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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.
Episode: “Celebrated Warrior King”
Though anointed by God for kingship, David spent 13 years running from Israel’s first king before ascending to the throne himself. As we hear the story of David’s rise to power over all Israel, Jeff fleshes out its applications.

Caption transcript for The Warrior King: “Celebrated Warrior King” (5/8)

  • 00:53 A HEARTY SHALOM TO ALL OF YOU.
  • 00:56 JEFFREY SEIF HERE PLEASED TO WELCOME YOU AGAIN TO ZOLA LEVITT PRESENTS.
  • 01:01 SOME TIME AGO A SONG CAME OUT CALLED, "A LONG AND WINDING ROAD,"
  • 01:06 AND SOMETIMES IT CAN SEEM THAT WAY BUT WHEN WE WALK WITH GOD HE LEADS US TO SOME PLACE GOOD.
  • 01:13 WE'RE GOING TO CONSIDER DAVID NOW AFTER A LONG STRUGGLE; HE FINALLY CAME INTO HIS OWN.
  • 01:19 AND I BELIEVE THAT AFTER OUR STRUGGLES WE CAN COME INTO OUR OWN AS WELL.
  • 01:26 I WAS AMONG THE LEADERS OF THE TRIBES OF ISRAEL THAT DAY WHEN WE GATHERED IN HEBRON.
  • 01:32 KING SAUL WAS DEAD, HAVING TAKEN HIS OWN LIFE ON THE BATTLE FIELD.
  • 01:38 WE HAD ASSEMBLED AT THIS PLACE TO ANOINT DAVID AS OUR NEW KING.
  • 01:44 DAVID HAD PROVEN HIMSELF TO BE A WORTHY LEADER AND A MIGHTY WARRIOR.
  • 01:50 THE COVENANT HE SHARED WITH US THAT DAY ASSURED US
  • 01:54 THAT THE LORD WOULD CONTINUE TO BE OUR SOURCE IN THE DAYS AHEAD.
  • 01:57 HE PLEDGED HIS DEVOTION AND WE PROMISED THE SAME IN RETURN.
  • 02:08 IN THE ANOINTING OF DAVID WE WITNESSED THE BIRTH OF A NEW KINGDOM,
  • 02:13 A KINGDOM WHICH WE PRAYED WOULD NEVER PASS AWAY.
  • 02:43 I'M COMING TO YOU FROM THE CITY OF DAVID.
  • 02:47 AT THE SOUTHERN PART OF WHAT'S KNOWN AS THE TEMPLE COMPLEX
  • 02:51 TODAY LIE THESE RUINS THAT HAVE BEEN HERE FOR CENTURIES.
  • 02:56 SOME DECADES AGO THEY BEGAN TO BE UNEARTHED.
  • 03:00 KATHLEEN KENYON,
  • 03:02 A FAMOUS ARCHEOLOGIST
  • 03:04 PUT HER AX INTO THE SOIL HERE, AS HAVE OTHERS,
  • 03:07 TO TRY AND RECONSTRUCT DAVID'S PALACE.
  • 03:11 AND I'M COMING TO YOU YES FROM THE ACROPOLIS,
  • 03:14 THE VERY PLACE, IF YOU CAN IMAGINE THAT.
  • 03:18 IT'S ONE OF THE BENEFITS OF TEACHING HERE FROM ISRAEL.
  • 03:21 WE DON'T JUST TELL THE BIBLE STORY WE CAN GIVE INDIVIDUALS A WINDOW INTO IT.
  • 03:25 AND WHAT A STORY THIS IS.
  • 03:28 I WONDER WHAT DAVID WOULD'VE FELT LIKE FRANKLY.
  • 03:30 HE'D BEEN ON THE RUN FROM SAUL FOR THE BETTER PART OF 13 YEARS IF YOU CAN IMAGINE THAT.
  • 03:36 IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE SAMUEL SHOWED UP AND ANOINTED HIM,
  • 03:40 CALLED HIM OUT FROM HIS FATHER,
  • 03:42 SET HIM UP IN THE MIDST OF HIS BROTHERS AND SAID THAT YOU HAVE AN APPOINTMENT WITH DESTINY.
  • 03:50 I DON'T THINK IT GOT TO DAVID'S HEAD BECAUSE HE WASN'T WALKING AROUND LIKE ROYALTY AFTERWARDS,
  • 03:55 IN FACT HE WAS TEASED AND PUSHED AROUND BY HIS BROTHERS AND DISRESPECTED IN THE FAMILY.
  • 04:01 AND NOT ONLY THAT, HE WOUND UP AFTER...YOU KNOW THE STORY OF DAVID AND GOLIATH
  • 04:06 AFTER ALL THAT HE WINDS UP BEING ON THE RUN FROM SAUL.
  • 04:09 SO JUST BECAUSE HE WAS ANOINTED BY THAT PROPHET
  • 04:12 DIDN'T MEAN THAT HE WAS GOING TO PROFIT FROM IT ANYTIME SOON.
  • 04:15 BUT IT SEEMS THE CASE THAT GOD DOES HAVE HIS APPOINTMENTS FOR PEOPLE
  • 04:19 AND IF YOU CAN IMAGINE THE BETTER PART OF 13 YEARS AFTER
  • 04:24 HE WAS BUSY TAKING FLIGHT FROM SAUL.
  • 04:27 ACTUALLY, 13 YEARS ON THE RUN, FINALLY THIS MAN COMES INTO HIS DESTINY,
  • 04:33 AT LEAST THE FIRST STEP OF IT WHEN ELDERS GATHERED TOGETHER AT HEBRON
  • 04:38 AND THEY APPOINT DAVID AS KING, THEY ANOINT HIM.
  • 04:42 THIS STORY IS TOLD IN 2 SAMUEL CHAPTER 5 AND IT READS LIKE THIS,
  • 05:05 THIS ACTUALLY CAME TO HIM IN STAGES.
  • 05:07 IN FACT DAVID'S LIFE CAME TO HIM IN STAGES.
  • 05:10 AND WE'RE TOLD HERE THAT FIRST AT HEBRON
  • 05:12 WHERE HE'S GOING TO ADMINISTRATE FROM FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS, THAT THE ELDERS...
  • 05:17 THE WORD ELDER, "ZAKIN" IN HEBREW IS "BEARDED ONE"
  • 05:22 AND WHAT HAPPENS IS THAT THOSE WITH "SMARTS", THEY REALIZE,
  • 05:27 THEY COME TO TERMS WITH WHO THIS MAN IS AND THEY'RE ACKNOWLEDGING HIM AND DAVID IS ANOINTED
  • 05:32 AND WE SEE THAT HE COMES INTO HIS KINGDOM IN STAGES.
  • 05:36 I THINK THIS IS A GOOD POINT TO UNDERSCORE THE FACT
  • 05:40 THAT A LOT OF TIMES PEOPLE COME INTO THEIR VICTORIES IN STAGES.
  • 05:46 THIS IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSCORE IN A WORLD WHERE WE MICROWAVE EVERYTHING,
  • 05:52 WE WANT IT IMMEDIATELY.
  • 05:54 INSTANT HAPPINESS, INSTANT FORTUNE, INSTANCE SUCCESS IN LIFE,
  • 05:58 THAT WE WANT TO BELIEVE GOD'S PROMISES FOR OUR LIFE AND WE WANT IT INSTANTLY.
  • 06:04 THE PROBLEM WITH THAT IS IN REALITY IT'S JUST NOT LIKE THAT.
  • 06:09 YOU MIGHT FIND A CHURCH THAT'LL BLOW STAR DUST IN YOUR FACE
  • 06:13 AND TELL YOU THAT SUCCESS IN LIFE IS YOURS JUST FOR SITTING IN THE PEW FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS
  • 06:17 AND PUTTING YOUR MONEY IN THE OFFERING PLATE,
  • 06:19 BUT I THINK THAT'S OVERLY SIMPLISTIC PERSONALLY
  • 06:21 AND TO MY WAY OF THINKING, IF SOMETHING SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, IT PROBABLY IS.
  • 06:26 WHEN WE LOOK AT THE STORY OF DAVID,
  • 06:28 WE LEARN OF A MAN WHO HAD MANY TRIALS ON THE WAY TO THE TOP.
  • 06:32 AND HERE I AM NOT AT THE TOP BUT CLOSE TO THE TOP AS I'M MAKING MY WAY UP THIS LITTLE MOUNT HERE
  • 06:40 THAT TAKES ME UP TO WHERE THE TEMPLE MOUNT IS.
  • 06:43 AND THIS IS THE PLACE ACTUALLY WHERE DAVID IS LATER ON GOING TO MAKE HIS NAME KNOWN THROUGH HIS CAPITAL CITY HERE IN JERUSALEM.
  • 06:51 AND AGAIN AS WE LOOK INTO DAVID'S WORLD...AND WE'VE BEEN DOING THAT GENERALLY,
  • 06:56 BUT PARTICULARLY IN THIS PROGRAM WE'RE BEGINNING BY LOOKING AT HIS ANOINTING.
  • 07:01 AND THEN WE'LL FINISH UP BY LOOKING AT DAVID'S EXCITEMENT WHEN THE ARK WAS BROUGHT INTO HIS CITY.
  • 07:10 HE WAS JUST SO ECSTATIC BECAUSE DAVID HAD A LOT OF CHALLENGES IN HIS LIFE
  • 07:14 BUT HE LEARNED THROUGH IT ALL THAT IF HE WOULD FOLLOW THE LORD
  • 07:18 THE LORD WOULD LEAD HIM ON SUCCESSFULLY.
  • 07:20 LIKE PAUL SAID,
  • 07:21 "THANKS BE TO GOD"
  • 07:23 "WHO ALWAYS LEADS US IN TRIUMPH."
  • 07:25 AND I'M REMINDED OF THAT HERE AS I STAND IN THE ANCIENT CITY OF DAVID.
  • 07:33 IT WAS COLD DARK AND FOREBODING,
  • 07:36 BUT THE KING SHOWED US THAT THE SECRET TO TAKING JERUSALEM
  • 07:39 WOULD BE THROUGH THIS WATER PASSAGE UNDER THE CITY.
  • 07:42 IN DEFIANCE THE JEBUSITES HAD STATIONED THE BLIND AND THE LAME AROUND THE CITY
  • 07:48 LITTLE SUSPECTING AN UNDERGROUND ATTACK.
  • 07:50 BUT KING DAVID WAS SHREWD.
  • 07:53 THE BRAVE WARRIOR LISTENED TO THE LORD FOR DIRECTION.
  • 07:56 WE TOOK THE STRONGHOLD OF ZION THAT DAY
  • 07:59 AND IT BECAME THE CITY OF DAVID WHERE THE KING WOULD RULE FOR 33 YEARS.
  • 08:10 ALMOST DIRECTLY BENEATH ME HERE IN THE CITY OF DAVID
  • 08:14 IS A VERY FAMOUS TUNNEL,
  • 08:16 ONE THAT DAVID REMEMBERED HIS ENTIRE LIFE.
  • 08:20 BECAUSE AFTER HE WAS ANOINTED KING IN HEBRON
  • 08:24 IT CAME TO HIM TO CONTEND FOR THE CITY OF JERUSALEM.
  • 08:30 WE'RE TOLD IN THIS CHAPTER THAT I BEGAN READING IN THE PREVIOUS SEGMENT, VERSE 6 AND ON
  • 08:36 THAT DAVID WANTED JERUSALEM AND THE JEBUSITES TAUNTED HIM SAYING,
  • 08:44 "THIS DOG WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO ENTER INTO OUR STRONGHOLD."
  • 08:48 THEY HAD THE HIGH PLACE AND WELL FORTIFIED,
  • 08:51 BUT THE LORD GAVE DAVID A STRATEGY, NOT JUST A VISION.
  • 08:56 HE HAD A VISION FOR A CAPITOL CITY.
  • 08:58 AND AFTER TAKING IT BY THE WAY,
  • 09:00 WE'RE TOLD THAT THE LORD
  • 09:02 MADE HIS NAME GREAT.
  • 09:04 ACTUALLY IT'S THE WAY THIS LITTLE SECTION FINISHES UP IN VERSE 10.
  • 09:07 SO DAVID WENT ON AND BECOME GREAT THERE FROM HIS CAPITAL CITY,
  • 09:12 BUT THE LORD DIDN'T JUST GIVE HIM A VISION, HE GAVE HIM A STRATEGY FOR ACCOMPLISHING IT.
  • 09:18 AND WHY IS THAT?
  • 09:19 BECAUSE THE ROAD TO SUCCESS IN LIFE IS MARKED WITH MANY PERILS.
  • 09:24 IT SEEMS THAT SUCCESS DOESN'T JUST OPEN UP TO US MAGICALLY.
  • 09:28 I KNOW YOU MAY WELL FIND A CHURCH OR SOME PLACE TO SIT AND A PREACHER WILL SAY,
  • 09:33 "LISTEN JUST BELIEVE THIS DOCTRINE"
  • 09:36 "AND SIT HERE AND PUT YOUR MONEY IN THE OFFERING PLATE"
  • 09:38 "AND PRESTO LIFE'S JUST GONNA COME UP FOR YOU GOOD."
  • 09:43 WELL I DO BELIEVE THAT GOD HAS A GOOD PLAN FOR OUR LIFE TO BE SURE,
  • 09:47 BUT COMING HERE FROM THE CITY OF DAVID,
  • 09:52 COMING HERE FROM JUST ATOP THE TUNNEL THAT HIS MEN WENT INTO TO FIGHT,
  • 09:58 I WANNA TELL YOU THAT WHILE GOD HAS A GOOD PLAN FOR US
  • 10:01 IT STILL IS INCUMBENT UPON US TO CONTEND FOR IT IF WE WANT TO BE DAVID-LIKE LEADERS.
  • 10:09 IT SEEMS TO ME THAT ESPECIALLY, BY THE WAY, IN THE DAY IN TIME IN WHICH WE LIVE.
  • 10:14 I BELIEVE THAT GODLY PEOPLE NEED TO RECOVER THAT CONTENDING AND WHY IS THAT?
  • 10:20 BECAUSE WE HAVE WORK TO DO.
  • 10:24 MY CONCERN IS, FRANKLY, THAT CHRISTIAN FAITH AND VIRTUE IS GETTING AWAY FROM US.
  • 10:30 I BELIEVE THAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS GETTING AWAY FROM US;
  • 10:34 I BELIEVE THAT FAMILY VALUES ARE GETTING AWAY FROM US.
  • 10:38 I BELIEVE THAT PERSONAL RIGHTEOUSNESS IS GETTING AWAY FROM US,
  • 10:41 AND WE NEED TO HAVE THAT MILITANT EDGE,
  • 10:45 BE GIVEN TO CONTENDING FOR OUR DESTINY IN GOD.
  • 10:48 I BELIEVE THOSE THAT ARE THUS MINDED CAN ENJOY GOOD SUCCESS
  • 10:52 BY VIRTUE OF THEY'RE BEING ARMED WITH THAT PARTICULAR DISPOSITION.
  • 10:56 IN ANY CASE HERE WE'RE LOOKING AT A STORY WHERE DAVID TELLS HIS MEN,
  • 10:59 "LET'S ARM UP AND GO FOR IT GUYS."
  • 11:01 THERE'S A VISION AND THERE'S A STRATEGY, HE SAYS IN VERSE 7.
  • 11:04 ON VERSE 6 AT THE END THEY SAID, "DAVID CAN'T COME HERE."
  • 11:08 BUT WE'RE TOLD,
  • 11:14 HE TOOK IT, HE CEASED IT.
  • 11:22 JUST BENEATH ME HERE AND DEFEATS THEM.
  • 11:26 WELL THIS IS WHERE COMMAND IS...SUCCESS IN LIFE,
  • 11:29 WE'RE TOLD IN THE TEXT IS GONNA GO TO THOSE WHO CONTEND FOR IT.
  • 11:32 NOW I WANT YOU TO HEAR ME ON THIS PLEASE.
  • 11:35 I BELIEVE THAT IN AMERICA WE HAVE IT WAY TO EASY AND MANY OF US ARE WAY TOO SPOILED.
  • 11:40 WE THINK WE'RE ENTITLED TO SUCCESS IN LIFE.
  • 11:43 DAVID DIDN'T JUST GIVE AWAY COMMANDS IN HIS ARMY,
  • 11:47 IT WENT TO THE BRAVE, IT WENT TO THE COURAGEOUS, IT WENT TO THOSE THAT WANTED TO SERVE HIM
  • 11:54 AND WHO BY DINT OF DETERMINATION THEY ARMED UP FOR THE STRUGGLE
  • 11:58 AND THEY TOOK SOME RISKS IN ORDER TO ACCOMPLISH IT AND GOD WAS WITH THEM.
  • 12:03 AND DAVID HONORED THAT.
  • 12:06 WHY IS THAT?
  • 12:07 BECAUSE FUNDAMENTALLY HE WAS THAT.
  • 12:10 AND WHAT'S THAT?
  • 12:11 AN ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT, A WINNING ATTITUDE,
  • 12:15 SOMEONE THAT WANTS TO BELIEVE GOD AND GO FOR IT,
  • 12:18 TO STAND FOR SOMETHING, TO GO AGAINST SOMETHING, TO CONTEND, TO PRESS IN.
  • 12:23 WHERE IS THAT?
  • 12:26 BY THE WAY, I BELIEVE THAT WE NEED THAT NOW MORE THAN EVER.
  • 12:33 THE MALES IN OUR CULTURE ARE ACCULTURATED INTO BEING EFFEMINATE WORRIERS,
  • 12:37 NOT WARRIORS.
  • 12:39 WE NEED TO HAVE THAT BELIEVING, GOING FOR IT,
  • 12:43 THAT DOGGED DETERMINATION TO BELIEVE GOD FOR A GREAT FUTURE,
  • 12:47 TO SERVE TO CARVE OUT SPACE IN THIS WORLD.
  • 12:51 I'M OF THE ILK THAT STILL BELIEVES EVEN IN A DIFFICULT GOLIATH-LIKE WORLD
  • 12:57 I BELIEVE THAT DAVID-LIKE FOLK CAN HAVE SUCCESS IN LIFE.
  • 13:00 AND I'M REMINDED OF THAT AS I SIT IN THIS HISTORIC PLACE
  • 13:05 MADE FAMOUS BECAUSE OF THE BRAVERY AND COURAGE OF DAVID AND HIS MEN MANY THOUSANDS OF YEARS AGO.
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  • 14:08 TO BE ABLE TO COME WHERE OUR LORD WAS BORN
  • 14:12 AND CRUCIFIED AND WAS RISEN.
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  • 14:22 LITTLE DID WE KNOW WHEN WE WENT TO FILM THE SERIES ON DAVID
  • 14:25 THAT WHILE WE WERE THERE DISCOVERIES WERE GOING TO BEGIN TO BE UNFOLDING.
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  • 15:39 AND OFF WE GO AGAIN TO LOOK AT THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD AS WE CONSIDER THE WARRIOR KING.
  • 15:49 THE CITY OF DAVID WAS A FITTING PLACE FOR A KING
  • 15:52 BUT THE CROWN JEWEL WAS MISSING.
  • 15:55 DAVID'S DESIRE WAS THAT THE VERY PRESENCE OF GOD BE BROUGHT TO HIS CITY.
  • 15:59 AND SO IT WAS THAT WE WERE AMONG HIS APPOINTED
  • 16:02 TO ESCORT THE GOLDEN ARK OF THE COVENANT TO JERUSALEM.
  • 16:11 OUR DELIGHT THAT DAY WAS IN THE LORD.
  • 16:13 AS DAVID DANCED IN THE STREETS OF JERUSALEM OUR HEARTS LEAPED FOR JOY.
  • 16:18 JERUSALEM HAD BECOME THE CITY OF THE LIVING GOD.
  • 16:46 HE DIDN'T DO A VERY GOOD JOB OF CONTAINING HIMSELF, NOW DID HE?
  • 16:49 HE INVOKED THE IRE OF HIS WIFE
  • 16:52 WHO THOUGHT HE WAS PLAYING THE FOOL IN FRONT OF THE MASSES.
  • 16:55 AND WHY IS THAT?
  • 16:57 BECAUSE DAVID WAS SO VERY ECSTATIC WHEN THE ARK WAS BROUGHT INTO THE CITY
  • 17:03 AND HE WAS BESIDE HIMSELF.
  • 17:05 AND THE REASON IS BECAUSE HE KNEW THAT IT WAS THE LORD WHO PLACE HIM WHERE HE WAS.
  • 17:10 HE CREDITED THE LORD WITH HIS SUCCESS.
  • 17:14 THE LORD GAVE HIM FAVOR WITH THE NET RESULT HE WAS ABLE TO CARVE OUT A KINGDOM.
  • 17:19 AND HERE WE ARE RIGHT NOW IN THE PLACE WHERE HE MADE HIS NAME TO DWELL.
  • 17:26 HERE IN THE CITY OF DAVID.
  • 17:29 THIS IS JUST ONE LITTLE CORNER OF A BIG ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE.
  • 17:34 FRIENDS, I'M COMING TO YOU FROM THE PALACE OF DAVID, IF YOU CAN IMAGINE THAT.
  • 17:41 OH THE PLACE IS ABUZZ WITH ACTIVITY, THE SITE ITSELF.
  • 17:46 NOW, TOURISTS CAN'T COME RIGHT HERE.
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  • 17:55 BUT THAT'S A ZOLA LEVITT TRADEMARK ISN'T IT?
  • 17:59 WE HAVE A CISTERN OVER HERE,
  • 18:01 VARIOUS STOREROOMS, RESTROOMS, BEDROOMS, LIVING ROOMS, CLOSETS, WHATEVER.
  • 18:09 WHATEVER THE STUFF OF A PALACE IS MADE OF, DAVID'S PALACE IN PARTICULAR, HERE WE ARE.
  • 18:17 I'D LIKE YOU TO TURN IN YOUR BIBLES, PLEASE TO GIVE YOU A BIBLICAL ADDRESS.
  • 18:23 USUALLY HOMES HAVE AN ADDRESS.
  • 18:26 WELL THERE'S A BIBLICAL ADDRESS ATTACHED TO THE STORY FOR TODAY.
  • 18:30 IN 2ND SAMUEL CHAPTER 6, VERSE 14,
  • 19:00 LET ME SPEAK TO YOU ABOUT THIS FOR A SECOND.
  • 19:03 IT SEEMS TO ME THAT DAVID WASN'T JUST THE KIND OF GUY WHOSE WIFE DRUG HIM TO CHURCH ON SUNDAYS.
  • 19:09 WELL IT WASN'T A CHURCH BACK THEN...FELT LIKE HIS WIFE IS NUDGING HIM.
  • 19:13 USUALLY IT'S...YOU KNOW... THE LADY OF THE HOUSE IS RELIGIOUS
  • 19:16 AND THE GUY JUST KIND OF GETS SHOOED ALONG FOR THE SAKE OF THE KIDS OR WHATEVER.
  • 19:20 NO, THIS IS A GUY WHO REALLY IS THRILLED.
  • 19:24 DAVID SEEMS TO BE EXPERIENCING AN ECSTATIC MOMENT HERE, THERE'S ABANDON.
  • 19:31 HE DOESN'T REALLY CARE WHAT HIS WIFE THINKS, WHAT PEOPLE THINK,
  • 19:33 HE'S JUST SO EXCITED AND WHY IS THAT?
  • 19:36 BECAUSE DAVID MORE THAN ANYONE CREDITS GOD WITH HIS SUCCESS IN LIFE.
  • 19:44 NOW I WANT YOU TO HEAR ME ON THIS PLEASE
  • 19:46 THAT YOU KNOW FOR SOME PEOPLE IT'S JUST RELIGIOUS TRADITION,
  • 19:50 BUT I BELIEVE THAT IF WE'LL WALK WITH GOD...
  • 19:53 IT'S NOT AN EASY ROAD.
  • 19:55 AND IT'S NOT A QUICK ROAD, BUT YOU'RE GONNA BE BETTER OFF IN LIFE IF YOU WALK WITH HIM
  • 20:00 THAN IF YOU DISREGARD HIM AND JUST BREAK OUT YOUR OWN MACHETE
  • 20:04 AND CARVE A PATH THROUGH THE WILDERNESS OF THIS WORLD.
  • 20:06 DAVID LEARNED THAT... BEGAN THIS PROGRAM BY REMINDING
  • 20:10 THAT THOUGH HE HAD HIS CHALLENGES, FIRST WITH GOLIATH...
  • 20:13 WELL FIRST WITH HIS FAMILY THAT DIDN'T BELIEVE IN HIM
  • 20:16 AND THEN GOLIATH AND HIS BROTHERS WERE TAUNTING HIM OUT THERE ON THE FIELD
  • 20:20 AND THEN HE RUNS FROM SAUL IF YOU CAN IMAGINE THAT.
  • 20:23 13 YEARS ON THE RUN, BUT YOU KNOW WHAT?
  • 20:26 GOD USED THE EXPERIENCE TO BUILD HIM UP.
  • 20:28 NOW I WANT YOU TO HEAR ME.
  • 20:30 I BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE A GOD WHO LEADS US IN TRIUMPH
  • 20:33 AND I BELIEVE THAT THE MALES OF OUR SPECIES NEED TO RECOVER THAT KIND OF TRIUMPHALISM,
  • 20:39 THAT BELIEVING GOD FOR GREAT THINGS
  • 20:41 AND I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT WE'LL PUT GOD FIRST...
  • 20:45 THERE'S A VERSE THAT YESHUA SAID,
  • 20:55 HERE IN THE CITY OF DAVID THAT WAS CARVED OUT MANY YEARS AGO,
  • 20:59 I'M REMINDED OF THE FACT THAT THIS GOD WHO IS THE SAME TODAY, YESTERDAY, AND FOREVER
  • 21:04 WANTS TO MAKE A NAME FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS TO CAST THEIR NAME AMONG HIS DISCIPLES.
  • 21:10 AND WHY DON'T YOU DO THAT?
  • 21:12 I BELIEVE THAT WE LIVE IN GOLIATH-LIKE TIMES,
  • 21:15 BUT DAVID-LIKE MEN AND WOMEN WHO STAND UP, WHO CONTEND,
  • 21:18 I BELIEVE THAT WE CAN EXPECT GOOD THINGS FROM GOD
  • 21:22 EVEN IN A WORLD WHERE GOOD NEWS IS IN HIGH DEMAND BUT SHORT SUPPLY.
  • 21:28 (Jeff speaking) WE CAN GET THE BETTER OF LIFE'S VEXING DILEMMAS.
  • 21:32 THE BIBLE TALKS ABOUT IT AND PAUL WILBUR SINGS ABOUT IT.
  • 21:35 AND NOW OFF WE GO TO PAUL WORSHIPPING GOD SINGING,
  • 21:38 "IT IS GOOD."
  • 21:42 ♪IT IS GOOD TO PRAISE THE LORD♪
  • 21:46 ♪AND MAKE MUSIC TO YOUR NAME♪
  • 21:50 ♪O GOD MOST HIGH♪
  • 21:54 ♪TO PROCLAIM YOUR LOVE AND FAITHFULNESS♪
  • 22:00 ♪ALL THE DAY AND THROUGH THE NIGHT♪
  • 22:04 ♪LAI LAI LAI♪
  • 22:05 ♪LAI LAI LAI LAI LAI♪
  • 22:07 ♪LAI LAI LAI LAI♪
  • 22:09 ♪LAI LAI LAI LAI LAI LAI LAI♪
  • 22:11 ♪LAI LAI LAI LAI LAI LAI LAI LAI LAI..♪
  • 22:13 ♪LAI LAI LAI LAI LAI LAI LAI♪
  • 22:17 ♪YOU MAKE ME GLAD BY YOUR DEEDS OH LORD♪
  • 22:20 ♪SO I SING FOR JOY AT ALL YOUR HANDS HAVE MADE♪
  • 22:24 ♪I WILL PRAISE ALL YOUR WORKS OH LORD♪
  • 22:26 ♪ELOHIM BARUCH HASHEM♪
  • 22:30 ♪LAI LAI LAI♪
  • 22:31 ♪LAI LAI LAI LAI LAI♪
  • 22:33 ♪LAI LAI LAI LAI♪
  • 22:35 ♪LAI LAI LAI LAI LAI LAI LAI♪
  • 22:37 ♪LAI LAI LAI LAI LAI LAI LAI LAI LAI...♪
  • 22:40 ♪LAI LAI LAI LAI LAI LAI LAI♪
  • 22:43 ♪MAY I DWELL IN YOUR COURTS OH LORD♪
  • 22:46 ♪THERE TO FLOURISH LIKE THE TREES OF LEBANON♪
  • 22:50 ♪PLANTED IN THE HOUSE OF ADONAI♪
  • 22:53 ♪THERE TO LIVE FOREVERMORE♪
  • 22:56 ♪LAI LAI LAI♪
  • 22:58 ♪LAI LAI LAI LAI LAI♪
  • 22:59 ♪LAI LAI LAI LAI♪
  • 23:01 ♪LAI LAI LAI LAI LAI LAI LAI♪
  • 23:04 ♪LAI LAI LAI LAI LAI LAI LAI LAI LAI...♪
  • 23:06 ♪LAI LAI LAI LAI LAI LAI LAI♪
  • 23:09 ♪LAI LAI LAI♪
  • 23:11 ♪LAI LAI LAI LAI LAI♪
  • 23:13 ♪LAI LAI LAI LAI♪
  • 23:14 ♪LAI LAI LAI LAI LAI LAI LAI♪
  • 23:17 ♪LAI LAI LAI LAI LAI LAI LAI LAI LAI...♪
  • 23:19 ♪LAI LAI LAI LAI LAI♪
  • 23:22 ♪LAI.......LAI♪
  • 23:32 THE BIBLE'S A GREAT BOOK,
  • 23:35 ISRAEL'S A GREAT PLACE,
  • 23:37 JERUSALEM'S A GREAT CAPITAL,
  • 23:39 AND WE LIKE TO TAKE YOU TO GREAT PLACES, TO THE GREAT CAPITAL, TO TALK TO GREAT PEOPLE.
  • 23:44 HERE ZOLA LEVITT INTERVIEWS YITZHAK SHAMIR, THE FORMER PRIME MINISTER
  • 23:49 AND HE RAISES AN INTERESTING QUESTION,
  • 23:51 "WHAT DO YOU SAY TO THOSE WHO SAY THAT JERUSALEM IS THEIR CAPITAL?"
  • 23:57 IF SOMEBODY WANTS TO GET YOUR CAPITAL
  • 24:00 AND TO MAKE IT HIS CAPITAL
  • 24:04 YOU CAN NOT MAKE PEACE WITH HIM.
  • 24:06 WELL THE WAY THE STORY GOES
  • 24:07 IS I GUESS HE WOULD SAY
  • 24:09 WE'VE ALWAYS BEEN HERE,
  • 24:10 THE JEWS CAME LATE, JERUSALEM WAS OURS...
  • 24:12 THAT'S NOT IT.
  • 24:13 WHOSE?
  • 24:15 THE PALESTINIANS HAVE NEVER BEEN HERE AS A NATION,
  • 24:20 NOT IN ISRAEL, NOT IN JERUSALEM.
  • 24:22 THEY'VE NEVER HAD A NATION,
  • 24:25 HAD AN INDEPENDENT STATE
  • 24:27 AND JERUSALEM WAS NEVER AN ARAB CAPITAL,
  • 24:30 NEVER IN ITS HISTORY FOR 3,000 YEARS.
  • 24:35 KING DAVID ACTUALLY MADE IT THE CAPITAL OF ISRAEL..
  • 24:37 SURE, SURE. >>3,000 YEARS AGO.
  • 24:39 OUR SERIES OF PROGRAMS
  • 24:40 FOCUSES ON THAT TIME,
  • 24:42 BECAUSE IT'S SORT OF SIMILAR TO THIS TIME.
  • 24:44 HE WAS TRYING TO MAKE A PEACE PROCESS WITH ENEMIES
  • 24:47 ON THE BORDERS AND IN THE COUNTRY AND SO ON.
  • 24:51 GOD SAID IN THE BIBLE
  • 24:53 THAT THERE WOULD ALWAYS BE A RULER
  • 24:55 OF KING DAVID'S HOUSE TO TAKE CARE OF ISRAEL.
  • 24:58 YES OF COURSE.
  • 24:59 DOES IT SEEM TO YOU
  • 25:00 THAT WE'RE WITH PEACE AND EVERYTHING ELSE?
  • 25:03 IS THERE A MESSIANIC AGE COMING?
  • 25:05 ARE THINGS GOING TO GET BETTER?
  • 25:06 I THINK WE WILL HAVE OUR STATE HERE,
  • 25:11 WE WILL HAVE A MANY IMMIGRANTS, OUR POPULATION...
  • 25:15 OUR JEWISH POPULATION WILL GROW
  • 25:18 AND WE WILL HAVE HERE A STATE OF 10 MILLION OR MORE
  • 25:24 AND IT WILL BE A VERY PROSPEROUS STATE,
  • 25:28 A STRONG STATE,
  • 25:31 AND IT WILL EXIST FOREVER.
  • 25:36 YITZHAK SHIMIR WAS VERY OPTIMISTIC WHEN TALKING TO ZOLA
  • 25:40 BELIEVING THAT ISRAEL IS DESTINED TO STAY, TO PROSPER, TO POPULATE.
  • 25:46 AND YOU KNOW WHAT?
  • 25:48 I BELIEVE THAT BIBLICAL WORDS TURN INTO SUCCESS IN LIFE FOR NATION STATES AND FOR PEOPLE.
  • 25:56 AND IT'S FOR THAT REASON AS I CLOSE
  • 25:58 I'M PLEASED TO SPEAK TO YOU AND SAY GOD WHO'S IN THE BUSINESS IS PROSPERING HIS PEOPLE ISRAEL,
  • 26:03 THAT SAME GOD IS IN THE BUSINESS OF PROSPERING YOU.
  • 26:08 SCRIPTURE SAYS THE LORD WATCHES OVER HIS WORD TO PERFORM IT
  • 26:13 AND IF YOU WOULD MAKE YOUR WAY INTO HIS SHEEPFOLD
  • 26:15 THE GOOD SHEPHERD WOULD BE WATCHING OVER YOU AS WELL.
  • 26:19 WHY DON'T YOU DO THAT?
  • 26:21 GOD IS GOOD AND HE HAS A GREAT PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE,
  • 26:24 TO TURN YOUR WEAKNESS INTO STRENGTH.
  • 26:27 I BELIEVE GOD CAN DO THAT AND WILL DO THAT,
  • 26:30 BUT YOU'VE GOTTA REACH UP TO HIM AND ASK HIM TO DO THAT FOR YOU
  • 26:34 AND THEN WALK WITH HIM THROUGH THE PROCESS.
  • 26:37 MAKE YOUR WAY TO A GOOD BIBLE BELIEVING CONGREGATION
  • 26:40 AND I BELIEVE THAT YOU'RE GONNA EXPERIENCE A TRANSFORMATION
  • 26:44 THAT'S MADE AVAILABLE FOR PEOPLE, FOR STATES, FOR EVERYONE AND ANYONE.
  • 26:49 AND AS YOU GO LET ME SAY THANK YOU FOR GOING ON THE JOURNEY WITH US.
  • 26:53 AND AS THE LATE ZOLA LEVITT USED TO CLOSE,
  • 26:56 SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM
  • 26:59 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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