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October 8, 2020
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Bible teaching with an emphasis on Israel; prophecy and the Jewish roots of Christianity.

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  • male announcer: Welcome to "OurJewish Roots" with insightful
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  • Bible teaching byDr. Jeffrey Seif.
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  • In this program, a show ofloyalty by a young Moabite widow
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  • leads her into thelineage of the Messiah.
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  • Our focus is on Ruth todayon "Divine Deliverance."
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  • male announcer: From thebeginning, our Creator revealed
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  • his will to the common man.
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  • Individuals listened to hiscall and responded in obedience.
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  • From the first Hebrew Avraham tothe culmination of salvation in
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  • Messiah himself, the Lordfaithfully intervenes with his
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  • divine deliverance.
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  • David: We're so gladyou've joined us today.
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  • I am David Hart.
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  • Kirsten Hart: I'm Kirsten Hart.
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  • Jeffrey Seif: Jeffrey Seif here.
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  • And, guys, I love it.
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  • It's fascinating.
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  • It's a joy to tellstories about great women.
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  • Case in point, Ruth.
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  • Kirsten: Right,in Hebrew, "root."
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  • Jeffrey: Yes.
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  • Kirsten: Root, she's--oh,ooh, that's kind of good.
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  • I just got that.
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  • Right, there's nota "T-H" in Hebrew.
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  • I've learned that fromyou and from your wisdom.
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  • But even as roots godown, they're strong.
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  • They hold firm.
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  • Jeffrey: Yeah, well, we'regonna play with the pun.
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  • We're gonna root forRuth, yes, today.
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  • Kirsten: That's good.
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  • Now, let's go to our drama aswe see Naomi return to Bethlehem
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  • with her daughter-in-law, Ruth.
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  • announcer: Grief-stricken bythe death of her husband and two
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  • sons, Naomi's return toBethlehem has not been a
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  • pleasant one.
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  • Her daughters-in-law haveaccompanied her and offered
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  • their support.
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  • But it all seems so hopeless.
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  • [speaking in a foreign language]
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  • [speaking in a foreign language]
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  • Jeffrey: What's particularlyimportant to me is the
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  • dramatic tension betweenthose women, but before getting
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  • to it, I wanna speak to thebackdrop of it, something I
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  • think we can all relate to, andthat is sometimes when family
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  • economies go bad, it sets inmotion all kinds of tension,
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  • problems, and movements.
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  • The family was in Moab, modernJordan, and things just
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  • dried up.
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  • Things weren't good.
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  • There was death,there was tragedy.
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  • They came to Moab originallybecause there was a famine in
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  • Beit Lechem.
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  • That's why Naomi and the familywent, but things have improved.
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  • The backdrop to our story nowis a woman, a Hebrew woman, an
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  • Israelite, who's returning tothe homeland and, interestingly,
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  • an Arab woman comes with her.
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  • It's a beautiful story offamily loyalty and I like it too
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  • because we're looking at awoman, Ruth, whose beauty, whose
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  • loyalty to hermother-in-law--you know,
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  • mother-in-laws are subjectedto a lot of jokes and the God's
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  • honest truth, I'vetold one or two.
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  • But here, there's a womanwho is so connected to her
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  • mother-in-law, Naomi is goingback to Beit Lechem to face an
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  • uncertain future.
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  • She doesn't really know whatthe outcome's going to be.
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  • And neither does Ruth,but just Ruth is so loyal.
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  • And that sterling virtue thatshe possesses, Ruth possesses,
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  • has left such a mark on thelanguage that to be without
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  • virtue is said to be,quote, "ruthless."
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  • I like the story in thetext in chapter 1, verse 16.
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  • In Hebrew: "[speakingin a foreign language].
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  • Where you go, I will go."
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  • And she stuck withMom and you know what?
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  • She experienced a future thatwas beyond her wildest dreams.
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  • A lot of people are driven bycircumstance and, to be sure,
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  • circumstance is driving this,deprivation is driving this.
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  • Lack of income, lack of work,drove the family, Naomi and her
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  • husband and sons, to Moab,away from the Promised Land.
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  • And then abysmal circumstancesin Moab, modern Jordan, drove
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  • 'em back.
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  • And it's interesting, thedriver--the drivers behind the
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  • story are difficulties in humanaffairs that we all face but
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  • what fascinates me is howredemption and deliverance
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  • emerges from this.
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  • When we think of deliverance,we think of kings, generals,
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  • and saviors.
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  • I get that.
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  • But here, there's a story ofdeliverance coming not through
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  • power, not through pomp,but through peasantry.
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  • You saw the tatteredrobes of these women.
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  • They're not wearingfancy regalia.
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  • They're just wearing the innerbeauty of a beautiful inner
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  • disposition and out of that,God is going to bring forth the
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  • woman who is gonna give birthto the Savior of Israel.
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  • Not just in a spiritual senseas in Jesus, because Ruth is
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  • mentioned in his genealogy butsimilarly to the line of David.
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  • It's a great story and it's astory that we're gonna attend.
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  • announcer: So Boaztook Ruth as his wife.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • announcer: And the Lordblessed them with a son.
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  • Jeffrey: Truth be known, Ialmost hate to interrupt the
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  • drama or to come out of itbecause the teaching is so much
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  • in the picture, as it's such abeautiful story of finding love
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  • at the ragged edge of life.
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  • Boaz is gonna be dead in shortorder and Ruth is going to go on
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  • and bring forth a line that'sgonna facilitate in a material
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  • and spiritual sense thesalvation--the deliverance
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  • of Israel.
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  • It's a beautiful story andjust finding love itself is a
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  • beautiful story.
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  • Just finding blessing, you know,Ruth--it's this rags to
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  • riches story.
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  • It's this from being unemployedto getting a great job.
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  • Anyone that's experiencedthe contrast can relate.
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  • And if what you're experiencingright now is deprivation, not
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  • resolution, well, it holds outhope in the biblical text that
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  • life can turnaround and it does.
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  • Oftentimes, we go down the aislewhen we're married and we say,
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  • "I do," but the first "I do"or the first "I will" wasn't a
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  • transaction betweenRuth and Boaz.
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  • It was between someone else.
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  • In chapter 3, verse 5, I'll giveit to you first in the Hebrew:
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  • [speaking in aforeign language]
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  • It translates: "Ruth said toher, 'I will do everything
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  • you say.'"
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  • The advice was given throughNaomi, the mother-in-law.
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  • "Listen, honey, I wannagive you some advice."
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  • And there's a younger womanwhose minded to abide it.
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  • Now, that in and of itself, bythe way, is a message for today
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  • where the young tend to pressagainst the previous generation.
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  • It's all about autonomyand younger people are
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  • less inclined.
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  • I know for me, with my boys, theway to not see a relationship
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  • get started is forme to advise it.
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  • That--how could I possiblybe right in these affairs?
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  • But here there's a story of awoman who says, "Honey, listen
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  • to me."
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  • And a littlematchmaker going on.
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  • But good things came from that.
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  • I believe that God has greatplans for our lives and there
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  • could be some that arelistening that are
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  • experiencing deprivation.
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  • This story began by deprivationin Bethlehem so they went to
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  • Moab, modern Jordan.
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  • Deprivation and tragedy inJordan, so they go back with
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  • little more than the raggedclothes on their back.
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  • They go back to Bethlehem toface an uncertain future and
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  • here's this woman, Ruth.
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  • Folk could have said, "Oh,here's this Arab woman.
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  • What's she doinghere," whatever.
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  • But it's not a racist cultureand, by the way, Jews are not
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  • racist people as a ruleof thumb, contrary to
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  • popular misconception.
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  • But it's a story where you couldsay these women have it all
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  • stacked against 'em.
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  • They're acted upon forces beyondtheir control that tend to be
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  • more negative than positivebut you know what?
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  • God can pull the rabbit out ofthe hat, make the miracle
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  • to happen.
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  • He did and he does.
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  • Great things to come in Ruth'slife through this wonderful son
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  • that was born through thismiracle-made union, a match made
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  • in heaven.
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  • Now let's go to the celebrationof the birth of a son.
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  • announcer: Naomi's lifehas completely changed.
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  • Once overcome by despair atthe loss of her husband and two
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  • sons, she's found new hopein the birth of Ruth's son.
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  • And the women of Bethlehemare equally delighted.
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  • [speaking in a foreign language]
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  • announcer: There's reason forcelebration here at the
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  • city's gate.
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  • A once tragic story hasmiraculously turned for
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  • the good.
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  • Heartbroken at the loss of herfamily while in Moab, Naomi has
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  • returned with herdaughter-in-law Ruth and become
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  • a vital chapter in alove story for the ages.
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  • Ruth, ever faithful to Naomi andthe God of Israel, has gained a
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  • loving redeemer in Boaz.
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  • And now, on a little road inBethlehem of Judah, they rejoice
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  • over the son of Ruth and Boaz.
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  • And they name the child,Obed, meaning servant of God.
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  • Obed would become the father ofJesse and Jesse would become the
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  • father of David,king of all Israel.
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  • Rejoice they should, and it'sjust begun here in this little
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  • town of Bethlehem.
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  • Jeffrey: Movingdrama, is it not?
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  • Great story, to be sure.
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  • And the Bible is full of that.
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  • People that are just pushed tothe ragged edge but God bringing
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  • beauty out of ashes.
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  • It so fascinates me howdeliverance comes through very
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  • difficult circumstances, andit happens on more than one
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  • occasion, and it's facilitatedthrough women in the
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  • Bible, interestingly.
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  • Women that are tortured bylack of success, mothering
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  • problems--birthing problems,I should say, and so forth.
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  • But God has a way.
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  • Here we're told as we noted whenwe saw it visually depicted in
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  • chapter 4, verse 16, that Naomithe mother-in-law took the child
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  • and held the child and then allthe neighbors were coming and
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  • doting on the child.
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  • Little did they know howspecial the child would be.
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  • There's a tradition in theJewish world, by the way, when
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  • boys are born to say, "Andthis one might be the Messiah."
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  • Well, truth be known, this onewas giving birth to the
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  • lineage here.
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  • This woman, Ruth, was holdingObed, whose name is servant.
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  • We're told inverse 18 it begins:
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  • [speaking in aforeign language]
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  • "These are the generations."
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  • And, by the way, the same kindof context and the same kind of
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  • words are the opening words ofthe ultimate deliverance story
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  • in the Bible in Matthewchapter 1, verse 1:
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  • [speaking in aforeign language]
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  • The book of the genealogies," orthe book of the generations, "of
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  • Jesus the Messiah, Ben David,the son of David, or Ben
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  • Avraham, the son of Abraham."
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  • Inasmuch as the Ruth textspeaks of the beginning of
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  • generativity, here you cansee where this all points to.
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  • It's interesting, by the way, inthe genealogies of Yeshua in the
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  • Newer Testament, there area number of women who are
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  • participants in the drama.
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  • They're named andTamara's named.
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  • She was a woman,blacklisted in effect.
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  • Judah, her father-in-lawdisrespected her and he had
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  • wicked sons who diedand he blamed the woman.
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  • And she, however, is goingto, through interesting
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  • circumstances, givebirth to a son.
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  • She's in the line.
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  • Ruth is noted in the line aswell and she is a Jordanian.
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  • She had a Jordanian passport,an Arab woman if you will, a
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  • beautiful woman.
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  • And Bathsheba is noted, who wasmarried to a man from Turkey.
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  • I say that because Uriah theHittite, if you look where the
  • 00:17:38.674 --> 00:17:42.678
  • Hittites frequented, were on theAnatolian peninsula, Asia Minor,
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  • modern Turkey.
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  • There's lots of interestingpeople in the drama.
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  • I don't think God's a racist andI don't think you find that in
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  • the Hebrew Bible.
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  • You find in the lineage ofYeshua a lot of people from the
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  • region that have come togetherto give birth to the King of
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  • the Jews.
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  • In fact, it's interesting for mymoney, even when you look at the
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  • Matthean text, the Gospelof Matthew, the first to
  • 00:18:03.599 --> 00:18:06.335
  • acknowledge Yeshua are notwomen and men of Jewish extract.
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  • It never says there werethree wise men that came.
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  • That's just a tradition.
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  • But the fact that they came withgold, frankincense, and myrrh,
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  • attests to them being whatwe'd call Arabic traders.
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  • These are commodities that weremoved around on dromedaries, on
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  • camels, by Arab peoples.
  • 00:18:23.685 --> 00:18:25.921
  • It was a major trade inthat part of the world.
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  • It's a beautiful story aboutestranged Arab cousins coming to
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  • worship he who isKing of the Jews.
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  • Deliverance is fascinating.
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  • Lots of surprises, yes?
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  • It's a rhetorical question.
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  • When I say "Yes," I'm kind ofasking but I think I know the
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  • answer to it.
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  • And I hope that youknow the answer too.
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  • We're looking at the drama ofthe ages as found in the pages
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  • and we're tracing the story ofdeliverance, how it came through
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  • this book and Ihope it came to you.
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  • David: As we've been preparingfor this program today, I've
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  • watched Kirsten reallyintrigued with the story.
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  • And I'm thinking one of thereasons may be 'cause I'm older
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  • than you?
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  • Kirsten: Ha, ha, ha, ha,you're not that much older.
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  • David: No.
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  • Kirsten: Dave'seight years older.
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  • We'll put that out there.
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  • But it is interesting.
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  • There are so manyparts to this story.
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  • Now, I kind of say,sometimes you chew on things.
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  • There's a lot.
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  • Ruth was a foreigner,she wasn't Jewish.
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  • Ruth was a woman, strike two.
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  • I mean, not strike, but youunderstand what I'm saying.
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  • And she was a widow.
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  • I mean, she's--Boaz washer second marriage.
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  • There's so much--so manydifferent parts of her life and
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  • yet, Yeshua choseto come from her.
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  • I think that's very interesting.
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  • Jeffrey: She doesn't looklike, you know, her high school
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  • yearbook wouldn't have"Most likely to succeed."
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  • If I understand your point, youwouldn't expect to get so much
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  • out of her in a sense.
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  • In the biblical economy, it'sfascinating, and the author of
  • 00:19:58.547 --> 00:20:02.985
  • Matthew alights uponRuth as in the lineage.
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  • I think it's very important.
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  • It's a great point.
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  • Kirsten: And she followed hermother-in-law to a land she
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  • didn't know, to people thatdoes different customs.
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  • Jeffrey: Now, listen, followingyour mother-in-law, that's
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  • worthy of meritin and of itself.
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  • Kirsten: A handclap forRuth, just for that.
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  • Jeffrey: Mom, I hopeyou're not watching.
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  • Why do mother-in-laws getsuch a bum rap anyway?
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  • Kirsten: I have to be careful'cause mine watches this.
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  • No, I'm just playing.
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  • I don't know.
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  • Because it's not--oh, it is yourfamily but it's not really
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  • your family.
  • 00:20:35.317 --> 00:20:36.818
  • I mean, Ruth left the peoplethat she knew, the traditions,
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  • the food, everything of hercountry, to go to a foreign
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  • place and then she met--shewas out of sorts, right?
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  • Jeffrey: It's interesting.
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  • No one would have thought theless of her if she would have
  • 00:20:48.930 --> 00:20:50.832
  • just stayed and wavedgoodbye to her mother-in-law.
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  • Kirsten: Right, they would--thatwould have been what you would
  • 00:20:53.835 --> 00:20:56.872
  • think she would do.
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  • Jeffrey: But sometimesthere's this radical edge.
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  • What do you think, Dave?
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  • People with faith, they just dothings that kind of defy sense
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  • and sensibility andlook what happens.
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  • David: I'm thinking about yourbeautiful wonderful wife, right
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  • now.
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  • I think she relates a little bitto the story with both of
  • 00:21:14.690 --> 00:21:16.925
  • you, yes?
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  • Jeffrey: Well,God bless--she was--
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  • Kirsten: Wasn't Boaz 80,are you close?
  • 00:21:20.128 --> 00:21:21.697
  • I'm just playing,ha, ha, ha, sorry.
  • 00:21:21.730 --> 00:21:23.165
  • Jeffrey: Well, Barri's twoyears older than me, you know?
  • 00:21:23.198 --> 00:21:25.734
  • But when we married, JackHayford, very wonderful
  • 00:21:25.767 --> 00:21:30.505
  • minister, with some others,came and did the wedding.
  • 00:21:30.539 --> 00:21:32.407
  • He said, "You reallyshould tell the story."
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  • Barri was 62 when wemarried and I was 60.
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  • She'd never been married before.
  • 00:21:38.847 --> 00:21:41.016
  • And to me, it's like, goodnessgracious, guys are so stupid.
  • 00:21:41.049 --> 00:21:45.987
  • I mean, how could thisjewel just be there.
  • 00:21:46.021 --> 00:21:50.592
  • She must have been just sointimidating that guys were
  • 00:21:50.625 --> 00:21:52.828
  • just afraid.
  • 00:21:52.861 --> 00:21:54.363
  • With me, I was just pushy.
  • 00:21:54.396 --> 00:21:55.897
  • I'm 60, I go after what I want.
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  • Kirsten: You're gettinggood points right now.
  • 00:21:57.532 --> 00:21:59.334
  • Jeffrey: No, I tell herall the time and it's true.
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  • But the point is that, you know,God is great and, you know,
  • 00:22:01.236 --> 00:22:05.674
  • Barri had to take a little riskto go on a journey with a guy
  • 00:22:05.707 --> 00:22:08.610
  • like me later in life and,certainly, Ruth had to take a
  • 00:22:08.643 --> 00:22:13.782
  • risk too to kind of forsakeeverything that was familiar to
  • 00:22:13.815 --> 00:22:17.819
  • go into an unknown world whereshe might not have been treated
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  • kindly because people aren'tkindly disposed always
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  • toward foreigners.
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  • Kirsten: And she wasextremely humble.
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  • I mean, she was gathering wheatfrom Boaz's field and he noticed
  • 00:22:29.197 --> 00:22:33.835
  • her humility.
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  • Probably like you noticedyour gorgeous wife's humility.
  • 00:22:35.203 --> 00:22:38.707
  • There was something in herspirit that was noticed, that
  • 00:22:38.740 --> 00:22:41.143
  • was different.
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  • Jeffrey: Yes, and that, youknow, I say of Barri she's
  • 00:22:42.511 --> 00:22:44.980
  • beautiful inside and out.
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  • And there's just nothinglike that testimony.
  • 00:22:47.182 --> 00:22:48.984
  • Ruth does show that somethingspecial that would that our
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  • daughters all possess that, andour sons found women like that.
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  • Kirsten: So many women arewaiting for their Boaz.
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  • Don't give up.
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  • Keep winning.
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  • Be humble in spirit, pray to theLord, and the Lord, I believe,
  • 00:23:03.131 --> 00:23:06.168
  • will bring thatman into your life.
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  • We will be right back.
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  • Jeffrey: Yes, now, alittle--
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  • Kirsten: I know. It's wonderfuland you're the Hebrew teacher.
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  • Jeffrey: Speaking of going toIsrael, to David's point, some
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  • Kirsten: We do.
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  • Jeffrey: And one of the mostfamous tourists was Ruth.
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  • Look what happened toher on a Holy Land trip.
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  • Kirsten: She madeit into the book.
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  • Jeffrey: She madeit into the Bible.
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  • And we love to end our programevery week with some Hebrew.
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  • Jeffrey: Yeah, we havea song coming up too.
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  • David: We do.
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  • It's really, actually, one of myfavorites that I sing: "Israel
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  • My Love."
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  • We go there now but first--Kirsten: Here's your Hebrew.
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  • Jeffrey: To the Hebrew.
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  • You heard what the ladysaid, do the Hebrew.
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  • Shaalu shalom Yerushalayim.
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  • Kirsten: Which means, "Prayfor the peace of Jerusalem."
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  • ♪ Israel, my promised ♪
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  • ♪ Chosen of God ♪
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  • ♪ Chosen for me ♪
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  • ♪ Homeland forever ♪
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  • ♪ Land of Messiah ♪
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