The Tabernacle of David — Part Two

1st Chron. 15

16  Then David spoke to the chiefs of the Levites to appoint their relatives the singers, with instruments of music, harps, lyres, loud-sounding cymbals, to raise sounds of joy.

17  So the Levites appointed Heman the son of Joel, and from his relatives, Asaph the son of Berechiah; and from the sons of Merari their relatives, Ethan the son of Kushaiah,

18  and with them their relatives of the second rank, Zechariah, Ben, Jaaziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed-edom and Jeiel, the gatekeepers.

19  So the singers, Heman, Asaph and Ethan were appointed to sound aloud cymbals of bronze;

20  and Zechariah, Aziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Maaseiah and Benaiah, with harps tuned to alamoth;

21  and Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed-edom, Jeiel and Azaziah, to lead with lyres tuned to the sheminith.

22  Chenaniah, chief of the Levites, was in charge of the singing; he gave instruction in singing because he was skillful.

23  Berechiah and Elkanah were gatekeepers for the ark.

24  Shebaniah, Joshaphat, Nethanel, Amasai, Zechariah, Benaiah and Eliezer, the priests, blew the trumpets before the ark of God. Obed-edom and Jehiah also were gatekeepers for the ark.

25 ¶  So it was David, with the elders of Israel and the captains over thousands, who went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD from the house of Obed-edom with joy.

26  Because God was helping the Levites who were carrying the ark of the covenant of the LORD, they sacrificed seven bulls and seven rams.

27  Now David was clothed with a robe of fine linen with all the Levites who were carrying the ark, and the singers and Chenaniah the leader of the singing with the singers. David also wore an ephod of linen.

28  Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the LORD with shouting, and with sound of the horn, with trumpets, with loud-sounding cymbals, with harps and lyres.

29  It happened when the ark of the covenant of the LORD came to the city of David, that Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw King David leaping and celebrating; and she despised him in her heart.

 

1 ¶  And they brought in the ark of God and placed it inside the tent which David had pitched for it, and they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before God.

2  When David had finished offering the burnt offering and the peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD.

3  He distributed to everyone of Israel, both man and woman, to everyone a loaf of bread and a portion of meat and a raisin cake.

4  He appointed some of the Levites as ministers before the ark of the LORD, even to celebrate and to thank and praise the LORD God of Israel:

5  Asaph the chief, and second to him Zechariah, then Jeiel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed-edom and Jeiel, with musical instruments, harps, lyres; also Asaph played loud-sounding cymbals,

6  and Benaiah and Jahaziel the priests blew trumpets continually before the ark of the covenant of God.

7 ¶  Then on that day David first assigned Asaph and his relatives to give thanks to the LORD.

 What we have here in 1st Chron. 15 is a repeat of what took place in 2nd Samuel with one very important exception. We have the singers, the musicians, and the rejoicing, but this time the musicians and singers are appointed by the Levites. It is not a mish mash of celebration. This time there is a divine order in operation. This time it works! It is the right level! Bringing back the Ark in this account is indicative of the spirit level God is establishing now.

25 ¶  So it was David, with the elders of Israel and the captains over thousands, who went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD from the house of Obed-edom with joy.

26  Because God was helping the Levites who were carrying the ark of the covenant of the LORD, they sacrificed seven bulls and seven rams.

It was David, with the elders of Israel and the captains over thousands who brought back the Ark. We know David is a type of Christ, and those with David, the elders and the captains of thousands, typify an order of Spirit that God is establishing now. It is a first fruits company to lead all of Israel into God’s presence.

In both books, 2nd Samuel and 2nd Chronicles, reference is made to Michal, Saul’s daughter. Although she was David’s wife, she is identified in these passages only as Saul’s daughter, not David’s wife. This is very significant. It’s also significant that the Scriptures say that Michal loved David. That which is born of the soul realm can, and does, love God. Saul gave Michal to David for his own conniving reasons. Saul represents the soul realm as David represents the realm of spirit. Identifying Michal as Saul’s daughter mystically points to the offspring of the soul realm, or that which is produced out of the soul realm. Michal despised David because of his dancing before the Lord with all of his might. Although the Scriptures say that she loved David, she could not bear the purity in which David celebrated before the Lord. Verse 23 states, “Michal the daughter of Saul had no child to the day of her death.” And so it is today. The soul realm cannot reproduce. It is the hybrid seed we have discussed. A true, living word flows only out of the realm of spirit. The realm of spirit is the fertile womb in which sons come to birth.

We come now to the full significance of the tabernacle of David. Here is the passage for great rejoicing!

27  Now David was clothed with a robe of fine linen with all the Levites who were carrying the ark, and the singers and Chenaniah the leader of the singing with the singers. David also wore an ephod of linen.

28  Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the LORD with shouting, and with sound of the horn, with trumpets, with loud-sounding cymbals, with harps and lyres.

 Do we see it? ALL of Israel brought up the Ark. Everyone joined in and everyone partook. This is the revelation of verse 3: “He distributed to everyone of Israel, both man and woman, to everyone a loaf of bread and a portion of meat and a raisin cake.” Once the order was established, all of Israel reaped the blessing. No one was left out.

The tabernacle of David differed from the Tent of Meeting in Moses’ day. It also differed from the more formal temple of Solomon which was later built. Both Moses’ tent and Solomon’s temple enforced the ordinances of the Law on who could enter. The tabernacle of David was different. It was open to as many who desired to worship the Lord. Day and night worship took place. This is indicative of the prophecies which state that from the setting of the sun to the rising, His name shall be great among the nations. Let’s look now in Amos 9, which points to the hour we are in.

 

 Amos 9

11 ¶  “On that day I will raise up The tabernacle of David, which has fallen down, And repair its damages; I will raise up its ruins, And rebuild it as in the days of old;

12  That they may possess the remnant of Edom, And all the Gentiles who are called by My name,” Says the LORD who does this thing.

13  “Behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD, “When the plowman shall overtake the reaper, And the treader of grapes him who sows seed; The mountains shall drip with sweet wine, And all the hills shall flow with it.

14  I will bring back the captives of My people Israel; They shall build the waste cities and inhabit them; They shall plant vineyards and drink wine from them; They shall also make gardens and eat fruit from them.

15  I will plant them in their land, And no longer shall they be pulled up From the land I have given them,” Says the LORD your God.

James quoted this prophecy in the Book of Acts. This is how we began Part One. The tabernacle of David speaks of inclusion. God says He will raise up the tabernacle of David which has fallen down. He will rebuild it as in the days of old. It is being rebuild now on a spirit level. And listen now to verses 13-15! Here is the revelation of the plowman overtaking the reaper. Here, in the realm of spirit, in the realm of the tabernacle of David, the growing season of the soul realm ends. “The mountains shall drip with sweet wine.” The mountains also are a type of the realm of spirit. They shall drip sweet wine. The “wine of the kingdom” that Jesus said He would drink anew with us is the living word. The realm of spirit will drip sweet wine, i.e. a living word. The hills shall flow with it. “I will bring back the captives of My people Israel. I will plant them in their land and no longer shall they be pulled up from the land I have given them.”

The tabernacle of David is being restored. First, the correct order, and then everyone who has a heart for it enters in as well. No one is excluded except for those who refuse to open their hearts to a higher realm. Here is a mystical fulfillment of Scripture from Rev. 22:

14  Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city.

15  Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers and the immoral persons and the murderers and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying.

“Outside” is the realm devoid of His presence. The visions of Ezekiel give us a picture of how God is slowly removing Himself from the soul realm, although it seems to prosper. In Ezekiel chapters 10-12 we see how the presence of the Lord slowly moves from the Temple, hovering first over the threshold, and eventually departing the Temple all together. God does not just disappear all at once. There is always the overlapping period such as between the Day of Pentecost and when the Temple was finally destroyed in 70 AD. In that overlapping period, Judaism was finally phased out and the church age was established. The glory of the Lord is already departing the teachings and experiences of the soul realm of Christianity. Underneath all of it is very little of the presence of the Lord and His nature. But we are to press into a new day. In this new day of spirit, all God’s provision and promises loom before us.

 

 

 

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