The Tabernacle of David

Published: 25th July 2008
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Understanding the revelation of The Tabernacle of David is of crucial importance for us. That's why, let me very briefly share with you a passage of Scripture in this direction. It's found in Acts 15:13-17

"And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me: Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name. And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written, After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up: THAT the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things"

You see, the Lord said in other words: If the residue of men, and all the Gentiles are ever going to seek after Me, that will happen ONLY AFTER I build again and set up the Tabernacle of David.

David did an amazing thing in his time. As you know very well, the Old Testament way of reaching God was through the means of all kinds of animal sacrifices. You just could not approach The God of Israel without a sacrifice in Your hands. And these sacrifices had to be offered in the "Tabernacle of Moses" area, not anywhere else. Anybody who went to approach God without the proper sacrifice, or sacrificed anywhere else than in the tabernacle area, would have received the death punishment.

At the time of David, the "Tabernacle of Moses" was still in place in Gibeon, and was still fully functioning with all its sacrifices, etc. Interestingly enough though, the Ark of the Covenant (which was a symbol of God's presence) was not there, because it was captured by the Philistines. Now here came David, he took the Ark of the Covenant, but to the amazement of all, he did not return it to Gibeon, where the Tabernacle of Moses was, but decided to build a new Tabernacle in Zion, Jerusalem, and called it: The Tabernacle of David. Then he put the Ark of the Covenant there.

After that he appointed priests, musicians, singers, etc, and commanded them to offer God sacrifices, but not animal sacrifices. The Bible says he even made instruments for the musicians, and he commanded them to offer the sacrifices of singing, praise and worship, praying, and playing on the instruments before God. See? He didn't offer animal sacrifices in his Tabernacle (except on the dedication day), but he appointed courses of musicians (thousands of them), so they can Praise and Worship the Lord God of Israel 24 hours a day.

Whew! Whew! Whew! That was so revolutionary! If somebody does that today, it would be a great thing, but please notice that David did it in the Old Testament. The "Tabernacle of Moses" was still there, and priests still functioned there, and offered animal sacrifices for the sins of the people, but David saw much ahead of His time and saw that the Heart of God desired and yearned for something more of His people, and that was their heart Praise and Worship! That's the symbol of The Tabernacle of David. He lived at least a 1000 years ahead of his time, and he managed to see God's heart.

That's what the Lord meant in Acts 15, when He said that He wanted to build up again the Tabernacle of David (not the Tabernacle of Moses). That means God's biggest desire still is His people to seek Him, to Praise and Worship Him, to Adore Him, and to give Him the Glory 24 hours a day. Every breath we take comes from Him, and we must Praise and Worship Him for that! Only when we do that with our whole hearts, the residue of men and the Gentiles will turn to God, and say: "We want that Glory as well". You see, Psalm 85:9 say that the Lord has saved us, so that His Glory may dwell in our land. That's the purpose of our salvation on this side of heaven - to spread His Glory. But for us to be able to spread it, we must first experience it ourselves, and that only comes by opening our hearts before Him in Praise, Worship, Adoration, and True Love, which requires our heart attitude and our actions.

God Bless You!

Nikola

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