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Mary, Ark of the Covenant

Mary, Ark of the Covenant

This Fall I've been teaching the book of Revelation in the Twin Cities. Today we spoke about "the woman" in chapter 12. I had mentioned that many times on my travels to Israel I was inspired by a statue of Mary on top of a church in the ancient city of Kyriat Yearim (Abu Gosh). The statue depicts Mary as the New Ark of the Covenant. The Old Testament Ark was in Kyriat Yearim for twenty years before Israel brought the Ark to Jerusalem.

There are some striking parallels between David bringing the Ark into Jerusalem in 2 Samuel 6:1-19 and St. Luke's account of Mary's visit to Elizabeth in Luke 1:39-56.

In 2 Samuel 6:2, "David arose and went" to Judah.

In Luke 1:39, "Mary arose and went" to the hill country of Judea.

In 2 Samuel 6:9, David cries out: "How can the ark of the Lord come to me?"

In Luke 1:43, Elizabeth asks: "Why is it granted me that the mother of my Lord should come to me?"

In 2 Samuel 6:14-15, David is found leaping and dancing before the ark of the covenant.

In Luke 1:41-44, the baby in Elizabeth's womb is leaping for joy in Mary's presence.

In 2 Samuel 6:11, the ark of the covenant remained at the house of Obededom for three months.

In Luke 1:56, Mary (the new Ark of the Covenant) remained at the home of Elizabeth and Zechariah for three months.

Another interesting comparison between the Old Testament ark and the New Ark (Mary) is that the Old Testament ark contained a bowl of manna, the two tablets of stone (10 Commandments) and Aaron's budding rod (speaking of his authority). In Mary, the new Ark of the Covenant we find Jesus, the living bread from heaven, the Word made flesh and the King of Kings and Lord of Lord's.

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I am sure you mean well Jeff; but the woman in Rev.12 is Israel not Mary. The Bible often refers to Israel as "she" Is. 54:1-6. Jer.3. Hos.2 for just a few. The Catholic Church needs to stop lifting Mary to a place she does not belong. Jesus is the King of Kings-he shares that position only with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit-no human; no matter how wounderful they are. Look at 1 Tim.2:5, Jn.3:17, Acts 4:12. Keep searching brother; but keep Jesus first. We all would learn much more from Mary if we keep her in her proper place. May God Bless you.
November 6, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMichael Diggins Sr.
Michael,You are right, the bible often refers to Israel as “she�? but that in no way excludes Mary as being the woman in Revelation 12. The mistake that you make is you are not taking into consideration the content and unity of the entire bible. This is a mistake that many people make when trying to interpret Sacred Scripture.

The Catholic Church in no way elevates Mary to the place of Christ but sees her in her position as the Queen Mother of the New Covenant. No where in Catholic theology does the Church claim or imply that Mary shares with Jesus the title of King of Kings. I don’t know where you get that from but honestly, it is not right for you to put those claims upon the Church when you can not find one instance to support it.

As to your references to 1 Timothy 2:5 about Jesus being the one mediator between God and man, you once again fail to take into consideration the complete content and unity of the bible. Jesus is many things, healer, savior, intercessor, judge, and the one who suffered for the sins of the world. We see that he shares these roles with his body, the Church as the Church carries out the ministry of Christ is the world. While Christ is the one intercessor between God and man, he shares this unique role with his body the Church. I’m afraid that you fail to see the deep intimacy and profound connection between the “head�? and the “body.�? Instead your theology separates the two and places the body of Christ merely as a spectator and recipient.

Christ is the one who suffered for the sins of the world, yet Paul says that there is something lacking in the sufferings of Christ in Colossians 1:24. What is lacking is our participation with Christ. Christ is the healer, yet he commands us to lay hands on the sick and they will recover (Mark 16:18).

There are many instances where scripture tells us to “pray for one another�? such as James 5:16. When we pray for each other we do not pray as unique or self reliant intercessors but we pray in the name of Jesus. This means that Christ is sharing his unique intercessory role with us which accomplishes two things: 1) The work of Christ continues; 2) We come to know him by participating with him.

I would encourage you to read the scriptures as a whole and also consider two thousand years of scholarship and pray. By doing this you will come to an understanding of Mary’s proper place. I pray that you will come to an understanding of the fullness of God’s kingdom.
November 10, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJeff Cavins
Amen Jeff. For years, as a protestant, I read the bible in bits and pieces, even when I was reading it in "context", because the context I read in was not taking into account the whole of scripture. When I started digging into the Tradition of the Church and the Church fathers, I found an incredible thing, I found a deeper love for the Holy Scriptures. I converted to the Catholic Church in 2006 and the more I come to understand Mary's role in my own personal relationship with Jesus, another incredible thing has happened, I have a deeper love and desire to love Jesus. I would encourage everyone to read what St. Augustine had to say about Mary. And read what Ignatius of Antioch had to say. She is no threat to Jesus and His eternal glory, she is a star pointing everyone to glorify Him more and more!! But I understand Michael's misunderstanding, I used to have it too. Hang in there Michael, and ask the Lord, with an open and humble heart about these things. Peace, keith
July 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterW. Keith Moore

Christ tomb, Crucifixion site and the Ark of the Covenant found buried under a trash pile at the foot of Skull Mountain.


November 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKevin

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