When you think about the places that you’ve lived during your life, is there one that stands out to you? Is there one that you wish you could go back to and relive the memories that were made there? I think we all have a favorite house of some sort. In reading scripture, it appears that there is a house that holds a special place in the heart of God.
Amos 9:11 reads “In that day I will raise up the booth of David that is fallen and repair its breaches, and raise up its ruins and rebuild it as in the days of old,” – ESV
Some translations read the tabernacle of David. So when you look back over the history of the Jewish people, and see the many incarnations of the temple, notice that God didn’t promise to raise up the splendor of Solomon’s temple or the originality of Moses’ tabernacle. He promises to raise up David’s tabernacle. What is it about this version of the tabernacle or temple that struck such a cord in the heart of God that He chose that one to ultimately restore?
Many historians believe (and scripture seems to support this as well) that David’s tabernacle was a temporary, transitional version that bridged the gap between Moses’ tabernacle and the magnificent temple that David’s son Solomon would ultimately build. It was simply a tent that housed the Ark of the Covenant. Ironically, this is the only version of the tabernacle that did not have the veil separating the people from the Holy of Holies. Consequently, the scene at David’s temple seems to be one that consisted of 24 hours of continuous worship.
I think there are two things about David’s tabernacle that would make it ‘God’s favorite house.’ The first is the fact that there was no veil. The separation between God and man was never supposed to be there in the first place. It was only because of sin, that it occurred. The Holy of Holies was literally the place where God’s manifest presence dwelt here on earth during the time when the tabernacle and temple were used for worship. Because of man’s sin, the veil was a necessity. Remember it was only once a year that anyone could go beyond the veil and even then it was just one person, the high priest, that could venture in. The author of Hebrews tells us that because of the sacrifice of Christ, we can now approach the throne of grace with confidence. We now have access to God’s presence without an earthly high priest doing it for us. Christ serves as our High Priest, and His sacrifice opened up the veil for all of God’s children to have access. So you see, David’s tabernacle (or more likely tent) was really a glimpse into the future when all could see behind the veil and all could experience God’s presence for themselves.
The second thing about David’s tabernacle that is unique is that day and night the Levites were bringing worship and celebration before the Ark of the Covenant. It was a worship experience that didn’t stop. Here we have yet another glimpse into the future. This time, when all who believe will gather around the throne in Heaven and worship the Lord in the beauty of His holiness for all eternity.
Perhaps it is because of the unrestricted access that humanity has to God and the never ending time of worship, that God has chosen to one day restore David’s fallen tent instead of restoring the magnificence of Solomon’s temple. In the words of the old song, “What a day that will be.”