An House of Prayer for All People
An House of Prayer for All People is a sermon teaching us that the Book of Isaiah has insights relevant at the time it was written and for today as well. Scripture gives us insight on how God has worked, is working, and will work in this world and in particular, in our lives. Isaiah wrote approximately 700 years before Jesus came. And he writes quite a while before Jeremiah, Daniel, and Ezekiel come on the scene, years after his death.
Isaiah writes about some of the same material that Jeremiah and Ezekiel write about. Isaiah warns the people of Israel and Judah to turn back to God. His words ring true through the centuries to any nation even ours in the 21st century, that if we want God’s blessing, we need to give our hearts to Him and return back to Him. And if we will not, then we should not expect God’s blessing. More than that, we should expect to fall into the hands of man.
There is one God, one mediator between God and man, and that is Christ Jesus. God says to bring people in to hear the Word, to be inclusive, and at the same time admonishes religious leaders who act as barricades to keep that from happening. We need to recognize that there is only one God, that there’s one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one way to God, one way to truth, one way to life, and that is through Christ Jesus. Our job as the people of God, is to take the truth to those who need it, and those people are all around us.
An House of Prayer for All People sermon starts with verses from Isaiah 56:1-12:
1 Thus saith the LORD, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed.
2 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.
3 Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying, The LORD hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree.
4 For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant;
5 Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.
6 Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant;
7 Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.
8 The Lord GOD which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him.
9 All ye beasts of the field, come to devour, yea, all ye beasts in the forest.
10 His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.
11 Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.
12 Come ye, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and to morrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant.
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