March 12, 2017
My House Shall Be Called A House of Prayer

House of Prayer (Mark 11:11-17)
Mark 11:11 This scene comes during the Palm Sunday entry into Jerusalem.
• After Jesus comes riding into the city with everyone cheering and singing praises there is this little verse where Jesus goes into the Temple and looks around.
Verses:12-14 He curses the fig tree and a few verses later we see that the tree has died.
First, I believe that there is a metaphor between the fig tree not having any fruit and what Jesus saw in the Temple the day before.
Second, Jesus is teaching the disciples a lesson about faith filled prayer.
Verses 15-16 Jesus now enters the Temple again. But this time He has a plan,
• He begins driving out the merchants.
• What is the problem with the merchants?
o Briefly: They were preventing people from worshipping.
o They were charging exorbitant prices.
o The Temple had become more about the business than worship and prayer.
Verse 17 Then He says that, “My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.”
• The house of prayer for all nations is a quote from Isa 56:7
o This passage in Isa has a heading and a topic of “Salvation for Others.”
First, that the Lord’s house will be a house of Prayer.
Second, The Lord is making a way for other nations to come to Him.
o Back in Mark And the den of robbers is a quote from Jer 7:11
 The prophet Jeremiah was warning against what he called false religion.
• When God says house of prayer, he means the essence of the Lord’s house is to be prayer.
o And the subsequent fruit. Prayer always bears fruit.
Then the next part of the quote is “For all nations”
• Because God is a God of all nations, His house is to be a house for all nations.
o The church is to be a church for all nations.
Verse 17 continues “But you have made it a den of robbers”
• Jesus’ teaching or admonition then turns to that quote from Jer.7:11
• The topic or heading in that passage in Jer is “False Religion is Worthless”
• The people in the Temple of Jesus’ day had made it about religious practice.
o But it certainly wasn’t about prayer and true worship.
• It could be really easy today for any church or leader to fall into that same trap.
Mark 11:20-24 I will continue in the passage later
The alternative to a house of prayer???