The Tabernacle of David — Part One

Acts 15
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.

The Scriptures are kind of lengthy, but well worth the read, for in them is a revelation of what God is establishing in the Spirit right now.

To get the complete picture we need to read both 2nd Sam. 6 and 1st Chron. 15-16.

2nd Sam. 6

1 ¶  Now David again gathered all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand.

2  And David arose and went with all the people who were with him to Baale-judah, to bring up from there the ark of God which is called by the Name, the very name of the LORD of hosts who is enthroned above the cherubim.

3  They placed the ark of God on a new cart that they might bring it from the house of Abinadab which was on the hill; and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, were leading the new cart.

4  So they brought it with the ark of God from the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill; and Ahio was walking ahead of the ark.

5  Meanwhile, David and all the house of Israel were celebrating before the LORD with all kinds of instruments made of fir wood, and with lyres, harps, tambourines, castanets and cymbals.

6 ¶  But when they came to the threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah reached out toward the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen nearly upset it.

7  And the anger of the LORD burned against Uzzah, and God struck him down there for his irreverence; and he died there by the ark of God.

8  David became angry because of the LORD’S outburst against Uzzah, and that place is called Perez-uzzah to this day.

9  So David was afraid of the LORD that day; and he said, “How can the ark of the LORD come to me?”

10  And David was unwilling to move the ark of the LORD into the city of David with him; but David took it aside to the house of Obed-edom the Gittite.

11  Thus the ark of the LORD remained in the house of Obed-edom the Gittite three months, and the LORD blessed Obed-edom and all his household.

The Ark was being brought back to Jerusalem after being in the hands of the  Philistines. In verse five it says all of the house of Israel was celebrating before the Lord with all kinds of musical instruments. There was great rejoicing. But when they came to the threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah reached out to steady the Ark, and the anger of the Lord burned against him. God struck him down. This upset David and put an end to the festivities. Verses 9-10 speak of how David was unwilling to move the Ark into the city of David. Instead, it remained in the house of Obed-edom. David asked, “How can the ark of the Lord come to me?” This is significant. How can the “ark of God” come to us in this hour? How can we see the fulfillment of the presence of the Lord in our midst? The rest of chapter six tells us how David finally brought the Ark into the city of David. But we must go to 1st Chron. 15 for additional insight into HOW the Ark was brought up.

1st Chron. 15

1 ¶  Now David built houses for himself in the city of David; and he prepared a place for the ark of God and pitched a tent for it.

2  Then David said, “No one is to carry the ark of God but the Levites; for the LORD chose them to carry the ark of God and to minister to Him forever.”

3  And David assembled all Israel at Jerusalem to bring up the ark of the LORD to its place which he had prepared for it.

4  David gathered together the sons of Aaron and the Levites:

5  of the sons of Kohath, Uriel the chief, and 120 of his relatives;

6  of the sons of Merari, Asaiah the chief, and 220 of his relatives;

7  of the sons of Gershom, Joel the chief, and 130 of his relatives;

8  of the sons of Elizaphan, Shemaiah the chief, and 200 of his relatives;

9  of the sons of Hebron, Eliel the chief, and 80 of his relatives;

10  of the sons of Uzziel, Amminadab the chief, and 112 of his relatives.

11  Then David called for Zadok and Abiathar the priests, and for the Levites, for Uriel, Asaiah, Joel, Shemaiah, Eliel and Amminadab,

12  and said to them, “You are the heads of the fathers’ households of the Levites; consecrate yourselves both you and your relatives, that you may bring up the ark of the LORD God of Israel to the place that I have prepared for it.

13  “Because you did not carry it at the first, the LORD our God made an outburst on us, for we did not seek Him according to the ordinance.”

14  So the priests and the Levites consecrated themselves to bring up the ark of the LORD God of Israel.

15  The sons of the Levites carried the ark of God on their shoulders with the poles thereon, as Moses had commanded according to the word of the LORD.

The Ark was not brought up correctly the first time David attempted it. It is highly significant that it was on the threshing floor of Nacon that the anger of the Lord burned against Uzzah. According to Strong’s, Nacon means “preparation.” It is on the threshing floor of preparation that God’s judgments are made manifest and the wrong level becomes a point of emphasis. We have an exact parallel today. There is much rejoicing and singing about the promises of God that are upon us. The teachings of sonship, the Feast of Tabernacles, and a host of other things fill the air. There is much clamoring as everyone attempts to get in and partake. But we have reached the threshing floor, and God is threshing His wheat. The Ark had to be brought up to Jerusalem by the priesthood. God has chosen the priesthood to carry the Ark to it’s final resting place. This is NOT a message of exclusion, but of INCLUSION, because that is what the tabernacle of David represents. Everyone, ALL God’s people shall stand and worship together once the Ark is carried to it’s resting place. It’s not a matter of everyone getting in, but HOW they get in. It’s all about the right level. The realm of soul cannot carry the Ark to it’s resting place. It MUST be carried in the realm of spirit by those whom God has ordained, namely, a holy priesthood. So, once again, as a point of re-emphasis, everyone getting in is not the issue, only how it’s accomplished. God has an order to all the wonderful fulfillments ahead of us. As we walk in that order the door opens to everyone.

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