There are many references in the Scriptures to tents. Perhaps the most notable example of a tent dweller was Abraham.  Considering the fact that he was one of the wealthiest men of his day, it is essential that we not equate our modern day camping equipment with that of Abraham or his sons’ style of living.   The writer of the Hebrews gives us insight as to Abraham’s  thinking.  “By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going.  By faith he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise; for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God” (Heb 11:8-10). Several centuries later God’s promise of a city would be in the thinking of a mother who had just delivered a child whose birth carried a sentence of death.  “Now a man from the house of Levi went and married a daughter of Levi. And the woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that he was beautiful, she hid him for three months” (Ex 2:1-2). Upon this writer reading this, the word “beautiful” jumped off the page, for to a mother all babies are beautiful. This passage is also found in Hebrews … “By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king's edict” (Heb 11:23 NASB).  Knowing that the Holy Spirit, the author of Scripture, had a purpose in using the word AUSTEION translated into English as beautiful, goodly, or proper, this author found that the word is derived from the Greek word AUSTU. The first and primary definition of this Greek word is city.  What a magnificent testimony to the faith of Moses’ parents.  They understood that this child was part of the divine plan that God was unfolding for the formation of a people who would come out of slavery from Egypt and form the nation through which Messiah would be born. The Messiah would go to the Cross, bear the sins of the world and ultimately establish His kingdom on earth.  The promises given to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob of a Savior and of a city whose foundations were from God were still known and believed by the Jews enslaved in Egypt.  The fulfillment of all those divine promises has yet to be realized completely.  Messiah has come as prophesied by Isaiah …“The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel” (Is 7:14 NIV). “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given” (Is 9:6 KJV). The Cross is a historical reality.  However, the city promised, that is the land and kingdom over which Messiah will rule, awaits the return of Christ to the earth. The Apostle John spoke of a city descending out of heaven not made with human hands. “And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, having the glory of God” (Rev 21:10-11 NKJV).  “Also, she had a great and high wall with twelve gates, and twelve angels at the gates, and names written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel” (Rev 21:11-13).  “All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth...  …therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them” (Heb 11:13, 16 NASB).

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