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Episode: “Eternal Investments”
Verses 16–18 note that fasting pays dividends. With verses 19–21, we consider the fact that laying up treasures on Earth, alone, does not. God wants Believers to be gracious, not greedy, per verses 22–23.
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: “Eternal Investments” (5/8)

  • 01:02 HEARTY SHALOM TO ALL OF YOU.
  • 01:03 JEFFREY SEIF HERE.
  • 01:04 PLEASED TO WELCOME YOU AGAIN
  • 01:07 TO ZOLA LEVITT PRESENTS.
  • 01:08 THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU FOR WATCHING.
  • 01:11 WE'RE LOOKING AT A SERIES ON JESUS
  • 01:13 AND WE'RE GOING TO BEGIN WITH JESUS TALKING ABOUT FASTING.
  • 01:18 I BELIEVE WE NEED TO SLOW DOWN IN THIS CULTURE;
  • 01:21 WE'RE SO MUCH ABOUT ACQUIRING STUFF.
  • 01:24 SOMETIMES WE NEED TO TURN THE ENGINE OFF AND SEEK JESUS.
  • 01:27 LET'S HEAR WHAT JESUS HAS TO SAY ABOUT THAT AND MORE.
  • 01:50 THE LORD HAD MADE IT QUITE CLEAR...
  • 01:53 THERE IS A PLACE FOR FASTING
  • 01:55 BUT IT IS NOT IN PUBLIC
  • 01:57 ESPECIALLY AT THE CITY GATE.
  • 02:00 DISFIGURING THE FACE WITH ASHES
  • 02:03 MAY BE REWARDED WITH ATTENTION
  • 02:05 BUT THE ATTENTION IS THE EXTENT OF THE REWARD.
  • 02:13 "WHEN FASTING... DO SO IN SECRET" SAYS THE LORD
  • 02:17 "AND YOUR FATHER WHO SEES IN SECRET WILL REWARD YOU OPENLY."
  • 02:26 JUST TO BE SURE
  • 02:28 I LOOKED AT MY DRIVER'S LICENSE THE OTHER DAY
  • 02:31 AND LOOKED AT MY DATE OF BIRTH.
  • 02:34 BEING REMINDED THAT I'M 54 YEARS OLD
  • 02:37 IT OCCURRED TO ME THAT I DIDN'T JUST START LIVING.
  • 02:40 AND ONE OF THINGS THAT I'VE LEARNED IN 54 YEARS OF LIVING
  • 02:44 IS THAT THINGS AREN'T ALWAYS AS THEY SEEM
  • 02:50 AND NEITHER ARE PEOPLE.
  • 02:54 THERE'S THIS LITTLE THING CALLED "PRETENSE".
  • 02:57 THERE'S A WORD "OSTENSIVELY"
  • 03:00 WHICH MEANS "INTENDED FOR SHOW".
  • 03:03 THERE'S THE WORD "PRETENSE",
  • 03:05 THAT AND THE "PRETEND" ARE CUT FROM THE SAME CLOTH
  • 03:09 AND SPEAK TO HOW SOME PEOPLE PRESENT THEMSELVES
  • 03:13 AS BEING SOMETHING WHEN THEY'RE REALLY NOT.
  • 03:16 WE ALL KNOW THAT IT HAPPENS IN THE WORLD AT LARGE
  • 03:20 BUT ISN'T IT RATHER BAZAAR,
  • 03:22 ODD THAT IT ACTUALLY HAPPENS IN THE CHURCH?
  • 03:26 PEOPLE PARADE ABOUT TO BE A LITTLE MORE RIGHTEOUS,
  • 03:30 A LITTLE MORE HOLY THAN THEY REALLY ARE.
  • 03:34 I'M NOT IMPRESSED BY THAT,
  • 03:37 JESUS ISN'T IMPRESSED,
  • 03:38 HE SAID AS MUCH WHEN HE WARNED AGAINST THOSE THAT FAST
  • 03:42 AND THEY JUST MAKE THEIR FACE...
  • 03:45 THEY MAKE THEMSELVES TO LOOK JUST A CERTAIN WAY
  • 03:48 SO OTHERS ROUND ABOUT CAN GO,
  • 03:51 "AHHHH...WHAT A RIGHTEOUS PERSON...WHAT A HOLY PERSON".
  • 03:55 JESUS SAID THEY HAVE THE REWARD BY VIRTUE OF THEIR SO DOING.
  • 04:01 PAY DAY COMES EVERY MOMENT,
  • 04:03 THAT IS TO SAY,
  • 04:04 WHAT THEY'RE AFTER IS WANTING TO IMPRESS THE WORLD
  • 04:07 AND THEY GET PAYMENT IMMEDIATELY FOR IT BECAUSE THE WORLD'S IMPRESSED,
  • 04:10 OR AT LEAST THE SHALLOW PEOPLE IN THE WORLD.
  • 04:13 IF I UNDERSTAND THE LORD CORRECTLY,
  • 04:16 BETTER IT IS THAT WE DO THINGS FOR HIM
  • 04:19 NOT IN ORDER TO GARNER THE ATTENTION ROUND ABOUT.
  • 04:22 THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS THAT WHEN WE FAST,
  • 04:25 WHEN WE DO DENY OURSELVES FOR CHRIST'S SAKE
  • 04:27 WE HAVE A WAY OF CLEANING OURSELVES OUT.
  • 04:31 REALLY, AS YOU SIT THERE RIGHT NOW,
  • 04:33 YOUR BODY CAN BE PUMPED FULL OF SODIUM FROM THE COKES YOU'RE DRINKIN',
  • 04:38 FROM CAFFEINE FROM THE COFFEE,
  • 04:40 THE SUGAR CAN BE HAVING EFFECT ON YOUR MIND,
  • 04:43 NOT JUST YOUR BODY.
  • 04:44 THERE'S SO MUCH JUNK IN
  • 04:47 AND IT EFFECTS NOT JUST THE WAY WE LOOK, THE WAY WE FEEL, THE WAY WE THINK...
  • 04:51 TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS
  • 04:53 WE NEED TO PURGE OURSELVES FROM SOME STUFF
  • 04:55 TO GET SOME NEW PERSPECTIVE,
  • 04:58 NEW IDEAS, NEW WAYS OF THINKING,
  • 05:00 NEW WAYS OF FEELING.
  • 05:02 FASTING HAS GREAT VALUE
  • 05:04 BEYOND THE MOMENTARY VALUE
  • 05:08 OF IMPRESSING THE WORLD HOW RIGHTEOUS WE ARE.
  • 05:10 THE VALUE OF DENIAL LIKE THIS IS
  • 05:13 THAT WE CAN KIND OF GET IN TOUCH WITH OURSELVES,
  • 05:16 GET IN TOUCH WITH THE LORD,
  • 05:18 GET IN TOUCH WITH OUR BODY
  • 05:20 AND THIS PAYS GREAT DIVIDENDS WITH THE PASSAGE OF TIME.
  • 05:25 OH, DON'T BE A HYPOCRITE FRIEND,
  • 05:27 JESUS SAID THOSE THAT FAST,
  • 05:29 THEY ANOINT THEMSELVES TO IMPRESS OTHERS,
  • 05:32 THEY ARE IN EFFECT HYPOCRITES IN CHAPTER 6, VERSE 18.
  • 05:37 THE WORD "HYPOCRITE" AS I MENTIONED IN ANOTHER SEGMENT,
  • 05:40 IN HEBREW COMES FROM THE WORD FOR "HYENA",
  • 05:43 THEY MAKE AN ABSOLUTE FOOL OUT OF THEMSELVES,
  • 05:46 THEY RUIN THE MOMENT,
  • 05:49 THEY RUIN OTHERS BY GOING AROUND TRYING TO IMPRESS.
  • 05:52 LET ME ENCOURAGE YOU INSTEAD
  • 05:55 TO PLACE A PERSONAL PREMIUM ON HOLINESS, RIGHTEOUSNESS.
  • 06:02 LET ME ENCOURAGE YOU TO ABSORB SOME SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES...
  • 06:05 PRAYER, FASTING, CHARITY GIVING.
  • 06:11 THERE ARE DIFFERENT WAYS THAT DIFFERENT PEOPLE CAN BENEFIT
  • 06:14 FOR SACRIFICING THEMSELVES LIKE THIS,
  • 06:16 NEVER MIND HOW OTHERS CAN DERIVE SOME BENEFIT FROM US.
  • 06:20 AND LET'S REMEMBER NEVER, NEVER, NEVER DO IT FOR SHOW.
  • 06:24 LET'S GIVE UP VARIOUS PLEASURES
  • 06:27 SO WE CAN PURSUE GOD'S TREASURES.
  • 06:45 "NO ONE WILL NOTICE",
  • 06:47 HE WHISPERS TO HIMSELF.
  • 06:49 "THIS TREASURE OF MINE WILL REMAIN A SECRET...FOREVER"
  • 06:53 BUT NOT SO, SAYS THE LORD.
  • 06:57 "LAY UP FOR YOURSELVES TREASURES IN HEAVEN"
  • 07:01 "WHERE NEITHER MOTH NOR RUST DESTROYS"
  • 07:05 "AND WHERE THIEVES DO NOT BREAK IN AND STEAL."
  • 07:09 "FOR WHERE YOUR TREASURE IS THERE YOUR HEART WILL BE ALSO."
  • 07:18 I KNOW SOME PEOPLE THAT'S ALL ABOUT "ME AND MY MONEY"
  • 07:23 AND THEY LOVE TO BEHOLD IT,
  • 07:25 THEY LOVE TO HOLD IT,
  • 07:27 TO SEIZE IT EVER SO CLOSE AND HOLD IT
  • 07:30 BECAUSE THEY HOLD IT SO DEARLY.
  • 07:32 AND THEY LOOK...
  • 07:33 MAKE SURE NO ONE SEES...
  • 07:35 AND THEY BURY IT,
  • 07:37 THEY HIDE IT.
  • 07:39 OH THEY JUST FEEL SO GOOD TO POSSESS IT.
  • 07:43 JESUS SAID WE'RE BETTER SERVED
  • 07:47 TO NOT WANT TO HOLD ON SO TIGHT TO THE MONEY
  • 07:52 BECAUSE IT DOES HAVE A WAY OF GETTING AWAY FROM US NOW DOESN'T IT?
  • 07:56 THE LORD'S SAYING,
  • 07:58 "DON'T LAY UP FOR YOURSELVES TREASURES ON EARTH WHERE THIEVES BREAK IN AND STEAL".
  • 08:07 IN ANOTHER VOCATION
  • 08:10 I SERVED AS A POLICE OFFICER IN A PATROL DIVISION
  • 08:14 AND HAD ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION AS A PEACE OFFICER
  • 08:17 TO DEAL WITH BURGLARS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT.
  • 08:20 AND I CAN ASSURE YOU
  • 08:23 THAT PEOPLE CAN BE VERY CREATIVE IN THE WAYS THEY GO AFTER YOUR ASSETS.
  • 08:28 WE'VE LEARNED THAT NOW HAVEN'T WE IN OUR CULTURE?
  • 08:32 TRAGICALLY, BY THE WAY, WE'VE SEEN MONEY JUST EVAPORATE...
  • 08:37 HORRIBLE...
  • 08:39 THROUGH STEALTH,
  • 08:41 THROUGH INTRIGUE,
  • 08:43 PEOPLE WORK THEIR WAY INTO OUR BANKS...
  • 08:45 MONEY JUST DISSIPATES,
  • 08:47 IT'S HORRIBLE.
  • 08:48 SOME HAVE GONE TO JAIL,
  • 08:50 SOME PEOPLE HAVE GOTTEN AWAY WITH IT,
  • 08:52 BILLIONS OF DOLLARS HAVE JUST GOTTEN AWAY FROM US.
  • 08:55 JESUS SAID THAT WE DO WELL TO INVEST MONEY,
  • 09:00 NOT JUST LOOK TO SIEZE IT.
  • 09:02 BECAUSE YOU CAN'T HOLD IT FOREVER ANYWAY.
  • 09:05 NEVER, NEVER, NEVER,
  • 09:06 NEVER IN MY LIFE
  • 09:07 DID I EVER SEE A HEARSE MAKING THAT FINAL DRIVE
  • 09:10 WITH A U-HAUL IN THE BACK OF IT...
  • 09:13 THE GUY'S JUST TAKING HIS TREASURES TO THE NEXT WORLD.
  • 09:16 NOW I KNOW OF SOME PHARAOHS THAT WENT THROUGH ALL KIND OF EFFORTS
  • 09:20 TO BUILD THESE MAGNIFICENT STRUCTURES UNDERNEATH
  • 09:25 WHICH THEY WENT TO THEIR GRAVE WITH THEIR TREASURES WITH THEM.
  • 09:29 AND YOU KNOW WHAT?
  • 09:30 PEOPLE EVEN GOT IN THERE.
  • 09:33 BETTER FRIENDS, TO BE RICH TOWARD GOD...
  • 09:36 NOT JUST TO INVEST IN HOLDING ON TO ALL OF IT
  • 09:39 BUT TO INVEST SOME OF THAT IN THE KINGDOM.
  • 09:42 JESUS TALKS ABOUT THIS DOES HE NOT?
  • 09:44 AND THEN HE GOES ON TO CONCLUDE THE POINT SAYING,
  • 09:46 "WHERE YOUR TREASURE IS THERE WILL YOUR HEART BE ALSO."
  • 09:52 AND I'D LIKE TO SPEAK TO THAT FOR A MOMENT.
  • 09:54 I THINK THAT BY UNDERSTANDING SOME OF THE ORIGINAL LANGUAGE
  • 09:57 AND ORIGINAL CULTURE,
  • 09:59 THAT EXPRESSION WHICH YOU'VE PROBABLY HEARD WILL MAKE JUST A LITTLE MORE SENSE.
  • 10:03 TALK ABOUT THE HEART...
  • 10:05 WHERE YOUR HEART IS.
  • 10:06 YOU KNOW TODAY IF YOU HAVE A HEART PROBLEM
  • 10:08 YOU'LL GO TO A "CARDIOLOGIST",
  • 10:10 SOMEONE WHO SPECIALIZES IN THE HEART...CARDIOLOGY.
  • 10:14 THE WORLD "CARDO" IS A HEART TERM
  • 10:17 AND IT SPEAKS OF MAIN STREET IN OLD CITIES.
  • 10:20 YOU KNOW THE CARDO WAS THE MAIN STREET THAT WENT THROUGH TOWN
  • 10:24 AND THAT'S WHERE EVERYONE HAD THEIR SHOPS.
  • 10:26 IT'S WHERE ALL THE BUSINESS WAS TRANSACTED,
  • 10:29 SO IN THE CARDO,
  • 10:30 THAT'S WHERE YOU FOUND THE MONEY,
  • 10:33 THE MONEY WAS IN THE CITY
  • 10:34 AND THE MONEY WAS AT THE CARDO
  • 10:36 AND PEOPLE WENT THERE.
  • 10:38 SO WHERE YOUR TREASURE IS
  • 10:40 THAT'S WHERE YOUR CARDO WAS.
  • 10:42 JESUS SAYS,
  • 10:43 "WHERE OUR TREASURE IS THAT'S WHERE OUR HEART IS".
  • 10:48 AND A WAY TO FIND OUT ABOUT WHAT SOMEONE'S HEART'S ALL ABOUT
  • 10:52 JUST LOOK AND SEE TO THE EXTENT YOU CAN
  • 10:56 WHAT THEY DO WITH THIS LITTLE THING CALLED MONEY.
  • 11:00 PRAY TELL, DO WE WANT TO HOARD IT AND HOLD IT EVER SO CLOSE
  • 11:05 OR DO WE WANT TO BE GRACIOUS,
  • 11:07 DO WE WANT TO BE KINDLY DISPOSED,
  • 11:09 TO LOVE OTHER PEOPLE,
  • 11:11 TO ADVANCE THE LORD'S WORK.
  • 11:13 LISTEN TO ME IN THIS,
  • 11:14 IF YOU'RE WILLING TO LET GO OF SOME MONEY
  • 11:16 TO ADVANCE THE LORD'S WORK
  • 11:18 YOUR GOING TO FIND THE LORD
  • 11:19 BRINGING SOME MORE MONEY BACK IN.
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  • 12:46 THE BIBLE SPEAKS ABOUT A PEACE THAT PASSES UNDERSTANDING.
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  • 13:08 I'VE SEEN HIM CAST THE NET AND CATCH FISH BEFORE.
  • 13:11 JESUS SAID HE'D MAKE US FISHERS OF MEN
  • 13:13 AND I'M WONDERING IF I'M CATCHING YOU
  • 13:16 OR AT LEAST CATCHING YOUR ATTENTION.
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  • 14:15 HOW HE CASTS THE NET
  • 14:17 AND HELPS PEOPLE COME TO KNOW HIM.
  • 14:36 FOR SOME IT'S BEEN A GOOD DAY AT SEA.
  • 14:40 NOT SO FOR OTHERS.
  • 14:42 "IT'S IN TIMES LIKE THESE", THE LORD SAYS,
  • 14:45 "THAT ONE'S LIGHT CAN PIERCE THE PREVAILING DARKNESS".
  • 14:49 THE IMAGE IS CLEAR.
  • 14:52 BARREN NETS...
  • 14:54 EMPTY BASKETS...
  • 14:57 DESPONDENT FRIENDLESS.
  • 15:02 "IF THEREFORE YOUR EYE IS GOOD YOUR WHOLE BODY WILL BE FULL OF LIGHT."
  • 15:20 IF YOU'RE LIKE ME YOU JUST DON'T REALLY LIKE STINGY PEOPLE.
  • 15:24 THEY FRUSTRATE ME PERSONALLY.
  • 15:27 GOD KNOWS I REALLY DON'T WANT TO BE THAT WAY.
  • 15:29 BETTER IT IS TO BE SHARING AND CARING.
  • 15:31 WE KNOW THAT TO BE THE CASE
  • 15:33 AND WE KNOW AS WELL THAT JUST NOT EVERYBODY'S LIKE THAT.
  • 15:37 THERE'S A HEBREW EXPRESSION CALLED "AYIN HARA",
  • 15:42 "AN EVIL EYE"
  • 15:44 WHICH INTERESTINGLY HARKS TO BEING STINGY,
  • 15:47 THEY LOOK AT OTHERS AND JUST DON'T CARE.
  • 15:49 CONVERSELY THERE'S THE EXPRESSION, "AYIN TOVA",
  • 15:52 WHICH MEANS " A GOOD EYE".
  • 15:54 YESHUA, JESUS, IS EMPLOYING THIS HEBREW EXPRESSION HERE IN THE MATTHEAN GOSPEL.
  • 16:00 IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 6
  • 16:04 HE SPEAKS OF SOMETHING THAT'S UNINTELLIGIBLE
  • 16:08 APART FROM UNDERSTANDING THE HEBREW BACKGROUND.
  • 16:10 HE SAYS, AND I QUOTE,
  • 16:12 "THE LAMP OF THE BODY IS THE EYE"
  • 16:14 IN VERSE 22 AND IN VERSE 23 HE SAYS,
  • 16:16 "AND IF THE EYE IS BAD THAN YOU KNOW THAT WHOLE BODY'S GOING TO BE FULL OF DARKNESS".
  • 16:21 THE POINT HERE,
  • 16:22 IF YOU HAVE AN EVIL EYE,
  • 16:24 AN AYIN HARA,
  • 16:25 AN EVIL EYE,
  • 16:26 THEN IF YOU'RE STINGY
  • 16:28 IT'S JUST GOING TO AFFECT YOU THROUGHOUT,
  • 16:30 NOT JUST IN THE WAY YOU DISPENSE YOUR MONIES.
  • 16:32 THIS IS A JEWISH EXPRESSION,
  • 16:35 A HEBREW EXPRESSION IS NOTED IN THE BOOK OF PROVERBS
  • 16:37 AND YESHUA IS HARKING BACK TO THIS.
  • 16:40 IN CHAPTER 22, VERSE 9 HE SAYS, AND I QUOTE,
  • 16:43 "HE WHO HAS A GENEROUS EYE WILL BE BLESSED FOR HE GIVES HIS BREAD TO THE POOR".
  • 16:49 IN OTHER WORDS YOU SEE SOMEONE IN NEED
  • 16:52 AND YOU WANT TO RESPOND TO IT.
  • 16:54 THE LORD SAYS, "IF WE'RE THAT WAY....
  • 16:56 YOU PERHAPS HEARD THE EXPRESSION
  • 16:59 "WE DO WELL TO SHARE OUR BREAD WITH THE HUNGRY".
  • 17:04 "WE DO WELL TO BE RESPONSIVE TO NEEDS ROUND ABOUT, TO PEOPLE ROUND ABOUT".
  • 17:08 NOT EVERYONE'S LIKE THAT.
  • 17:10 SOME PEOPLE ARE JUST SELFISH TO THE CORE
  • 17:12 AND THEY HURT OTHER PEOPLE BY THEIR INDIFFERENCE.
  • 17:16 IT SHOULD NOT BE SO AMONG US.
  • 17:20 WHEN YESHUA INSTRUCTS DISCIPLES FOR WHAT IT IS TO BE CHRISTIAN,
  • 17:25 HEAR ME...IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT CREEDS, IT'S ABOUT DEEDS.
  • 17:29 IT'S ABOUT DOING GOOD IN THE WORLD.
  • 17:31 IT'S ABOUT BEING KINDLY DISPOSED.
  • 17:34 IT'S ABOUT CARING AND SHARING.
  • 17:37 AND IF WE'RE GENEROUS, WE GIVE TO THE POOR, WE HELP OTHERS,
  • 17:41 WE TITHE, WE GIVE OFFERINGS.
  • 17:43 IF OUR EYE IS GOOD, OUR WHOLE BODY WILL BE FULL OF LIGHT
  • 17:48 BECAUSE WE'RE CARING AND SHARING
  • 17:50 AND THAT LOVINGNESS ABOUT US DRAWS OTHERS INTO THAT VORTEX,
  • 17:55 INTO THAT WAY OF BEING
  • 17:56 AND WE'RE JUST A DELIGHT TO BE AROUND
  • 17:58 BECAUSE WE'RE CARING, SHARING PEOPLE.
  • 18:00 CONVERSELY, IF WE'RE NOT, IF WE'RE JUST MR. AND MRS. SCROOGE,
  • 18:04 YOU KNOW, IT'S JUST ALL ABOUT COVETING MY MONEY,
  • 18:07 IT'S ALL ABOUT ME AND MY STUFF.
  • 18:09 IF I UNDERSTAND THE LORD CORRECTLY,
  • 18:10 THAT'S LIKE OUR EYE BEING DARK...
  • 18:13 WE'RE BLIND AND IT IMPOSES A KIND OF DARKNESS IN THE BODY.
  • 18:17 HAVE YOU EVER HEARD THE EXPRESSION, "LIGHTEN UP"
  • 18:20 OR "LET THE SUNSHINE IN"?
  • 18:23 FROM THE 70'S THERE'S AN OLD SONG "LET THE SUNSHINE IN".
  • 18:26 LISTEN, FROM YESHUA'S PERSPECTIVE,
  • 18:28 FROM JESUS' PERSPECTIVE,
  • 18:30 LET THE SON SHINE IN,
  • 18:32 HAVE AN EYE THAT'S FULL OF LIGHT.
  • 18:34 SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE WORLD AROUND YOU.
  • 18:37 BE OPEN, BE GRACIOUS, BE CARING AND SHARING
  • 18:40 AND YOU'RE GOING TO FIND AS YOU LOOK OUT FOR OTHERS,
  • 18:42 AS YOU'RE LOVING TOWARD OTHERS
  • 18:45 JESUS SAYS THAT YOU'LL GET IT BACK IN RETURN
  • 18:48 30 FOLD, 60 FOLD AND 100 FOLD
  • 18:52 AND YOU'RE GOING TO SEE BECAUSE YOU HAVE AN "AYIN TOVA",
  • 18:55 A GOOD EYE, YOUR BODY IS GOING TO BE FULL OF LIGHT AND BLESSING,
  • 18:58 YOUR GONNA BE A BLESSING
  • 19:00 AND YOU ARE GOING TO BE BLESSED YOURSELF.
  • 19:16 ♪PRAISE HIM WITH THE CYMBALS♪
  • 19:18 ♪PRAISE HIM WITH THE DANCE♪
  • 19:21 ♪PRAISE HIM WITH THE SHOFAR♪
  • 19:23 ♪PRAISE HIM WITH YOUR HANDS♪
  • 19:26 ♪PRAISE HIM WITH THE TIMBREL♪
  • 19:29 ♪PRAISE HIM WITH THE HARP♪
  • 19:31 ♪PRAISE HIM WITH THE DRUM AND THE FLUTE♪
  • 19:34 ♪PRAISE HIM WITH YOUR HEART♪
  • 19:37 ♪HALLELU ET ADONAI♪
  • 19:39 ♪HALLELU ET ADONAI♪
  • 19:41 ♪HALLELU ET ADONAI♪
  • 19:45 ♪COME AND PRAISE THE LORD♪
  • 19:47 ♪HALLELU ET ADONAI♪
  • 19:50 ♪HALLELU ET ADONAI♪
  • 19:52 ♪HALLELU ET ADONAI♪
  • 19:55 ♪COME AND PRAISE THE LORD♪
  • 19:58 ♪PRAISE HIM WITH THE CYMBALS♪
  • 20:01 ♪PRAISE HIM WITH THE DANCE♪
  • 20:03 ♪PRAISE HIM WITH THE SHOFAR♪
  • 20:06 ♪PRAISE HIM WITH YOUR HANDS♪
  • 20:09 ♪PRAISE HIM WITH THE TIMBREL♪
  • 20:11 ♪PRAISE IN WITH THE HARP♪
  • 20:14 ♪PRAISE HIM WITH THE DRUM AND THE FLUTE♪
  • 20:17 ♪PRAISE HIM WITH YOUR HEART♪
  • 20:19 ♪HALLELU ET ADONAI♪
  • 20:22 ♪HALLELU ET ADONAI♪
  • 20:24 ♪HALLELU ET ADONAI♪
  • 20:27 ♪COME AND PRAISE THE LORD♪
  • 20:30 ♪HALLELU ET ADONAI♪
  • 20:32 ♪HALLELU ET ADONAI♪
  • 20:35 ♪HALLELU ET ADONAI♪
  • 20:41 ♪COME AND PRAISE THE LORD♪
  • 20:42 ♪AND LET EVERYTHING THAT HAS BREATH♪
  • 20:45 ♪COME AND PRAISE THE LORD♪
  • 21:23 ♪PRAISE HIM WITH THE CYMBALS♪
  • 21:26 ♪PRAISE HIM WITH THE DANCE♪
  • 21:29 ♪PRAISE HIM WITH THE SHOFAR♪
  • 21:31 ♪PRAISE HIM WITH YOUR HANDS♪
  • 21:34 ♪PRAISE HIM WITH THE TIMBREL♪
  • 21:37 ♪PRAISE HIM WITH THE HARP♪
  • 21:39 ♪PRAISE HIM WITH THE DRUM AND THE FLUTE♪
  • 21:42 ♪PRAISE HIM WITH YOUR HEART♪
  • 21:44 ♪HALLELU ET ADONAI♪
  • 21:47 ♪HALLELU ET ADONAI♪
  • 21:49 ♪HALLELU ET ADONAI♪
  • 21:53 ♪COME AND PRAISE THE LORD♪
  • 21:55 ♪HALLELU ET ADONAI♪
  • 21:57 ♪HALLELU ET ADONAI♪
  • 22:00 ♪HALLELU ET ADONAI♪
  • 22:03 ♪COME AND PRAISE THE LORD♪
  • 22:06 ♪COME AND PRAISE THE LORD♪
  • 22:11 ♪COME♪ ♪AND PRAISE♪
  • 22:13 ♪THE LORD♪
  • 22:22 SCRIPTURE SAYS THAT THE LORD PUTS A NEW SONG IN OUR MOUTH.
  • 22:27 SOMETIMES WE GET SONGS OF OUR OWN,
  • 22:29 OTHER TIMES WE JUST WORSHIP THE LORD WITH OTHERS.
  • 22:32 I'M SO THRILLED THAT YOU'RE WORSHIPPING THE LORD WITH TED PEARCE AND WITH ME.
  • 22:37 WELL WE ARE GOING TO HEAR FROM THE LATE ZOLA LEVITT
  • 22:43 AND THERE'S SOME PROFUNDITY HERE AND WHY IS THAT?
  • 22:47 JESUS WAS A RABBI;
  • 22:48 HE WAS A TEACHER, TRUE.
  • 22:51 BUT HE WAS MORE THAN JUST A TEACHER;
  • 22:53 HE WAS A SACRIFICE FOR YOU.
  • 22:57 HE GAVE UP HIS LIFE THAT WE CAN HAVE LIFE
  • 23:02 AND HERE NOW THE LATE ZOLA LEVITT WEIGHS IN ON THAT AND MORE
  • 23:06 AS WE DIG DEEPER INTO THE NATURE OF WHO JESUS WAS,
  • 23:11 WHAT HE WAS ALL ABOUT
  • 23:13 AND THE IMPLICATIONS FOR PEOPLE LIKE ME AND YOU.
  • 23:20 WITHOUT MESSIAH, BELIEVE ME,
  • 23:22 WE WOULD HAVE TO BRING SACRIFICES TO JERUSALEM.
  • 23:25 WE WOULD HAVE TO KEEP A DAY OF ATONEMENT.
  • 23:27 WE WOULD HAVE TO GET TO JERUSALEM
  • 23:29 AND CONFESS OUR SINS FOR 24 HOURS,
  • 23:32 FASTING AND AFFLICTING OUR SOULS BEFORE GOD
  • 23:36 TO KEEP OUR REDEMPTION IN SHAPE.
  • 23:37 WELL, IT MIGHT NOT DO US ANY HARM BUT WE DON'T HAVE TO DO IT.
  • 23:41 IT'S THE KIND OF THING GRACE DELIVERS US FROM.
  • 23:44 GRACE ACCEPTS US AS WE ARE.
  • 23:45 BUT IN THE KINGDOM WE'LL OBEY THIS LAW AGAIN.
  • 23:49 THE GOOD NEWS, HOWEVER, IS WE SHALL BE CHANGED.
  • 23:53 OUR EYE WON'T OFFEND US,
  • 23:54 OUR HAND WON'T OFFEND US.
  • 23:55 YOU MIGHT SAY THERE'S GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS AND GOOD NEWS.
  • 23:58 THE GOOD NEWS IS GRACE ACCEPTS US AS WE ARE.
  • 24:01 THE BAD NEWS IS WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO OBEY THESE HARD LAWS IN THE KINGDOM.
  • 24:05 BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS WE SHALL BE CHANGED.
  • 24:07 IN THE NEW BODY IN THE RESURRECTION CONDITION THESE TEMPTATIONS DON'T OCCUR.
  • 24:11 AND SO WE CAN MANAGE WITH THIS LAW.
  • 24:13 BUT YOU KNOW UNDER THE OLD LAW THE RABBI STRUGGLED WITH GUILT.
  • 24:17 TO QUOTE THE RABBIS JUST BEFORE JESUS' TIME
  • 24:21 IN THE BABHA METZIA RABBI SHAMMAI SAID
  • 24:24 "THOUGHTS CONSTITUTE SIN".
  • 24:27 IN THE KODSHIM RABBI HILLEL ARGUED THAT
  • 24:29 "ONLY GUILTY DEEDS CONSTITUTE SIN".
  • 24:33 RABBI YESHUA, JESUS, FOLLOWED THE SHAMMAI SCHOOL SAYING
  • 24:36 "IT'S THE THOUGHTS THAT ARE SINFUL."
  • 24:39 AND BELIEVE ME WITHOUT HIS SACRIFICE
  • 24:41 EVERY ONE OF US IS GUILTY OF GREAT SINS.
  • 24:51 HE WAS RIGHT.
  • 24:52 HE WAS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT,
  • 24:55 ZOLA THAT IS,
  • 24:56 WHEN HE SAID THAT WITHOUT JESUS' SACRIFICE
  • 24:58 WE WOULD ALL BE GUILTY OF GRAVE SINS.
  • 25:02 AND THE REASON FOR THAT IS WE WOULDN'T HAVE A WAY TO GET THE SPOT OUT OF THE GARMENT.
  • 25:09 FRIENDS THERE'S SOME FULLERS BLEACH THAT CAN WASH US,
  • 25:14 WASH THOSE SIN SOAKED GARMENTS AS WHITE AS SNOW.
  • 25:20 I KNOW IT SOUNDS LIKE OLD CHURCH TALK BUT YOU KNOW WHAT?
  • 25:23 IT IS OLD CHURCH TALK.
  • 25:24 AND YOU KNOW WHAT?
  • 25:25 IT'S TRUE.
  • 25:28 THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS,
  • 25:29 AND I THINK IF YOU WERE GUT LEVEL HONEST WITH YOURSELF YOU'D KNOW IT,
  • 25:33 WHAT I'M SAYING IS ABSOLUTELY TRUE,
  • 25:35 IS THAT ALL HAVE SINNED AND FALLEN SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD.
  • 25:42 SIN DIDN'T JUST ENTER THE WORLD IN GENERAL IN GENESIS,
  • 25:45 IT ENTERED INTO MY WORLD AND YOUR WORLD AT A CERTAIN POINT IN TIME AND BROUGHT PEOPLE DOWN.
  • 25:53 PEOPLE DON'T JUST HAVE GUILT BECAUSE OF SIN, THEY HAVE SHAME.
  • 25:57 GUILT SAYS THAT I DID SOMETHING WRONG.
  • 26:00 SHAME SAYS THAT I AM SOMETHING WRONG AND THAT'S THE BAD NEWS.
  • 26:05 THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT WE CAN FIX THE PROBLEM
  • 26:10 BECAUSE JESUS CAME TO FIX THE PROBLEM.
  • 26:15 SAR SHALOM, PRINCE OF PEACE
  • 26:17 IS ALL ABOUT US MAKING PEACE WITH GOD,
  • 26:20 US MAKING PEACE WITH ONE ANOTHER,
  • 26:23 AND US MAKING PEACE WITH OURSELVES
  • 26:27 BY SLAYING THE DRAGONS OF GUILT
  • 26:32 AND SILENCING THE GHOSTS OF SHAME THAT HAUNT US.
  • 26:38 JESUS CAME TO DO ALL THAT AND MORE.
  • 26:40 I HOPE YOU'RE LEARNING ABOUT JESUS IN THIS SERIES.
  • 26:44 WE'LL BE COMING TO YOU NEXT WEEK.
  • 26:46 AND AS YOU GO NOW, PLEASE,
  • 26:47 SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM
  • 26:50 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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