Esteban has posted another post in his series on reading Amos 9.11-12.
He qoutes from Cyril of Alexandria:
The tabernacle of David means the race of the Jews. It must be known that after Cyrus has freed Israel from captivity, they returned to Judea and built the temple of God. Then, after they had again fortified the cities that had been destroyed before, the lived in security day by day for a long time, that is, for many days and long periods. They became and example and an assurance for all the other nations that it was necessary thereafter to turn to God. . . . This is an explanation of the history of these things, but a more hidden and truer interpretation would be in Christ . Indeed after he came back to life from the dead in his tabernacle that had fallen into death, that is, after God has raised his earthly flesh, then at that very moment he brought all human things back to their original ordering and all our things that had been overthrown have been brought to a new dignity. For, if as Scripture states, anyone in Christ is a new creation, we have then been raised together with him. So whereas death demolished the tabernacles of all, God the Father rebuilt them in Christ.
I will not give away his ending, so please go read his article, here. The passage in question is this:
“On that day I will raise up The tabernacle of David, which has fallen down, And repair its damages; I will raise up its ruins, And rebuild it as in the days of old; That they may possess the remnant of Edom, And all the Gentiles who are called by My name,” Says the LORD who does this thing. (Amo 9:11-12 NKJ)
I am enjoying the series, even though I eventually may disagree. I would like to point out that in the Zadokite Fragments (Damascus Document), we read this interpretation:
These tendencies came to a head in the Zadokite Fragments. Therein the glorification of the Zadokite priests is carried out pari passu with the disparagement of the Davidic family and claims and an attack on Judah. David is accused of ignorance of the Law (vii. 5). The title ‘king’ ($lm) is replaced by that of ‘prince’ (ayXn vii. 4). In ix. 7 the passage from Amos ix.11, which promises the setting up of ‘the tabernacle of David that is fallen’, is explained in such a way that all reference to David is got rid of; for ‘the king’ is said to denote ‘the Congregation’, and ‘the tabernacle of the king’ to denote ‘the books of the Law’. Having thus explained away the Davidic expectation, a prophecy of the Zadokite Messiah (see ix. 8) is discovered in Numbers xxiii.17. (R. H. Charles, D.Litt., D.D. – Old Testament Pseudepigrapha)