Back To The Basics (1 of 2) by Rick Ferguson

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HIGH VELOCITY PRAYER
BACK TO THE BASICS (1 of 2)
Jeremiah 33:3

Copyright © 1998 by Dr. Rick E. Ferguson. All rights
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Bible quotations are from the New King James unless
otherwise indicated.

INTRODUCTION:
See if you can complete this familiar exclamation from
Jesus with me. . . "MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE
OF. . .PRAYER, but you have made it a 'den of thieves.'"
(Mt. 21:13)

Often when we read that scripture our attention is
drawn to what the Jewish religious leaders were doing
in the temple that infuriated Jesus. They were
selling sacrificial animals to religious pilgrims and
price gouging. They were exchanging Roman coinage for
the Jewish coinage required to pay temple tax, and
they had inflated the exchange rates so they were
cheating the common people who there to worship.

While our attention is often drawn to the atrocities
they religious leaders were doing, sometimes we
neglect to notice what they were NOT DOING THAT THEY
SHOULD HAVE BEEN DOING. THEY WERE NOT PRAYING.

"My house shall be called a house of PRAYER. . . but you
have made it into a den of thieves."

NOTE: Jesus pasted together two Old Testament passages
of scripture to express His disapproval of what the
Jews had done at the temple of God.
Jeremiah 7:11 The prophet condemns the marketing and
religious racketeering that was happening in his day,
"Has this house which is called by my name become a
den thieves in your eyes?"

Isaiah 56:7 God gives these instructions, "My house
shall be called a house of prayer for all nations."

NOTE: Isaiah gives us the full context of God's intent
for His house.... It shall be "a house of prayer FOR
ALL NATIONS." (There is to be no prejudice or
segregation in God's prayer house. This is one place
where...
All men and women are equal
All men and women are one
All m ...


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