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These all died in faith … and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth (Hebrews 11:13, NKJV).

I remember living in tents and each time it was a temporary abode. I also remember the work required to setup a tent and then camp. It was hard work, but when you’re young some of these things can actually be fun. The first time was in Boy Scout Camp where I learned many skills, including cooking and hiking. Later when I was in the army we went on a bivouac and I remember the heavy rains of the East Coast of the US. Later in life my wife and I purchased some tents and used them on Awana Fall Campouts.

As our boys grew older and could help us set up camp, we bought a small tent trailer and used it for week to two-week camping trips to areas in the western US and Canada. When the boys left home, we sold it to our pastor.

 Then we bought a larger tent trailer to use on Awana campouts. Unfortunately the trailer was too large for the van we had purchased. While driving downhill on the hills of Wyoming, the brakes were applied and the trailer fish-tailed. We had our van repaired and the trailer refurbished and sold back to the place we had bought it. Since then we have been staying in motels and cruise ships on our vacations.

But all these experiences gave us a small feel for what Bible characters went through as they dwelt in tents. As we read the 11th chapter of Hebrews we can identify with Old Testament Bible Characters and their tenting experiences. We think of Moses leading the people of Israel as they traveled to the Promised Land, of Joshua and the conquest of the land, of Judges as they fight against the enemies to keep the land, and of others as they are taken into captivity. 

Dwelling in tents for nights just a few,

Identify with Bible people; God gave us a clue.

A temporary place ‘till God calls us home.

Then with Him forever nevermore to roam.

This world is not my home I’m just a passin’ thru, Albert E. Brumley.


Describe positive and negative experiences dwelling in tents you have had.

What Bible characters do you recall living in tents? Discuss.