2022-12-14 10:23:43 · 45

160 Thrive Deeper: Isaiah Chapters 1-12

Episode Notes

Isaiah 1-12 (740-700 BC) Isaiah the Prophet lived in Jerusalem in the last part of the 2 Kingdom period (Israel in the North and Judah in the South) and his prophetic word was directed to the leaders of Jerusalem and Judah. Isaiah had been warning Hezekiah (the king of Judah at the time) about the nations rebellion against God and under Hezekiah’s reign there was a ‘revival’ of sorts. In 701bc, the Assyrian ruler Sennacherib marched against Judah and besieged Jerusalem and Isaiah urged the King – Hezekiah - to trust the Lord, who miraculously delivered the city from the Assyrian army. But Isaiah could see the eventual exile of Judah and continued to speak into this future generation. Isaiah preached that God’s judgement was going to come to Israel and Judah through the nations of Assyria and later Babylon, because they refused to turn from their idolatry and oppression of the poor. But, as we will read as we work through the book of Isaiah, this message of judgement is delivered with a message of hope – as we saw with Micah – that in spite of this judgement and the nations continued disobedience, God would one day fulfill all His covenant promises through an everlasting King of David’s line. The purpose of this covenant though remember, was not just about the nation of Israel, but that God’s blessing and salvation would flow to ALL the nations as per his promise to Abraham. We do a ‘deep dive’ on Chapter 6 as we hear of Isaiah’s call to God’s mission. In Isaiah’s vision (around 740 BC soon after King Uziah’s death) he sees God sitting on His throne in His temple, surrounded by heavenly creatures shouting HOLY HOLY HOLY and worshipping Him. This opens dramatically Isaiah’s awareness of the seriousness of his own sin and that of the people of Israel. Isaiah needs to trust God. Israel will be chopped down like a tree and left like a stump in a field which will also be scorched and burned, but will become a ‘holy seed’ that will survive. We then see the prefigurement of Christ as Isaiah tells of the new King whose Kingdom will set people free from oppression. This new King – Immanuel – will be empowered by the Spirit of God to rule over the NEW JERUSALEM, bringing peace to all with the nations looking to this King for his wisdom. This Kingdom will transform ALL CREATION and bring PEACE.

Meet The Presenters

Dr Matt Jacoby

Matt is the teaching pastor at his church in Victoria, Australia, lecturer at the Melbourne School of Theology, an author, a songwriter and, a musician leading the Psalms project band Sons of Korah.

Matt has a doctorate in philosophy and theology from the University of Melbourne, and is the author of the daily Bible reading guide Thrive launched in 2005. Matt's most recent work as an author is his book Deeper Places (Baker Books USA 2013) with an expanded edition released in 2019. In Deeper Places, Matt shares a rich portrait of authentic spirituality. A gifted teacher and Bible scholar, Matthew is invited to speak at conferences and churches where he brings a fresh but foundational perspective to Scripture.

“I do a lot of teaching these days in my various roles but I always see myself more as a learner. I love learning. I enjoy academic learning and because of that I am a perpetual student of many disciplines. But most of all I love learning to live life the way God made me to live it.” MJ

DJ Paine

DJ is a podcaster, photographer and has had a number of years experience as a Christian Radio Breakfast announcer. He would consider himself a professional Christian music geek & amateur Bible nerd. DJ was raised on the Gold Coast and studied at Word Of Life Bible College in Sydney.

Devoted husband of Benita Paine and proud of their three boys: the #BrothersPaine

“If you have ever wondered if God has a place for you in His plan... or if you have ever felt you are just a round peg trying to fit into a square hole... well I want to encourage you: if God can use a goof like me then we are all in good hands! I love the scriptures and if I can leave any legacy behind it is simply to say: read the Bible, the Bible is God’s light by which we can really see the universe.” DJ

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