A House of Prayer by David Cawston

A House of Prayer
David A. Cawston
Isaiah 56:7

Introduction:
Reading: Matt 21:12-14
12 Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves.
13 And He said to them, "It is written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer,' but you have made it a 'den of thieves.'"
14 Then the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them.(NKJ)

This was the second time that Jesus cleansed the Temple in His ministry.

How many of you know when Jesus does something twice He was trying to make a point!

The other occurrence was John 2:14-17
It was at the very beginning of Jesus Ministry on his First Passover with His disciples.

14 And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the moneychangers doing business.
15 When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers' money and overturned the tables.
16 And He said to those who sold doves, "Take these things away! Do not make My Father's house a house of merchandise!"
17 Then His disciples remembered that it was written, "Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up." (NKJ)

The anger of the Lord against the desecration of the Temple was that the merchandising and injustice that was occurring was hindering those that needed to approach God from coming into meet with Him.

Illus.
The anger of the Lord was towards the walls that had been built to be hinder anyone from entering the presence of God in the Temple. It was a racket!

The Old Testament Law stated in Lev 5:5-8
5 'And it shall be, when he is guilty in any of these matters, that he shall confess that he has sinned in that thing;
6 'and he shall bring his trespass offering to the LORD for his sin which he has committed, a female from the flock, a lamb or a kid of the goats as a sin offering. So the priest sh ...


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