Mary, the Ark of the New Covenant

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Woman of Revelation 12

Woman of Revelation 12

In the Old Testament, the Ark of the Covenant contained the glory of God.  In the New Testament, the Ark of the New Covenant contained God himself in the flesh.

Important parallels regarding the content of the Ark:

Manna – Eucharist (Jesus’ body and blood)
Rod of Aaron – Rod of Jesse (Jesus)
10 Commandments – Gospel

One of the most striking parallels in Scripture is 2 Samuel 6 and Luke 1, which have so many parallel phrases one has to be blind or stubborn not to see the link between the Ark of the Covenant and Mary.

In Revelation 11-12 we see the Ark of the Covenant in heaven, followed by a vision of a woman, who gave birth to Jesus … obviously Mary, who Revelation indicates symbolises Israel and the Church.

Verse in
2 Samuel 6
2 Samuel 6 Luke 1 Verse in
Luke 1
2 David arose and went Mary arose and went 39
1-11 Ark travelled to Judea Mary travelled to Judea 39
11 Ark stayed there for 3 months Mary stayed there for 3 months 56
9 David said “How shall the ark of the LORD come to me?” Elizabeth said “whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” 43
15 David shouted with joy before the Ark Elizabeth shouted with joy before the Ark 42
14 David leapt with joy before the Ark John leapt with joy before the Ark 43
11-18 “Blessed” x3 “Blessed” x3 39-45
12; see also
1 Kings 8:9-11
Ark returns and ends up in Jerusalem Mary returns and ends up in Jerusalem 56; see also Luke 2:21-22

Further reading:

What Catholics Believe – Mary, the Virgin Mother of God
4 Biblical Reasons Mary Is The New Ark of the Covenant … St Peter’s List [Fair Use local PDF]
Mary, the Ark of the New Covenant … by Joe Heschmeyer

 

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