In the tent the LORD meets with his people, via priests, who will repeatedly offer sacrifices and cautiously go into the presence of God on behalf of the people . They remain outside of the land, but God meets them in the tent . God at home with his people.
In the land, David their king has designs to build a temple in place of the tent . His son will do it, and God chooses to make his dwelling there, though he is not confined to it . God in relationship.
King Uzziah charges into the temple uninvited . When Uzziah dies the prophet Isaiah sees a vision of Jesus on the throne , high and lifted up . Refusing to listen to those God sends to them. God removes his presence from the temple , and the model of heavenly reality becomes an empty building. God-departed.
In exile God still meets with some of his people, appearing in visions, with his people in their trials, but it’s all a shadow of what they’d seen before. When the exile ends, a foreign king sends them back to rebuild a temple which is never more than a shadow of what came before.
Will God ever dwell with his people again?