Daily Devotions


Day 452

"A house of prayer for all nations"

Text: Isaiah 56:7


This is a reference to Mount Zion and not Sinai. At Mount Sinai, only Moses was allowed to go up to the mountain. The children of Israel were forbidden to come close to the mountain (Exodus 19).

“‘Even them 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 nations.’
The Lord GOD, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, says,
‘Yet I will gather to him
Others besides those who are gathered to him.'”
Isaiah 56:7-8

1. God’s house of prayer.

a) The sons of foreigners would be welcome to His house of prayer.

b) Burnt offerings and sacrifices.

i) These were practised in the Old Mosaic covenant.

ii) These represent worship of the LORD.

c) Accepted by the LORD.

i) The altar of God was where sacrifices were made.

ii) These sacrifices made by the sons of foreigners would be accepted.

d) A new name given.

It would simply be called “A house of prayer for all nations”.

2. God’s work of gathering worshippers.

a) God would gather Israel to His house of prayer.

b) He would gather the “outcasts” of Israel too.

c) He would gather “others” as well.

d) These would be “the sons of foreigners”.

e) God’s house of prayer would be a main feature in the New Covenant.