“Again and again in the Pentateuch, the Psalms, the prophets, and subsequent writings which derive from them, the claim is made that the creator of the entire universe has chosen to live uniquely on a small ridge called Mount Zion, near the eastern edge of the Judean hill country. The sheer absurdity of this claim, from the standpoint of any other worldview (not least that of Enlightenment philosophy) is staggering.”
– N. T. Wright, The New Testament and the People of God, p. 247.
Did you realise this? It is easy to forget that God did make his home, firstly, in a nomadic tent (), then in a temple on Mount Zion (). The eternal God actually dwelt there. To use Wright’s phrase, he chose to live uniquely on Mount Zion.
Even more staggering than that truth, though, is the Incarnation. We just finished celebrating this at Christmas time. God became man. says “And the Word [that is, Jesus Christ] became flesh and dwelt among us.” The Greek phrase “dwelt among us” is more literally translated as “pitched his tent.” The tabernacle, and the temples, were all types of the ultimate tabernacle – God pitching his tent among us. Jesus became a man, and in doing so, showed us the reality behind the shadows. He revealed the real meaning of the tabernacle and temples – God pitching his tent with man, in the incarnate Son.
35 And Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.
7:1 As soon as Solomon finished his prayer, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple.
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.