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The Rebuilt Tent of David: Acts 15:15-21

May 24, 2020 Preacher: Bob DeWaay Series: Acts

Scripture: Acts 15:15-21

The apostles and elders in Jerusalem were addressed by James who cited Amos 9:11, 12 which predicted the rebuilding of the tent of David. He did so to argue from the Septuagint text that the prophet predicted a remnant of Gentiles would be part of God’s plan of Messianic salvation. We point out that Jesus is David’s greater Son who reigns in heaven according to Psalm 110:1. This is a key theme in Luke/Acts. At issue was the demand by some Jewish Christians wanted Gentile believers to be circumcised and be bound by the law of Moses (Acts 15:5). James, like Peter, Paul and Barnabas before, argued that since God had saved and received repentant Gentiles, that Jewish believers should receive them too. James proposed that Gentile believers should abstain from the “pollution of idols,” immorality, and blood. This would become the decision of the Jerusalem council. In the sermon we cite 1 Corinthians 10:31-33 as an application. We are to avoid needless offense and do all to the glory of God. It glorifies God when repentant sinners are received with joy.