Daily D – Isaiah 56:7-8 | Matthew 21:12-13
Isaiah 56:7, 8 “I will bring them to my holy mountain and let them rejoice in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be acceptable on my altar, for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.” This is the declaration of the LORD GOD, who gathers the dispersed of Israel: “I will gather to them still others besides those already gathered.”
Matthew 21:12, 13 Jesus went into the temple and threw out all those buying and selling. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves. He said to them, “It is written, my house will be called a house of prayer, but you are making it a den of thieves!” (CSB)
Question: Who does God love?
Answer: Everybody everywhere.
Question: What does God hate?
Answer: Anything we permit to stand between him and any person who needs to know and experience him.
Question: What needs to be thrown out of your life that prevents others from seeing God for who he is and relating to him in saving grace and everlasting love?
Answer: (Psalm 139:23, 24 is helpful to us at this point: “Search, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns. See if there is any offensive way in me; lead me in the everlasting way.”)
A clean sweep on Monday morning opens a heart to all of God’s possibilities.
I will remove everything in my life that creates unnecessary barriers for others to know and experience Jesus.
Our Father, search me. Test me. Show me every offensive way in my life. Cleanse me. Empower me to throw away everything that hinders the free flow of your grace and mercy through my life to those who need to receive it. Amen.
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Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.