Monday, May 31, 2010

Mary the New Ark of the Covenant

Today is the feast of the Visitation. Mary has become the New Ark of the New Covenant. Compare these readings from the Old Testament and the New Testament:

Then the glory of the LORD and the cloud cover the Tabernacle. (containing the Ark) and "overshadowed" (episkiazen) them. (Exod 40:34-35)

And the angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.(Luke 1:35)

And David arose and went with all the people who were with him from Ba'ale-judah (the hill country of Judah), to bring up from there the ark of God (2 Samuel 6:2)

Mary arose and went to the hill country of Judah to visit Elizabeth ( Luke 1:39)

And David was afraid of the LORD that day; and he said, "How can the ark of the LORD come to me?" (2 Samuel 6:9)

Elizabeth exclaims: And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?(Luke 1:43)

So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting, saw King David leaping and dancing before the LORD (2 Samuel 6:15-16)

And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; Elizabeth cried with a loud shout " Blessed are you amoing women, and blesses is the fruit of thy womb." (Luke 1:41-42)

And the ark of the LORD remained in the house of O'bed-e'dom the Gittite three months (2 Samuel 6:11)

Mary remained in the hill country, in Elizabeth's house for three months. (Luke 1:56)

(with gratitude to Dr. Brant Pitre)

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