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Episode: “Wars”
David was a warrior—a spiritual role model for us all! Philistine, Amalekite, and Ammonite wars are discussed, along with modern-day applications.
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: “Wars” (4/8)

  • 00:53 A HEARTY SHALOM TO ALL OF YOU.
  • 00:56 JEFFREY SEIF HERE PLEASED TO WELCOME YOU TO ANOTHER EDITION OF ZOLA LEVITT PRESENTS.
  • 01:03 TODAY WE'RE GOING BACK IN TIME TO THE WARS BETWEEN DAVID AND THE PHILISTINES.
  • 01:08 AND GOODNESS, THIS TIME IS IT NOT LIKE A TIME OF OUR OWN?
  • 01:13 WE'RE GOING TO JOURNEY BACK AND SEE WHEN DAVID SAID, "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH" AND ISRAEL WITH HIM
  • 01:18 AND BEGAN TO PUSH BACK AGAINST THE PREVAILING OPPRESSION.
  • 01:25 IT WAS A SURPRISE ATTACK AND THE NIGHT BELONGED TO DAVID.
  • 01:41 IN ALL THE LAND OF ISRAEL THERE WAS NO ONE WHO COULD STAND AGAINST GOD'S ANOINTED ONE.
  • 01:45 NO SWORD OR WEAPON DEVISED BY MAN COULD DEFEAT US
  • 01:52 AND THE PHILISTINES FLED INTO THE NIGHT.
  • 02:04 NEWS CREWS DON'T COME HERE MUCH ANYMORE BUT I GOT NEWS FOR YOU...
  • 02:07 YEARS AGO THIS PLACE WAS THE TALK OF THE TOWN.
  • 02:11 GOT TO BE CAREFUL AS I DRIVE HERE NOW BECAUSE WE'RE REASONABLY HIGH UP
  • 02:14 AND I DON'T WANT TO JUST LOOK AT THE CAMERA, I NEED TO LOOK AT THE ROAD.
  • 02:17 BEHIND ME IS THE VALLEY OF ELAH,
  • 02:19 THE PLACE WHERE DAVID SPARKED A REVOLUTION IF YOU WILL, FOR THE LONGEST.
  • 02:24 ISRAELITES WERE OPPRESSED, SUPPRESSED, REPRESSED, DEPRESSED AND IMPRESSED WITH THE NEED THAT SOMETHING NEEDED TO CHANGE.
  • 02:34 AND WHY WAS THAT?
  • 02:35 BECAUSE THE PHILISTINES WERE WORKING HAVOC OVER HERE.
  • 02:39 AND NOT JUST THE PHILISTINES HERE BUT DIFFERENT "STINES" AT DIFFERENT PLACES
  • 02:43 AND PEOPLE WERE AFRAID.
  • 02:45 THEY WERE READY FOR A CHANGE IF YOU WILL.
  • 02:47 TALK ABOUT "WE NEED CHANGE".
  • 02:49 WELL THEY REALLY WANTED IT, THEY NEEDED IT, AND THE TIME WAS RIGHT.
  • 02:53 SOMEONE NEEDED TO STAND UP WITH SOME FAITH AND SOME BIBLICAL FAITH.
  • 02:57 A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE A LOT OF IDEAS ABOUT WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN IN THE WORLD.
  • 03:00 BUT YOU KNOW WHAT?
  • 03:02 FINALLY SOMEONE STOOD UP WITH GOD'S IDEA AND I LOVE HIM FOR HIS SO DOING.
  • 03:07 AND BY VIRTUE OF HIS SO DOING DAVID LEFT A MARK ON BIBLICAL LITERATURE,
  • 03:12 NOT ONLY IN HIS OWN DAY BUT IT EXTENDED FOR A THOUSAND YEARS LATER.
  • 03:16 IT ALL STARTED HERE.
  • 03:18 WHAT A FITTING PLACE TO TELL THE STORY OF THE NEEDING TO CONTEND IN WAR IF YOU WILL FOR GOD'S SAKE.
  • 03:24 FOR US FOR THE MOST PART THE IMPLICATIONS ARE SPIRITUAL MORE THAN MATERIAL.
  • 03:29 BUT WE NEED TO RECOVER THAT RADICAL EDGE
  • 03:31 AND I WANT TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT THAT EDGE AS WE LOOK AT THE WARRIOR KING
  • 03:35 AND WE CONSIDER THE NEED FOR DAVID-LIKE LEADERSHIP IN THESE GOLIATH-LIKE TIMES.
  • 03:50 SPEAKING OF THE CUTTING EDGE WE'RE MINDED OF A VERSE,
  • 03:56 A RATHER INTERESTING VERSE IN SCRIPTURE THAT MIGHT SEEM OFFENSIVE SOMEWHAT AT FACE VALUE
  • 04:03 AND I SAMUEL, CHAPTER 17, VERSE 54 SAYS IN HEBREW,
  • 04:07 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 04:14 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 04:19 IT GOES ON TO SAY THEN THAT HE TOOK GOLIATH'S ARMOR AND HE PUT IT IN HIS OWN TENT.
  • 04:25 SEEMS TO ME THAT WE'RE LOOKING HERE AT THE WARRIOR KING....
  • 04:28 WELL HE'S NOT A WARRIOR KING AT THIS JUNCTION,
  • 04:30 HE'S A YOUNG MAN WHO OPTED TO JUMP INTO THE FRAY WHO LATER BECAME A KING
  • 04:34 BECAUSE CULTURE WAS LOOKING FOR A MAN OF FAITH WHO WAS GOING TO STAND AND LEAD,
  • 04:38 MAYBE RISK A LITTLE BIT IN THE PROCESS OF SO DOING.
  • 04:41 WELL DAVID CERTAINLY JUMPED INTO THE FRAY, I'M SURE IT WAS UNEXPECTED
  • 04:45 BUT ALL OF A SUDDEN HE JUST FOUND HIMSELF WHERE THE TROUBLES OF THE DAY
  • 04:49 AFFORDED HIM AN OPPORTUNITY TO RISE AND BE WHAT GOD HAD CALLED HIM TO BE.
  • 04:54 I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU BUT THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT THIS IMAGERY THAT REALLY WORKS FOR ME.
  • 04:59 WE LIVE IN A UNISEX WORLD WHERE GENDER BOUNDARIES ARE BLURRED.
  • 05:04 THERE ARE A NUMBER OF THINGS THAT ARE BLURRED IN THIS UPSIDE DOWN WORLD OF OURS NOW
  • 05:07 BUT I'M LOOKING HERE AT A MALE WHO WANTS TO BELIEVE GOD AND STAND UP AND BE COUNTED
  • 05:13 AND HE WANTS TO BE HEROIC IF YOU WILL.
  • 05:17 I BELIEVE THAT WE LIVE IN A WORLD WHERE HEROISM IS IN VERY HIGH DEMAND AND VERY SHORT SUPPLY.
  • 05:22 AND WHEN I LOOK AT DAVID I'M NOT ONLY REMINDED OF AN IMAGE FROM HIS PHILISTINE WARS,
  • 05:30 I'M NOT ONLY REMINDED OF AN IMAGE OF WHAT HE WAS ALL ABOUT
  • 05:33 BUT I SEE HERE AN IMAGE OF WHAT WE OUGHT TO BE ALL ABOUT AS MEN PARTICULARLY
  • 05:39 AND PEOPLE OF FAITH GENERALLY,
  • 05:41 THAT IS, STAND UP, DON'T JUST ACCEPT THE TAUNTS OF THE ENEMY.
  • 05:45 SO MANY PEOPLE ARE BEATEN INTO SUBMISSION AND THEY DESPAIR AND THEY PRAY UP,
  • 05:51 THEY SEND THEIR PRAYERS HEAVENWARD AND I'M ALL FOR THAT
  • 05:54 AND I DO THAT ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION, BUT WHAT ABOUT STAND UP GUYS?
  • 05:59 I BELIEVE THAT WE NEED THIS DAVID-LIKE LEADERSHIP TODAY,
  • 06:03 MEN TO STAND UP AND BE MEN AS MEN,
  • 06:05 MEN TO STAND UP AND BE MEN AS HUSBANDS,
  • 06:08 MEN TO STAND UP AND BE MEN AS FATHERS,
  • 06:12 MEN TO STAND UP AND BE MEN AS PILLARS IN THEIR CONGREGATIONS, MEN TO BE MEN,
  • 06:18 AND STAND UP FOR THEIR CITY, FOR THEIR COUNTY, FOR THEIR STATE AND FOR THEIR COUNTRY.
  • 06:23 I BELIEVE THAT WE NEED BIBLICAL LEADERSHIP THAT WANTS TO MAKE THE WORLD BETTER
  • 06:27 BY VIRTUE BY THEIR PARTICIPATING IN THE DRAMA.
  • 06:30 DAVID AS A LEADER INVESTED HIS ENERGIES WITH THE NET RESULT THAT ISRAEL WAS BETTER
  • 06:36 BECAUSE OF HIS APPLYING HIS SKILL SETS WITHIN THE CULTURE
  • 06:40 AND WOULD THAT TODAY PEOPLE CAUGHT THAT VISION.
  • 06:43 THEY WANTED TO LEAD.
  • 06:44 THEY WANTED TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE,
  • 06:46 THEIR FAMILY A BETTER PLACE,
  • 06:47 THEIR CONGREGATIONS A BETTER PLACE AND CULTURE IN THE WHOLE.
  • 06:51 WE NEED TO PRAY UP AND STAND UP NOW MORE THAN EVER.
  • 06:54 AS WE LOOK AT THE WORLD LETS LOOK AT IT WITH BIBLICAL EYES
  • 06:58 AND COME TO TERMS WITH THE FACT
  • 07:00 THAT WE NEED DAVID-LIKE LEADERSHIP FOR THESE GOLIATH-LIKE TIMES.
  • 07:06 THE AMALEKITES HAD JUST ATTACKED SOUTHERN JUDAH AND DESTROYED ZIKLAG.
  • 07:11 ALL THE WORSE, THEY HAD TAKEN KING DAVID'S WIVES
  • 07:15 AS WELL AS THE FAMILIES OF THOSE WHO SERVED HIM FAITHFULLY.
  • 07:19 ONLY GOD KNEW IF THEY WERE STILL ALIVE.
  • 07:23 IT WAS A TROUBLING TIME FOR THE KING.
  • 07:26 HIS MEN WERE ANGRY.
  • 07:28 THEY WANTED REVENGE.
  • 07:30 THEY WANTED THE DEATH OF THEIR KING.
  • 07:34 YET DAVID'S STRENGTH REMAINED IN THE LORD.
  • 07:44 THE KING SUMMONED ME ASKING FOR THE EPHOD.
  • 07:48 (DAVID SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 07:52 THE EPHOD WAS A SACRED LINEN GARMENT THAT WAS WORN BY THE PRIESTS ON THE MOST HOLY OF OCCASIONS.
  • 08:01 ON THIS TROUBLING DAY THE KING WOULD CALL UPON THE LORD HIMSELF
  • 08:07 AND DIRECTLY APPEAL FOR DIVINE INTERVENTION.
  • 08:12 HE INQUIRED OF THE LORD...
  • 08:18 "SHALL I PURSUE THE MEN WHO ATTACKED?"
  • 08:22 "SHALL I OVERTAKE THEM?"
  • 08:25 (DAVID SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 08:29 AND THE LORD REPLIED...
  • 08:31 "PURSUE THEM FOR THOU SHALT SURELY OVERTAKE THEM."
  • 08:50 TOUR BUSES DON'T COME HERE.
  • 08:52 CARS DON'T EVEN GET HERE.
  • 08:54 IN FACT MY 4 BY 4, MY OFF-ROAD VEHICLE COULDN'T EVEN GET HERE.
  • 09:00 AND WHERE IS THE HERE?
  • 09:02 WE ARE AT A PLACE THAT I WASN'T PLANNING ON TAKING YOU TO.
  • 09:06 I WASN'T PLANNING ON BEING HERE MYSELF.
  • 09:08 I DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT THIS PLACE A WEEK AGO.
  • 09:11 CAME HERE TO ISRAEL TO SHOOT A SERIES CALLED "THE WARRIOR KING" ON DAVID.
  • 09:15 LITTLE DID I KNOW THAT IN CONJUNCTION WITH OUR ARRIVAL AND FILMING
  • 09:20 WE WOULD HAVE ONE OF THE GREATEST MODERN DISCOVERIES
  • 09:24 IN THE HISTORY OF BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY.
  • 09:28 I KNOW IT SOUNDS OVERSTATED BUT IT ISN'T.
  • 09:31 ARTICLES ARE APPEARING ON MAJOR ISRAELI PERIODICALS, ON THE INTERNET.
  • 09:38 RIGHT HERE, THE NORTHEASTERN HILLS OF ELAH,
  • 09:42 IN THE RUINS OF QEIYAFA WE HAVE A FORTRESS THAT DATES BACK 1000 B.C.
  • 09:49 NOW WHAT MAKES THIS FIND STRIKING...AND I'M COMING TO YOU FROM THE MIDDLE OF IT...
  • 09:56 WHAT MAKES IT STRIKING IS THE FACT THAT RIGHT HERE
  • 10:01 VERY RECENTLY UNEARTHED WERE THE OLDEST HEBREW SCRIPTS FOUND TO DATE
  • 10:08 PRE-DATING THE DISCOVERY OF THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS BY ALMOST A MILLENNIA.
  • 10:15 AND THAT'S STRIKING FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS.
  • 10:18 AND WHY IS THAT?
  • 10:19 BECAUSE THIS WAS A FORTRESS THAT DATES BACK TO THE ERA OF DAVID.
  • 10:25 THAT'S SIGNIFICANT BECAUSE WE LIVE IN A WORLD TODAY
  • 10:28 WHERE THERE ARE MANY REVISIONISTS SORTS THAT ARE TRYING TO RE-WRITE HISTORY JUST AS IN AMERICA.
  • 10:35 "OH, WELL IT WASN'T REALLY A CHRISTIAN COUNTRY ORIGINALLY."
  • 10:38 THEY WANT TO RE-WRITE HISTORY IN ORDER TO FOIST THEIR AGENDA ON MODERNITY.
  • 10:44 SIMILARLY IN ISRAEL THERE ARE INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE LOOKING FOR A DISCONNECT FROM BIBLICAL HERITAGE.
  • 10:50 "WELL THERE NEVER WAS A KING DAVID" THEY SAY.
  • 10:53 WELL IT WAS HARDER TO SAY IT WHEN UP NORTH SOME YEARS AGO
  • 10:56 FOUND WAS AN INSCRIPTION TO THE HOUSE OF DAVID RIGHT THERE AT TEL DAN AT THE FAR NORTH
  • 11:01 AND NOW HERE IN A FORTRESS THAT DATES BACK TO DAVID'S DAY WE FIND HEBREW SCRIPT.
  • 11:09 AND THIS IS INTERESTING IN PART BECAUSE THE FACT THAT THERE WOULD BE A HEBREW FORT HERE...
  • 11:13 IT'S AN EXTENSION FORT.
  • 11:15 ARGUABLE THERE WAS THERE A STRONG KINGDOM IN JERUSALEM
  • 11:18 AND THIS WAS AN OUTPOST HERE THAT WAS ESTABLISHED NOT FAR FROM WHERE THE BIBLICAL STORY PLAYED OUT ONCE UPON A TIME
  • 11:25 WHEN DAVID WENT AGAINST GOLIATH.
  • 11:27 IT'S A GREAT STORY.
  • 11:30 BIBLICAL HISTORY IS INTERESTING
  • 11:32 AND WE FIND THAT MODERN ARCHAEOLOGY IN VARIOUS WAYS CORROBORATES THE BIBLICAL NARRATIVE
  • 11:37 AND WHAT'S HAPPENING HERE AT THIS SITE ARGUES TO THAT EFFECT.
  • 11:42 BUT MY PURPOSE HERE ISN'T TO TALK ABOUT BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY, FASCINATING AS IT IS,
  • 11:47 I WANT TO RAISE THE STORY OF DAVID IN PART
  • 11:50 BECAUSE WE NEED TO HEAR FROM HIM AND LEARN FROM HIM TODAY.
  • 11:55 I'D LIKE YOU TO TURN IN YOUR BIBLES PLEASE TO I SAMUEL,
  • 11:59 THERE'S AN INTERESTING STORY HERE WHEN THINGS WEREN'T GOING DAVID'S WAY.
  • 12:04 IT JUST SO HAPPENS IN LIFE SOMETIMES CULTURE TURNS AGAINST US,
  • 12:08 CIRCUMSTANCE TURNS AGAINST US AND WE FIND OURSELVES BEING PUSHED BACK.
  • 12:13 DAVID WAS SO DISCONCERTED WHEN HE DISCOVERED THAT HIS TOWN WAS OVERRUN,
  • 12:19 HIS FAMILY WAS TAKEN CAPTIVE...EVERYTHING WAS TAKEN IN FACT.
  • 12:23 AND PEOPLE WERE SO MAD AT HIM AS A LEADER THEY WERE READY TO STONE HIM.
  • 12:27 WE'RE TOLD IN THE HEBREW BIBLE, CHAPTER 30, VERSE 6,
  • 12:30 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 12:36 BECAUSE OF THE DEFEATS THAT HE HAD EXPERIENCED JUST THEN.
  • 12:39 AND PEOPLE WE'RE TOLD WERE READY TO STONE HIM.
  • 12:42 LEADERSHIP IS VERY PRECARIOUS
  • 12:44 JUST LIKE STANDING HERE IS PRECARIOUS TO TELL YOU THE GOD'S HONEST TRUTH.
  • 12:47 SOMETIMES THE WINDS BLOW FOR YOU SOMETIMES AGAINST YOU.
  • 12:50 DAVID WAS ON THE DOWNSIDE OF IT ALL BUT WE'RE TOLD HERE IN THE TEXT,
  • 12:54 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 13:02 FOR THOSE OF US THAT WANT TO BE GOOD LEADERS WE HAVE TO FALL BACK ON OUR KNEES SOMETIMES
  • 13:07 BECAUSE THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS THERE ARE CHALLENGES.
  • 13:10 AND WHAT HAPPENED?
  • 13:11 DAVID STRENGTHENED HIMSELF.
  • 13:13 HE CALLED FOR THE PRIEST TO BRING GARMENTS.
  • 13:16 HE WANTED TO CONSULT THE LORD ACTUALLY.
  • 13:18 AND WE'RE TOLD JUST AS WE READ DOWN IN VERSE 8 WERE TOLD,
  • 13:22 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 13:28 HE HAD QUESTIONS.
  • 13:29 HE DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO RESPOND.
  • 13:31 AND YOU KNOW WE LIVE IN A WORLD TODAY WHERE WE CAN BE BESET BY CIRCUMSTANCES THAT DON'T SEEM TO BE GOING OUR WAY.
  • 13:37 WE NEED TO SEEK THE LORD AS WELL.
  • 13:39 THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT IF WE DO, IF WE SEEK HIM WE'LL FIND HIM
  • 13:43 AND WE'LL FIND ANSWERS FOR VEXING HUMAN DILEMMAS.
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  • 14:18 I'VE HAD A BLAST!
  • 14:20 YOU KNOW THE BIGGEST THING THAT I REALLY HAVE TO SAY
  • 14:22 IS THAT I GOT MY MONEY'S WORTH ALREADY AND WE'RE ABOUT HALF-WAY THROUGH THE TRIP.
  • 14:24 IT'S JUST BEEN UNBELIEVABLE HOW MUCH WE'VE SEEN...
  • 14:26 INCREDIBLY PROFESSIONAL, REALLY WELL THOUGHT OUT.
  • 14:29 EVERYWHERE WE GET YOU CAN TELL THAT THEY THOUGHT ABOUT THE FACT THAT WE WERE COMING
  • 14:32 AND IT'S REALLY NICE TO BE WELL TAKEN CARE OF.
  • 14:34 I'VE FELT SO SAFE HERE.
  • 14:36 I FEEL SAFER HERE THAN I DO IN THE UNITED STATES.
  • 14:39 LET ME ENCOURAGE YOU TO MAKE A TRIP OF A LIFETIME TO COME HERE.
  • 14:42 YOU'LL LOVE IT, I PROMISE.
  • 14:49 IT IS A THRILL TO BE ABLE TO GO TO THE BIBLE LANDS AND IT'S AN HONOR TO TAKE YOU WITH ME.
  • 14:55 SOME OPT TO CONTACT US AND GO ON A TOUR
  • 14:58 BUT JUST BY VIRTUE OF YOUR TURNING ON THE TELEVISION YOU ARE GOING ON A TOUR WITH ME.
  • 15:03 WE TOGETHER, MILLIONS WALK IN PLACES WHERE MOST PEOPLE NEVER GO
  • 15:07 AND SEE THINGS MOST PEOPLE NEVER SEE.
  • 15:10 THIS SERIES, "THE WARRIOR KING", TAKES US TO BIBLE LANDS AND CONSIDERS THE LIFE OF DAVID.
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  • 15:57 I WRITE ONE OR TWO COLUMNS IN HERE
  • 15:59 AND BEYOND THAT THEY'RE A VARIETY OF OTHERS.
  • 16:02 AND WE'RE PLEASED TO GATHER GOOD INFORMATION
  • 16:04 AND COMMEND IT TO YOU.
  • 16:06 WELL SPEAKING OF GOOD INFORMATION,
  • 16:07 THE BEST INFORMATION IS THE BIBLE ITSELF.
  • 16:09 SO OFF WE GO TO THE BIBLICAL WORLD TO CONSIDER HOW DIFFICULTIES NOT WITHSTANDING
  • 16:14 DAVID FOUGHT AND FINALLY GOT THE BETTER OF HIS ENEMIES.
  • 16:25 THE KING WOULD BE GRACIOUS WE WERE TOLD.
  • 16:28 HE WOULD HEAR OUR PLEA
  • 16:32 AND SO IT WAS THAT WE WERE INTO HIS GOLDEN CHAMBER.
  • 16:36 WE HAD MARCHED IN DEFIANCE AGAINST KING DAVID,
  • 16:39 NOW HERE WE WERE FEARING FOR OUR LIVES...
  • 16:43 THREE KINGS OF NEIGHBORING NATIONS BOWING BEFORE HIM.
  • 16:47 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 16:53 WE NEVER THOUGHT IT WOULD COME TO THIS
  • 16:56 BUT BETTER WE SHOULD APPEAL FOR PEACE AND SERVE HIM THEN DIE BEFORE HIS SWORD.
  • 17:05 THE KING ACCEPTED OUR PLEA GIVING CREDIT TO HIS GOD.
  • 17:09 (DAVID SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 17:14 HOW MIGHTY THIS GOD OF ISRAEL MUST BE!
  • 17:20 LOTS OF HELICOPTERS AND JETS FLYING AROUND TODAY
  • 17:23 AND I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH CLOUT TO MAKE THEM STOP.
  • 17:26 WE'RE 40 KILOMETERS FROM THE GAZA
  • 17:29 AND THAT'S PROBABLY SOME REASON WHY THEY'RE OUT AND ABOUT DOING WHAT THEY'RE DOING.
  • 17:32 AND HERE WE ARE DOING WHAT WE'RE DOING, VISITING A FAMOUS SITE IN ANTIQUITY,
  • 17:38 AN OUTPOST FOR DAVID'S FORCES RIGHT AT THE BORDER WITH THE PHILISTINES.
  • 17:45 AND ITS INTERESTING BY THE WAY
  • 17:47 THAT TODAY THERE'S PROBLEMS WITH INDIVIDUALS THAT USE THE NAME PALESTINIAN
  • 17:52 AND SO IT IS THAT OVERHEAD INDIVIDUALS ARE MAINTAINING VIGILANT IN THE SKIES.
  • 17:57 JUST THAT FROM WHERE I'M STANDING YEARS AGO INDIVIDUALS MAINTAINED VIGILANCE AS WELL
  • 18:03 TO FIGHT OFF THEIR PREVAILING DARKNESS.
  • 18:05 AND FIGHT WE MUST BY THE WAY AND I MEAN THAT IN THE TRUEST OF SENSES.
  • 18:11 AND THAT IS THAT NOT ALL OF US BEAR ARMS IN DEFENSE OF HOME AND HEARTH
  • 18:16 BUT ANYONE WHO NAMES THE NAME OF THE LORD IS CALLED TO ARM UP IF YOU WILL,
  • 18:20 TO PUT ON A HELMET, A SHIELD, GET OUT THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT.
  • 18:24 WE'RE VESTED WITH THE RESPONSIBILITY TO CONTEND, TO STAND FOR PRINCIPLES.
  • 18:29 AND IN THE COURSE OF FIGHTING WE SHOULD KNOW THAT IT DOESN'T ALWAYS GO OUR WAY.
  • 18:33 SOMETIMES AS DAVID LEARNED ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION,
  • 18:36 WE NEED TO STRENGTHEN OURSELVES IN THE LORD.
  • 18:39 AND BY THE WAY I THINK THIS IS THAT SORT OF TIME.
  • 18:43 I'M REMINDED BY THE WAY WHEN I READ II SAMUEL, CHAPTER 10,
  • 18:48 DAVID WAS IN INVOLVED IN A BATTLE ROYAL.
  • 18:51 THE END RESULT WAS THAT THE INDIVIDUALS CAME AND DID SUBSERVIENCE TO HIM.
  • 18:56 HE GOT THE BETTER OF IT.
  • 18:58 AND THE KINGS CAME AND BOWED DOWN AND PEACE AT LAST.
  • 19:03 BUT BEFORE THAT HE HAD TO CONTEND AND IN CHAPTER 10, VERSE 12 WE HAVE,
  • 19:10 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 19:15 NOW FRIENDS, THAT'S A WORD FOR TODAY.
  • 19:17 HE SAYS,
  • 19:18 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 19:24 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 19:30 AT 53 YEARS OF AGE NOW I REALIZE THAT I'VE LIVED A GOOD PART OF MY LIFE.
  • 19:36 I'M NOT READY TO STICK MYSELF IN THE GRAVE
  • 19:38 BUT I REALIZE THAT THE BETTER PART OF IT'S IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR.
  • 19:41 I PLAN TO FINISH WELL.
  • 19:43 I FEEL IN SO MANY WAYS I'M NOT JUST FIGHTING FOR MYSELF AS MUCH AS FOR MY KIDS, AS MUCH AS FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS.
  • 19:49 I BELIEVE THAT AS GOD'S PEOPLE TODAY WE NEED TO BE STRONG.
  • 19:53 WE NEED TO BE SERIOUS.
  • 19:55 WE NEED A REVIVAL.
  • 19:56 WE NEED A RENEWAL OF ENERGIES AND ENTHUSIASMS TO DO THE LORD'S BIDDING.
  • 20:02 IT FEELS LIKE THE BATTLE ISN'T GOING OUR WAY.
  • 20:05 AND YOU KNOW WHAT?
  • 20:06 IN WAYS IT ISN'T.
  • 20:09 BUT I'VE SEEN ENOUGH FOOTBALL GAMES TO REALIZE THAT THE WINNING TEAM IS IN A LOSS AT HALF-TIME
  • 20:13 BUT IT'S NOT OVER UNTIL THE BELL RINGS AT THE END OF THE FORTH QUARTER.
  • 20:16 I DON'T BELIEVE ITS OVER FOR AMERICA
  • 20:18 BUT I DO BELIEVE THAT THERE ARE A NUMBER OF CHALLENGES NOW.
  • 20:21 THAT SAID, WHEN I READ THE BIBLE I'M REMINDED OF THE FACT THAT THESE GUYS ALWAYS HAD STRUGGLES
  • 20:28 AND THAT'S THE BAD NEWS.
  • 20:29 THE GOOD NEWS IS AGAIN TO HARK BACK TO PAUL'S WORD,
  • 20:36 I WOULD LIKE YOUR FAITH TO BE BUILT UP.
  • 20:39 I KNOW MINE NEEDS BUILT UP AS WELL.
  • 20:41 AND HERE COMING FROM A FORT, AN OUTPOST OF DAVID'S EMPIRE 3000 YEARS AGO,
  • 20:49 I WANT TO ENCOURAGE YOU IN YOUR FAITH.
  • 20:52 I BELIEVE THAT WE NEED DAVID-LIKE LEADERSHIP IN GOLIATH-LIKE TIMES.
  • 20:58 WILL YOU STAND WITH ME AND BE THAT MAN OF GOD AND THAT WOMAN OF GOD
  • 21:02 AND HELP OUR CULTURE RETURN TO ITS BIBLICAL MOORINGS.
  • 21:07 (Jeff Speaking) WHAT BETTER WAY TO ENCOURAGE OUR FAITH THAN IN MUSIC?
  • 21:11 PAUL WILBUR JOINS US ONCE AGAIN IN SONG
  • 21:14 FROM THE BEAUTIFUL KING OF KINGS PAVILION IN DOWNTOWN JERUSALEM.
  • 21:27 ♪THESE ARE THE DAYS OF ELIJAH♪
  • 21:32 ♪DECLARING THE WORD OF THE LORD♪
  • 21:37 ♪AND THESE ARE THE DAYS OF YOUR SERVANT MOSES♪
  • 21:42 ♪RIGHTEOUSNESS BEING RESTORED♪
  • 21:46 ♪AND THOUGH THESE ARE DAYS OF GREAT TRIALS♪
  • 21:51 ♪OF FAMINE AND DARKNESS AND SWORD♪
  • 21:56 ♪STILL WE ARE THE VOICE IN THE DESERT CRYING♪
  • 22:01 ♪PREPARE YE THE WAY OF THE LORD♪
  • 22:05 ♪BEHOLD HE COMES RIDING ON THE CLOUDS♪
  • 22:10 ♪SHINING LIKE THE SUN AT THE TRUMPET CALL♪
  • 22:15 ♪LIFT YOUR VOICE IT'S THE YEAR OF JUBILEE♪
  • 22:20 ♪OUT OF ZION'S HILL SALVATION COMES♪
  • 22:34 ♪AND THESE ARE THE DAYS OF EZEKIEL♪
  • 22:38 ♪THE DRY BONES BECOMING AS FLESH♪
  • 22:43 ♪AND THESE ARE THE DAYS OF YOUR SERVANT DAVID♪
  • 22:48 ♪REBUILDING THE TEMPLE OF PRAISE♪
  • 22:53 ♪AND THESE ARE THE DAYS OF THE HARVEST♪
  • 22:58 ♪THE FIELDS ARE WHITE IN THE WORLD♪
  • 23:03 ♪AND WE ARE THE LABORERS IN YOUR VINEYARD♪
  • 23:08 ♪DECLARING THE WORD♪ OF THE LORD♪
  • 23:12 ♪BEHOLD HE COMES RIDING ON THE CLOUDS♪
  • 23:16 ♪SHINING LIKE THE SUN AT THE TRUMPET CALL♪
  • 23:22 ♪LIFT YOUR VOICE IT'S THE YEAR OF JUBILEE♪
  • 23:26 ♪OUT OF ZION'S HILL SALVATION COMES♪
  • 23:32 ♪WHO WAS AND WHO IS♪
  • 23:36 ♪AND WHO IS TO COME♪
  • 23:42 ♪WHO WAS AND WHO IS♪
  • 23:46 ♪AND WHO IS TO COME♪
  • 23:51 ♪WHO WAS AND WHO IS♪
  • 23:56 ♪AND WHO IS TO COME♪
  • 24:01 ♪WHO WAS AND WHO IS♪
  • 24:06 ♪AND WHO IS TO COME♪
  • 24:11 ♪TO COME♪
  • 24:27 PAUL WILBUR IS A GREAT GUY AND HE'S AN OLD FRIEND OF MINE.
  • 24:31 I BELIEVE THAT ONE OLD FRIEND IS BETTER THAN 50 NEW ONES.
  • 24:35 AND HE AND I HAVE SPENT A LOT OF TIME TOGETHER
  • 24:37 AND WE SPENT TIME IN JERUSALEM AND IT WAS A THRILL.
  • 24:40 I KNOW YOU ARE THRILLED BY HIS MUSIC.
  • 24:42 I KNOW YOU WERE THRILLED BY OUR MINISTRY'S FOUNDER ZOLA LEVITT.
  • 24:46 AND NOW OFF WE GO TO HEAR HIM TEACH ABOUT DAVID,
  • 24:48 A STRONG DAVID;
  • 24:50 A DAVID WHO WAS TRANSFORMED FROM WEAKNESS TO STRENGTH.
  • 24:53 YOU'RE GONNA LOVE IT.
  • 24:54 HERE WE GO...
  • 24:56 NOW ISRAEL HAD A STRONG ARMY.
  • 24:58 BORDER NATIONS PAID HEAVY TAXES.
  • 25:01 IT WAS A WELL ORGANIZED GOVERNMENT,
  • 25:03 A BEAUTIFUL CAPITOL CITY.
  • 25:04 THEY HAD TRADE ALLIANCES EVERYWHERE,
  • 25:07 IT WAS WEALTHY; IT WAS POWERFUL.
  • 25:10 ITS SOME QUESTION AS TO WHETHER ISRAEL TODAY
  • 25:13 HAS EVEN RISEN TO THE LEVEL OF THE WAY IT WAS UNDER THE GREAT KING DAVID.
  • 25:18 NOW, DAVID'S PERSONAL LIFE PARALLELED HIS TRANSFORMATION,
  • 25:22 THAT OF THE TRANSFORMATION OF ISRAEL FROM A WEAK AND DIVIDED LAND
  • 25:25 TO AN EMPIRE AS HE WENT FROM BEING A SHEPHERD TO A KING.
  • 25:31 KING DAVID IS BETTER KNOWN THAN ANY OTHER BIBLICAL FIGURE.
  • 25:38 WHEN I READ THE BIBLE I'M REMINDED OF THE FACT
  • 25:40 THAT LIFE COMES REPLETE WITH MANY CHALLENGES.
  • 25:43 DAVID FACED THEM HEAD ON.
  • 25:46 AND YOU KNOW WHAT?
  • 25:47 AT DAYS' END GOD GAVE HIM VICTORY.
  • 25:50 THAT'S NOT ONLY GOOD NEWS FOR DAVID THAT'S GOOD NEWS FOR US.
  • 25:55 I BELIEVE IN A GOD, TO USE PAUL'S WORD, "WHO LEADS US ON INTO VICTORY".
  • 26:01 ZOLA REMINDED US OF THAT.
  • 26:03 THE BIBLE REMINDS US OF THAT IN SO MANY PASSAGES.
  • 26:07 DAVID STANDS OUT AS AN EXAMPLE OF HOW FAITH CAN PREVAIL AT DAYS' EDN.
  • 26:14 MINDFUL OF THAT LET ME ENCOURAGE YOU TO DEVELOP YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD
  • 26:21 BECAUSE I BELIEVE THAT YOU'RE GOING TO BE A WINNER BY VIRTUE OF YOUR SO DOING.
  • 26:25 GOD IS SO GOOD, HE SENT HIS SON INTO THE WORLD AND HE WANTS TO COME INTO YOUR WORLD.
  • 26:30 AND BY VIRTUE OF HIS SO DOING
  • 26:33 HE CAN TRANSFORM YOU FROM A VICTIM TO A VICTOR,
  • 26:37 FROM WEAK TO STRONG.
  • 26:40 WALK IN HIS WAYS AND YOU'LL DISCOVER THAT FOR YOURSELF.
  • 26:44 SPEAKING OF WALKING, THANK YOU FOR WALKING WITH US
  • 26:46 AND AS YOU GO,
  • 26:48 SHA 'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM.
  • 26:50 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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Levitt Letter
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