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Saturday, July 4 2015
Isaiah 16: The Holy Tents of Moses And David
"Moses took the tabernacle, and pitched it without the camp, afar off from the camp, and called it the tabernacle of the congregation ... So they brought the Ark of God, and set it in the midst of the tent that David had pitched for it"
When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the first writing of the Ten Commandments, he found the people running wild around a calf idol (see The Mount Sinai Riot). In great anger, Moses threw the tables of stone onto the ground and destroyed them .
"32:15 And Moses turned, and went down from the mount, and the two tables of the testimony were in his hand: the tables were written on both their sides; on the one side and on the other were they written. 32:16 And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables." (Exodus 32:15-16 KJV)
Moses then built a tabernacle, a tent, outside of the camp (see Why Did Moses Pitch A Tabernacle Outside The Camp?). There, the LORD (see The LORD God Our Saviour) appeared to Moses and spoke with him on a regular basis.
"33:7 And Moses took the tabernacle, and pitched it without the camp, afar off from the camp, and called it the Tabernacle of the congregation. And it came to pass, that every one which sought the LORD went out unto the tabernacle of the congregation, which was without the camp. 33:8 And it came to pass, when Moses went out unto the tabernacle, that all the people rose up, and stood every man at his tent door, and looked after Moses, until he was gone into the tabernacle. 33:9 And it came to pass, as Moses entered into the tabernacle, the cloudy pillar descended, and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the LORD talked with Moses. 33:10 And all the people saw the cloudy pillar stand at the tabernacle door: and all the people rose up and worshipped, every man in his tent door. 33:11 And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle." (Exodus 33:7-11 KJV)
The LORD then commanded Moses to return upon the mountain - where he would receive a new copy of the Ten Commandments (see The Second Tables Of Stone).
"34:1 And the LORD said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest. 34:2 And be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning unto mount Sinai, and present thyself there to me in the top of the mount. 34:3 And no man shall come up with thee, neither let any man be seen throughout all the mount; neither let the flocks nor herds feed before that mount.
Moses returned down from the mountain and took the second set of tables of stone to the Tabernacle that he had erected outside the camp. Keep in mind that the Tabernacle that Moses built outside of the camp was not the Tabernacle that was used to house the Ten Commandments after Aaron began the service of the Levite priesthood there - work to build it, and the Ark to contain the tables of stone, hadn't yet begun.
"34:29 And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses' hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him. 34:30 And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid to come nigh him. 34:31 And Moses called unto them; and Aaron and all the rulers of the congregation returned unto him: and Moses talked with them. 34:32 And afterward all the children of Israel came nigh: and he gave them in commandment all that the LORD had spoken with him in mount Sinai.
Later, after the formal Tabernacle was constructed (see The Building Of The Tabernacle and The Glory Of The LORD In His Tabernacle), the Ark of the Covenant and the Ten Commandments were placed there - where Aaron was given charge of the Ark (see also Why Did Jesus Christ Choose Aaron?).
"40:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
The Tabernacle remained in service for many years - the duration of the forty years in the Sinai, then the entire time of Joshua, and through the era of the Judges where the Tabernacle was located in Shiloh in the time of Eli and Samuel (see The Prophecy Of The House Of Eli and The Calling Of Samuel). The Ark and the Tabernacle were permanently parted at that time due to the corruption of the sons of Eli (see The Capture Of The Ark). After the Ark was recovered from the Philistines (see Why Did The Philistines Want To Return The Ark? and The Return Of The Ark), it was kept in a righteous man's house until King David had it brought to Jerusalem. The Temple in Jerusalem was not yet built, so David, like Moses, pitched a Tabernacle, a tent, for the Ark of the Covenant (see The Ark Of The LORD In The City Of David).
"15:1 And David made him houses in the city of David, and prepared a place for the ark of God, and pitched for it a tent. 15:2 Then David said, None ought to carry the ark of God but the Levites: for them hath the LORD chosen to carry the ark of God, and to minister unto him for ever.
The Ark remained in the Tabernacle that David made for it until Solomon completed the construction of the Temple years later (see The Arrival Of The Ark In The Temple).
"5:2 Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes, the chief of the fathers of the children of Israel, unto Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of the city of David, which is Zion. 5:3 Wherefore all the men of Israel assembled themselves unto the king in the feast which was in the seventh month.
King David was not only a key ancestor of the Messiah; he was also a living prophecy of the ultimate King that will rule from Zion. David knew that (see What Did King David Really Say About Zion? and King David's Zion Prophecy) - as did the prophets who used the term "the tabernacle of David that is fallen" to describe the restoration of the united kingdom of Israel in fulfillment of what "Israel" was created to portray - the Kingdom of God over all of the Earth (see What Gospel Did Jesus Preach?).
"9:8 Behold, the eyes of the Lord GOD are upon the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from off the face of the earth; saving that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob, saith the LORD. 9:9 For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth. 9:10 All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword, which say, The evil shall not overtake nor prevent us.
The apostle Paul quoted those verses from Amos, and explained "how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name." Israel was created from "all the world" (see The Origin Of Israelites And Jews), just as will the Kingdom of God.
"15:12 Then all the multitude kept silence, and gave audience to Barnabas and Paul, declaring what miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them. 15:13 And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me: 15:14 Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name. 15:15 And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written,
Isaiah described not only the same principle, but the same prophecy, in the same context: "And in mercy shall the throne be established: and he shall sit upon it in truth in the tabernacle of David, judging, and seeking judgment, and hasting righteousness."
"16:1 Send ye the lamb to the ruler of the land from Sela to the wilderness, unto the mount of the daughter of Zion. 16:2 For it shall be, that, as a wandering bird cast out of the nest, so the daughters of Moab shall be at the fords of Arnon.
Fact Finder: Will the LORD's Feast of Tabernacles be observed by all people, of all nations, after His return?
This Day In History, July 4
362 BC: In ancient Greece, the Thebans defeated the Spartans (Thebes and Sparta were city-states) at the Battle of Mantinea.
414: Emperor Theodosius II, at age 13, yielded power to his older sister, Aelia Pulcheria, who then reigned as regent and proclaimed herself Empress ("Augusta") of the Eastern Roman Empire (see The Politics Of Rome, A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and Pax Romana: The Birth Of The Roman Empire).
1064: Chinese and Arabian astronomers recorded what they called a bright new "guest star" in the constellation of Taurus. The results of that supernova ("a star that explodes and becomes extremely luminous in the process") can be seen today as the Crab Nebula.
1187: Saladin's Muslim forces defeated Church of Rome "Crusader" forces (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy) at Battle of the Horns of Hattin, overlooking the Sea of Galilee near Tiberias (see The Cities Of Lake Galilee). The victory led to Saladin's capture of Jerusalem from the self-proclaimed "King of Jerusalem," Guy of Lusignan, of France.
1190: Richard I of England and Philip II of France started on the Third Crusade.
1609: French explorer Samuel de Champlain discovered (for Europeans; the native people already knew that the lake was there) what was later named Lake Champlain in New York.
1634: The city of Trois-Rivières was founded in "New France" (Quebec, Canada).
1653: "The Barebones Parliament" began; a hand-picked legislative group of 140 men convened by Oliver Cromwell following the Puritan victory in the English Civil War. The name was derived as a mockery of one of its members, "Praise-God" Barbon.
1865: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was published. It was written by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pen name Lewis Carroll.
1886: The first Canadian transcontinental train arrived at Port Moody, British Columbia.
1904: Construction of the Panama Canal began.
1914: The funerals of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie were conducted in Vienna, six days after their assassinations in Sarajevo. Their murders triggered the First World War.
1918: Ottoman sultan Mehmed VI ascended to the throne (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1918: Bolshevik rebel forces in Russia seized and murdered Tsar Nicholas II ("Tsar" is the Russian form of Caesar, as is the German Kaiser) and his family. The revolution began 70 years of communism in Russia.
1946: After nearly 4 centuries of foreign rule by one colonial nation after another, the Philippines achieved full independence from the U.S.
1947: The British Parliament introduced the "Indian Independence Bill" to divide British India into two sovereign countries - India and Pakistan.
1987: In France, Hitler-era Gestapo (in German, "Gestapo" was an abbreviation for "State Police") chief Klaus Barbie (known as the "Butcher of Lyon") was convicted of crimes against humanity and was sentenced to life imprisonment (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1995: A Canadian Navy submarine recovered the bell of the iron ore carrier Edmund Fitzgerald, that sank on November 10 1975 in Lake Superior with the loss of 29 men. The sinking was made famous by Gordon Lightfoot's The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald.
1998: Japan launched the Nozomi probe to Mars.