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The House Of Prayer Of All Nations
by Wayne Blank
"Them will I bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer"
Jesus' driving out the moneychangers and peddlers from the Temple is one of the most famous events of Bible History. It was also a key event in the plot to murder Him, "the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy Him" (see above). The irony of their hating what He taught and wanting to murder Him for it (along with the irony that the Scribes were lawyers who were supposed to uphold the law, including the law against bearing false witness and murder) is that He was merely quoting the Holy Scriptures that the scribes and chief priests were supposed to be experts and teachers of - but because they actually hated the written Word of God they plotted how to kill the living Word of God i.e. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God ... And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of Grace and Truth" (John 1:1,14 KJV, see also The Logos).
Jesus' quote "My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer" was from the book of Isaiah (see also Which Bible Did Jesus Use?). When one reads the entirety of that prophecy it should become clear that what is being described is a true "house of prayer for all people" (see below), a spiritual Zion where salvation is available for all who obey God's Word. Note also that the Fourth Commandment is for all people, as this yet-future prophecy plainly states. There is only one True God.
"Thus saith The Lord, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for My salvation is near to come, and My righteousness to be revealed. Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the Sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil."
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