Warrior King (2019) #1: The Call


David Hart: How was David able
to capture the heart of Israel? Find out what Dr. Seif has
to say about it right now on “Zola Levitt Presents.” ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ David: Shalom, friends, and
thank you for joining us today on “Zola Levitt Presents.” I’m David Hart. Kirsten Hart: I’m Kirsten Hart.
Jeffrey Seif: Jeffrey Seif. Kirsten: We are here with
the series “Warrior King.” It’s all about King David. Jeffrey: Yes, and it’s all about
being a warrior, not a worrier. I’m telling you, he was a stand
up guy in troubled times, and God used him
to turn it around. Kirsten: You first taught this
in 2009, correct? Jeffrey: Yes, it goes a ways
back, but the story of David is 3,000 years old. We can borrow material from it
and it’s–you know, the Bible is so applicable
to today, yes? David: I can say I really love
this story of King David and what he went through
in his life. It’s exciting to
hear his life story. Jeffrey: Yes, it really is.
And you’re a David too. You’re a man after God’s
own heart, David Hart. David: I try to be. Kirsten: H-A-R-T, that’s good. We will have so much more in
today’s program, but now let’s go to Israel for our
dramatic reenactment and also teaching with
Dr. Jeffrey Seif. female: We will never
forget that day. Our hearts leaped for joy
at the sight of him. David, the giant killer,
had returned. The Philistines thought that
Goliath could never be defeated, but David had proven them wrong. What faith, how bold. He went to battle with
a few small stones and returned with the
sword of a giant. King Saul has done
well in selecting him. Our enemies have been slain
by the tens of thousands. Because of David, we now
have peace within our walls. ♪♪♪ Jeffrey: There was electricity
in the air, if you will. People were bristling
with excitement. And why is that? Because there was a sense
in Israel that there was a new day dawning. And why is that? Because a new personality
was emerging. David was beginning to make
his mark on Israelite history, and people had a sense that
they’d be the better for it. It had been hundreds
of years since Israel had someone like him. [speaking in Hebrew] Moses was a religious sort,
but he was a spirited soldier. Joshua fired up the national
spirit with enthusiasm as he, with his intrepid, bold spirit,
followed in Moses’s footsteps. But after that, the whole
thing fell apart for hundreds of years. There wasn’t a national hero,
and people just went to their own homes, they went their
own way, and Israelite life slipped into decay, despair,
and disorientation. Saul held the banner for a
season, and it was his job to take the sword out of the
sheath and fight Israel’s battles. But Saul
was independent minded, and he lost the job. God said, “Enough already.” He proved himself
unmanageable, unteachable, couldn’t work with him, more
concerned with what people thought than what God thought. And so, attention shifted to
the house of Jesse, where the Lord alighted upon
a fellow named David. The word “David” comes from
the word meaning beloved. And beloved David worked his
way into the hearts of Israel, and Israel was the
better for it. But there was one heart
that was not the least bit kindly disposed
towards his arrival. We read here, and by here I mean
in 1 Samuel chapter 18, that following a skirmish
with the Philistine, with the Philistines, we’re told in verse
7 that the women came out with tambourine in
hand, celebrating. And they sang, and I quote– [speaking in Hebrew] “And Saul has slain
his thousands.” You go, Saul. And then– [speaking in Hebrew] “And David his
tens of thousands.” And listen to me,
Saul was fit to be tied. I don’t know if women understand
how much of an effect that they have on the males of the
species in so many ways. Saul was so sensitive to
how the women perceived him. And being wrapped up in
himself as he was, he knew that he was on the
outs with God. and when he saw David’s rise,
he became David’s enemy henceforth and forevermore,
all the way to the grave. Difficulties notwithstanding,
against the backdrop of a monarch who was forever trying
to kill him, David still rose, and grew higher and
higher and higher. And my word to you is you may
well have a Saul in your life, or a set of circumstances
that’s holding you back that’s indeed adversarial. Every time you turn around,
someone for reasons of their own is looking to knock the
legs out from underneath you. Difficulties notwithstanding,
when we look at the warrior king, we’re going to see
a story of a man who was not to be stopped. We’re going to see a story of a
man who overcame adversity, who overcame the
Sauls in his life. And he had more
than one problem. Saul was a perennial one,
but when Saul dissipated, there were others. But difficulties
notwithstanding, at the end of David’s administration,
Israel, which was 6,000 miles,
was then 60,000 miles. David left his mark through
song, and many of them were sung in his wake, where David under
his administration taught people that with God, we can
overcome life’s obstacles and get the better of life’s
vexing dilemmas. male: At first, our leaders
were fearful about the prophet’s visit
to Bethlehem. But father assured us that
this man of God, Samuel, was here on a holy mission. God had told him that one
of us would be selected as Israel’s next king. Father was sure that it would
be my brother Eliab, but the prophet asked to see my next
brother, and then the next. He looked at all my brothers,
and in each case said, “The Lord has not
chosen this man.” Finally, the prophet said
to father, “Do you have any more sons?” Father told him he had one more. David was young and handsome
and, according to Samuel, was the one God had
chosen to be anointed. Things changed forever that day,
for my brother David and for all of Israel. Jeffrey: I believe the
New Testament is a very, very,
very Jewish story. Well, I’m kind of different.
Not everybody sees it that way. The Gospel of Matthew actually
was written in Hebrew first. We only have Greek text now. It starts off to say– [speaking in Hebrew] “The book of the genealogy of
Jesus Christ, the Son of David,” ben David, “and the
son of Abraham.” Think it’s a great story. Jesus Christ, you know, when
I grew up, I thought his father and mother were
Mr. and Mrs. Christ. Then I was reminded that
actually Christ itself is a Greek telling of the
Hebrew Mashiach, Messiah. And the word “Messiah” itself
comes from a word in Hebrew, anointed one. And why is that? Because in the Torah, there were
individuals that, when they came to office, they were anointed:
prophets, priests, and kings. And they were anointed with oil. And here we are in an oil
making factory just like it was in Bible days. And here the olives are put
in, and they’re ground down. There’s a number of grinding
down processes to get the fruit of the olive, to put
the olives under pressure. And you know, on one level,
it kind of works to my way of thinking that leaders get under
the olive oil, you know, that which is produced from all this
pressure ’cause the truth of the matter is when individuals step
up to lead, they step up into a world where there’s
lots of pressures. Our story takes place today
against the backdrop of David being visited by Shmuel,
Samuel the prophet came to Bet Lehem,
Bethlehem. And he came to the house
of Jesse, and he said, “Let me see your boys. Something tells me I’m in for
something good,” says Jesse. Those boys are marched
one after the other. “I’m planning on anointing one,”
says the prophet, but nothing. Finally, after coming up empty,
the prophet looks at dad and says, “You know, don’t
you have anybody else?” “Well, come to think of it,
we do. We have David,
that kid out there.” To me, it’s striking that his
own father didn’t think highly of him, that David was a loser
in his father’s eyes, so much so that when the prophet came
to the house and said, “Let me see your boys,” David wasn’t
even included in the list. And the fact that David is
disrespected not just by the father, but by his brothers
later on when David comes to the army bringing food staples,
talking about taking on Goliath, his brothers, “Oh
shut up, David. Who do you think you are? Go tend to your lousy
little sheep.” The kind of disrespect
that David had is striking. God takes this guy out of
nowhere, who’s a nobody, and brings him somewhere and
turns him into a somebody. And let me tell you, that’s
all about the call of God. The rabbis explain why
it is that David was so marginalized in his
family system. There are various arguments
put forth, one of which is that David himself was born out of an
adulterous relationship, which would explain why his brothers,
who construed their coming into the family more legitimately,
would look at him disparagingly. You might recall the psalm
where David says, “In sin did my mother
conceive me.” And again, some rabbis
attribute it to just that. Others argue that much as
David’s grandmother was a Moabitess, so was his mother
of non-Jewish extract herself. This could explain
why some of the other brothers
marginalized David. The reason why some put that
forth is because when David was on the run from Saul, he
goes and leaves his mom with the Moabites, and that gives
credence to that notion. In any case, we’re here in
the text where the prophet comes to the house. [speaking in Hebrew] “And the Lord said,
‘Cumi, arise.'” [speaking in Hebrew] “And anoint him,
for this is he.” David, that nobody guy,
gets the oil. We’re told– [speaking in Hebrew] “Then Samuel took
the horn of oil.” [speaking in Hebrew] “And he anointed him in
the midst of his brethren.” And then– [speaking in Hebrew] “And the Spirit of the
Lord fell mightily upon David.” God calls all kinds of people. We have people that are
appointed as leaders, and here we have people
that are anointed. I say three cheers
for the call of God. It’s available not just for
David and for me, but for you. male announcer: Our resource
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to more of our drama and teaching from Dr. Seif. announcer: David only
needed one smooth stone, but he selected five. Waiting for him was the biggest
man anyone had ever seen. Over 9′ tall, his armor
alone weighed as much as a man. His iron spear was
greater than 15 pounds. Goliath had taunted us
unmercifully for 40 days. Then one day, the shepherd
boy, David, the son of Jesse, confronted the Philistine
beast with his sling and that one single stone. It was a day that all Israel
shall never forget, how proud we were. We were serving in the
army of the living God. Jeffrey: The word “seif” comes
from the German meaning soap. Doesn’t bring out of machismo
spirit in me, to be sure, but my parents are of
German-Jewish extract. The word “seif” has another
name in Arabic, it means sword. I prefer that, but
I can’t claim that. However, when I think of the
faith that I have through the Messiah, through the Scripture,
I can claim that sword kind of valiant spirit, and
the reason is is because I want to walk in the
footsteps of David. We are considering a man
who, against all odds, jumped into the fray and accomplished
great things in life. I believe, by the way, that
he needn’t be an anomaly. I think all of us
can do much the same. David didn’t have much
to begin with. He didn’t have a sword in hand. In fact, David was
known for a stone. David didn’t kill Goliath
with a stone as is oftenly–often supposed. He didn’t, he stunned him
with it. In fact, I think Goliath
was caught off guard in so many ways that
day, wasn’t he? He stunned him with it,
knocked him out. It may well be that as Goliath
was coming to, he just lived to see the inglorious moment when
he was slain by his own sword. David then took the sword as
well as the head as trophies, as bootys, as a plunder of war. There’s a great story there, not
that I glory in any death, but I am reminded of a basic biblical
principle, this is Bible 101. And that is that faith can,
does, and will move mountains. It’s all about us at one level. By that, I mean do we want to
exercise faith and get on with the pursuit of the future? The word “confidence” comes
from the Latin word “confides,” a conflation of words
meaning with faith. We’re looking at a story here
what David learned that day on the field of battle. And let me tell you that
so many things in life are really learned on
the field of battle. You know, if we want to have
a testimony with the Lord, that’s great, it’s good to
have a testimony. But if we’re going to have
a testimony, we got to have a, quote, test first. And life presents with a lot
of challenges, but challenges are opportunities
with work clothes. We just have to rise up
and meet them head on. And David did that, didn’t he? Others were afraid,
they were daunted by this towering Goliath. But David really thought
that the bigger they were, the harder they fall. And he just jumped into the
fray, and the rest is history. In the book Shmuel,
in Samuel chapter 17, I want you to read with me here. We’re told– [speaking in Hebrew] “Then David said to
the Philistine–” [speaking in Hebrew] “You come to me with sword and
spear and javelin,” et cetera. But then what he says
as a follow-up is just emblazoned in
biblical memory. [speaking in Hebrew] “But I come to you in the name
of the Lord of Hosts–” [speaking in Hebrew] “The Lord of the armies.” And I want you to hear me
for a second. We live in precarious times. And I’m not just speaking
about world culture and individual nation states. The world is a very precarious
place, and various nations are in the throes of
despair in so many ways. When I think of household units
that are basic building blocks of any society, just like these
pillars here holding up this house, so too the family
is a basic building block. The family is being assailed.
There are challenges today. Well, who is or isn’t president
isn’t as important. What social programs are on
the table isn’t as important. What’s important is that we,
like David, rise up with faith because I believe
that faith can and will pay dividends, faith in Jesus,
Israel’s Messiah. Kirsten: I’ve just got to say
I’m a big fan of yours. I love your teaching style– Jeffrey: Well, flattery will get
you everywhere. Kirsten: You look rugged
in the Holy Land. We are, we’re fans.
And I love this story. And I think what’s interesting
to me, like my takeaway as I’m watching, is that when
Samuel came to Jesse and said, you know,
“Where’s your son?” And he didn’t even
think of David. He didn’t think of him, right? Jeffrey: David’s an
afterthought. You know, in high
school, he wasn’t on the most likely to succeed list. He wasn’t the quarterback
of the football team. David: That would’ve
been me too. Jeffrey: And that was me too. I was roadkill on the highway
of life, you know? I never thought, you know,
I would have doctor, professor in front of my name. I never thought I’d be on
television and that good people might be half interested
in what I have to say. I wasn’t even interested in
my own thoughts, you know? God, he just lifted him up
out of obscurity. His brothers were disdainful
of him. And that’s just beautiful just
to know that God loves people and not just the
beautiful people. Kirsten: Right, and I think one
of my–one of my favorite David thinking with this whole
story and with Goliath is it was just second nature
to David, right? I mean, he would pick up stones,
and he’d toss them, and he’d play, and
he was out there. You know, I think about boys,
we raised two boys. David: He was called as a boy. Kirsten: Right, and but
everything that he did every day, playing with stones
and, you know, we laugh about all the stones that were
in our kids’ pockets when we went to do the wash,
but it was just simple stones that he would play and toss
as a kid. Jeffrey: I don’t think it was
a big act of faith for him to take down Goliath. It was just another day
in the office. You know, when Saul says,
“Look, what makes you think you, a nothing, can kill
that something? He’s a warrior,
he’s a big shot.” David says, “Look, you know,
little wild animals, you know.” You know, he’d already
developed skill sets to take out moving objects with
smaller faces. This big, arrogant thing
lumbering toward him, for David’s saying, “God,
I can’t believe this.” For him, it’s another day
in the office. He just jumped into the fray because he developed those
skills beforehand. Kirsten: As a boy.
I love that. David: I think about the song
that I remember singing in second grade, “Only a boy named
David, only a little–” You know, it seemed like a
fun little song to sing, but it’s kind of a gory
story what happened. Jeffrey: It is, but there’s some
glory in the gory too. To me, it’s so significant
that Israel really was living in Goliath like times. The Philistine, the Philistines
and others were just pressing against them, and they
called out to God. And he brought relief from a
sector that was unexpected. And God’s known to do that, to bring deliverance
out of nowhere. And it makes a
difference somewhere. And it’s not just that
God did it yesterday. The story’s timeless. He does it today, and
he’ll do it tomorrow ’cause his Word is true. David: That’s right. So much more of this story
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Galilean, Chaim Malespin. ♪♪♪ Chaim Malespin: All of us
Israelis serve in the army, guys three years, girls
two years, mandatory. We have to get together and
defend the defenseless in this one democracy
in the Middle East. I served with the combat
engineer corps, the elite unit for special
operations and missions. And it comes down to faith
sometimes when it’s truly a dangerous scenario. We know that he never
slumbers nor sleeps who watches over Israel. But do we know that when we’re
in face of discomfort or danger? I know that there’s that
moment where you have ten minutes to
phone your family. You can’t tell them you’re
about to go into a very life threatening situation,
but you just say, “I love you, I’ll
see you later.” And that may be the
last call you ever have. But that faith had to
become real for me. My challenge is now, will
our faith become real as we step into God’s prophetic
plan unfolding right now? ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪ See how the rabbi prays, ♪ ♪ and hear how the
cantor chants. ♪ ♪ Sing God a new song,
pray God a new prayer. ♪ ♪ –on a brand new dance ♪ ♪ See how he’s
blessed our people. ♪ ♪ See how he’s blessed
our land. ♪ ♪ Wherever we roam,
God brought us home, ♪ ♪ and still in his love
we stand. ♪♪ Jeffrey: It’s great to be
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