2023-09-07 10:43:47 · 50

179 Thrive Deeper: Ezekiel 21 -32

Episode Notes

Ezekiel chapters 21-32 in the Bible are a collection of prophecies and messages delivered by the prophet Ezekiel. These chapters primarily focus on God's judgment against various nations, including Judah and its neighbors, for their idolatry, wickedness, and disobedience. Consequences of Sin: These chapters illustrate the sobering reality that sin has consequences. Just as Judah faced judgment for their disobedience, we should recognize that our actions have consequences in our lives as well. It's a reminder to live righteously and seek forgiveness when we fall short. God's Sovereignty: Despite the dire predictions of judgment, these chapters emphasize God's sovereignty. He is in control of world events and nations. In our turbulent times, we can find comfort in knowing that God is ultimately in charge, and nothing happens without His knowledge and permission. Repentance: Ezekiel's messages emphasize the importance of repentance. God desires a heart that turns away from sin and seeks Him. Today, we can apply this by acknowledging our sins, seeking forgiveness, and striving to live in accordance with God's will. Justice and Compassion: The prophecies against the nations serve as a reminder that God cares about justice and the treatment of the vulnerable. We should reflect on our own actions and society's treatment of the less fortunate, striving to be agents of justice and compassion in our world. Prophetic Warnings: Just as Ezekiel was called to deliver warnings to his generation, we should pay heed to the moral and spiritual warnings around us today. Prophetic voices may come in various forms, urging us to live righteous lives and turn away from sinful paths. These lessons remain relevant in our lives today as we navigate the challenges of our world while seeking to live in accordance with God's will.

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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