154 episodes

An ongoing conversation with Dr Matthew Jacoby, author of the Thrive Bible reading guides, teaching pastor, and leader of the Psalmist band Sons of Korah.
Join us as we go deeper into the Bible, discussing the passages as we read them together with Thrive.

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An ongoing conversation with Dr Matthew Jacoby, author of the Thrive Bible reading guides, teaching pastor, and leader of the Psalmist band Sons of Korah.
Join us as we go deeper into the Bible, discussing the passages as we read them together with Thrive.

    153 Thrive Deeper: 1 Corinthians 13-16

    153 Thrive Deeper: 1 Corinthians 13-16

    Love is the greatest gift of all.
    After Paul has said that the Corinthian church should eagerly desire the greater gifts, he then tells them what the greatest gift of all is. LOVE
    Paul says that Love should be the priority over ALL other aspects of life in the Spirit.
    BUT still the greatest of these is LOVE. So whilst the church had struggles around many issues internally – worship, prophecy, tongues, the highest priority for Paul was that they pursued LOVE FOR ONE ANOTHER – above all these things.

    Jesus placed “love your neighbor as yourself” second only to :”love the Lord your God” The command to love one another is the 2nd most important law in scripture.

    • 51 min
    152 Thrive Deeper: 1 Corinthians 8-12

    152 Thrive Deeper: 1 Corinthians 8-12

    1 Corinthians 8-12
    We cover an enormous amount of territory through these chapters as Paul unpacks so many of the issues facing the early Corinthian church, but with very relevant lessons for us today!
    • Eating food sacrificed for other gods.
    • Freedom and Rights - Christian freedom grows as Christian understanding grows
    • Old Testament Lessons – Idolatry
    • Honoring Others in Worship
    • The Lords Supper
    • Spiritual Gifts in Worship
    • Unity and Diversity
    We need to restrain our freedoms if it will harm others.
    Knowledge should not overshadow love for brothers and sisters in the Lord.
    The good of others should always take priority over our own rights!

    • 51 min
    151 Thrive Deeper: 1 Corinthians 1-7

    151 Thrive Deeper: 1 Corinthians 1-7

    1 Corinthians 1 – 7
    Corinth was a vey strategic city – center for trade as a port city.
    Paul spent 18 months living in Corinth as a missionary, getting to know people (networking), and so many people came to know Jesus and hear about Jesus. They formed a church community. You can read more about this initial ministry of Paul’s to Corinth in Acts 18.
    Paul moved on of course to start churches in other cities – he planted churches all over the Mediterranean world - and just a few years after moving on from Corinth, Paul starts to hear reports about some of the challenges within the relatively new church including a letter from the Corinthian Church asking questions about issues and division within the church.
    Paul responds to each of these issues with a reflection on the Gospel message of Jesus. Drawing comparison between what they say they believe and how they actually live.

    • 46 min
    150 Thrive Deeper: 2 Kings 23:31 – 2 Kings 25:30

    150 Thrive Deeper: 2 Kings 23:31 – 2 Kings 25:30

    Judah has reached the end of the road. The final 4 kings turned away from the exclusive worship of God that Josiah had practiced.
    In a series of attacks, Jerusalem is captured and totally destroyed and the people taken into captivity in Babylon.

    God’s Prophets in the last days of the Southern Kingdom – Judah.
    Habakkuk – prophesied the Babylonian invasion soon after Josiah’s death as judgement from God on his sinful people.
    Daniel – Taken captive to Babylon during the reign of Jehoiakim. Lived most of his adult life in Babylon.
    Ezekiel – Taken captive to Babylon during Jehoiachin’s reign. His prophecy directed mainly at the people in exile.
    Jeremiah – Lived in Jerusalem during the destruction and then was taken with the final refugees to Egypt. Prophesied against the sins of the last 4 kings of Judah and the people.

    City completely destroyed. Only the poorest left to look after the land. One of which was Jeremiah.
    After the Babylonian appointed ‘governor’ Gedaliah is assassinated, everyone flees to Egypt in a seeming reversal of the Exodus.

    Jehoiachin (from the true Messianic line) was released by Babylonian King Evil-Merodach (Awil-Marduk) son of Nebuchadnezzar and allowed to live freely in Babylon and appears to have been treated as an important person by the king.

    • 31 min
    149 Thrive Deeper: 2 Kings 18-23:30

    149 Thrive Deeper: 2 Kings 18-23:30

    Hezekiah
    When there was finally a Godly King in Judah – Hezekiah – they find themselves facing the greatest threat the nation had ever known – the attack of Assyria. Without adequate resources to defend Jerusalem, Hezekiah casts himself in faith upon the Lord and receives not only the promise of victory through God’s prophet Isaiah, but also experiences God’s victory through the Lord’s intervention.

    Manasseh
    Worst King ever to rule in Judah. Longest reigning Judean King - 55 years. He adopted a pro-Assyrian policy. Killed the prophet Isaiah. Rebuilt high places. Introduced pagan astral worship – popular with the Assyrians.
    Destruction of Jerusalem and Judah now inevitable.

    Josiah
    Good in the sight of the Lord
    Book of the Law found in the temple. Covenant Renewal. Notably he tore down the Golden Calves altars that Jeroboam had made.
    Passover was re-instated nationally – first time since the Judges had reigned. About 500 years.

    • 47 min
    148 Thrive Deeper: 2 Kings 9 - 2 Kings 17

    148 Thrive Deeper: 2 Kings 9 - 2 Kings 17

    Jehu – Israel (Northern Kingdom) - Anointed as King by Elisha in secret and given the task to destroy the house of Ahab. Jehu is the only king of the Northern Kingdom (Israel) to have been anointed
    Carried out God’s requirement and prophesy to eliminate Ahab’s complete family line including Jezebel.
    Jehu eliminated Baal worship from Israel, but he continued to allow the worshipping of the Golden Calves.

    Athaliah Usurps the Throne (Judah – Southern Kingdom). She annihilated all the royal heirs.
    King Jehorams daughter rescued Joash (son of Ahaziah) when he was just an infant.
    Athaliah overthrown after 6 years.

    Jehoida (High Priest) made reforms. Tore down the temple of Baal. Joash anointed king of Judah (only 7 years old) (Only survivor of the Davidic line after all his siblings are murdered by Athaliah) Reigned for 40 years.
    Joash did what was right in the sight of the Lord, but the High Places were not taken down and the people continued to sacrifice on the high places. (Only one ‘high place’ where God had authorised sacrifices which was the Temple in Jerusalem). Joash recovered and restored the worship of the Lord and repaired of the Temple.
    Joash stayed on track with God under the supervision of the High Priest Jehoiada, but when Jehoiada died, Joash fell back into evil ways. He turned back to idolatry.
    Joash was assassinated when he had reigned for 40 years.

    King Jehoahaz (Israel) did what was evil in the sight of the Lord. Continued with the sins (Idol worship) of Jeroboam. Israel accelerating it’s downhill slide to a day of reckoning.

    Azariah King of Judah. Did what was right in the Lords sight. (Reigned for 52 years).
    Still however the High Places were NOT taken down.

    The cost of Syncretism!

    • 27 min

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