Tabernacle of David – City of Zion

The past few days I’ve been studying the Tabernacle of David (Tent of David) and what the term the City of Zion means. This was all brought about by reading this verse in Acts.

Acts 15:16-18
16 “‘After this I will return, and I will rebuild the tent of David that has fallen; I will rebuild its ruins, and I will restore it,
17 that the remnant of mankind may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who are called by my name, says the Lord, who makes these things
18 known from of old.’
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This is a repeat of the prophecy of Amos.

Amos 9:11-12
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.
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If the Lord is going to rebuild the Tabernacle of David, which some versions translate as the Tent of David or Booth of David, what was it to begin with? Why is it going to be rebuilt?

So far in my studies I have found that the Tabernacle of David is the place of worship David built for the Ark of the Covenant after he became the King. The Tabernacle of David is the place where David had his musicians and singers to praise the Lord at all times. For over 30 years the Tabernacle of David was the location of worship and praise to the Lord. Until Solomon’s Temple was built.

The Tabernacle of David was a separate location from where David built an altar to offer sacrifices. The Altar of Sacrifice was built at the threshing floor of Araunah when David saw the Avenging Angel there.

2 Samuel 24:16-19
16 And when the angel stretched out his hand toward Jerusalem to destroy it, the Lord relented from the calamity and said to the angel who was working destruction among the people, “It is enough; now stay your hand.” And the angel of the Lord was by the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.
17 Then David spoke to the Lord when he saw the angel who was striking the people, and said, “Behold, I have sinned, and I have done wickedly. But these sheep, what have they done? Please let your hand be against me and against my father’s house.”
David Builds an Altar 18 And Gad came that day to David and said to him, “Go up, raise an altar to the Lord on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.”
19 So David went up at Gad’s word, as the Lord commanded.
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The Tabernacle of David is involved in future prophecy.

Isaiah 16:4-5
4 … When the oppressor is no more and destruction has ceased, and he who tramples underfoot has vanished from the land,
5 then a throne will be established in steadfast love, and on it will sit in faithfulness in the tent of David one who judges and seeks justice and is swift to do righteousness.”
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The Tabernacle of David was located in the City of Zion (City of David).

2 Samuel 5:7 Nevertheless, David took the stronghold of Zion, that is, the city of David. ESV

So that is what I’ve been studying. One topic leads to another and another ….

What has been your subject of Bible study lately?


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