In his article on Charisma News entitled, Is Rebuilding David’s Tabernacle the Solution to Our Racial Division?, Michael Thornton believes that the rebuilding of the Tabernacle of David may be the key to healing the racial issues in the US.
King David also lived in similar times thousands of years ago. The nation of Israel was culturally and politically divided. Communities were fragmented. There was a major disconnect between the law enforcement and local communities. The whole nation was on edge. The atmosphere was filled with anger, hostility and civil unrest because of King Saul’s prior leadership.
In the midst of this crisis, King David brings a solution. He recovers the ark of the covenant (presence) and places it in a tent in the middle of his city. He gathers and employs over 4,000 musical prophets and initiates a 24/7 worship reformation that lasts 40 years. Imagine an unending worship and prayer meeting erupting from a team of over 4,000 prophetic musicians!
He goes on to the say that the 24/7 worship and prophecy associated with the Tabernacle of David can bring racial healing to the nation.
Does he have a point? Maybe.
For those not familiar with the story, it involves King David’s decision to move the Ark of the Covenant from the Tabernacle of Moses to a tent David had set up in Jerusalem (2 Samuel 6:17-19).
And for a few years, between the Tabernacle of Moses and a Temple built by King Solomon, the Ark of the Covenant sat a simple tent in Jerusalem called David’s tabernacle.
I have discussed a possible reason that King David had for doing this, so I won’t belabour the point here. But if King David was illegitimate, as I believe, according to the Law, he could not enter the Tabernacle of Moses to worship God.
But if David set up the Ark of the Covenant in a tent in Jerusalem, these same rules would not apply, and King David would have free access to God’s presence that rested on the Ark of the Covenant.
But something disastrous and miraculous happened as King David was transporting the ark from the Tabernacle of Moses to its new location in Jerusalem (2 Samuel 6:6-15).
The Ark of the Covenant was being pulled in a cart by oxen, and at some point it hit a bump, and the Ark started rocking and it seemed like it was ready to topple out. We are told that a Jewish man named Uzzah reached out to steady the ark and was immediately struck dead.
Stunned by what had just happened, King David panicked and ordered the ark transported to a nearby farm and left there.
I am sure at this point a lot of things were running through David’s mind. He was undoubtedly thinking his grandiose plan to move the Ark of the Covenant to a tent in Jerusalem was one huge mistake.
But over the next three months as the ark sat at this farm, news circulated back to King David of some strange things that were taking place on that farm. We are not told what was actually happening other than this farmer was being extremely blessed. Not just the farmer, but his whole family and everything he owned (2 Samuel 6:12).
Compared to the other families in the area, his farm was absolutely flourishing. It was so dramatic that King David realized God was fine with moving the Ark of the Covenant, just not the way it was done and King David had it transported to Jerusalem properly.
But here is the miraculous side to this. The Ark of the Covenant had been parked at the farm of Obed-edom the Gittite. He was not a Jew, he was a gentile.
God was embracing and pouring out His blessing on another race of people.
And later in life, when King David came up with another grandiose plan to build a Temple to God, a prophet delivered a word that God did not want a Temple, He wanted the Jews to stay with the Tabernacle of David where everyone had free access including the gentiles (2 Samuel 7:4-7).
But David pressed ahead with his plans and the Temple was eventually built by David’s son, King Solomon.
And after the Temple was destroyed by the Babylonians, the prophet Amos gave a strange word that God did not want to rebuild the Temple, He wanted to rebuild the Tabernacle of David that would become a home to every nation:
11 “In that day
“I will restore David’s fallen shelter—
I will repair its broken walls
and restore its ruins—
and will rebuild it as it used to be,
12 so that they may possess the remnant of Edom
and all the nations that bear my name,”
declares the Lord, who will do these things. (Amos 9:11-12 NIV)
The Hebrew word “goy” translated in verse 12 as nations refers to different cultures, nationalities and languages. This is different from kingdom (mamlakah) that refers to a country ruled by King that can include multiple cultures or nations inside it. In Exodus 33:13, Israel is referred to as a nation (goy) inside the Kingdom of Egypt.
The Tabernacle of David was intended to be a home for all nations, cultures and races.