Scripture Reading:  Acts 15:12-21

“After this I will return, and I will rebuild the tent of David that has fallen; I will rebuild its ruins, and I sill restore it, 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 known from of old.”  (Acts 15:16,17)

After Peter’s speech at the Jerusalem Council, Paul and Barnabas gave a report.  They told about the signs and wonders that God had done among the Gentiles, implying that these miracles were attesting signs of God’s work among the Gentiles.

Following the testimony of Paul and Barnabas, James spoke.  This was James the Just, who was a prominent leader in the Jerusalem church.  He was also the human author of the Epistle of James and was one of the brothers of Jesus.  His speech would be a defining moment in the Council.  Humanly speaking, the debate would be won or lost with the speech of James. James made it clear that he believed the Gentile concerts now belonged to the true Israel as Simon Peter had claimed (v. 14).  Then he quoted a passage from Amos which referred to God’s promise to restore David’s fallen tent and to rebuild its ruins.  This was a prophecy about the resurrection and exaltation of Christ, the Tent of David, and of the establishment of His people.  Through the Davidic Christ, Gentiles will be brought into the new covenant community, the Church.

The prophecy from Amos is a beautiful picture of our redemption through Jesus Christ.  Christ was the fallen tent of David who was crucified and dead.  But God raised Him from the dead and thus rebuilt David’s fallen tent.  Now all who are called by God’s name (Jews and Gentiles) will be saved by HIs work.

Lord Jesus, Son of David, You willingly laid down Your life for me.  You were raised from the dead and have saved me and all Your children through Your death and resurrection.  We have been engrafted into Your covenant community, the Church.  I deeply love You and thank You for what You have done for me.


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