“Then I will bring them to my holy mountain and make them happy in my house of prayertheir burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon my altar; for my house shall be called, House of prayer for all peoples.” (Isaiah 56:7)
These verses are not referring to the Jewish People but, rather, to the nations of the world. The prophet Isaiah tells us that there will come a time when all the nations will surge towards Jerusalem. And God Himself will bring them to the temple mount – His holy mountain. All people of the world will not only be accepted but moreover, will be sought after and appreciated. The holy temple will become a House of Prayer for the entire world.
Judaism is a religion that emphasizes intent and purpose behind the deeds which one does. The vessels of the Tabernacle which were later used in the Temple were built by a man named Bezalel (the School of Art of Hebrew University is named for him) and his name literally means “in the shadow of God”. Bezalel was instructed as to how to build each vessel, from the Holy Ark to the incense alter, and, what’s more, he knew intuitively how each vessel needed to be formed. He was in the shadow of God.
The Bible explains in detail how each vessel should be formed when Moses is commanded to build the tabernacle along with its vessels in the desert, and then repeats all of the instructions almost word for word when telling of the building of the vessels. The command to build is written in the imperative and the building is described in the past tense. It is puzzling why the so many words and verses and chapters are repeated. It would have been more practical to just explain that Bezalel built everything as God had commanded.
Jewish philosophers explain that the entire building process is written in detail to emphasize the intent and devotion of Bezalel and those who assisted him when building the tabernacle and its vessels. Intention is something so crucial in Judaism that it takes on a life of its own. The holy vessels needed to be built with true devotion or they would have lost their significance.
That is why the Temple Mount is so well suited to be a center of prayer, for every nation of the world. For God sees what is beneath the surface, as He told the prophet Samuel, “God does not see as humans see. Humans look at outward appearances, but the LORD looks into the heart.”
There will come a time when all people of the world will surge to the holy mountain in Jerusalem, and they will bring their desires and intent with them in their hearts.