13 After they had stopped speaking, James answered, saying, “Brethren, listen to me.
14 “Simeon has related how God first concerned Himself about taking from among the Gentiles a people for His name.
15 “With this the words of the Prophets agree, just as it is written,
16 ‘AFTER THESE THINGS I will return, AND I WILL REBUILD THE TABERNACLE OF DAVID WHICH HAS FALLEN, AND I WILL REBUILD ITS RUINS, AND I WILL RESTORE IT,
17 SO THAT THE REST OF MANKIND MAY SEEK THE LORD, AND ALL THE GENTILES WHO ARE CALLED BY MY NAME,’
18 SAYS THE LORD, WHO MAKES THESE THINGS KNOWN FROM LONG AGO.
James quoted the above passages from Amos. He applied them to the entry of the Gentiles into the plan of God. There was much discussion among the apostles and elders in Jerusalem over the inclusion of the Gentiles into the purposes of God. We know that God opened the door through Peter in the house of Cornelius. The revelation of the tabernacle of David is very important for us right now. The Tabernacle of David speaks of inclusion. In the era of the birth of the Church it pointed to the Gentiles. For us today, it points beyond that. Before we read the actual passages from Amos, let’s read about the tabernacle that was actually erected by David. Continue reading