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171 Thrive Deeper: Habakkuk/Obadiah/Jeremiah 1-5

Episode Notes

The Book of Habakkuk is unique in that it is a dialogue between the prophet and God, rather than a collection of prophetic oracles. It deals with timeless questions about the problem of evil, the nature of God's justice, and the role of suffering in the world. It teaches that even in the midst of uncertainty and chaos, God is still in control, and that faith and trust in Him is the only sure foundation for life. The Book of Obadiah serves as a warning against pride and a reminder of God's justice. It reveals the consequences of exploiting the vulnerable and rejoicing in the misfortunes of others. At the same time, it offers hope and assurance that God's promises will be fulfilled and His justice will prevail. Jeremiah 1-5 captures the calling and early ministry of the prophet Jeremiah. In these chapters, God appoints Jeremiah as a prophet to the nations and assures him of divine presence and guidance. Jeremiah reluctantly accepts the task, aware of his youth and unworthiness. He delivers God's messages, warning the people of impending judgment due to their idolatry and disobedience. Despite facing opposition and rejection, Jeremiah faithfully proclaims God's word, urging the people to repent and turn back to God. These chapters set the stage for the prophetic ministry of Jeremiah, highlighting the themes of judgment, repentance, and the enduring faithfulness of God.

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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