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177 Thrive Deeper: Ezekiel 1-11

Episode Notes

In the midst of the Babylonian exile, Ezekiel, a prophet and captive in a foreign land, is chosen to bear witness to remarkable visions and profound messages. The initial vision paints a vivid tableau of a stormy whirlwind, from which emerges a wondrous entity comprising four living beings with human, lion, eagle, and ox-like features. This enigmatic being supports a platform bearing a throne upon which God's radiant presence materializes. In this breathtaking spectacle, Ezekiel witnesses God's sovereignty, His mobility, and a glimpse of the heavenly realm. God calls Ezekiel into service, entrusting him with the pivotal role of a watchman, charged with alerting the sinful Israelites of their transgressions. To underscore the seriousness of his mission, Ezekiel is instructed to consume a scroll symbolizing God's words, signifying the intimate connection between the prophet and his divine message. Ezekiel constructs a model representing Jerusalem and stages a portrayal of its impending siege. This physical enactment becomes a visual metaphor for the city's impending doom, a consequence of its rebellion against God's commandments. In a haunting vision, Ezekiel beholds the gradual departure of God's glory from the temple—an ominous sign of Israel's spiritual deterioration. The narrative progresses with a sobering portrayal of the city's leaders engaged in corrupt practices, provoking God's wrath and condemnation. However, amid the gloom, a ray of hope pierces through. God pledges a future renewal—a transformation of hearts, a promise of a new beginning, and restoration for the faithful remnant. Within these chapters, a tapestry of themes emerges—God's sovereignty, the impending judgment due to disobedience, the prophetic mission, and the resilient assurance of eventual redemption. Through Ezekiel's visions and oracles, the exiled Israelites are confronted with both warning and solace, a call to reflection and repentance amidst the impending trials.

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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