Abuse Happens Here

Isaiah 56:6-8 records a prediction of Gentile participation in Israelite worship. The passage tells of foreigners joining the Lord and gives an explicit picture of that participation. I suppose that many will be saying “Not so fast” because we have seen the cessation of the tabernacle services during the Babylonian exile (586-516 BC) and again in AD 70 to the present time.

A crucial issue that we can address is that “the Lord” is not applicable to Messiah. He called the one and only house of prayer – the Jerusalem Temple where he had put his name – a den of thieves and robbers.

The temple was the only place acceptable for offering sacrifices and that fact was verified by the Chronicles episode where the temple was filled with the glory of the Lord at Solomon’s dedication of the house. Further to that, our Lord also called the temple in Jerusalem a desolate house. People joining YHWH since AD 70 have had no place to offer sacrifices.

And the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord, to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord, and to be his servants, everyone who keeps the Sabbath and does not profane it, and holds fast my covenant— these 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 peoples. The Lord God, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, declares, I will gather yet others to him besides those already gathered.

This prophecy lists the specific:

  1. burnt offerings
  2. sacrifices
  3. my altar
  4. my house
  5. a house for all people

Abuse accompanies every movement that tries to magnify minors, like law and prophets. The Lutherans, Arians, Baptists, and Anabaptists, and the whole army of Christ deserting `ists should be up in Jerusalem now burning animals and eating their flesh for fellowship with God.

For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John… Matthew 11:13