2024-03-07 10:58:04 · 53

192 Thrive Deeper: Esther

Episode Notes

Throughout the book of Esther we see God's faithfulness through acts of providence. Despite God's name never being mentioned, His hand is evident throughout the narrative. Esther's rise to power as queen, Mordecai's discovery of a plot against the king, and Esther's courage to intervene on behalf of her people all demonstrate divine guidance. Even seemingly insignificant details, like King Xerxes' insomnia leading him to read the chronicles where Mordecai's loyalty is recorded, play a crucial role. God's faithfulness is seen in how He turns the tables on the enemies of the Jews. What was intended for evil is transformed into good as Haman's scheme to destroy the Jews ultimately results in his downfall and the salvation of God's people. This emphasizes the biblical truth that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28). Esther's willingness to risk her life demonstrates her trust in God's faithfulness. Through her obedience and courage, God's plan unfolds, and the Jewish people are saved from destruction. The Book of Esther reminds us that even in times of uncertainty, God remains faithful to His promises and His people, for their ultimate good and His glory.

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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