“For my house will be called a house of prayer for ALL NATIONS.” – NIV
In the New Testament, we read stories of Jesus overturning the money-changing tables crying out from Isaiah 56. But, when we really think about it, what was the action that upset Him the most? Was it the financial business taking place in the synagogue? Was it the poor being taken advantage of? No, none of these ignited quite the passionate reaction from the One who is love.
Seen through the eyes of the Lamb, the money-changers were having a limiting effect on who could worship God. The entire message of Christ speaks of global inclusion, and this commotion was in complete defiance of that message. As we all do sometimes, the money-changers were forgetting the entire meaning of Christ’s message and only seeing profit instead.
God’s house is not about church regulations. God’s house is not about appropriate behavior. God’s house is not even about tithes. As stated numerous times in the Word, God’s house is about prayer and nothing else.
As Christians, we must notice one fundamental fact of scripture: Jesus never calls a church building or ministry “God’s house.” It is essential to understand that with the outpouring of the Spirit, God’s house is now in the heart of every believer. He dwells in us, and as His house, we are the house of prayer.
Whether we like it or not, Jesus WILL pursue communion with us, even if that means turning over some tables.