THE BIBLE TEACHES THAT MARY IS THE ARK OF THE NEW COVENANT
We will now see that the Bible without any doubt identifies Mary as the Ark of the New Testament. It identifies Mary as the New Testament counterpart of the Ark of the Old Testament. Mary is the new and greater fulfillment of what was prefigured by the Ark of the Old Testament. This information is some of the most important and revealing about Mary’s profound role.
Since it carried and represented the presence of God, ‘the Ark of the Old Covenant/Testament was the holiest and most powerful thing on Earth outside of God Himself’. The Ark of the Covenant was a sacred chest which contained the stone tablets of the Ten Commandments (Deuteronomy 10:5). The Ark also carried and represented the spiritual presence of God on Earth. When God spoke to Moses, it was from between the two cherubim which were on the Ark.
- Numbers 7:89- “And when Moses went into the tent of meeting ‘to speak with the Lord, he heard the voice speaking to him from above the mercy seat that was upon the ark’ of the testimony, from between the two cherubim; and it spoke to him.”
- Exodus 25:21-22- “And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and ‘in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee. And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with the’ from above the mercy seat, ‘from between the two cherubim which are upon the ark’ of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel.”
Let’s now look at how the Bible identifies Mary as the Ark of the New Covenant.
*** THE ARK OF THE OLD COVENANT: Contained the written word of God (Deut. 10:5)
*** THE VIRGIN MARY: Contained the Word of God made flesh, Jesus (Jn. 1:1)
Jesus Christ is the Word of God made flesh (john 1:1). So, just as the Ark of the Old Covenant contained the written word of God, Mary (who is the Ark of the New Covenant) contained the Word of God made flesh.
Apocalypse (Revelation) 19:13- “And he [Jesus] was clothed with a garment sprinkled with blood; and ‘his name is called, the word of God’,”
*** THE ARK OF THE OLD COVENANT: Was “overshadowed” by the power and presence of God (Exodus 40:34-35)
*** THE VIRGIN MARY: Was “overshadowed” by the power and presence of the Most High (Luke 1:35)
The tabernacle was constructed to contain the holy Ark (Exodus 40:2-3). When God would come down upon the tabernacle and the Ark to speak to Moses, we read in Exodus 40:34-35 that God’s glory cloud or visible presence (called the “Shekinah”) “overshadowed” it.
The rare word which is used to describe how this unique presence of God would “overshadow” the Ark is ‘episkiasei’ in the Greek translation of the Old Testament.
- Exodus 40:34-35- “Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting, because the cloud ‘overshadowed it’, and the glory of the Lord filled tabernacle.”
The very same word “episkiasei” is used in the Greek of the New Testament to describe how the presence of God will “overshadow” the Virgin Mary. The Bible uses this language only about the Ark and about Mary.
- Luke 1:35- “And the angel answered and said unto her, ‘The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee’: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called Son of God.”
The clear implication is that the presence of God overshadowed Mary and comes down upon her – since she is the New Ark – just as it overshadowed the Ark of the Old Covenant. This reveals that Mary, while just a creature and infinitely less than God, is the new Ark. She thus has a unique connection to God, a unique holiness, sanctification and power.
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To be continued………………
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