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An ongoing conversation with Dr Matthew Jacoby, author of the Thrive Bible reading guides, Senior 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. www.thrivetoday.tv

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An ongoing conversation with Dr Matthew Jacoby, author of the Thrive Bible reading guides, Senior 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. www.thrivetoday.tv

    180 Thrive Deeper: Ezekiel 33 -39

    180 Thrive Deeper: Ezekiel 33 -39

    Ezekiel chapters 33-39 convey a message of divine judgment, redemption, and the ultimate triumph of God's plan. They remind us of the importance of repentance, the consequences of disobedience, and the assurance of restoration for those who turn back to God. These chapters highlight God's faithfulness to His covenant and His unwavering commitment to His people, ultimately pointing toward a future where His sovereignty is acknowledged and His people are reunited in righteousness.

    • 48 min
    179 Thrive Deeper: Ezekiel 21 -32

    179 Thrive Deeper: Ezekiel 21 -32

    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.

    • 50 min
    178 Thrive Deeper: Ezekiel 12 -20

    178 Thrive Deeper: Ezekiel 12 -20

    Ezekiel 12-20
    Chapter 12:

    Ezekiel symbolizes the people's exile by moving his belongings at night.
    The exiles doubt the prophecies, but God confirms their fulfillment.
    Chapter 13:
    False prophets are rebuked for spreading deceitful messages.
    God will punish false prophets who give false hope.
    Chapter 14:
    Elders come to Ezekiel for guidance, but their hearts are still attached to idols.
    God's judgment will be severe, even sparing only a remnant.
    Chapter 15:
    Jerusalem is compared to a useless vine, only fit for burning.
    God's judgment is like fire consuming the unfruitful branches.
    Chapter 16:
    Jerusalem's history is depicted as an abandoned baby who grows into a beautiful woman.
    Jerusalem's unfaithfulness to God is likened to prostitution and idolatry.
    God will punish Jerusalem for her sins, but will also restore her in the end.
    Chapter 17:
    A parable of eagles and a vine is used to describe the political alliances of Jerusalem.
    Despite making alliances, Jerusalem will face consequences for her rebellion against Babylon.
    God will plant a new, humble cedar tree representing a future restored Israel.
    Chapter 18:
    The concept of personal responsibility for sin is emphasized.
    Each individual is accountable for their actions, and righteousness can change one's fate.
    The proverb about sour grapes is corrected; each person bears their own guilt.
    Chapter 19:
    A lamentation for Israel's princes is presented in the form of a poem.
    Israel's leaders are compared to young lions, caught in traps by foreign powers.
    The leaders' downfall is attributed to their unfaithfulness and reliance on alliances.
    Chapter 20:
    Elders inquire of Ezekiel about seeking God. They are reminded of their ancestors' idolatry in Egypt.
    God's patience and desire for Israel's obedience are highlighted throughout history.
    Despite rebelliousness, God will ultimately restore Israel for the sake of His name.

    • 53 min
    177 Thrive Deeper: Ezekiel 1-11

    177 Thrive Deeper: Ezekiel 1-11

    In the midst of the Babylonian exile, Ezekiel, a prophet and captive in a foreign land, is chosen to bear witness to remarkable visions and profound messages. The initial vision paints a vivid tableau of a stormy whirlwind, from which emerges a wondrous entity comprising four living beings with human, lion, eagle, and ox-like features. This enigmatic being supports a platform bearing a throne upon which God's radiant presence materializes. In this breathtaking spectacle, Ezekiel witnesses God's sovereignty, His mobility, and a glimpse of the heavenly realm.

    God calls Ezekiel into service, entrusting him with the pivotal role of a watchman, charged with alerting the sinful Israelites of their transgressions. To underscore the seriousness of his mission, Ezekiel is instructed to consume a scroll symbolizing God's words, signifying the intimate connection between the prophet and his divine message.

    Ezekiel constructs a model representing Jerusalem and stages a portrayal of its impending siege. This physical enactment becomes a visual metaphor for the city's impending doom, a consequence of its rebellion against God's commandments.

    In a haunting vision, Ezekiel beholds the gradual departure of God's glory from the temple—an ominous sign of Israel's spiritual deterioration.

    The narrative progresses with a sobering portrayal of the city's leaders engaged in corrupt practices, provoking God's wrath and condemnation. However, amid the gloom, a ray of hope pierces through. God pledges a future renewal—a transformation of hearts, a promise of a new beginning, and restoration for the faithful remnant.

    Within these chapters, a tapestry of themes emerges—God's sovereignty, the impending judgment due to disobedience, the prophetic mission, and the resilient assurance of eventual redemption. Through Ezekiel's visions and oracles, the exiled Israelites are confronted with both warning and solace, a call to reflection and repentance amidst the impending trials.

    • 50 min
    176 Thrive Deeper: Jeremiah 41-52

    176 Thrive Deeper: Jeremiah 41-52

    Jeremiah chapter 41 to 52, covers the period following the fall of Jerusalem, with a focus on the events that occurred in the aftermath of the city's destruction. We see the chaotic situation in Judah, the assassination of Gedaliah, the fear of reprisals from the Babylonians, and the eventual escape of some Judeans to Egypt against Jeremiah's warnings.
    The section also includes prophecies and messages from the prophet Jeremiah to the exiled Judeans, encouraging them to accept their fate and trust in their hope for a future restoration.
    Tragic time in the history of ancient Israel, the beginning of the Babylonian exile, which would last for 7 decades.

    • 38 min
    175 Thrive Deeper: Jeremiah 34-40 + Lamentations

    175 Thrive Deeper: Jeremiah 34-40 + Lamentations

    The overall context of Jeremiah 33-40 is one of impending doom and captivity for the people of Judah, as well as the prophet Jeremiah's steadfast proclamation of God's judgment, restoration, and hope amidst challenging circumstances. In 605 BCE, the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar II launched the first of several campaigns against Judah, leading to the subjugation of the kingdom. Over a span of approximately ten years, Nebuchadnezzar conducted multiple sieges and deportations, culminating in the complete destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BCE. The Babylonians razed the city walls, burned the temple, and carried off a significant portion of the population into exile in Babylon.
    Lamentations reflects the aftermath of this catastrophic event. A series of poetic lamentations or dirges, expresses the profound grief, sorrow, and anguish over the destruction of Jerusalem and the suffering of its inhabitants. The author, Jeremiah, mourns the loss of the city, the desolation of the temple, and the harsh realities faced by the survivors.

    • 47 min

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