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The Ark and the Tent of David

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12Then the whole assembly kept still as they listened to Bar-Nabba and Sha’ul tell what signs and miracles God had done through them among the Gentiles. 13 Ya’akov broke the silence to reply. “Brothers,” he said, “hear what I have to say. 14 Shim’on has told in detail what God did when he first began to show his concern for taking from among the Goyim a people to bear his name. 15And the words of the Prophets are in complete harmony with this for it is written, 16 ‘”After this, I will return; and I will rebuild the fallen tent of David. I will rebuild its ruins, I will restore it, 17 so that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, that is, all the Goyim who have been called by my name,” (Acts 15:12-17)

Have you ever wondered why James associated the tent of David with the nations being called by God?  Why did James connect the two?

When Zechariah 14 mentions the spoils taken from Israel it speaks of the nations of the world.  Israel was supposed to possess all the nations called by the name of God.  But this possession was taken from her because of her iniquity.  When Yeshua comes back He will gather the fortunes of Jacob, purify it by fire, and place in Jerusalem that which was stolen from her long ago.  The nations, who will glorify God through Israel, who is glorified through her.

Amos 9:11 ”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, 12 that they may possess the remnant of Edom and all the nations who are called by my name,” declares the LORD who does this.

How does He return this possession?  He gathers all the nations against Israel for war.  The cleansing by fire.  Every nation that survives and is not thrown into eternal death “dead sea” will become part of the commonwealth of Israel.  Placed in Jerusalem to share her blessings.  Not literally placed there, but they do come up to worship and learn.

But where did Amos get it from?  How did God reveal it to him?

Amos was understanding what King David had spoken of when he ordered the worship within the tent he set up on Mt. Zion.

The Ark and the Tent of David

1 Chronicles 16

1 They brought the ark of God in and put it in the tent that David had set up for it; and they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before God. 2 When David had finished offering the burnt offering and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of ADONAI. 3 Then he distributed to everyone in Isra’el, to everyone there, both men and women, a loaf of bread, a portion of meat and a raisin cake.

4 He appointed certain L’vi’im to serve in front of the ark of ADONAI, to celebrate, and to thank and praise ADONAI the God of Isra’el: 5 Asaf, the leader; assisting him, Z’kharyah; then Ye’i’el, Sh’miramot, Yechi’el, Mattityahu, Eli’av, B’nayahu, ‘Oved-Edom and Ye’i’el playing lutes and lyres, while Asaf played cymbals. 6 B’nayah and Yachzi’el the cohanim blew the trumpets continually before the ark for the covenant of God.

7 It was on that same day that David first ordered that thanks be given to ADONAI through Asaf and his kinsmen: 8 Give thanks to ADONAI! Call on his name! Make his deeds known among the peoples. 9 Sing to him, sing praises to him! Talk about all his wonders. 10 Glory in his holy name; let those seeking ADONAI have joyful hearts. 11 Seek ADONAI and his strength; always seek his presence. 12 Remember the wonders he has done, his signs and his spoken judgments.

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13 You descendants of Isra’el his servant, you offspring of Ya’akov, his chosen ones: 14 he is ADONAI our God, His judgments are everywhere on earth. 15 Remember his covenant forever, the word he commanded to a thousand generations, 16 the covenant he made with Avraham; the oath he swore to Yitz’chak 17 and established as a law for Ya’akov, for Isra’el as an everlasting covenant: 18 “To you I will give the land of Kena’an as your allotted heritage.” 19 When you were but few in number, and not only few, but aliens there too, 20 wandering from nation to nation, from this kingdom to that people, 21 he allowed no one to oppress them. Yes, for their sakes he rebuked even kings: 22 “Don’t touch my anointed ones or do my prophets harm!”

23 Sing to ADONAI, all the earth! Proclaim his victory day after day! 24 Declare his glory among the nations, his wonders among all peoples! 25 For ADONAI is great, and greatly to be praised; he is to be feared more than all gods. 26 For all the gods of the peoples are nothing, but ADONAI made the heavens. 27 In his presence are honor and majesty; in his place, strength and joy. 28 Give ADONAI his due, you families from the peoples, give ADONAI his due of glory and strength; 29 give ADONAI the glory due to his name; bring an offering, and come into his presence. Worship ADONAI in splendid, holy attire. 30 Tremble before him, all the earth! The world is firmly established, immovable. 31 Let the heavens rejoice; let the earth be glad; let them say among the nations, “ADONAI is king!” 32 Let the sea roar, and everything in it; let the fields exult, and all that is in them. 33 Then the trees in the forest will sing before ADONAI, because he has come to judge the earth. 34 Give thanks to ADONAI; for he is good, for his grace continues forever. 35 Say: “Save us, God who can save us! Gather and rescue us from the nations; so that we can thank your holy name and glory in praising you. 36 Blessed be ADONAI, the God of Isra’el, from eternity past to eternity future!” All the people said, “Amen!” and praised ADONAI.

37 So, there before the ark for the covenant of ADONAI, David left Asaf and his kinsmen to perform the service regularly before the ark, as each day’s work required; 38 also ‘Oved-Edom with their kinsmen, sixty-eight of them -‘Oved-Edom the son of Y’dutun and Hosah were gatekeepers.

39 He left Tzadok the cohen with his kinsmen before the tabernacle of ADONAI at the high place in Giv’on 40 to offer burnt offerings to ADONAI every morning and evening on the altar for burnt offerings, according to everything written in the Torah of ADONAI, which he gave to Isra’el.

Notice the bold text.  All the earth sings to Yeshua….the the nations say Yeshua is king!!…..when Israel says ‘God who can save us’ (Yeshua), then God will gather and rescue Israel from the nations as Zechariah 14 and Ezekiel 37 describes.

So, how does this relate to what James referred to when he quoted the prophet Amos?

The connection James was making was with the Gentiles coming to God through Yeshua, the One who’s house was rebuilt according to the covenant made with David.

In Acts 15 James quotes Amos’ prophecy. That God desired to re-established David’s order of worship which had ceased. David’s Tabernacle was a type of Messianic Community, who literally fulfilled (became) the Sukkah. The Word had come down and “tabernacled” among us (see John 1:14). Jews and Gentiles now had access to God in Messiah – which was the point James wanted to make at the Council in Jerusalem. Not that Gentiles now had access to the Tabernacle of Moshe, but that they had access to the rebuilt tent of David.

What Peter, Paul, and Barnabas had seen the Lord do among the Gentiles during their ministry was exactly what the Lord had said He would do, to build again the fallen tent of David.

What for? So the remnant of Jews and all the Gentiles upon whom His Name is called might seek after the Lord. … The problem of what to do with the Gentiles is solved. They do not have to come under circumcision, or under the Law, that is, the Tent of Moshe. They come into the tent of David which is not patterned after the Mosaic law.  But based on the covenant made through David.

Yeshua, the son of David, fulfilled the great vision David had – no more walls around the presence of God, thousands of priests worshiping Him day and night, in Spirit and truth, with singing and instruments, body, soul and spirit. He is the House built by God.  Today we all have access to His presence through Yeshua, being friends of the Lord like David was, and even more. His Spirit now lives in us and enables us to worship and live His way.

David had made a radical move – building a new tent in a new place, not returning the ark to its previous place, but instituting a new order which foreshadowed the coming of Messiah and His community of believers. He was a forerunner and visionary, preparing the way for his son Solomon to build a house for the Lord, where the plans for the new priests he had received from the Lord were put into practice easily, after 40 years of day-and-night worship in the tent of David.

A lot of people think that God allowed David to build the house of God, the Temple.  And He did, but the prophesy given David was really speaking of Yeshua being the House of God.

You see, after David placed the ark in his tent, with 24/7 musical worship and prayer, he immediately asked God to put the ark in a house.  And so God tells him that he will indeed have a house for the Spirit of God to dwell in, and then prophetically speaks about Yeshua.

God’s covenant with David

2 Samuel 7

1 After the king had been living in his palace awhile and ADONAI had given him rest from all his surrounding enemies, 2 the king said to Natan the prophet, “Here, I’m living in a cedar-wood palace; but the ark of God is kept in a tent!” 3 Natan said to the king, “Go, do everything that is in your heart, for ADONAI is with you.” 4 But that same night the word of ADONAI came to Natan: 5 “Go and tell my servant David that this is what ADONAI says: ‘You are going to build me a house to live in? 6 Since the day I brought the people of Isra’el out of Egypt until today, I never lived in a house; rather, I traveled in a tent and a tabernacle. 7 Everywhere I traveled with all the people of Isra’el, did I ever speak a word to any of the tribes of Isra’el, whom I ordered to shepherd my people Isra’el, asking, “Why haven’t you built me a cedar-wood house?”‘

8 “Therefore say this to my servant David that this is what ADONAI-Tzva’ot says: ‘I took you from the sheep-yards, from following the sheep, to make you chief over my people, over Isra’el. 9 I have been with you wherever you went; I have destroyed all your enemies ahead of you; and I am making your reputation great, like the reputations of the greatest people on earth. 10 I will assign a place to my people Isra’el; I will plant them there, so that they can live in their own place without being disturbed any more. The wicked will no longer oppress them, as they did at the beginning, 11 and as they did from the time I ordered judges to be over my people Isra’el; instead, I will give you rest from all your enemies. “‘Moreover, ADONAI tells you that ADONAI will make you a house. 12 When your days come to an end and you sleep with your ancestors, I will establish one of your descendants to succeed you, one of your own flesh and blood; and I will set up his rulership. 13 He will build a house for my name, and I will establish his royal throne forever. 14 I will be a father for him, and he will be a son for me. If he does something wrong, I will punish him with a rod and blows, just as everyone gets punished; 15 nevertheless, my grace will not leave him, as I took it away from Sha’ul, whom I removed from before you. 16 Thus your house and your kingdom will be made secure forever before you; your throne will be set up forever.'”

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Luke 1:31-33

31 Look! You will become pregnant, you will give birth to a son, and you are to name him Yeshua. 32 He will be great, he will be called Son of Ha`Elyon. ADONAI, God, will give him the throne of his forefather David; 33 and he will rule the House of Ya`akov forever — there will be no end to his Kingdom.”

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17 Natan told David all of these words and described this entire vision. 18 Then David went in, sat before ADONAI and said, “Who am I, Adonai ELOHIM; and what is my family, that has caused you to bring me this far? 19 Yet in your view, Adonai ELOHIM, even this was too small a thing; so you have even said that your servant’s dynasty will continue on into the distant future. This is [indeed] a teaching for a man, Adonai ELOHIM – 20 what more can David say to you? For you know your servant intimately, Adonai ELOHIM. 21 It is for the sake of your word and in accordance with your own heart that you have done all this greatness and revealed it to your servant.

22 Therefore, you are great, ADONAI, God; for there is no one like you, and there is no God besides you – everything we have heard confirms that. 23 Who can be compared with your people, with Isra’el? What other nation on earth did God set out to redeem and make into a people for himself? You made yourself a reputation by doing for your land things that even for you are great and terrifying, for the sake of your people whom you redeemed for yourself from Egypt and from other nations and from their gods.

24 You set up your people for yourself as your people forever; and you, ADONAI, became their God. 25 So now, ADONAI, God, establish forever the word you have spoken to your servant and his house; do what you have promised. 26 May your name be magnified forever, so that it will be said, ‘ADONAI-Tzva’ot is God over Isra’el, and the dynasty of your servant David will be set up in your presence.’ 27 You, ADONAI-Tzva’ot, God of Isra’el, have disclosed to your servant, ‘I will build you a house.’This is why your servant has the courage to pray this prayer to you. 28 Now, Adonai ELOHIM, you alone are God; your words are truth; and you have made this wonderful promise to your servant. 29 So may it please you to bless the family of your servant and thereby cause it to continue forever in your presence. For you, Adonai ELOHIM, have said it. May your servant’s family be blessed forever by your blessing.”

David had accomplished his dream.  He located the ark within his own tent on Mt. Zion.  And had loud musical worship within it.  It was here he penned most of his psalms.  And then he dreamed of putting it in a house greater than the ones he was living in.  But when he asked God for permission to build the house.  God says “I will build you a house”.  And that house is Yeshua.  The Rock of our Salvation.  Verses 11-16 refer to Yeshua, as proven by Luke 1:31-33

Ever wonder how the Ark wound up in David’s tent?  Here is the outline of it’s travels from Shiloh to Zion.

The Ark captured

1 Samuel 4

1 So the word of Sh’mu’el came to all Isra’el. Isra’el went out to fight against the P’lishtim, setting up camp at Even-‘Ezer, while the P’lishtim camped at Afek. 2 The P’lishtim drew up in battle formation against Isra’el. The battle was fierce, and Isra’el was beaten by the P’lishtim – they killed about four thousand soldiers on the battlefield.

3 When the army had returned to camp, the leaders of Isra’el asked, “Why has ADONAI defeated us today before the P’lishtim? Let’s bring the ark for the covenant of ADONAI from Shiloh to us, so that he will come among us and save us from our enemies.” 4 So the people sent to Shiloh and brought from there the ark for the covenant of ADONAI-Tzva’ot, who is present above the k’ruvim. The two sons of ‘Eli, Hofni and Pinchas, were there with the ark for the covenant of God.

5 When the ark for the covenant of ADONAI entered the camp, all Isra’el gave a mighty shout that resounded through the land. 6 On hearing the shout, the P’lishtim asked, “What does this great shout in the Hebrews’ camp mean?”Then they realized that the ark of ADONAI had arrived in the camp, 7 and the P’lishtim became afraid. They said, “God has entered the camp! We’re lost! There was no such thing yesterday or the day before. 8 We’re lost! Who will rescue us from the power of these mighty gods? These are the gods that completely overthrew the Egyptians in the desert. 9 Be strong; and behave like men, you P’lishtim; so that you won’t become slaves to the Hebrews, as they have been to you. Behave like men, and fight!”

10 The P’lishtim fought, Isra’el was defeated, and every man fled to his tent. It was a terrible slaughter – 30,000 of Isra’el’s foot soldiers fell. 11 Moreover, the ark of God was captured; and the two sons of ‘Eli, Hofni and Pinchas, died.

12 One of the soldiers, a man from Binyamin, ran and came to Shiloh the same day with his clothes torn and earth on his head [as a sign of mourning]. 13 As he arrived, ‘Eli was sitting on his seat by the road, watching; because he was trembling with anxiety over the ark of God. When the man entered the city and told the news, the whole city began crying out. 14 On hearing the cries, ‘Eli asked, “What does this uproar mean?” So the man hurried, came to ‘Eli and told him. 15 ‘Eli was ninety-eight years old, and his gaze was fixed, because he was blind. 16 The man said to ‘Eli, “I’m the soldier that came; I escaped today from the battlefield.” He asked, “How did things go, my son?” 17 The one who had come with the news answered, “Isra’el fled before the P’lishtim, and there was a terrible slaughter among the people. Your two sons, Hofni and Pinchas, also are dead; and the ark of God was captured. 18 As soon as he mentioned what had happened to the ark of God, ‘Eli fell backward off his seat next to the gate, broke his neck and died; for he was an old man, and heavy. He had judged Isra’el forty years.

The Ark and the Phillistines

1 Samuel 5

1 The P’lishtim had captured the ark of God and brought it from Even-‘Ezer to Ashdod. 2 Then the P’lishtim took the ark of God, brought it to the temple of Dagon and set it next to Dagon. 3 But early the next morning, when the people of Ashdod got up, there was Dagon, fallen down with his face to the ground before the ark of ADONAI. They took Dagon and set him in his place again; 4 but early the following morning, when they got up, Dagon was again fallen down with his face to the ground before the ark of ADONAI; this time, the head of Dagon and both hands lay there, severed, on the threshold; all that was left of Dagon was his torso. 5 This is why, to this day, the priests of Dagon and those entering his temple never walk on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod. 6 ADONAI began oppressing the people of Ashdod; he ravaged them, striking Ashdod and its surrounding area with tumors. 7 When the people of Ashdod came to understand what was happening, they said, “The ark of the God of Isra’el can’t remain with us, because he is oppressing us and our god Dagon.” 8 They summoned all the leaders of the P’lishtim and asked, “What are we to do with the ark of the God of Isra’el?” They answered, “Have the ark of the God of Isra’el carried to Gat.” So they carried the ark of the God of Isra’el to Gat. 9 But after it arrived there, ADONAI oppressed that city, causing terrible panic. He struck the people of the city, great and small alike; tumors broke out on them. 10 Next they sent the ark of God to ‘Ekron; but when the ark of God arrived in ‘Ekron the ‘Ekronim shouted, “Now they’ve brought the ark of the God of Isra’el to us, to kill us and our people!” 11 So they summoned all the leaders of the P’lishtim and said, “Send the ark of the God of Isra’el away! Let it go back to its own place, so that it won’t kill us and our people!”- because death and panic pervaded the whole city; God’s oppression was very heavy there. 12 The people who didn’t die were struck with the tumors; and the city’s cries for help reached the skies.

1 Samuel 6

1 The ark of ADONAI was in the country of the P’lishtim for seven months. 2 The P’lishtim summoned the priests and soothsayers and asked them, “What are we to do with the ark of ADONAI?  Tell us how to send it back where it belongs.” 3 They said, “If you do send off the ark of the God of Isra’el, don’t send it back empty, but return it with some sort of guilt offering for him. Then you will be cured, and you will learn why he has not stopped oppressing you.”

4 They asked, “What kind of guilt offering should we send him?” and they replied, “Five gold models of tumors and five gold rats, because that’s how many leaders the P’lishtim have, and you and your leaders all had the same illness. 5 So make models of your tumors and models of your rats that are infesting your land, and show respect to the God of Isra’el. Maybe he will stop oppressing you, your gods and your land. 6 Why be obstinate like the Egyptians and Pharaoh were? When he had done his work among them, didn’t they let the people go? – and they left. 7 Now take and prepare yourselves a new cart and two milk-cows that have never been under a yoke. Harness the cows to the cart, but put their calves back in the shed. 8 Then take the ark of ADONAI and lay it on the cart. In a box next to it, put the gold objects you are sending back to him as a guilt offering. Then send it away to go off by itself, 9 but watch to see if it goes up the road to Beit-Shemesh in its own territory. If it does, he is responsible for this great tragedy; if not, we will know that it is not his oppression which has been over us, but that what has been happening to us has been only by chance.”

10 The men did it. They took two milk-cows, harnessed them to the cart and confined their calves to the shed. 11 Then they put the ark on the cart, along with the box containing the gold rats and the models of their tumors. 12 The cows made straight for the road to Beit-Shemesh and took that route, mooing as they went and turning off neither to the right nor to the left. The leaders of the P’lishtim followed them as far as the border of Beit-Shemesh.

13 The people of Beit-Shemesh were harvesting their wheat in the valley when they looked up and saw the ark. They were so happy to see it! 14 The cart entered the field of Y’hoshua the Beit-Shimshi and stood there by a big rock. They cut up the wood of the cart and offered up the cows as a burnt offering to ADONAI. 15 Then the L’vi’im removed the ark of ADONAI and the box that was with it, which contained the gold objects, and put them on the big rock. That same day the men of Beit-Shemesh offered burnt offerings and sacrifices to ADONAI. 16 Upon seeing this, the five leaders of the P’lishtim returned that day to ‘Ekron. 17 The gold tumors which the P’lishtim sent back as a guilt offering for ADONAI were one each for Ashdod, ‘Azah, Ashkelon, Gat and ‘Ekron; 18 and the gold rats also corresponded to the number of all the cities of the P’lishtim that belonged to the five leaders – fortified cities and country villages.

[The rock] is a witness to this day of the great mourning [which resulted from] putting the ark of ADONAI on it in the field of Y’hoshua the Beit-Shimshi; 19 for [ADONAI] struck the people of Beit-Shemesh for looking at the ark of ADONAI. He killed 50,070 of the people; the people mourned because ADONAI had struck them with such a terrible slaughter.

20 The people of Beit-Shemesh asked, “Who can stand before ADONAI, this holy God? To whom can we send it, to get it away from us?” 21 They sent messengers to the people living in Kiryat-Ye’arim with this message: “The P’lishtim have returned the ark of ADONAI. Come down and bring it back up with you.”

1 Samuel 7

1 So the men of Kiryat-Ye’arim came and brought back the ark of ADONAI. They took it to the home of Avinadav on the hill and appointed his son El’azar to guard the ark of ADONAI. 2 From the day that the ark arrived in Kiryat-Ye’arim a long time elapsed, twenty years; and all the people of Isra’el yearned for ADONAI.

The Ark Returns to Jerusalem

2 Samuel 6

1 Again David summoned all the picked troops of Isra’el, 30,000 men. 2 Then David, taking along the entire force he had with him then, set out for Ba’alei-Y’hudah to bring up from there the ark of God, which bears the Name, the name of ADONAI Tzva’ot enthroned above the k’ruvim. 3 They set the ark of God on a new cart and brought it out of the house of Avinadav on the hill, with ‘Uzah and Achyo, the sons of Avinadav, driving the new cart. 4 They led it from the house of Avinadav on the hill, with the ark of God; Achyo walked in front of the ark. 5 David and the whole house of Isra’el celebrated in the presence of ADONAI with all kinds of musical instruments made of cypress-wood, including lyres, lutes, tambourines, rattles and cymbals.

6 When they arrived at Nakhon’s threshing-floor, the oxen stumbled; and ‘Uzah put out his hand to steady the ark of God. 7 But ADONAI’s anger blazed up against ‘Uzah, and God struck him down on the spot for his offense, so that he died there by the ark of God. 8 It upset David that ADONAI had broken out against ‘Uzah; that place has been called Peretz-‘Uzah [breaking-out of ‘Uzah] ever since. 9 David was frightened of ADONAI that day; he asked, “How can the ark of ADONAI come to me?” 10 So David would not bring the ark of ADONAI into the City of David; rather, David took it over to the house of ‘Oved-Edom the Gitti. 11 The ark of ADONAI stayed in the house of ‘Oved-Edom the Gitti for three months; and ADONAI blessed ‘Oved-Edom and all his household.

12 King David was told, “ADONAI has blessed the house of ‘Oved-Edom and everyone who belongs to him, thanks to the ark of God.” So David went and joyously brought the ark of God up from the house of ‘Oved-Edom into the City of David. 13 When those bearing the ark of ADONAI had gone only six paces, he sacrificed an ox and a fattened sheep. 14 Then David danced and spun around with abandon before ADONAI, wearing a linen ritual vest. 15 So David and all the house of Isra’el brought up the ark of ADONAI with shouting and the sound of the shofar. 16 As the ark of ADONAI entered the City of David, Mikhal the daughter of Sha’ul, watching from the window, saw King David leaping and spinning before ADONAI; and she was filled with contempt for him.

17 They brought the ark of ADONAI in and put it in its place inside the tent that David had set up for it. David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before ADONAI. 18 When David had finished offering the burnt offering and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of ADONAI-Tzva’ot. 19 Then he distributed to all the people of Isra’el, to everyone there, both men and women, a loaf of bread, a portion of meat and a raisin cake, after which the people all left for their homes.

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1 Chronicles 15

1 David erected buildings for himself in the City of David, prepared a place for the ark of God, and set up a tent for it. 2 Then David said, “No one but the L’vi’im should carry the ark of God, because ADONAI chose them to carry the ark of ADONAI and to serve him forever.” 3 David assembled all Isra’el in Yerushalayim to bring the ark of ADONAI up to its place, which he had prepared for it.

4 David gathered together the descendants of Aharon and the L’vi’im:

11 David called for Tzadok and Evyatar the cohanim and for the L’vi’im – Uri’el, ‘Asayah, Yo’el, Sh’ma’yah, Eli’el and ‘Amminadav – 12 and said to them, “You are the clan leaders of the L’vi’im. Consecrate yourselves, both you and your kinsmen, to bring the ark of ADONAI the God of Isra’el up to the place I have prepared for it. 13 It’s because you weren’t there the first time that ADONAI our God broke out against us. We didn’t seek him out according to the rule.” 14 So the cohanim and L’vi’im consecrated themselves to bring up the ark of ADONAI the God of Isra’el; 15 and the L’vi’im carried the ark of God on their shoulders with the poles on it, as Moshe had ordered, according to what ADONAI had said.

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16 David spoke to the chief of the L’vi’im to appoint their kinsmen to be singers making use of musical instruments lutes, lyres and cymbals – to play loudly and raise sounds of joy. 17 So the L’vi’im appointed Heman the son of Yo’el; of his kinsmen, Asaf the son of Berekhyahu; of the descendants of M’rari their kinsmen, Eitan the son of Kushayahu; 18 and with them their second-degree kinsmen Z’kharyahu, Ben, Ya’azi’el, Sh’miramot, Yechi’el, ‘Uni, Eli’av, B’nayahu, Ma’aseiyahu, Mattityahu, Elif’lehu, Mikneyahu, with ‘Oved-Edom and Ye’i’el the gatekeepers.

19 The singers Heman, Asaf and Eitan were appointed to sound the bronze cymbals.

20 Z’kharyahu, ‘Azi’el, Sh’miramot, Yechi’el, ‘Uni, Eli’av, Ma’aseiyahu and B’nayahu were to play the lutes for ‘alamot [high-pitched music?].

21 Mattityahu, Elif’lehu, Mikneyahu, ‘Oved-Edom, Ye’i’el and ‘Azazyahu were to play lyres to lead the sh’minit [low-pitched music?].

22 K’nanyahu, chief of the L’vi’im, was in charge of the singing; he was put in charge of the singing because he was skillful at it.

23 Berekhyahu and Elkanah were gatekeepers for the ark.

24 Sh’vanyahu, Yoshafat, N’tan’el, ‘Amasai, Z’kharyahu, B’nayahu and Eli’ezer the cohanim blew the trumpets in front of the ark of God. ‘Oved-Edom and Yechiyah were gatekeepers for the ark.

25 So David, the leaders of Isra’el and the commanders over thousands went to bring up the ark for the covenant of ADONAI out from the house of ‘Oved-Edom with joy. 26 Since God was helping the L’vi’im who were carrying the ark for the covenant of ADONAI, they sacrificed seven young bulls and seven rams. 27 David, all the L’vi’im bearing the ark, the singers and K’nanyah the music leader for the singers were all wearing linen cloaks; and David was also wearing a linen ritual vest.

28 So all Isra’el brought up the ark for the covenant of ADONAI with shouting; blowing on shofars and trumpets; and cymbals sounding with lutes and lyres. 29 As the ark for the covenant of ADONAI entered the City of David, Mikhal the daughter of Sha’ul, watching from the window, saw King David dancing and celebrating; and she was filled with contempt for him.

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2 comments on “The Ark and the Tent of David

  1. Charles
    April 29, 2013

    I wonder if the Jews of the first century had dismissed these prophecies or had they lost sight of God’s overall plan? The second temple was a public works project by Herod basically to glorify himself and make Israel something he could brag about. He had other projects as well. Herod was no spiritual man, but the Jews seemed to be very happy for the new temple “Fortress” while Yeshua seems to have been unimpressed and spoken without emotion about it’s being destroyed. I guess the Jews of that time were as Apostate as the Church is today with it’s Mega-Churches and T.V. ministers who run them ever squinting and pointing their fingers toward heaven.

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  2. Charles
    April 29, 2013

    As I recall in the KJV it says that the Philistines broke out in Emerods, which means Hemorrhoids. Now that would make for a a pretty weird “Model” in gold to send back with the Ark. And then 5 golden rats. Somehow in there, it is like someone is saying they didn’t give a rat’s ass. Maybe we are missing something in the symbolism of the peace offing. Ha!

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