THE TABERNACLE OF DAVID
Acts 15:15-17 And with this the words of the prophets agree, just as it is written: “After this I will return, and will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down; I will rebuild its ruins, and I will set it up; So that the rest of mankind may seek the LORD, even all the Gentiles who are called by My name, says the LORD who does all these things.’
What a strange prophesy, restore the tabernacle of who? Everyone knows about the tabernacle that Moses built in the wilderness, but the tabernacle of David? Actually their is quite a lot said in the Bible about David’s tabernacle. David pitched a tent on Mount Zion to house the ark of the covenant. Over the centuries, Moses’ tabernacle had been neglected and fallen into disrepair. when David became king, he wanted to build a permanent dwelling place for the Lord’s presence in Jerusalem. As you know, this never was fulfilled in David’s life, his son Solomon built the temple. The Lord had other plans, better plans for David. You see, David pitched that tent, brought the ark to Jerusalem, and experienced a life of revival as the Lord granted David access into His presence, no one since Moses had this kind of favor. David was overwhelmed by the Glory of His presence, David spent hours in this tent worshipping the manifest glory of the Lord.
Now this brings us back to the prophesy James gave in the book of Acts (today’s scripture passage). James was declaring that the ministry of Paul to the gentiles was the beginning of the fulfillment of this prophesy by the prophet Amos. He was saying that the churches being planted amongst all of the gentile nations was the rebuilding of David’s tabernacle, actually a provision by the Lord for the lost people of the world to have access to the powerful presence of the Lord.
That is powerful, James is actually declaring to us the purpose of the Church. What could that be? It is the opportunity for everyone everywhere to experience the incredible power of His presence. The actual purpose of the church is to be the habitation of God. The Lord doesn’t live in buildings made by hands, He lives in the gathering of His people from every tribe and every tongue.
After David pitched this tent and brought the ark into Jerusalem, revival began to break out in Jerusalem. David was flooded with songs, his tongue became the pen of a ready writer, he spent his life shaping the river into words. David began to organize choirs and musicians whose entire life was devoted to ministry to the Lord. This was a foreshadowing of New Testament worship. David was living out the first New Testament church, a place where the power of God’s presence is evident, a place dedicated to the worship of the Lord. Today, we live in the times foretold by the prophets. The Tabernacle of David fell into disrepair over the ages, but today, he is restoring this place,his local church, to display the power of His presence.