Friday, August 12, 2011

Mary: Ark of the Covenant

The other day I learned that Mary is considered to be a type of an ark of the covenant. Since she was a virgin, she was pure on the outside, like gold. The Spirit of God overshadowed her like He had overshadowed the ark in the tabernacle of the Old Testament. Mary carried Jesus, so she was pure on the inside by virtue of His presence. Jesus was the Word of God incarnate, the Bread From Heaven, the Rightful Heir of the spiritual priesthood. That makes sense to me.

The ark of Old Testament fame was housed within the tabernacle, inside the Holy of Holies. It was essentially a wooden box covered with gold inside & out. It held the 2 stone tablets on which God inscribed the 10 commandments, a jar of manna & Aaron's staff that budded (which symbolized the right of priesthood). Above the ark was something called the Mercy Seat, where the very presence of God came to dwell among men.

Revelation 21:3 says: "And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God."

Do the pronouns "he, his" (which follow) also apply to the "tabernacle" of God? Or is the tabernacle something separate from God? Moreover, how can it possibly be referring to Mary? How can Mary be both tabernacle AND ark? Or is it generally understood that the ark of the covenant, of God's presence among men, resided within the tabernacle?

I'm also very curious as to why this verse is a mixture of present & future tense. "The tabernacle of God IS WITH men...", and "He WILL DWELL with them, and they SHALL BE His people, and God Himself SHALL BE with them..."

Overall, I find the idea of Mary as an ark compelling, but not entirely convincing. Bringing scripture into the discussion seems to mount evidence against this claim rather than support.

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