Devotion – Mark 11

S – He was teaching them: “Is it not written, My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations? But you have made it a den of thieves!”, 

 Mark 11:17 CSB

O – Jesus just finished throwing out the “money changers” out of the Temple from the court of the Gentiles. 


Jesus’ daring action captured peoples’ attention and He taught (lit., “began teaching”) them about God’s purpose for the temple. Using a question expecting a positive answer, He appealed to Old Testament authority for His action (quoting Isa. 56:7b verbatim).

Only Mark extended the quotation from Isaiah to include the words for all nations. God desired that both Gentiles and Jews use the temple as a place of worship (cf. John 12:20). This was especially relevant to Mark’s readers in Rome.

By contrast, you (emphatic), the insensitive Jews, have made it, the court of the Gentiles, a den of robbers. It was a refuge for fraudulent traders (cf. Jer. 7:11) instead of a house of prayer

“Mark,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures

O – Even in his anger, Jesus is laying more foundation for God’s plan for Jews and Gentiles to worship together.  Such a great detail.

R- Lord, thank you for being so Big, and yet you are intimate in the details of my life.  Also, continue to value all people, even those who are not like me.