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Episode: “Models of Behavior”
Jesus teaches how to deal with enemies (5:43–48). In 6:1–4, He emphasizes doing good to please God and not men. His teachings on prayer follow in 6:5–15.
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.

Caption transcript for Sar Shalom: “Models of Behavior” (4/8)

  • 01:01 A HEARTY SHALOM TO ALL OF YOU.
  • 01:04 JEFFREY SEIF HERE.
  • 01:05 AND I AM PLEASED TO WELCOME YOU
  • 01:06 TO ANOTHER EDITION OF ZOLA LEVITT PRESENTS.
  • 01:10 WE ARE ALL ABOUT PRESENTING JESUS IN THIS SERIES
  • 01:15 ON THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT SHOT IN ISRAEL.
  • 01:19 LET ME ASK YOU,
  • 01:21 DID YOU EVER GET UPSIDE DOWN IN YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHERS?
  • 01:25 ARE YOU INTERESTED IN GETTING THOSE UPSIDE DOWN RELATIONSHIPS RIGHT SIDE UP?
  • 01:29 WELL THEN GIVE JESUS A HEARING NOW AS HE DEALS WITH THAT AND MORE.
  • 02:01 TO THOSE WHO HAD GATHERED THAT DAY ON THE MOUNT
  • 02:05 IT MUST HAVE SEEMED PECULIAR ...LOVE YOUR ENEMIES?
  • 02:10 DO GOOD TO THOSE WHO HATE YOU?
  • 02:13 THEY WOULD SOON FIND REASON TO APPLY THE LORD'S TEACHING.
  • 02:17 A MAN WRESTLES WITH THE WHEEL OF HIS BROKEN WAGON.
  • 02:24 THE TOWN'S "KNOW IT ALL" RIDICULES HIM
  • 02:26 BERATING HIM TO NO END.
  • 02:28 IF THERE WAS EVER A REASON TO HATE YOUR ENEMY
  • 02:32 THIS WOULD BE THE TIME.
  • 02:40 BUT THE LORD'S WORD RESONATES...
  • 02:42 "DO GOOD TO THOSE WHO HATE YOU"
  • 02:45 "AND PRAY FOR THOSE WHO SPITEFULLY USE YOU AND PERSECUTE YOU"
  • 02:50 "THAT YOU MAY BE SONS OF YOUR FATHER IN HEAVEN."
  • 02:59 WE'RE INVOLVED IN WEBS OF RELATIONSHIPS AREN'T WE?
  • 03:02 SOMETIMES THOSE RELATIONSHIPS SOUR DON'T THEY?
  • 03:06 THE QUESTION IS, HOW DO WE DEAL WITH ALL OF THAT?
  • 03:10 IN A WORLD WHERE TENSIONS ARISE
  • 03:13 AND WITH IT FERMENTING DISCONTENTS COME TO THE SURFACE
  • 03:18 AND WE FIND OURSELVES SOMETIMES PUSHED AROUND BY OTHERS
  • 03:22 AND SOMETIMES PUSHING AROUND OTHERS.
  • 03:24 HOW DO WE DEAL WITH ALL OF THAT?
  • 03:26 WELL YOU SAW IN THE PRECEDING DRAMA
  • 03:28 THAT SOMETIMES PEOPLE JUST RAGE AND BLAME AND POINT FINGERS.
  • 03:32 WHAT DOES JESUS SAY?
  • 03:34 BEHIND ME IS THE PLACE WHERE THE LORD GAVE THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT, SO CALLED,
  • 03:39 AND UNDERNEATH ME IS THE SEA OF GALILEE
  • 03:42 AND IN MY HAND IS THE BIBLE.
  • 03:44 LET'S LOOK AND SEE WHAT JESUS SAID
  • 03:46 ABOUT DEALING WITH PRECARIOUS INTERPERSONAL SITUATIONS.
  • 03:51 IN CHAPTER 5, VERSE 44, JESUS SAYS,
  • 03:59 THE VERB, "TO LOVE",
  • 04:00 "AHAV" IN HEBREW
  • 04:02 MEANS TO DO GOOD ON BEHALF OF.
  • 04:03 DOESN'T MEAN TO ALWAYS FEEL GOOD.
  • 04:05 SOMETIMES AT THE FEELING LEVEL I GET WRAPPED AROUND THE AXLE
  • 04:09 AND YOU PROBABLY DO TOO.
  • 04:11 BUT THE LORD SAYS THAT WE DO WELL TO LOOK TO BE LOVING
  • 04:13 ...DIFFICULTIES ASIDE.
  • 04:15 HE SAYS THAT WE SHOULD BLESS THOSE WHO CURSE.
  • 04:20 TRUTH IS...IS ALL THIS IS EASIER SAID THAN DONE ISN'T IT?
  • 04:23 BUT JUST KEEP IN MIND THAT IT'S NOT ME THAT SAID IT,
  • 04:26 IT'S THE LORD.
  • 04:28 IF I UNDERSTAND HIM CORRECTLY
  • 04:29 THAT BENEFITS ACCRUE WHEN WE ENDEAVOR TO BE BLESSINGS
  • 04:33 TO PEOPLE THAT AREN'T BLESSINGS THEMSELVES.
  • 04:36 HE SAYS, "AND TO DO GOOD TO THOSE WHO SPITEFULLY USE YOU".
  • 04:43 JUDEO-CHRISTIAN ETHICS BID US
  • 04:45 TO DO MITZVAHOT,
  • 04:48 TO DO BLESSINGS,
  • 04:49 TO DO GOOD IN THE WORLD
  • 04:52 EVEN IN A WORLD THAT'S NOT VERY GOOD TOUS.
  • 04:54 ..FASCINATING.
  • 04:56 I FOUND IN MY OWN LIFE AND I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOURS
  • 04:59 BUT SOMETIMES ME AND PATTY GET TANGLED UP.
  • 05:02 PATTY IS MY WIFE OF 23 AND A HALF YEARS NOW
  • 05:05 AND YOU KNOW SOMETIMES WE JUST...
  • 05:07 IT'S USUALLY MY FAULT...
  • 05:09 WHAT I FIND WITH HER IS THAT WHEN WE GET...
  • 05:12 YOU KNOW LIKE HUSBAND AND WIFE...
  • 05:14 WHEN HEADS BANG...
  • 05:16 WHAT I FIND IS WHEN SHE OPTS JUST TO BE GRACIOUS AND GENTEEL
  • 05:20 ..."OH, LISTEN JEFF, OKAY, ENOUGH, GOD BLESS YOU"
  • 05:23 ...IT DIFFUSES ME.
  • 05:25 WHEN PEOPLE ARE RAMPING UP
  • 05:27 IT DOESN'T DO ANY GOOD TO TRY AND RAISE THE LEVELS,
  • 05:30 IMPORTANT AS THE DE-ESCALATION OF CONFLICTS THAT ARE CASCADING UPWARDS.
  • 05:36 AND IF I UNDERSTAND THE LORD ON ALL OF THIS
  • 05:39 WE WANT TO DO GOOD TO THOSE,
  • 05:41 WE WANT TO ENDEAVOR TO BE A BLESSING,
  • 05:44 WE WANT TO TRY AND LOVE OTHERS.
  • 05:47 TRUTH BE KNOWN, THOUGH IT SEEMS TO GO PATENTLY AGAINST THE GRAIN AT ONE LEVEL,
  • 05:52 IT'S A GREAT RECIPE FOR HEALING, FOR A WHOLENESS.
  • 05:57 IT'S A GREAT RECIPE FOR THE RECOVERY OF EQUILIBRIUM
  • 06:01 THOUGH OUR NATURES DON'T NECESSARILY ABIDE THE PRACTICE EASILY.
  • 06:05 JESUS SAYS OTHER THINGS AND IN VERSE 48 HE CLOSES SAYING,
  • 06:16 AND AT ONE LEVEL THAT CAN BE AN OPPRESSING VERSE CAN'T IT?
  • 06:19 BECAUSE THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS...
  • 06:20 IS THAT NONE OF US REALLY ARE PERFECT.
  • 06:23 I THINK BY THE WAY THE WORD IS MISCONSTRUED
  • 06:25 BECAUSE WE DON'T UNDERSTAND THE ORIGINAL LANGUAGE.
  • 06:27 "TAM" IN HEBREW,
  • 06:29 OR "TAMIM"
  • 06:30 IS THE ORIGINAL ON THAT,
  • 06:33 IT MEANS TO BE INDISCRIMINATE.
  • 06:35 IT MEANS TO BE FAIR AND BALANCED IN DEALINGS WITH OTHERS
  • 06:40 AND THIS IS WHAT THE LORD IS TALKING ABOUT
  • 06:42 THAT IN OUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERS LET'S BE KINDLY DISPOSED,
  • 06:47 LET'S NOT BE BEGRUDGING,
  • 06:49 LET'S REALIZE THAT WE ALL HAVE OUR GOOD DAYS AND OUR BAD DAYS.
  • 06:53 AND LETS REALIZE MOST OF ALL THAT IF WE FOLLOW JESUS
  • 06:56 BY VIRTUE OF OUR SO DOING WE'LL GET THE BETTER OF VEXING SITUATIONS AND PEOPLE.
  • 07:18 FOR SOME THE CITY GATE WAS A PLACE TO BUY AND SELL,
  • 07:22 WHILE FOR OTHERS IT WAS SIMPLY A PLACE TO BE SEEN...
  • 07:26 FOR THE FINE, RICH ROBES
  • 07:29 AND FOR ONE'S GOOD DEEDS.
  • 07:32 "CHARITABLE DEEDS ARE HONORABLE"
  • 07:34 THE LORD HAD SAID,
  • 07:36 "BUT NOT WHEN THEY ARE FLAUNTED".
  • 07:39 "SUCH GIVING DOES MERIT A REWARD
  • 07:41 "BUT NOT FROM THE FATHER IN HEAVEN."
  • 07:52 FRANKLY I'M THRILLED WHEN ANYONE OPTS TO BE CHARITABLE
  • 07:56 BECAUSE I KNOW THAT POOR PEOPLE BENEFIT FROM THE GIFT.
  • 08:01 BUT WHAT AMAZES ME PERSONALLY
  • 08:03 IS THE WAY SOME PEOPLE IN THE PROCESS OF SO DOING
  • 08:05 DEMONSTRATE THEY'RE REALLY NOT ABOUT WANTING TO GIVE TO OTHERS
  • 08:10 BUT INSTEAD THEY'RE GLEANING SOMETHING FROM OTHERS...
  • 08:12 SOME SENSE OF "HOW RIGHTEOUS I AM",
  • 08:14 "HOW GOOD I AM".
  • 08:16 AND FRANKLY FRIENDS, THAT SPOILS EVERYTHING,
  • 08:19 IT SPOILS THE PERSON,
  • 08:21 IT RUINS THE PERSON,
  • 08:22 THAT'S WHY THE LORD SAYS IN CHAPTER 6, VERSE 1, HE SAYS,
  • 08:35 I GREW UP IN A JEWISH HOME
  • 08:37 AND IN JEWISH HOMES WE HAVE A SHABBOS MEAL, A FRIDAY MEAL
  • 08:41 AND THERE'S WHAT'S CALLED
  • 08:43 A "TZEDAKAHBOX"
  • 08:45 AT THE DINNER TABLE
  • 08:46 WHERE INDIVIDUALS COME IN
  • 08:47 AND THEY'RE BECKONED
  • 08:48 TO PUT SOMETHING IN THERE
  • 08:50 AND FILL UP THE BOX
  • 08:51 AND SEND IT AWAY TO A CHARITY.
  • 08:53 THE CHARITY BOX IS CALLED A "TZEDAKAH BOX",
  • 08:55 THE WORD "TZEDAKAH"
  • 08:56 COMES "TZEDEK",
  • 08:57 IT MEANS TO BE RIGHTEOUS.
  • 08:59 THE POINT IS THERE'S SOMETHING RELIGIOUS,
  • 09:02 THERE'S SOMETHING WONDERFUL,
  • 09:04 THERE'S SOMETHING...
  • 09:05 WHEN INDIVIDUALS ARE DEVOUT
  • 09:07 AND THEY GIVE OF THEMSELVES LIKE THIS AS AN EXTENSION OF BIBLICAL FAITH AND VIRTUE...
  • 09:12 IF I UNDERSTAND THE LORD CORRECTLY HE SAYS, "DO THAT".
  • 09:17 OF COURSE WE LIVE IN A WORLD TODAY WHERE THE NEEDS ARE GREAT
  • 09:20 AND WE NEED INDIVIDUALS TO RISE UP AND BE KINDLY DISPOSED.
  • 09:23 I'M CHALLENGED BY THAT TO ASK THE QUESTION,
  • 09:25 "LORD, HOW DO YOU WANT ME TO BE GIVING?"
  • 09:28 "WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR ME MONETARILY?"
  • 09:30 IT'S NOT JUST ME TALKING TO YOU ABOUT "OH SUPPORT THIS MINISTRY"
  • 09:33 OR...I HAVE TO TALK TO MYSELF ABOUT WHAT IT MEANS TO BE LOVING, CARING AND SHARING.
  • 09:39 IN THE PROCESS OF WORKING THROUGH ALL THAT
  • 09:42 I'M WARNED HERE, "DON'T BE POMPOUS IN THE GIVING JEFFREY."
  • 09:46 BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY FOR MY PURPOSES...
  • 09:49 AND THIS IS SOMETHING I REALLY WANT TO COMMEND TO YOU,
  • 09:52 CONCERNED AS YOU MIGHT BE NATURALLY SO IN THE WORLD THAT WE LIVE IN
  • 09:56 WHERE MONEY SEEMS TO BE IN HIGH DEMAND AND SHORT SUPPLY,
  • 10:01 WHEN YOU HAVE TO ASK THE QUESTION HOW YOU CAN ATTEND TO YOUR BUSINESS.
  • 10:05 WHAT I WANT YOU TO HEAR IN THIS IS THAT IN THE GIVING, THERE IS A GETTING.
  • 10:10 AND NOT THE KIND OF GETTING YOU GARNER BY IMPRESSING THE WORLD HOW POMPOUS YOU ARE
  • 10:15 BUT CONSIDER WITH ME PLEASE HOW THE LORD SAYS,
  • 10:26 JUST LET'S LAND ON THOSE WORDS FOR A SECOND.
  • 10:29 HE SAYS, "LISTEN, BE GIVING."
  • 10:30 "DON'T LET ANYBODY KNOW."
  • 10:32 "DO IT IN SECRET."
  • 10:33 "AND YOU KNOW WHAT?"
  • 10:34 "YOUR FATHER WHO'S IN SECRET SEES."
  • 10:40 IF WE CAN JUST PUT SOME FLESH ON THE PARABLE,
  • 10:43 IF WE CAN JUST PUT SOME APPLICATION TO THE MESSAGE.
  • 10:49 THE POINT IS THAT IF WE'RE CARING, IF WE'RE LOVING,
  • 10:52 GOD SEES THAT.
  • 10:54 AND FRIENDS THERE'S A BLESSING IN THAT IF WE'LL OPT TO BE THAT.
  • 11:00 I'M RAMPING UP A LITTLE.
  • 11:02 I DON'T WANT TO SOUND PREACHY BUT I WANT YOU TO HEAR ME...
  • 11:05 NOT EVEN ME...
  • 11:06 TO HEAR JESUS ON THIS.
  • 11:08 "THE LORD WHO SEES IN SECRET WILL REWARD YOU".
  • 11:14 WHEN YOU GIVE A CHARITABLE DEED...DO IT.
  • 11:18 GOD SEES THAT YOU'RE DOING IT
  • 11:21 AND THERE'S A WAY THAT HE'S GOING TO REWARD YOU IN THE DOING.
  • 11:25 IT'S A WORD THAT JESUS GAVE 2,000 YEARS AGO,
  • 11:29 IT HAD A LOT OF RELEVANCE TODAY,
  • 11:31 IT'S A MESSAGE FOR TODAY,
  • 11:34 IT MEANS SOMETHING TO YOU,
  • 11:35 IT MEANS SOMETHING TO ME.
  • 11:38 MAY WE ALL BE LOVING, CARING AND SHARING INDIVIDUALS
  • 11:41 AND WATCH THE MIRACLE HOW GOD BLESSES US BY VIRTUE OF OUR SO BEING.
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  • 12:31 AS JESUS WALKED BY THE SEA OF GALILEE
  • 12:33 HE SAW SIMON AND ANDREW CASTING A NET INTO THE SEA
  • 12:36 FOR THEY WERE FISHERMEN.
  • 12:40 TODAY THE GALILEE STILL BECKONS
  • 12:42 AS DO THE FISHERMEN LIKE DANIEL CARMEL.
  • 12:46 SHALOM.
  • 12:48 I WANT TO INVITE YOU FOR A BOAT RIDE ON THE SEA OF GALILEE
  • 12:51 ON THE SEA OF GALILEE WORSHIP BOATS.
  • 12:53 JOIN US IN WORSHIP ON THE GALILEE.
  • 13:09 THERE MUST BE SOMETHING SPECIAL ABOUT ISRAEL
  • 13:12 BECAUSE PILGRIMS HAVE BEEN GOING THERE FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS
  • 13:18 AND EXPERIENCING SOMETHING SPECIAL,
  • 13:21 EXPERIENCING A BLESSING IN THE PROCESS OF SO DOING.
  • 13:26 HOW ABOUT YOU?
  • 13:29 HOW ABOUT GOING WITH ME?
  • 13:32 WHY DON'T WE TAKE THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME?
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  • 13:37 CALL 1-800-WONDERS.
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  • 13:44 AND WE'LL SEE WHERE IT ALL LEADS.
  • 13:48 WHEN WE PRODUCED THIS SERIES ON JESUS
  • 13:50 I DIDN'T KNOW WHERE IT'S GOING TO LEAD AT ONE LEVEL
  • 13:54 BUT IF IT'S LEADING IT'S WAY INTO YOUR HEART
  • 13:56 AT PROGRAM'S END THE OFFER IS THE 8 PART PROGRAM,
  • 14:02 THE DVDs FOR "SAR SHALOM - PRINCE OF PEACE".
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  • 14:33 WELL TALK ABOUT LEARNING,
  • 14:34 OFF WE GO NOW TO LEARN A LITTLE MORE ABOUT JESUS.
  • 15:13 GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD
  • 15:15 AND FORGIVE US OUR DEBTS
  • 15:17 AS WE FORGIVE OUR DEBTORS.
  • 15:20 AND DO NOT LEAD US INTO TEMPTATION
  • 15:22 BUT DELIVER US FROM THE EVIL ONE
  • 15:25 FOR YOURS IS THE KINGDOM
  • 15:27 AND THE POWER AND GLORY
  • 15:29 FOREVER, AMEN.
  • 15:35 THEY CAME TO YESHUA, JESUS,
  • 15:37 AND SAID
  • 15:38 "LORD TEACH US TO PRAY".
  • 15:40 THEY WANTED TO "DAVEN"
  • 15:41 WHICH IS THE JEWISH TERM FOR IT
  • 15:43 AND YESHUA WEIGHED IN LIKE THIS,
  • 15:44 HE SAYS
  • 15:45 "WELL GO WITH THIS GUYS."
  • 15:47 IT'S CALLED THE LORD'S PRAYER
  • 15:48 BUT IT'S REALLY THE DISCIPLES PRAYER FOR MY MONEY
  • 15:50 BECAUSE HE'S TELLING US HOW TO DO IT.
  • 15:52 AND WHAT DOES HE SAY?
  • 15:54 HE SAYS,
  • 15:55 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 16:05 I KNOW IT SOUNDS SO VERY RELIGIOUS AND CHRISTIAN ON ONE HAND
  • 16:08 BUT IT IS SUCH A JEWISH PRAYER
  • 16:11 TO PETITION GOD THE FATHER IN HEAVENWITH THE MENTION OF THE SANCTIFICATION OF HIS NAME
  • 16:19 IS VERY, VERY JEWISH.
  • 16:21 A MAJOR DOCTRINE IN JUDAISM BY THE WAY
  • 16:23 IS WHAT'S CALLED "Kadosh HaShem"
  • 16:26 AND CONVERSELY "Chilul HaShem".
  • 16:29 IT MEANS TO SANCTIFY THE NAME OR TO VILIFY THE NAME.
  • 16:32 THE POINT IS THAT IT'S INCUMBENT UPON JEWISH PEOPLE
  • 16:36 FROM A JEWISH PERSPECTIVE.
  • 16:37 THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL ARE TO MAKE GOD'S NAME LOOK GOOD IN THE WORLD AND WHY IS THAT?
  • 16:41 BECAUSE WE'RE NAMED AFTER GOD,
  • 16:43 "YISRAEL", "THE PRINCE OF GOD".
  • 16:46 AND IT'S INCUMBENT UPON THE CITIZENS IN THAT COMMONWEALTH
  • 16:49 TO REPRESENT HIM WELL.
  • 16:52 YESHUA SAYS AS MUCH IN HIS OWN WAY
  • 16:54 AND JUDAISM DOES MUCH THE SAME.
  • 16:56 I'M LOOKING HERE AT A PRAYER BOOK, A COMMON PRAYER
  • 16:59 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 17:10 A PRAYER BY THE WAY THAT'S RECITED IN JEWISH LITURGY THE WORLD OVER
  • 17:15 AND HAS BEEN FOR SOME TIME.
  • 17:18 JESUS WAS A JEW
  • 17:20 AND HE WAS COMMENDING THE SAME SORT OF VISION NOW WASN'T HE?
  • 17:24 BUT THERE'S A NUANCE IN JESUS THAT HE GOES ON TO UNDERSCORE
  • 17:28 THAT I WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU.
  • 17:30 IN THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT,
  • 17:32 "OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN,"
  • 17:33 "HALLOWED BE THY NAME",
  • 17:35 "THY KINGDOM COME..." ETC.
  • 17:36 ...VERY JEWISH.
  • 17:38 "AND FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES"
  • 17:41 AND HEAR ME...
  • 17:42 "AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US."
  • 17:46 THERE'S A COMMENT,
  • 17:48 "LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION"
  • 17:50 "DELIVER US FROM EVIL".
  • 17:52 INASMUCH AS INDIVIDUALS ARE INCLINED TO PETITION GOD,
  • 17:55 "GOD COME INTO MY WORLD AND FORGIVE ME",
  • 17:59 YESHUA GOES ON RECORD
  • 18:00 BECKONING INDIVIDUALS TO ENTER IN TO HIS WORLD
  • 18:03 TO BE AGENTS OF FORGIVENESS THEMSELVES.
  • 18:07 THE LORD'S PRAYER ISN'T THUS ABOUT CALLING ON GOD TO PERFORM IN A CERTAIN WAY,
  • 18:12 THOUGH THAT'S THERE,
  • 18:14 BUT THERE'S AN IMPORTANT INGREDIENT HERE
  • 18:15 WHERE IN CONJUNCTION WITH THAT
  • 18:17 WE ARE CALLED TO PERFORM IN A CERTAIN WAY
  • 18:20 AND GOD KNOWS IT'S REALLY HARD TO LOVE THE UNLOVABLE...IS IT NOT?
  • 18:25 AND EVERYONE SAID "AMEN".
  • 18:27 THE LORD SAYS IN VERSE 14 AFTER THIS,
  • 18:29 "YOU KNOW IF YOU FORGIVE MEN THEIR TRESPASSES"...
  • 18:32 GOD HELP US IT'S HARD...
  • 18:34 IF WE FORGIVE MEN THEIR TRESPASSES,
  • 18:37 HE SAYS YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER SIMILARLY WILL DO LIKEWISE,
  • 18:40 WILL FORGIVE YOU.
  • 18:42 BUT...AND THERE'S ALWAYS A "BUT"...CONVERSELY,
  • 18:46 "IF YOU DON'T",
  • 18:47 "HE WON'T."
  • 18:48 IN THE LORD'S PRAYER
  • 18:50 AND WHEN WE PRAY
  • 18:51 WE PARTICULARLY BECKON GOD FOR FORGIVENESS AND HELP.
  • 18:55 THE LORD TURNS THAT AROUND IN A CERTAIN WAY ON THIS DAY
  • 19:00 AND BECKONS INDIVIDUALS TO GO OUT IN THE WORLD
  • 19:03 AND GIVE SOME HELP AND EXERCISE SOME FORGIVENESS.
  • 19:07 THIS IS PART OF THE LORD'S PRAYER
  • 19:09 AND IT'S INSTRUCTION FOR ME
  • 19:11 AND GOD KNOWS I NEED THE HELP
  • 19:12 AND IT'S INSTRUCTION FOR YOU
  • 19:14 AND HE KNOWS YOU MIGHT NEED IT AS WELL.
  • 19:18 LEARN TO SPEND SOME TIME WITH GOD...SEEK HIM,
  • 19:20 SEEK HIS PRESENCE
  • 19:21 AND THEN LOOK TO MANIFEST HIS PRESENCE IN THE WORLD AT LARGE.
  • 19:37 AND NOW FOR TED PEARCE
  • 19:38 AS HE SINGS "THE LORD'S PRAYER".
  • 19:43 ♪OUR FATHER♪
  • 19:48 ♪WHO ART IN HEAVEN♪
  • 19:54 ♪HALLOWED BE THY NAME♪
  • 20:00 ♪THY KINGDOM COME♪
  • 20:03 ♪THY WILL BE DONE♪
  • 20:06 ♪IN EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN♪
  • 20:13 ♪GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD♪
  • 20:19 ♪AND FORGIVE US OUR SINS♪
  • 20:22 ♪AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO ARE AGAINST US♪
  • 20:33 ♪LEAD US NOT♪
  • 20:36 ♪INTO TEMPTATION♪
  • 20:41 ♪BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL♪
  • 20:51 ♪FOR THINE IS THE KINGDOM♪
  • 20:53 ♪AND THE POWER AND THE GLORY♪
  • 20:57 ♪FOREVER♪
  • 21:02 ♪FOR THINE IS THE KINGDOM♪
  • 21:06 ♪AND THE POWER AND THE GLORY♪
  • 21:09 ♪FOREVER♪
  • 21:12 ♪AND EVER♪
  • 21:17 ♪AMEN♪
  • 21:23 ♪AMEN♪
  • 21:31 ♪MY LORD♪
  • 21:45 A PICTURE'S WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS
  • 21:47 AND A GOOD WORSHIP SONG IS AS WELL
  • 21:50 AS WE GET TRANSPORTED INTO GOD'S PRESENCE.
  • 21:53 I HOPE IT MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD
  • 21:54 BECAUSE I WANT TO MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD,
  • 21:57 AND WHY IS THAT?
  • 21:58 BECAUSE THERE'S A GOOD PEACE THAT'S AVAILABLE TO PEOPLE.
  • 22:01 LIFE'S NOT ALWAYS PEACEFUL TO BE SURE
  • 22:05 BUT WE LEARN ABOUT JESUS WHO LEADS US IN TRIUMPH
  • 22:08 WHETHER IT'S WITH TED PEARCE'S MUSIC
  • 22:12 OR WITH ZOLA'S INSIGHT
  • 22:13 OR MY FOLLOWING IN ZOLA'S FOOTSTEPS,
  • 22:16 WE'RE ALL ABOUT WANTING TO MAKE JESUS KNOWN IN THE WORLD
  • 22:20 AND TO MAKE HIM KNOWN IN A DECIDEDLY JEWISH CONTEXT.
  • 22:25 WELL HERE THE LATE ZOLA LEVITT WEIGHS IN ON THAT
  • 22:28 AND UNDERSCORES THE IMPORTANCE OF LOOKING AT JESUS' WORD AS A JEW.
  • 22:34 HE DOES THAT LIKE NO ONE ELSE
  • 22:36 AND SO OFF WE GO ON LOCATION AND HEAR FROM THE LATE ZOLA LEVITT.
  • 22:43 THERE ARE TEN PARAGRAPHS OF BEATITUDES
  • 22:46 AS THERE ARE TEN COMMANDMENTS IN THE LAW.
  • 22:48 THE DISPUTE TERMS OF RABBINICAL DEBATE ARE USED IN THE SERMON.
  • 22:53 IN OTHER WORDS JESUS SAYS,
  • 22:56 "I COME TO NOT DESTROY THE LAW BUT TO FULFILL IT".
  • 22:59 THE DESTROYER IS THE ONE WHO ARGUES AGAINST THE POINT
  • 23:03 AND THE FULFILLER IS THE ONE WHO ARGUES FOR IT
  • 23:06 AND THEY'RE LIKE TWO LAWYERS,
  • 23:07 THEY LEARN BY DEBATE,
  • 23:09 THEY ARGUE THE SCRIPTURES
  • 23:10 AND A LOT OF MEANING COMES OUT OF THAT.
  • 23:12 AND THIS IS ALL JESUS WAS SAYING IS
  • 23:14 "I'M NOT THE DESTROYER; I'M THE FULFILLER OF THIS LAW."
  • 23:17 "I RAISE IT TO HIGHEST INTENTION."
  • 23:20 THE AUDIENCE WERE USED TO THIS FORM AND STYLE.
  • 23:23 THEY WERE NON-RELIGIOUS,
  • 23:25 GALILEANS AND TRAVELERS,
  • 23:26 NOT SCRIBES AND PHARISEES.
  • 23:28 HE SAID TO THEM,
  • 23:30 "IF YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS DOES NOT EXCEED THAT OF THE SCRIBES AND PHARISEES"
  • 23:33 "YOU CANNOT ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN."
  • 23:36 NOW, THE SCRIBES AND PHARISEES THEREFORE WERE NOT IN THIS AUDIENCE...
  • 23:39 BOY THINGS WOULD HAVE STOPPED RIGHT THERE IF THEY WERE.
  • 23:42 AS A CONTRAST WITH THE LAW, JESUS SAYS,
  • 23:45 "YOU HAVE HEARD OF OLDEN TIMES"...WHICH IS THE LAW,
  • 23:48 "BUT I SAY UNTO YOU"...WHICH IS THE KINGDOM LAW,
  • 23:53 THIS IS THE HIGHER LAW.
  • 23:56 MESSIAH'S MESSAGE IS MUCH MORE UNIVERSAL THAN THE LAW.
  • 24:00 RABBI LEVI BEN GERSHOM SAYS IN...
  • 24:05 AND WHY DO WE USE THESE QUOTATIONS?
  • 24:07 THE RABBINICAL QUOTATIONS ARE BIBLE COMMENTATORS OF THE AGES
  • 24:13 LIKE DR. RYRIE,
  • 24:14 LIKE DR. SCOFIELD
  • 24:15 AND THEIR WISDOM IS DERIVED FROM SCRIPTURE.
  • 24:18 WE DON'T GIVE IT AS SCRIPTURE
  • 24:20 BUT IT'S VERY INTERESTING TO HEAR WHAT THEY WROTE.
  • 24:22 AND ON THE IDEA THAT MESSIAH'S MESSAGE IS MORE UNIVERSAL THAN THE LAW,
  • 24:25 IN THE MIDRASH RABBI LEVI BEN GERSHOM SAID,
  • 24:29 "MOSES BY THE MIRACLES WHICH HE BROUGHT"
  • 24:32 "DREW BUT A SINGLE NATION TO THE WORSHIP OF GOD"
  • 24:35 "BUT THE MESSIAH WILL DRAW ALL NATIONS TO THE WORSHIP OF GOD."
  • 24:40 HEARING ZOLA MAKES ME A TAD BIT NOSTALGIC AND WHY IS THAT?
  • 24:45 BECAUSE TWENTY SOME YEARS AGO
  • 24:48 I HELPED HIM WORK ON THAT AND OTHER SERIES AROUND THAT TIME.
  • 24:52 THE WORD OF GOD IS TIMELESS ISN'T IT?
  • 24:55 AND ZOLA'S POINT ABOUT JESUS DRAWING ALL MEN TO HIMSELF
  • 25:02 HAS IMPLICATIONS THAT GO BEYOND ZOLA'S TIME
  • 25:05 AND IT'LL GO BEYOND MY OWN.
  • 25:08 AND HOPEFULLY IT MAKES ITS WAY INTO YOUR WORLD REAL TIME.
  • 25:12 AND WHAT DO I MEAN BY THAT?
  • 25:14 WHEN I CONSIDER HOW JESUS DRAWS ALL MEN TO HIMSELF AND WOMEN TO HIMSELF
  • 25:21 I CAN'T HELP BUT WONDER AND RAISE THE QUESTION,
  • 25:25 IS HE DRAWING YOU?
  • 25:30 ARE WE JUST SHIPS PASSING IN THE NIGHT RIGHT NOW
  • 25:33 BECAUSE YOU'RE BORED IN YOUR LIVING ROOM AND WATCHING TELEVISION?
  • 25:36 OR IN CONJUNCTION WITH WHATEVER ELSE IS HAPPENING IN YOUR LIFE
  • 25:41 THERE'S A LITTLE APPOINTMENT WITH DESTINY HERE NOW
  • 25:45 BECAUSE THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER
  • 25:47 IS THAT YOU LOCATE WITHIN YOU
  • 25:49 A CERTAIN CALL OF GOD ON YOUR LIFE.
  • 25:52 WHERE DOES THAT BEGIN AND WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
  • 25:56 I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT MEANS ULTIMATELY FOR YOU
  • 26:00 BUT I KNOW THIS...
  • 26:01 THAT FOLLOWING JESUS INTO AN UNKNOWN FUTURE
  • 26:05 ALWAYS BEGINS WITH US FESSING UP WITH WHAT WE DO KNOW.
  • 26:11 IF WE FIND OURSELVES COMING SHORT BECAUSE OF THE SINS IN OUR LIFE
  • 26:16 AND WE KNOW WE NEED TO ATTEND TO THAT
  • 26:18 WE GO TO HIM AND ASK HIM FOR FORGIVENESS.
  • 26:21 IF WE'VE BEEN LEADING OUR OWN LIFE AND NOT DONE A GOOD JOB OF IT
  • 26:24 WE PUT OUR LIFE IN HIS HANDS
  • 26:27 AND THEN OFF WE GO INTO THE FUTURE.
  • 26:30 IN A WAY, THAT FUTURE IS UNKNOWN
  • 26:32 BUT SOMETHING CAN BE KNOWN
  • 26:34 AND THAT IS HIS PROMISE IS THAT YOU'RE GOING TO BE BETTER WITH HIM THAN WITHOUT HIM,
  • 26:40 SO WHY NOT MAKE THAT DECISION NOW?
  • 26:42 THANK YOU FOR WATCHING US,
  • 26:44 STAY TUNED AGAIN NEXT WEEK,
  • 26:46 BUT 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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