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Joy in the House of Prayer!

Scripture reading for October 24th:  Mark 8-11

Key Scriptures:  Mark 11:15-17  “On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there.  He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts.  And as He taught them, He said, “Is it not written: “‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’?  But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.'”

As Jesus entered the temple for the final Passover week He would enjoy with His disciples, He found the temple defiled by the buying and selling of sacrifices and trading of temple merchandise.  He overturned the tables and drove out those who were trading in God’s house.  He quoted from both Jeremiah and Isaiah as He cleansed the temple and re-established prayer for all nations as God’s original purpose and desire!

Joy in the House of Prayer:  “And foreigners who bind themselves to the Lord to serve Him, to love the Name of the Lord, and to worship Him, all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it and who hold fast to My covenant–these I will bring to My holy mountain and give them joy in My house of prayer.  Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on My altar; for My house will be called a house of  prayer for all nations.”  (Isaiah 57:6-7)

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Thankful for a God who Watches!

Scripture reading for August 18th:  Jeremiah 5-8

Key Scriptures:  Jeremiah 7:9-11  “Will you steal and murder, commit adultery and perjury, burn incense to Baal and follow other gods you have not know, and then come and stand before Me in this house, which bears My Name, and say, “We are safe”–safe to do all these detestable things?  Has this house, which bears My Name, become a den of robbers to you?  But I have been watching!” declares the Lord.”  

Jeremiah was called as a young child to be a prophet to the nations.  In fact, before God formed him in the womb, this call was on his life! Jeremiah had a hard message for his own people, the Jews.  Many of them were going through the motions of religious activity, but their daily lives were a mess of sin and rebellion against God’s Law and loving character.  God sent Jeremiah with a message of what He saw!

Thankful for a Watchful Savior:  “On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there.  He overturned the tables of the money-changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts.  And as He taught them, He said, “Is it not written: “‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations/? but you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’  (Mark 11:15-17)

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A House of Prayer for all Nations!

 

Scripture reading for February 24th:  Mark 11

Key scriptures for over-comers:  Mark 11:15-17  “On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there.  He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts.  And as He taught them, He said, “Is it not written: “‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’?”  But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.'”

Jesus was beginning His last week ministering on earth as a man.  He went to the temple the first evening and just observed what was going on and then quietly left.  (Mark 11:11)  The next day Jesus returned to the temple and began to drive out the money-changers and those who bought and sold sacrifices.  He upset their tables and their “apple cart!”  His problem was with the purpose of the temple:  God designated it a place of prayer for all nations!  (See 1st Kings 8:23-61)  The activities of buying and selling were hindering people in their sincere approach to God!  God desired to give all people joy in His house of prayer as they received answers and forgiveness through drawing near to Him.  (Isaiah 56:6-8)  Jesus used this cleaning of the temple again to emphasize and teach His desire for all nations to commune with Him and the Father.

Observations for over-comers:  Jesus is zealous for His house and has designated it a “house of prayer for all nations.”  His Church must joyfully allow the Spirit freedom to direct them in prayer for the nations!   “And foreigners who bind themselves to the Lord to serve Him, to love the name of the Lord and to worship Him, all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it and who hold fast to My covenant–these I will bring to My holy mountain and give them joy in My house of prayer.”  (Isaiah 57:6-7)

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