56:6, 7 house of prayer: Inclusion in the covenant community involves intimate communion with God (Ps. 15:1; Matt. 21:13). for all nations: People of other nations who came to a living faith in God were met with a joyful welcome (2:2–4; 1 Kin. 8:41–43). Jesus also spoke of joy in heaven over a repentant sinner (Luke 15:7).
56:7 — “ … For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.”
God is serious about prayer and about His people, from throughout the world, gathering to pray together. Jesus quoted this verse when He drove the merchants and money changers out of the temple (Mark 11:15–17).
56:7 My house … for all the peoples. In the kingdom of the Messiah, the Jerusalem temple will be the focal point for worship of the Lord by people of all ethnic backgrounds. Jesus cited a violation of this anticipation by His contemporaries in His second cleansing of the temple: Jewish leaders had made the temple a commercial venture (Mt 21:13; Mk 11:17; Lk 19:46).
56:7 My holy mountain is the place of God’s presence and his people’s worship—a house of prayer for all peoples. See 1 Kings 8:41–43; Isa. 2:2–3; 25:6–8; Mark 11:17 (combining it with Jer. 7:11).
56:7 The extension of salvation to the nations takes place in Christ (Matt. 21:13; Acts 1:8; Rev. 5:9).
56:7 my holy mountain Zion, the temple mount in Jerusalem. See note on 2:2.
their burnt offerings and their sacrifices Foreigners and eunuchs were not allowed to enter the temple to offer sacrifices. The Apostle Paul may be alluding to this passage in Rom 15:16.
a house of prayer for all peoples The idea that foreigners would pray to Yahweh is found in Solomon’s prayer dedicating the temple in 1 Kgs 8:41–43. The motif of Gentile nations coming to acknowledge Yahweh and worship Him alongside the people of Israel is found throughout Isaiah (see Isa 2:2–5; 19:19–25; 42:6; 49:6; 60:5).
The outer courtyard of the temple was supposed to be the area where foreigners could come and pray. But by the first century ad, it had been turned into a marketplace. In the nt, Jesus evicts the merchants from the temple court and quotes this line from v. 7 regarding the appropriate use of the house of God (see Matt 21:12–13; Mark 11:15–17, and Luke 19:45–46).
56:7 house of prayer. Being here means being included in the covenant and enjoying the life of communion with God (2:2–4; Ps. 15:1; cf. 1 Kin. 8:41–43; Mark 11:17).
56:7 Jesus quoted these words when He drove the money changers out of the temple (cf. Matt. 21:13; Luke 19:46).
56:7 God will not turn away anyone who desires to worship him, even foreigners and eunuchs. His house, the temple, will be a place where everyone can come to pray. This verse is quoted in Mt 21:13; Mk 11:17; and Lk 19:46.
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