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February 24, 2019

Sermon: A House of Prayer

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Scripture Lesson

Isaiah 56:4-7; Luke 19:45-46

For thus says the Lord: To the eunuchs who keep my sabbaths, who choose the things that please me and hold fast my covenant, I will give, in my house and within my walls, a monument and a name better than sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that shall not be cut off. And the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord, to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord, and to be his servants, all who keep the sabbath, and do not profane it, and hold fast my covenant— these I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt-offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.

Jesus Cleanses the Temple

Then he entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling things there; and he said, ‘It is written, “My house shall be a house of prayer”; but you have made it a den of robbers.’

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
A House of Prayer
Isaiah 56:4-7; Luke 19:45-46

I. Introduction: Calvin and Hobbes
II. International Sunday
III. The cleansing of the temple (Is. 56:4-7; Lk. 19:45-46)
     A. Jesus drives out the sellers (19:45)
     B. Jesus cites scripture (19:46)
     C. Why did Jesus drive them out? (differing opinions)
         1. They shouldn’t sell things in the temple
         2. The sellers were cheating people
         3. The temple officials were cheating people
     D. Look harder at what Jesus says (10:46)
         1. Quoting Isaiah 56:7
         2. Context of this part of Isaiah
         3. Excluding people (Deut. 23:1, 3)
         4. Include people
             a. Eunuchs (56:4-5)
             b. Foreigners (56:6-7)
             c. All people previously excluded
         5. All are “joyful in my house of prayer” (56:7)
     E. Why does Jesus cleanse the temple? (19:46)
IV. Application
     A. Open doors of hospitality
     B. Become more intercultural
     C. Then we are a true “house of prayer”
V. Conclusion: “Green Book” (2018)


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