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Series: “Sar Shalom”
Prince of Peace
Explore what it means to walk in the footsteps of Israel’s Messiah. Jeff’s passage-by-passage exposition of Jesus’ principal teachings comes to life through on-location production with real-world re-enactments, all performed by Israelis.
Episode: “The Law Brought to Life”
Jesus speaks about divorce and the marriage bond in 5:31–32, and other human bonds in 5:33–37. Verses 38–42 deal with “going the extra mile” and how to be gracious even toward the ungracious.

Caption transcript for Sar Shalom: “The Law Brought to Life” (3/8)

  • 01:02 HEARTY SHALOM TO ALL OF YOU.
  • 01:03 JEFFREY SEIF HERE.
  • 01:05 I AM PLEASED TO WELCOME YOU AGAIN TO ANOTHER EDITION OF ZOLA LEVITT PRESENTS.
  • 01:10 IN THIS CASE THE THIRD OF AN 8 PART TREATMENT OF JESUS
  • 01:14 CALLED "SAR SHALOM - PRINCE OF PEACE"
  • 01:17 JESUS WANTS TO BRING YOU PEACE IN SO MANY WAYS,
  • 01:19 ONE OF WHICH IS IN YOUR MARRIAGES AND MY MARRIAGE.
  • 01:23 HE'S ALL ABOUT PEACE.
  • 01:25 HE'S ALL ABOUT KEEPING IT TOGETHER.
  • 01:27 I SO MUCH WANT YOU TO LEARN ABOUT THE PEACE IN JESUS AS IT RELATES TO RELATIONSHIPS,
  • 01:31 SO OFF WE GO NOW TO HEAR FROM OUR LORD.
  • 01:36 AND THERE FOLLOWED HIM GREAT MULTITUDES OF PEOPLE...
  • 01:40 OLD AND YOUNG...
  • 01:41 HUSBANDS AND WIVES.
  • 01:44 PERHAPS THERE WERE SOME GATHERED ON THE MOUNT THAT DAY WHO WONDERED...
  • 01:50 WOULD THEIR MARRIAGE LAST?
  • 01:52 WHAT ABOUT DIVORCE?
  • 01:55 AND NOW THE LORD HAD MADE IT VERY CLEAR...
  • 01:59 MARRIAGE IS SACRED AND, EXCEPT FOR INFIDELITY,
  • 02:03 IS BINDING FOR A LIFETIME.
  • 02:09 A MAN SHALL CLEAVE UNTO HIS WIFE AND THEY SHALL BE ONE,
  • 02:14 BONE OF MY BONES AND FLESH OF MY FLESH.
  • 02:24 IT'S CALLED A "GET".
  • 02:26 SOME PEOPLE WANT TO GET A, QUOTE, "GET".
  • 02:31 AND PRAY TELL WHAT'S A "GET"?
  • 02:34 IT'S A HEBREW TERM FOR A BILL OF DIVORCEMENT.
  • 02:38 SOME PEOPLE MARRY FOR AN IDEAL,
  • 02:41 THEY THINK THEY GOT A RAW DEAL,
  • 02:43 AND THEY GO SEARCHING FOR A NEW DEAL.
  • 02:46 HERE, THE LORD HIMSELF WEIGHS IN ON THAT SAYING,
  • 02:51 "YOU'VE HEARD IT WAS SAID TO THE MEN OF OLD"....
  • 02:54 AND WHAT'S SAID TO THE MEN OF OLD?
  • 02:57 HE SAID, "WHOEVER DIVORCES HIS WIFE LET HIM GIVE HER A 'GET'
  • 03:03 "AND TELL HER TO GET GOING".
  • 03:06 THERE'S SOME LEGITIMATE WAY TO JUST DISSOLVE THIS CORPORATION.
  • 03:11 I'VE BEEN MARRIED APPROACHING 24 YEARS NOW TO MY WIFE PATTY.
  • 03:18 KIDS HAVE GROWN UP AND MOVED ON.
  • 03:21 WE'VE HAD MORE THAN ONE FIGHT ON OCCASION,
  • 03:25 DIVORCE WAS NEVER AN ISSUE.
  • 03:27 AND NOW THAT THE KIDDOS HAVE KINDA SORTA MOVED ON
  • 03:31 AND I LOOK AT HER AGAIN,
  • 03:33 FRANKLY I'M JUST GLAD THAT WE WEATHERED THE STORMS
  • 03:36 AND WE'RE THERE AND IMPERFECT AS I AM I BELIEVE,
  • 03:40 AND SHE'D AGREE AS WELL,
  • 03:41 THAT WE'RE IN THE PROCESS OF FALLING IN LOVE ALL OVER AGAIN.
  • 03:45 HOW SAD IT IS THAT MANY NEVER MAKE IT TO THAT MOMENT.
  • 03:50 AND WHY IS THAT?
  • 03:51 WELL, WHEN THEY HIT ROAD BUMPS IN THE HIGHWAY OF LIFE
  • 03:54 THEY LOOK TO GET OUT OF DODGE.
  • 03:56 AND WHAT THEY DO IS THEY FIND SOME WAY TO SANCTION IT LEGALLY
  • 04:00 OR RELIGIOUSLY
  • 04:02 SO THAT THEY CAN CUT LOOSE AND GET ON DOWN THE ROAD.
  • 04:05 WHILE PEOPLE CAN DO THAT
  • 04:06 AND WHILE IT'S ACCEPTABLE IN THE CULTURE,
  • 04:08 YOU'RE GOING TO SEE WITH ME AS WE READ SCRIPTURE
  • 04:11 HOW IT'S NOT ALTOGETHER ACCEPTABLE TO THE LORD.
  • 04:14 AND HE SAID,
  • 04:27 THE WORD "SEXUAL IMMORALITY" IN THE GREEK IS "PORNEAS"
  • 04:30 WHERE ONE GETS "PORNOGRAPHY".
  • 04:32 IN AS MUCH AS PEOPLE ARE RATHER CASUAL
  • 04:35 ABOUT GETTING IN AND OUT OF LOVE,
  • 04:38 GETTING IN AND OUT OF THE COMMITMENTS THAT GO ALONG WITH LOVE,
  • 04:42 JESUS SAYS, "NOT SO QUICK GUYS".
  • 04:44 "IF ANYBODY WANTS TO INITIATE DIVORCE"
  • 04:47 "EXCEPT FOR ISSUES OF SEXUAL IMMORALITY,"
  • 04:50 "THAT'S NOT KOSHER,"
  • 04:52 "IT'S NOT LEGITIMATE,"
  • 04:53 "REALLY IT ISN'T."
  • 04:54 OF COURSE THE ISSUE WITH SEXUAL IMMORALITY IS THE ONE PARTNER,
  • 04:59 THEY THEMSELVES HAVE BROKEN THE UNION.
  • 05:02 THEY ENTERED INTO A CONTRACT
  • 05:04 WHERE THE TWO BECAME ONE FLESH,
  • 05:06 BUT NOW THEY'VE BECOME ANOTHER ONE FLESH
  • 05:08 IN WHICH CASE THEN YOU HAVEN'T INITIATED THE DIVORCE
  • 05:11 IT'S ALREADY HAPPENED,
  • 05:13 YOU JUST DECIDED TO NAME IT AND CLAIM IT AND MOVE ON.
  • 05:16 EGREGIOUS AS THAT IN DIVORCE HERE IS LEGITIMIZED
  • 05:20 THOUGH IT'S NOT THE PREFERENCE STILL.
  • 05:24 WHAT DO I UNDERSTAND JESUS TO BE SAYING HERE AS ELSEWHERE?
  • 05:28 BETTER IT IS TO CULTIVATE THE BONDS OF UNION.
  • 05:32 PREVIOUSLY HE UNDERSCORED THAT
  • 05:35 "BROTHERS, WE HAVE GOT TO LEARN TO GET ALONG"
  • 05:39 "BECAUSE ANGER CAN BE VERY HARMFUL IN RUPTURING COMMUNITY".
  • 05:43 SIMILARLY, VARIOUS ISSUES CAN COME UP IN MARRIAGE
  • 05:46 AND PEOPLE CAN KIND OF WASH THEIR HANDS CLEAN OF IT.
  • 05:49 YOU TALK TO ONE PREACHER,
  • 05:51 HE DOESN'T GRANT IT,
  • 05:52 WELL FIND SOMEBODY ELSE LIKE A DOCTOR,
  • 05:54 GO GET A SECOND OPINION...
  • 05:56 AND YOU CAN AND YOU WILL...
  • 05:58 YOU'LL FINALLY GET WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR.
  • 06:01 BUT WHAT'S JESUS LOOKING FOR?
  • 06:04 HE'S LOOKING FOR US
  • 06:05 TO GO THE DISTANCE FROM THE WOMB TO THE TOMB.
  • 06:09 I HAVEN'T MADE IT ALL THE WAY YET,
  • 06:11 BUT 24 YEARS INTO THE PROCESS OR APPROACHING 24 YEARS,
  • 06:15 I CAN TELL YOU THAT IT GETS BETTER AS IT GETS LONGER.
  • 06:19 LEARN TO LOVE AND FORGIVE
  • 06:21 AND LET'S KEEP OUR MARRIAGES SACRED.
  • 06:43 AND THE LORD SPOKE UNTO THEM,
  • 06:46 "YOU HAVE HEARD THAT IT WAS SAID TO THOSE OF OLD,"
  • 06:49 'YOU SHALL NOT SWEAR FALSELY BUT SHALL PERFORM YOUR OATHS TO THE LORD'
  • 06:55 "BUT I SAY TO YOU"
  • 06:58 "DO NOT SWEAR AT ALL,"
  • 07:00 "NEITHER BY HEAVEN FOR IT'S GOD THRONE,"
  • 07:03 "NOR BY THE EARTH FOR IT IS HIS FOOTSTOOL,"
  • 07:07 "NOR BY JERUSALEM FOR IT IS THE CITY OF THE GREAT KING."
  • 07:11 "NOR SHALL YOU SWEAR BY YOUR HEAD"
  • 07:14 "BECAUSE YOU CAN NOT MAKE ONE HAIR WHITE OR BLACK,"
  • 07:19 "BUT LET YOUR 'YES' BE 'YES' AND YOUR 'NO' ...'NO',"
  • 07:25 "FOR WHATEVER IS MORE THAN THESE IS FROM THE EVIL ONE."
  • 07:36 THE TERM "FELLOWSHIP"
  • 07:37 HARKS TO A BUNCH OF FELLOWS IN THE SAME SHIP
  • 07:40 ACTUALLY ROWING TOGETHER
  • 07:43 AND IT'S IMPORTANT THAT EACH ONE DOES THEIR PART IS IT NOT?
  • 07:47 I THINK IN DIFFERENT WAYS AND ON DIFFERENT DAYS
  • 07:51 JESUS WAS REALLY SERIOUS ABOUT WEIGHING IN
  • 07:54 ON THE NEED FOR PEOPLE TO PERFORM THEIR OBLIGATIONS.
  • 07:58 WE SAW IN THE PREVIOUS SEGMENT
  • 08:00 HOW MARRIAGE IS A COMMITMENT,
  • 08:03 IT'S AN OATH AND IT'S BINDING IN PERPETUITY,
  • 08:06 THAT'S THE PREFERRED SCENARIO OF COURSE
  • 08:08 FOR A VARIETY OF OBVIOUS REASONS.
  • 08:10 SIMILARLY INDIVIDUALS HAVE TO BE COUNTED UPON
  • 08:13 TO BE ABLE TO PERFORM THEIR COMMITMENTS
  • 08:16 IN A VARIETY OF OTHER HUMAN ENDEAVORS AS WELL.
  • 08:20 I'M SURE THAT YESHUA...
  • 08:22 I'M SURE JESUS HAD A STERN LOOK IN HIS FACE
  • 08:25 IN UNDERSCORING THE NEED TO BE FORTHRIGHT, HONEST, EARNEST,
  • 08:31 DILIGENT TO PERFORM COMMITMENTS
  • 08:33 AND NOT HAVE TO EMBELLISH IT ALL WITH A LOT OF SWEARING.
  • 08:36 JESUS SAYS IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 5, VERSE 33,
  • 08:50 AND HE MAKES A POINT
  • 08:52 AND FINISHES IT SAYING,
  • 08:53 "LISTEN, LET YOUR 'YES' BE 'YES' AND YOUR 'NO' BE 'NO'."
  • 08:58 THIS FRIENDS, IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT.
  • 09:01 THE HEBREW WORD FOR "TRUTH", "EMET"
  • 09:05 COMES THE FIRST LETTER OF THE HEBREW ALPHABET "ALEF".
  • 09:10 THE MIDDLE ONE IS "MEM"
  • 09:12 AND THE LAST LETTER IS "TAV"
  • 09:15 AND TOGETHER IT'S THE WORD "EMET"
  • 09:17 WHICH MEANS "TRUTH" IN HEBREW
  • 09:19 WHICH SPEAKS OF IN EFFECT,
  • 09:21 "THE SUM OF ALL THINGS".
  • 09:23 WHEN WE SPEAK WE SHOULD SPEAK THE TRUTH.
  • 09:26 AND THE SUM OF ALL THINGS
  • 09:27 IS THAT THERE SHOULD BE CONGRUITY BETWEEN WHAT WE SAY
  • 09:30 AND THE WAY THAT WE PERFORM.
  • 09:33 I'VE TOLD MY BOYS,
  • 09:34 IF YOU HAVE A COMMITMENT TO MEET A GIRL FOR A DATE
  • 09:38 AND YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO BE THERE AT 6 O'CLOCK,
  • 09:40 BE THERE AT 6 O'CLOCK.
  • 09:42 IF THERE'S A YOUNG LADY
  • 09:43 ORANOTHER GUY THAT'S SUPPOSED TO MEET YOU AT 4 O'CLOCK
  • 09:46 AND THEY SAY THEIR GOING TO BE THERE AT 4,
  • 09:47 IF THEY DON'T SHOW AND THIS BECOMES HABITUAL,
  • 09:50 YOU NEED TO CONSTRUE THAT AS A PERSONALITY FLUKE.
  • 09:53 AND WHY IS THAT?
  • 09:54 IT'S BECAUSE IT'S NOT BEYOND THE PALE OF REASON
  • 09:56 TO EXPECT THAT PEOPLE WE'LL ACTUALLY PERFORM WHAT THAT SAY.
  • 10:01 AND HEAR ME ON THIS;
  • 10:03 RATHER...
  • 10:04 HEAR YESHUA ON THIS.
  • 10:05 THEN AS NOW WE LIVE IN A WORLD
  • 10:07 WHERE PEOPLE ALL TOO OFTEN DON'T PERFORM WHAT THEY SAY.
  • 10:11 AND HENCE IN ORDER TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY...
  • 10:14 "I SWEAR TO GOD"...
  • 10:15 "I SWEAR THIS AND SWEAR THAT"...
  • 10:17 IF SOMEONE'S IN A PLACE
  • 10:18 WHERE THEY NEED TO EMBELLISH THEIR WORD
  • 10:20 WITH ALL OF THIS EXTRA ENERGY
  • 10:22 SOMETHING'S WRONG.
  • 10:24 THAT PERSON IN THEIR OWN MIND,
  • 10:25 THEY REALIZE THERE'S SOMETHING OF A CHARACTER DEFICIT
  • 10:28 IN ORDER TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY THEY'VE GOT TO PUMP IT UP
  • 10:31 WITH SWEARING BY THIS AND THAT AND SO FORTH AND SO ON.
  • 10:34 IT OUGHT NOT TO BE THAT WAY.
  • 10:37 THE LORD WENT ON RECORD TELLING HIS DISCIPLES AND ME AND YOU BY ASSOCIATION THEN
  • 10:43 THAT THERE HAS TO BE CONGRUITY
  • 10:46 BETWEEN WHAT WE SAY AND THE WAY THAT WE PERFORM.
  • 10:50 OR TO PUT IT IN MODERN VOCABULARY,
  • 10:53 "A MAN'S WORD SHOULD BE HIS BOND", SO TOO WITH A WOMAN.
  • 10:58 BE THAT KIND OF PERSON FRIEND
  • 11:00 THAT KEEPS YOUR WORD
  • 11:01 AND BY VIRTUE OF YOUR SO DOING
  • 11:03 THE LORD WILL BE PLEASED BECAUSE HE SAID,
  • 11:05 "DON'T SWEAR EITHER BY HEAVEN OR BY EARTH."
  • 11:08 "LET YOUR 'YES' BE 'YES' AND YOUR 'NO' BE 'NO'."
  • 11:11 FRIENDS LET IT BE SO.
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  • 12:38 THAT YOU'RE PRAYING
  • 12:40 FOR SOMEONE IN YOUR WEBS OF RELATIONSHIP
  • 12:42 TO EXPERIENCE JESUS IN A WAY
  • 12:44 THAT'S MORE DEEP
  • 12:46 AND MORE MEANINGFUL.
  • 12:47 WHY NOT TAKE THEM TO ISRAEL?
  • 12:50 YOU CAN'T LECTURE PEOPLE INTO TRANSFORMATION
  • 12:53 BUT SOMETIMES JUST TO WALK WHERE JESUS WALKED,
  • 12:56 TO GO THERE,
  • 12:58 TO EXPERIENCE IT ALL...
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  • 13:01 THAT A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS.
  • 13:03 WELL HOW ABOUT HUNDREDS OF PICTURES
  • 13:05 FROM A TRIP OF A LIFETIME?
  • 13:08 OH, IT CAN MAKE SUCH A DIFFERENCE IN SOMEONE'S LIFETIME.
  • 13:10 PEOPLE SEE MANY THINGS WHEN THEY GO TO ISRAEL WITH US,
  • 13:14 WE PASS KIBBUTZ EIN GEV...
  • 13:16 THAT'S A PLACE THAT HASN'T CHANGED FOR 2000 YEARS
  • 13:19 AND THEY WERE SO GRACIOUS TO ALLOW US TO FILM THERE
  • 13:22 AND I KNOW YOU WOULD BE BLESSED TO SEE THAT
  • 13:24 AS WE GO PAST THAT AS WELL AS THE MANY OTHER SITES.
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  • 14:11 SO OFF WE GO NOW AGAIN TO HIS LAND, TO HIS WORLD,
  • 14:15 WE'LL ENTER INTO THAT WORLD NOW
  • 14:17 AND CONSIDER HOW IT MIGHT RELATE TO OUR VERY OWN.
  • 14:40 FOR UNTOLD GENERATIONS IT HAD ALL SEEMED SO NATURAL.
  • 14:44 AN EYE FOR AN EYE...
  • 14:46 A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH.
  • 14:49 BUT NOW THE LORD WAS SAYING QUITE THE OPPOSITE...
  • 14:52 GO THE SECOND MILE.
  • 14:55 REGARDLESS OF THE CIRCUMSTANCE
  • 14:56 GIVE TO HIM WHO ASKS YOU
  • 14:59 AND THEN...
  • 15:01 GIVE HIM MORE.
  • 15:16 THE LATIN EXPRESSION "LEX TALIONIS"
  • 15:19 HARKS TO THE TERM FOR THE LAW OF RETALIATION.
  • 15:23 "YOU CAN'T TAKE THAT FROM PEOPLE!"
  • 15:26 THERE'S THE BIBLICAL EXPRESSION,
  • 15:29 AN EYE FOR AN EYE AND A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH.
  • 15:32 WE FIND IT IN THE OLD TESTAMENT,
  • 15:34 WE FIND IT IN ANCIENT LAW CODES
  • 15:37 AND HERE JESUS BEGINS BY HARKING TO IT...
  • 15:39 "YOU'VE HEARD THAT IT WAS SAID TO THE MEN OF OLD"
  • 15:42 "AN EYE FOR AN EYE"
  • 15:44 BY GOLLY YOU CAN'T LET PEOPLE PUSH YOU AROUND;
  • 15:46 YOU'VE GOT TO STAND YOUR GROUND.
  • 15:49 I GRANT THAT THERE'S SOMETHING TO BE SAID FOR THAT OF COURSE.
  • 15:54 SIMILARLY, ONCE HERE IN ISRAEL
  • 15:57 I LEARNED AN EXPRESSION THAT I WANT TO COMMEND TO YOU
  • 16:00 BECAUSE I THINK IT SUMS UP WHAT THE LORD IS TALKING ABOUT HERE AS HE GOES ON.
  • 16:04 I HEARD THE EXPRESSION HERE...
  • 16:05 "BLESSED ARE THE FLEXIBLE, THEY WILL NOT BE BROKEN".
  • 16:10 ISN'T IT THE GOD'S HONEST TRUTH THAT WE'VE GOT TO LEARN TO BEND A LITTLE BIT?
  • 16:14 WE CAN'T JUST FOR EVER BE STANDING UP FOR OUR RIGHTS
  • 16:18 AND LETTING THE WORLD KNOW THAT THEY'VE DONE US DIRTY.
  • 16:21 I MEAN THERE ARE ENOUGH PEOPLE THAT WILL DO YOU DIRTY IN LIFE
  • 16:24 THAT IT'S GOING TO MAKE YOU BITTER, NOT BETTER
  • 16:26 IF YOU ALWAYS HAVE THAT ATTITUDE...
  • 16:28 "BY GOLLY I'M GOING TO TELL THEM".
  • 16:30 IT SEEMS TO ME...
  • 16:32 NEVER MIND ME...WHAT DO I KNOW?
  • 16:33 IT SEEMS TO THE LORD
  • 16:35 WE DO WELL TO BE A LITTLE FLEXIBLE, A LITTLE GRACIOUS.
  • 16:38 SOMETIMES WE HAVE TO BEAR UP UNDER PETTY INSULTS...
  • 16:41 YOU KNOW... TURN THE OTHER CHEEK...
  • 16:44 BEING WILLING TO HENCE GO THE EXTRA MILE,
  • 16:48 WHICH BY THE WAY IT'S NOTED HERE IN THE PASSAGE,
  • 16:50 IF SOMEONE BECKONS YOU TO GO ONE MILE...GO TWO.
  • 16:54 AND IT HARKS TO AN OLD ROMAN PRACTICE
  • 16:56 WHERE THE ROMAN MILITARY USED TO BE ABLE TO JUST HAVE CIVILIAN FOLK
  • 16:59 CARRY BAGGAGE FOR THEM FOR CERTAIN DISTANCE
  • 17:02 AND THEY MIGHT NOT WANT TO DO IT
  • 17:04 BUT THEY'RE KIND OF FORCED INTO SERVICE.
  • 17:06 HERE PEOPLE ARE BEING FORCED INTO THINGS
  • 17:09 AND JESUS IS TELLING THEM TO DO A LITTLE BIT OF AN ATTITUDE CHECK.
  • 17:13 BUT NEVER MIND BEING FORCED,
  • 17:16 THERE'S A HEBREW EXPRESSION "MITZVAH"...MEANS COMMANDMENT
  • 17:21 AND IT IS APPLIED TO BEING A BLESSING.
  • 17:25 THE LORD WOULD HAVE HIS PEOPLE TO DO MITZVAHOT,
  • 17:28 TO DO BLESSINGS.
  • 17:30 AND HENCE IF YOU SEE SOMEONE IN NEED,
  • 17:32 INSTEAD OF WAITING TO BE BECKONED INTO SERVICE,
  • 17:36 WHY NOT OF YOUR OWN ACCORD TAKE THE INITIATIVE
  • 17:39 TO ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES AND JUST GO HELP.
  • 17:43 AND IF WE'RE BECKONED TO GO WHERE WE DON'T WISH TO GO,
  • 17:47 AND WE'RE UNABLE TO REMOVE OURSELVES FROM THAT SITUATION,
  • 17:51 WHY NOT GO WITH SOMETHING OF A GOOD ATTITUDE AND BE A WITNESS TO THE LOVE OF GOD?
  • 17:58 THIS IS WHAT THE LORD IS TALKING ABOUT HERE.
  • 18:00 HE'S TALKING TO INDIVIDUALS LIKE ME AND YOU,
  • 18:03 HE'S TALKING TO THEM.
  • 18:04 THEY DIDN'T LIVE IN A PERFECT WORLD,
  • 18:06 THERE WERE ABUSERS IN THE WORLD,
  • 18:08 THERE WERE MEAN PEOPLE IN THAT WORLD,
  • 18:10 MANIPULATORS, PLAYERS IN THAT WORLD.
  • 18:12 AND NOT EVERYONE CAN JUST EXTRICATE THEMSELVES FROM ALL THAT,
  • 18:16 SOMETIMES WE'VE GOT LEARN HOW TO FUNCTION IN A LESS THAN PERFECT ENVIRONMENT.
  • 18:21 RAV SHAUL, RABBI PAUL, IN HIS OWN WAY SAID,
  • 18:26 "IF WE'RE ONLY GOING TO DEAL WITH THE RIGHTEOUS MEN,"
  • 18:29 "WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO LEAVE THIS WORLD".
  • 18:32 HIS POINT WAS THERE'S PLENTY OF IMPERFECT PEOPLE AROUND
  • 18:36 AND THAT'S A CHALLENGE FOR US TO BE PERFECT.
  • 18:40 IT DOESN'T MEAN THAT OUR PERFORMANCE NEVER WANES
  • 18:42 BUT WE WANT TO BE RESOLUTE IN OUR DECISION TO BE LOVING AND KIND,
  • 18:47 DIFFICULTIES WITH OTHERS NOTWITHSTANDING.
  • 18:49 THAT'S A LESSON THAT PAUL TAUGHT...THAT JESUS TAUGHT.
  • 18:52 IT'S A LESSON THAT I WANT TO COMMEND TO YOU
  • 18:54 MINDFUL OF THEIR WORDS HERE FROM THE SEA OF GALILEE.
  • 19:00 IT'S A NEW SOUND, MESSIANIC JEWISH MUSIC,
  • 19:03 AND HERE'S TED PEARCE TO BRING IT TO YOU.
  • 19:07 ♪OPEN TO ME♪
  • 19:09 ♪OPEN TO ME♪
  • 19:12 ♪OPEN TO ME♪
  • 19:14 ♪THE GATES OF RIGHTEOUSNESS LORD♪
  • 19:16 ♪OPEN TO ME♪
  • 19:19 ♪OPEN TO ME♪
  • 19:21 ♪OPEN TO ME♪
  • 19:23 ♪THE GATES OF RIGHTEOUSNESS AND♪
  • 19:27 ♪I WILL GO TO HIM♪
  • 19:31 ♪I WILL PRAISE THE LORD♪
  • 19:36 ♪I WILL GO TO HIM♪
  • 19:41 ♪I WILL PRAISE THE LORD♪
  • 19:45 ♪OPEN TO ME♪
  • 19:48 ♪OPEN TO ME♪
  • 19:50 ♪OPEN TO ME♪
  • 19:52 ♪THE GATES OF RIGHTEOUSNESS OH♪
  • 19:55 ♪OPEN TO ME♪
  • 19:57 ♪OPEN TO ME♪
  • 20:00 ♪OPEN TO ME♪
  • 20:02 ♪THE GATES OF RIGHTEOUSNESS♪
  • 20:13 ♪OPEN UP♪
  • 20:15 ♪(OPEN UP)♪
  • 20:16 ♪OPEN UP♪
  • 20:17 ♪(OPEN UP)♪
  • 20:18 ♪OPEN UP♪
  • 20:47 ♪I WILL GO THROUGH THE GATES♪
  • 20:51 ♪THE GATES RIGHTEOUSNESS♪
  • 20:56 ♪I'M GOING THROUGH THE GATES NOW♪
  • 21:03 ♪I WILL GO THROUGH THEM♪
  • 21:07 ♪I WILL PRAISE THE LORD♪
  • 21:12 ♪I WILL GO THROUGH THEM♪
  • 21:17 ♪I WILL PRAISE THE LORD♪
  • 21:22 ♪I WILL GO THROUGH THEM♪
  • 21:27 ♪I WILL PRAISE THE LORD♪
  • 21:31 ♪I WILL GO THROUGH THEM♪
  • 21:36 ♪I WILL PRAISE THE LORD♪
  • 21:40 ♪OPEN TO ME....♪
  • 21:45 TED DESCRIBES HIMSELF AS REGULAR FOLK, AS A REGULAR GUY.
  • 21:50 THE LORD USED THIS ORDINARY GUY TO DO EXTRAORDINARY THINGS.
  • 21:55 AND IN A WORLD WHERE TV CAN BE SO SHOWY AND GLOWY
  • 21:59 IT'S JUST GREAT TO SEE REGULAR PEOPLE
  • 22:02 AND I WANT TO BE THAT REGULAR PEOPLE.
  • 22:04 JESUS SAID, AND WE'RE GOING TO HEAR ZOLA LEVITT WEIGH IN ON THIS,
  • 22:08 THAT THE LORD CAME TO BUILD A GOVERNMENT FOR, AROUND AND ABOUT REGULAR PEOPLE
  • 22:15 WHERE THE POWERFUL AND THOSE THAT ARE FULL OF THEMSELVES
  • 22:19 ARE MARGINALIZED FINALLY TO MAKE ROOM FOR THE REST OF US...
  • 22:22 FOLK WITH FEET OF CLAY FROM THE NECK DOWN
  • 22:25 WHO WANT TO FOLLOW JESUS.
  • 22:27 HERE IS ZOLA LEVITT TO TALK ABOUT THAT AND MORE
  • 22:29 AS HE TEACHES US ON THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT.
  • 22:33 NOW THE SERMON THOUGH SPEAKS
  • 22:35 TO THE BEHAVIOR OF THE SUBJECTS.
  • 22:38 IT'S THE DIVINE CONSTITUTION
  • 22:40 FOR RIGHTEOUS GOVERNMENT
  • 22:42 ON THE EARTH AT LAST.
  • 22:44 IT'S DESIGNED PECULIARLY FOR THE POOR IN SPIRIT AND THE MEEK.
  • 22:49 THE BEATITUDES ARE FULL OF THAT
  • 22:52 "BLESSED ARE THE POOR IN SPIRIT",
  • 22:53 "BLESSED ARE THE MEEK THAT WILL INHERIT THE EARTH".
  • 22:56 PSALM 72 IS ALSO FULL OF THAT
  • 22:59 AND IT'S A VERY MESSIANIC,
  • 23:01 VERY MUCH A KINGDOM PSALM.
  • 23:02 FROM THE FIRST VERSE,
  • 23:05 "GIVE THE KING THY JUDGMENTS O GOD AND THY RIGHTEOUSNESS UNTO THE KING'S SON."
  • 23:11 IT'S INTERESTING, DAVID IS THE ONE WRITING...
  • 23:13 HE IS THE KING HERE
  • 23:15 AND THE KING'S SON IS MASHIACH BEN DAVID...
  • 23:18 THE MESSIAH, THE SON OF DAVID.
  • 23:20 "HE SHALL JUDGE THY PEOPLE WITH RIGHTEOUSNESS AND THY POOR WITH JUDGMENT"
  • 23:25 NOW TO VERSE 11,
  • 23:27 AND NOTICE HOW IT SINGLES OUT THE POOR...
  • 23:29 "YE, ALL KINGS SHALL FALL DOWN BEFORE HIM."
  • 23:32 "ALL NATIONS SHALL SERVE HIM."
  • 23:34 "FOR HE SHALL DELIVER THE NEEDY WHEN HE CRIETH,"
  • 23:37 "THE POOR ALSO AND HIM THAT HATH NO HELPER."
  • 23:39 "HE SHALL SPARE THE POOR AND NEEDY"
  • 23:42 "AND SHALL SAVE THE SOULS OF THE NEEDY."
  • 23:45 CERTAINLY THEY COULD SEE THAT THE PSALM WAS FULL OF THAT.
  • 23:48 JOEL CHAPTER 2, VERSE 29,
  • 23:50 "I'LL POUR OUT MY SPIRIT UPON YOUR HANDMAIDS AND SERVANTS",
  • 23:55 THIS KINGDOM IS FOR THE POOR IN SPIRIT AND NOT THE PROUD.
  • 23:58 IT'S FOR THOSE WHO MOURN BECAUSE OF THEIR SINS,
  • 24:01 THOSE WHO ARE MEEK IN CONSCIOUSNESS OF THEIR SINS;
  • 24:04 THESE ARE THE PEOPLE FOR WHOM THE KINGDOM WILL BE PREPARED.
  • 24:09 ZOLA LEVITT IS ABSOLUTELY CORRECT.
  • 24:13 THE LORD IS GAME TO PREPARE FOR US A KINGDOM.
  • 24:18 OH I WANT YOU TO THINK ABOUT HOW PROFOUND THAT IS
  • 24:22 BECAUSE YESHUA, BECAUSE JESUS SAID AS MUCH IN SO MANY WAYS ON VARIOUS DAYS.
  • 24:28 THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT IS THE CONSTITUTION FOR A NEW WAY OF LIVING NOW.
  • 24:35 JESUS SAID THAT "I'VE GONE TO PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU LATER".
  • 24:41 ISN'T IT GREAT JUST TO THINK ABOUT HIM GOING BEFORE US
  • 24:46 AND BUILDING A BETTER WORLD FOR US?
  • 24:49 AND YOU KNOW WHEN THAT BETTER WORLD BEGINS?
  • 24:52 IT BEGINS NOW.
  • 24:55 FOR US THE KINGDOM BEGINS TRULY
  • 24:59 WHEN WE DECIDE TO MAKE HIM KING TRULY.
  • 25:05 AND YOU COULD BE SITTING ON YOUR THRONE RIGHT NOW IN YOUR LIVING ROOM WITH YOUR...
  • 25:10 IT'S NOT EXACTLY YOUR SCEPTER,
  • 25:12 BUT YOUR CHANNEL SURFER,
  • 25:13 AND THEY SAY THAT A MAN'S HOME IS IN HIS OWN CASTLE,
  • 25:18 YOU MAY WELL BE THE KING OF YOUR CASTLE
  • 25:21 BUT THE LORD MIGHT NOT BE THE KING OF THE KING
  • 25:25 AND HE WANTS TO COME INTO YOUR HOME FRIEND
  • 25:28 AND HE WANTS TO COME INTO YOU PERSONALLY.
  • 25:31 AND THEN WITH HIM RESIDENT WITHIN YOU HE WANTS TO THEN GO BEFORE YOU
  • 25:37 AND ENABLE YOU TO BUILD A WORLD THAT'S BETTER
  • 25:40 BOTH IN THIS LIFE AND IN THE LIFE TO COME.
  • 25:45 THE PRINCE OF PEACE IS ANXIOUS TO BRING PEACE
  • 25:48 BUT THE FIRST THING THAT WE NEED TO DO IS
  • 25:52 WE NEED TO MAKE PEACE WITH HIM.
  • 25:56 I HOPE YOU'RE LEARNING SOMETHING ABOUT THAT, I REALLY DO,
  • 26:00 AS YOU CONSIDER THIS SERIES
  • 26:03 AS WE TOGETHER ENTER INTO A TIME MACHINE
  • 26:06 AND JOURNEY BACK TO THE UNFOLDING OF THE BIBLICAL DRAMA.
  • 26:10 THIS IS THE THIRD OF AN 8 PART SERIES
  • 26:13 AND WE'RE GOING ON IN THE JOURNEY.
  • 26:15 BUT IF YOU HAVEN'T GOTTEN ON YOUR KNEES
  • 26:17 AND ASKED THE KING INTO YOUR HEART TO MAKE HIM KING,
  • 26:20 WHY DON'T YOU DO THAT NOW?
  • 26:21 BECAUSE IF YOU DON'T DO IT,
  • 26:23 THIS SERIES ISN'T GOING TO DO YOU A WHOLE LOT OF GOOD.
  • 26:26 AND IF YOU HAVE DONE THAT
  • 26:28 THIS SERIES WILL FEED YOU HOPEFULLY, PRAYERFULLY
  • 26:32 AS YOU'LL COME TO KNOW MORE ABOUT JESUS WILL AND HIS WAYS.
  • 26:36 WELL THANK YOU FOR STAYING TUNED TO ZOLA LEVITT PRESENTS.
  • 26:40 IN A WORLD WITH TUNING OPTIONS
  • 26:42 I'M HONORED THAT YOU'VE TUNED IN.
  • 26:44 THANK YOU FOR WATCHING ME.
  • 26:45 AS YOU GO NOW
  • 26:47 SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM
  • 26:49 PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM

Episodes in this series

  1. Sermon on the Mount
  2. Crimes of the Heart
  3. The Law Brought to Life
  4. Models of Behavior
  5. Eternal Investments
  6. God’s Material Provisions
  7. God’s Spiritual Provisions
  8. Yeshua — Foundation Sufficient for Salvation

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