n Luke 1:28, the angel Gabriel greets Mary:
Hail full of grace, the Lord is with you!
In the annunciation, look at the proclamation of the angel Gabriel, sent by God to the Virgin Mary, "Hail full of Grace, the Lord is with you!"
The New Testament Ark of the Covenant is the Blessed Virgin Mary!
The Ark of the Covenant is truly verified in the Old Testament Scriptures.
There is great correlation in the Biblical texts between the "Ark" and the New Testament "Ark" which is the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Many of the early Church fathers in their writings have called Mary the "New Testament Ark of the Covenant"!
The Ark of the Covenant makes concrete the absolute presence of God during the exodus and the journey into the Promised Land by the nation of Israel. The Shekinah glory of God, the cloud covered the tent, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. The Church, the Israel of God, calls on the magnificent intercession of the new Ark, Mary the mother of God who was the tabernacle of the "Incarnate Word" Jesus Christ our Lord. As the ark was the place of the Word of God, Mary's womb was also the place where by the overshadowing of the Most High, the Word made Flesh, Jesus Christ the Lord was placed by God. The Old Testament Ark of the Covenant was a mobile sanctuary. The New Testament Ark of the Covenant is a human sanctuary. The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, is the New Testament Ark of the Covenant - the sanctuary of the Incarnate Word, Jesus Christ.
Mary was given by grace the magnificent inestimable privilege and dignity to carry in her own body the second person of the Divine Trinity, Jesus Christ the Lord. The Old Testament Ark makes concrete the active presence of the Almighty God during the exodus.
Numbers 10:33-34 shows the Almighty God himself guiding the Ark.
The wisdom and purity of the Virgin Mary guided the Lord Jesus Christ in his humanity. The Ark was the symbol of the presence of Yahweh.
Genesis 6:14-22 gives Biblical evidence that the Ark was a vessel in which Noah and his family escaped the deluge.
Mary, the New Testament Ark, was the vessel that God in his infinite goodness, love and mercy used to bore his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, the Savior, for redemption of mankind.
Look at the magnificent demand and desire of God for perfection of the Old Testament Ark. The Ark was made with the finest materials and covered with gold and was so precious no one could touch it. Only the High Priest could enter into the presence of the Ark.
The Ark was so precious that Eli a priest of the sanctuary of Shiloh to whom Hanna confided her son Samuel whom she had consecrated to the Lord, Eli found out that the Ark was captured by the Philistines fell over backward and his neck was broken and he died. 1 Samuel 4:14-18 gives the Biblical evidence.
1 Chronicles 13:7-10 gives affirmative Biblical evidence that when Uzzah put his hand out to hold the ark (when the oxen stumbled), he was stricken dead. The anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah for touching the ark, he was smitten by God, afflicted with the punishment of death for touching the ark. The Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, a doctrine proclaimed by Mother Church, gives reason that a chaste Virgin and a womb that was not spotted by sin was a necessity to bear the God man Jesus Christ. It is the Virgin Mary who is the pure, chaste spouse of the Holy Spirit. The New Testament Ark bore the Incarnate Word.
Ezekiel 44:1-2 gives absolute Biblical evidence that the gate of the sanctuary shall remain shut. Sacred Scripture here states
This gate shall remain shut; It shall not be opened, and no one shall enter by it, for the Lord the God of Israel has entered by it.
Doctors of the Church, St. Jerome and St. Ambrose, have stated that this gate was the womb of Mary, and Scripture here proclaims the absolute perpetual virginity of Mother Mary.
The New Testament gives Biblical affirmation that the New Testament Ark bore Jesus Christ the Incarnate Word who came to do the Father's will and redeem the world of sin.
Luke 1:35 states
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.
John 2:1-11 gives affirmative Biblical evidence that the first public miracle of Christ was through the powerful intercession of Mary at the wedding at Cana.
Sacred Scripture gives definitive evidence as the Incarnate Word came into the world full of grace and truth, also, the tabernacle of the Word made flesh was full of grace, the Scriptures give affirmation that his mother was full of grace. Look at this magnificent correlation in the following Biblical Texts:
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)
For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (John 1:17)
Let us now look at the annunciation, the magnificent words of the Angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary.
Luke 1:28 Hail full of grace, the Lord is with you! St. Luke uses the perfect passive participle, kecharitomene, which means in the Greek "completely, perfectly filled with grace". Yet, "Hail, full of grace"!
Let us look at the "Ark of the Covenant"!
In Exodus 25:10-22, the Almighty God tells Moses to build the Ark of the Covenant!
Exodus 25:16 says,
You shall put in the Ark the covenant in which I gave you saith the Lord God.
The covenant is the tablets that contained the Ten Commandments given to Moses by God.
Exodus 20:1-17 Moses is given the Ten Commandments on Mt. Sinai by the Almighty God.
Deuteronomy 10:1-5 tells mankind that the second pair of tablets was given to Moses from God, the first set of tablets was smashed by Moses. The second set would be put in the ark containing the Ten Commandments.
Hebrews 9:3-5 also states in the ark would be the Ten Commandments and the manna in a golden urn and Aaron's rod that budded!
The New Testament manna is the Eucharist, the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ was born by the power of the Holy Spirit and the overshadowing of the power of the Most High in the womb of Mary. Mary is called the Tabernacle of the Incarnate Word. Mary is the true ark of the covenant because, through her, by the power of God came the bread of life, the living bread, Jesus Christ the Lord.
In 1 Timothy 2:5 Scripture says,
There is one mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ who gave himself for the ransom of all.
Mary and the saints are used in Catholic theology for intercessory or petitionary prayer. They cannot save, only through Jesus Christ's redemptive act on Cross at Calvary is redemption and salvation possible. Intercessory prayer can be Biblically verified. Scripture gives numerous affirmation and evidence of intercessory prayer.
In the Old Testament in 2 Maccabees 15:12-17, when Onias the high priest, a noble and good man prayed for the Jews, the great prophet Jeremiah interceded giving Judas Maccabees a golden sword. Jeremiah said, take this it is a gift from God.
The New Testament verification of intercessory prayer can be found in Colossians 4:3, 1 Thessalonians 5:25, Romans 15:30 and also for the supplication of the saints Ephesians 6:18!
Scripture shows great correlation between the Old Testament Ark and the New Testament Ark which is Mary!
In Exodus 40:35, the Scriptures tell us of the Shekinah glory, the cloud overshadowing the tent where the ark was where the glory of God filled the tabernacle. In the great angelic annunciation, in Luke's gospel Mary was greeted by the angel Gabriel, Luke 1:28 Hail full of Grace!
In Luke 1:35, the angel says to Mary,
…the Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
Mary was overshadowed by the power of the Most High. The correlation is the shadow of the Most High overshadowed the ark where the commandments of God were. Mary was overshadowed by the power of Most High. Mary is the tabernacle of the Incarnate Word!
In 2 Samuel 6:3 David brought the ark out of the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill. In Luke 1:39, the visitation, Mary went up to the hill country to visit Elizabeth. In 2 Samuel 6:9 David says,
How could the ark of the Lord come to me?
In Luke 1:43 Elizabeth greeted Mary saying,
Who am I that the mother of my Lord shall come to me.
In 2 Samuel 6:5 the Scripture says that David leaped in joy being merry before the ark.
In the visitation in Luke 1:44 Elizabeth confirms that at the sound of Mary's greeting reaching her ears, that John the Baptist leaped in her womb with joy. In 2 Samuel 6:10-13, Scripture states that David brought the ark to the house of Obededom the Gittite, and that the ark remained at the house of Obededom for three months and the house of Obededom was blessed.
In Luke 1:56 Scripture states Mary stayed with Elizabeth for three months.
In the Old Testament, fertility was truly associated with blessing. Elizabeth was blessed bringing forth a son, John the Baptist (Luke 1:57)!
In Mary's canticle Luke 1:48-49 (King James Version) reads,
Henceforth all generations will call me blessed. For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.
Mary was truly blessed because the Lord Jesus Christ was within her.
Scripture truly informs us that no creature has received such sublimity of God's grace as the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Church teaches that Mary was the most highly chosen by God from all the descendants of Eve, to be the Mother of God. Church Fathers called Mary the new Eve! To be the mother of the Son of God, Mary is full of grace!
Mary's function in salvation history in no way impedes, obscures or diminishes the unique mediation of the saving power of our Lord Jesus Christ, but shows its power.
The Blessed Virgin's salutary influence on mankind flows forth from the superabundance of the merits of Christ, rests on his mediation, and depends on it, and draws all its power from the magnificent merits of Jesus Christ. In Matthew 15:4 Jesus replied,
God said honor your father and your mother!
Mary is our spiritual mother; she is the mother of the Church and the Queen of Heaven.
Let us call upon the power of Jesus Christ through Mary's powerful intercession. Come Holy Spirit, come through the powerful intercession of the Immaculate heart of Mary your well beloved spouse! We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ through the glory of God the Father Almighty!
May God Richly Bless You! Amen! Hallelujah!
Charles 'Friar Buck' Hatchko
September 23, 2004
Originally published in Area Bargain Buyer