In the article “Rebuilding the fallen tabernacle of David” I wrote “I believe the truth is this: in the same way we are the “Church”, we are also the “rebuilt tabernacle of David”. About that, I can’t put my finger on any scripture where it says that definitively, rather, I wrote that in keeping with the spiritual gifts of discernment, wisdom and knowledge (1 Corinthians 12:8-10). Of course, that’s the way it is with prophecies in scripture; few are explained and only after they come to pass are they understood.
Recently the Spirit prompted me to consider David’s tabernacle as a kind of vessel which contained several symbolic elements within the Ark of the Covenant, and we as tabernacles (vessels) in which dwells the Holy Spirit together with several gifts from God. I was truly surprised by how the articles within the Ark of the Covenant compared to the Holy Spirit, His gifts and teachings that the Lord has deposited in us through rebirth and maturation (perfecting).
“What was the Tabernacle of David?”
Per an article at GotQuestions.org ( https://www.gotquestions.org/tabernacle-of-David.html )
During David’s time the tabernacle (or tent) housed the Ark of the Covenant and was a precursor to the temple that Solomon would build.
An article at JustWorship.com ( http://justworship.com/the-restoration-of-davids-tabernacle/ ) also says:
When David brought the ark or the covenant to Jerusalem from the house of Obed-Edom he placed it in a tent on Mount Zion. The ark represented God’s manifest presence. It was above the mercy seat on top of the ark where God met with the priest in the Holy of Holies of Moses’ tabernacle. In Moses’ tabernacle the Holy of Holies was enclosed and off limits to everyone except the priests. David’s tabernacle was an open tent and all could see the ark and have access to God’s glory.
After placing the ark in the tent, David established an order of worship that continued through his reign. Singers and musicians were employed to praise, give thanks and prophesy before the ark of God. Twenty-four hours a day worship could be heard from Mount Zion. That was the reason God said, This is my resting place forever; here I will dwell, for I have desired it. (Psalm 132:13-14)
“What was inside the ark of the covenant?”
Per an article at GotQuestions.org ( https://www.gotquestions.org/inside-the-ark-of-the-covenant.html )
“Interestingly, the most complete inventory of the contents of the ark of the covenant is found in the New Testament: Hebrews 9:4 says that the Most Holy Place had “the gold-covered ark of the covenant. This ark contained the gold jar of manna, Aaron’s staff that had budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant.” The stone tablets were those on which Moses had written the Ten Commandments.
At various times in Israel’s history, it seems that various items were in the ark of the covenant. When God first gave Moses the instructions on building the ark, He said, “Put in the ark the tablets of the covenant law, which I will give you” (Exodus 25:16).
Sometime during the wilderness wanderings, God commanded that a bowl of manna be added to the ark’s cargo: “Moses said to Aaron, ‘Take a jar and put an omer of manna in it. Then place it before the Lord to be kept for the generations to come.’ As the Lord commanded Moses, Aaron put the manna with the tablets of the covenant law, so that it might be preserved” (Exodus 16:33–34).
After the rebellion of Korah, God commanded the leader of each tribe of Israel to bring a staff to the tabernacle. The name of each leader was inscribed in his staff; the tribe of Levi bore Aaron’s name. God instructed that the staffs be placed in the tabernacle overnight. The next morning, Aaron’s rod “had not only sprouted but had budded, blossomed and produced almonds” (Numbers 17:8) as a sign of God’s blessing on the Levitical priesthood. God then said, “Put back Aaron’s staff in front of the ark of the covenant law, to be kept as a sign to the rebellious” (verse 10).
So, by the time Israel reached the Promised Land, the ark was associated with the items mentioned in Hebrews 9:4: the stone tablets, the bowl of manna, and the staff of Aaron.”
How does David’s Tabernacle relate to you, the believer?
Your body is a tabernacle (temple).
Our bodies are like tents (tabernacles) that we live in here on earth. But when these tents are destroyed, we know that God will give each of us a place to live. These homes will not be buildings that someone has made, but they are in heaven and will last forever. (2 Corinthians 5:1 CEV)
Yet I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I am living in this bodily tent (tabernacle), because I know that the removal of my bodily tent (tabernacle) will come soon, as indeed our Lord Jesus, the Messiah, has shown me. (2 Peter 1:13-14 ISV)
What has the Father deposited within your body tabernacle?
1) The Holy Spirit. (Compare to the presence of God upon the Mercy Seat of the Ark).
Have you forgotten that your body is now the sacred temple (sanctuary, dwelling place) of the Spirit of Holiness, who lives in you? You don’t belong to yourself any longer, for the gift of God, the Holy Spirit, lives inside your sanctuary (temple, dwelling place). (1 Corinthians 6:19 TPT)
But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. (Romans 8:11 KJV)
2) Jesus, The Living Bread of Heaven. (Compare to the manna given to the Israelites and was called the “bread of heaven” in John 6:31)
“I am the bread of life,” Jesus told them. “Those who come to me will never be hungry; those who believe in me will never be thirsty. (John 6:35 GNB)
I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If you eat this bread, you will live forever. The bread that I will give you is my flesh, which I give so that the world may live.” (John 6:51 GNB)
3) God’s law. (Compare to the tablets of the 10 commandments God gave to Moses).
For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: (Hebrews 8:10 KJV)
It’s clear that you are Christ’s letter, written as a result of our ministry. You are a letter written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, a letter written not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. (2 Corinthians 3:3 GW)
4) The priesthood. (Compare to Aaron’s staff, representative of the priesthood).
Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 2:5 KJV)
… and from Jesus Christ, the witness, the trustworthy one, the first to come back to life, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. Glory and power forever and ever belong to the one who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and has made us a kingdom, priests for God his Father. Amen. (Revelation 1:5-6 GW)
BONUS: The ark was covered with gold and also by David’s Tabernacle. We are covered with Christ.
For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on (clothed yourself with) Christ. (Gal 3:27 KJV)
With these things the Spirit has shown me, I believe now more than ever that the Tabernacle of David was a prophetic symbol for what the Father would do with us, to put His Spirit within us, write His law upon our hearts, feed us with His living bread from heaven, and to make us into a holy priesthood where we worship Him continuously.
The original article “Rebuilding the Tabernacle of David” can be read HERE.