Saturday, November 22, 2008

Isaiah and the Cleansing of the Temple

Thanks to Thomas, I finally get why Jesus references Isaiah lvi when he is cleansing the Temple. (Matthew xxi, 12-13; Mark xi, 15-19) He writes:
By the by, dear reader, the cleansing of the Temple's outer court by none other than YHWH in the flesh, Jesus Christ, was not simply a pious condemnation of greed. No, that outer court was meant for the gentiles - there they were to gather as they streamed in from all over the earth to fall down and worship the One true God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, thus fulfilling the promises found in the great prophets from the fall of the Two Kingdoms to the first Advent of our Lord. For the Temple, that is, the Cosmos itself, 'is to be a house of prayer for all people'.

Thus, we see that the promise is fulfilled, the gentiles are grafted in, the true Temple is Jesus himself, and all who worship the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob must, one day or another, fall down before him and call him Lord and God and King and Brother and Savior. [source]
Thanks, Thomas!