2024-02-08 11:09:16 · 44

190 Thrive Deeper: Ezra & Haggai

Episode Notes

The Book of Ezra narrates the return of the Jewish exiles from Babylon to Jerusalem under the decree of Persian King Cyrus. Ezra, a scribe and priest, leads the effort to rebuild the temple, emphasising the importance of spiritual renewal and adherence to the Mosaic Law. The book highlights challenges faced by the returning exiles, including opposition from neighbouring peoples and internal conflicts. Ezra also focuses on the restoration of religious practices and the purification of the Jewish community. Haggai, a prophet, emerges during the same period, encouraging the people to prioritise the reconstruction of the temple. He urges them to consider their ways and return to the Lord, promising blessings upon their obedience. Haggai's message spurs the people to resume building the temple despite setbacks and opposition. The book underscores the theme of divine restoration and the importance of faithfulness to God's commands amidst adversity.

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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