2024-02-22 10:42:25 · 44

191 Thrive Deeper: Zechariah

Episode Notes

The Book of Zechariah, nestled within the Old Testament, offers a vivid tapestry of prophetic visions, divine messages, and historical context. Composed during the period of Israel's return from Babylonian exile, Zechariah's narrative is one of hope and restoration. Opening with a call to repentance, Zechariah's prophecies swiftly transition to visions rich in symbolism and allegory. He envisions a man on a red horse among myrtle trees, symbolising God's watchful presence and the eventual peace and prosperity for Jerusalem. Through symbolic acts like the crowning of Joshua the high priest and the vision of the golden lampstand and olive trees, Zechariah emphasises the importance of spiritual purity and divine intervention in the restoration of the temple and the nation. The prophet's visions extend to the future, foretelling the coming of the Messiah, the Shepherd King who will bring salvation and reign in righteousness. Despite the challenges faced by the returning exiles, Zechariah assures them of God's faithfulness and promises a future marked by prosperity, justice, and divine presence. The Book of Zechariah weaves together history, prophecy, and divine promise, offering a compelling vision of God's enduring covenant with His people and the hope of redemption for a nation in need of restoration.

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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