "WHAT MANNER OF MAN IS THIS"
  • 25:41 "THAT HE COULD TALK TO THE STORM"
  • 25:43 "AND IT LISTENS TO HIM?"
  • 25:45 THE LESSON IS WRAPPED UP IN HEBREWS, CHAPTER 13;
  • 25:48 VERSE 5 SAYS JUST THIS...
  • 26:05 THE SERIES SUBTITLE,
  • 26:07 "DAVID-LIKE LEADERSHIP FOR GOLIATH-LIKE TIMES"
  • 26:09 CATCHES ME AS INTERESTING
  • 26:12 AND I HOPE IT CATCHES YOU.
  • 26:15 AND I HOPE IT PROMPTS YOU TO YOUR KNEES
  • 26:19 BECAUSE BY VIRTUE OF YOUR MAKING PEACE WITH YOUR MAKER
  • 26:23 YOU CAN BECOME THAT DAVID-LIKE BIBLICAL LEADER
  • 26:27 AND HAVE RESOURCES TO CONFRONT YOUR GOLIATH-LIKE TIMES.
  • 26:32 WHETHER YOU'RE CONTENDING WITH YOUR OWN NATURE,
  • 26:36 WHETHER YOU'RE CONTENDING WITH CIRCUMSTANCES AROUND YOU
  • 26:39 I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT WE HAVE A GOD WHO LOVES YOU,
  • 26:43 WHO HAS A WONDERFUL AND PERFECT PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE
  • 26:47 AND THAT PLAN BEGINS WHEN YOU BEGIN.
  • 26:52 SO AS I CLOSE LET ME REMIND YOU
  • 26:54 THAT IF YOU WALK WITH GOD THERE'S BRAND NEW BEGINNINGS.
  • 26:57 PRAY TO HIM, SEEK HIM, FIND A GOOD CHURCH
  • 27:00 AND AS YOU GO NOW, SHA 'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM.
  • 27:04 PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.

Episodes in this series

  1. The Call
  2. David and Saul
  3. Family
  4. Wars
  5. Celebrated Warrior King
  6. A Messianic Proto-type
  7. Israel's Sweet Psalmist
  8. Messiah

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Zola Levitt Presents
Levitt Letter
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