2 Samuel 7:6-11
"I have never lived in a house, from the day I brought the Israelites out of Egypt until this very day. I have always moved from one place to another with a tent and a Tabernacle as my dwelling." 2 Samuel 7:6 (NLT)
Have you ever thought of the Lord as a sojourner? Isn't "I have always moved about from one place to another with a tent...as my dwelling" a fitting definition of a sojourner? Can you imagine the creator of the universe living in a tent? What a humble God we worship and serve! While He was a humble tent dweller, false gods had houses. Recently, we read about the house of Dagon (1 Samuel 5:2) and the house of Baal-Berith (Judges 9:4). All that time He never complained or asked them "Why haven't you built me a beautiful cedar house?"
Not only do we worship and serve a humble God, but He is also merciful. Instead of wanting a house for Himself, He promises to establish a kingdom for David through his offspring that will last forever. This kingdom will be a place of rest with no enemies or violent men afflicting the people.
We know from Scripture there was an extended period when Israel did not have a king from David's lineage ruling the nation. But the Israelites waited expectantly for the LORD to fulfill His promise. However, when He did send the Son of David who would rule forever, they missed Him. They were expecting a king who lived in a palace. Certainly not one who said, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head." (Matthew 8:20) They had forgotten the humble God who sojourned among them in a tent.
In Genesis 15:13 the LORD tells Abram, "Know for certain that your offspring will be sojourners in a land that is not theirs and will be servants there, and they will be afflicted for four hundred years." Isn't that not only descriptive of the Israelites’ stay in Egypt but Jesus' ministry in Israel? He was in a land not His own. In John 12:31 He said, "Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out." He was a servant, "The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." (Matthew 20:28) Certainly, He was afflicted. In Matthew 20:18-19 He said, "The Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priest and scribes, and they will condemn him to death and deliver him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified, and he will be raised on the third day." God not only dwelt among the Israelites in a tent but, He also lived among them in the flesh. While in the flesh he humbly experienced all they had suffered (and more) in Egypt.
In John 1:14, the apostle John makes an incredible linkage between Jesus and God living in a tent with the Israelites. "The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth." In the Septuagint, a Greek version of the Hebrew Old Testament, the Word "dwelt" and "tabernacled" are the same word. Young's Literal Translation says "the Word became flesh, and did tabernacle among us." The LORD who sojourned with His people in a tent took on the "likeness of sinful flesh" and tabernacled among us.
LORD Jesus Christ, You are humble, merciful, full of grace and truth. Thank You for humbling Yourself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. At Your name, I bow and confess to the glory of my Father; You are Christ the LORD.