The Ark of the New Covenant

Many people make a big deal of the Ark of the Covenant. There’s the Indiana Jones stuff, The Da Vinci Code stuff, and all that based off of that mystery. But what do we really know about the Ark of the New Covenant? I’m unabashedly copying from the bulletin of my home parish today because it is so cool.. Notice the parallels between the Golden Box or Tabernacle of the Old Covenant and Mary the Mother of God of the New Covenant:

Old: The ark traveled to the house of Obed-edom in the hill country of Judea (2 Samuel 6:1-11)
New: Mary traveled to the house of Elizabeth and Zechariah in the hill country of Judea (Luke 1:39)

Dressed as a priest, David danced and leapt in front of the ark (2 Samuel 6:14)
John the Baptist – of priestly lineage – leapt in his mother’s womb at the approach of Mary (Luke 1:41)

David asks, “How can the ark of the Lord come to me?” (2 Samuel 6:9)
Elizabeth asks, “Why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” (Luke 1:43)

David shouts in the presence of the ark (2 Samuel 6:15)
Elizabeth “exclaimed with a loud cry” in the presence of Mary (Luke 1:43)

The ark remained in the house of Obed-edom for three months (2 Samuel 6:11)
Mary remained in the house of Elizabeth for three months (Luke 1:56)

The house of Obed-edom was blessed by the presence of the ark (2 Samuel 6:11)
The word blessed is used three times; surely the house was blessed by God (Luke 1:39-45)

The ark returns to its home and ends up in Jerusalem, where God’s presence and glory is revealed in the temple (2 Samuel 6:12; 1 Kings 8:9-11)
Mary returns home and eventually ends up in Jerusalem, where she presents God incarnate in the temple (Luke 1:56; Luke 2:21-22)

Inside the Ark:
Old: The stone tablets of the law – the word of God inscribed on stone
New: The body of Jesus Christ – the word of God in the flesh

The urn filled with manna from the wilderness – the miraculous bread come down from heaven
The womb containing Jesus, the bread of life come down from heaven (John 6:41)

The rod of Aaron that budded to prove and defend the true high priest
The actual and eternal High Priest

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