Jeff unpacks the beautiful mystery of the incarnation and shows how it is an incredible gift of mercy – especially at Christmas.
He first draws parallels between the Ark of the Covenant in the Old Testament and Mary in the New Testament.
Jeff’s words will change your perspective of Christmas forever.
Snippet from the Show
The Ark of the Covenant was hidden prior to the Babylonian captivity, and nobody has ever found it. But we don’t need to. Why? Because the New Ark of the Covenant appears in a cave at Christmas – Mary.
Parallels between Ark of the Covenant and Mary, The New Ark of the Covenant
|Ark of the Covenant holds:||Jesus in Mary’s womb is:|
|– Manna||– The Living Bread|
|– The Ten Commandments||– Word made flesh|
|– Aaron’s budding rod |
(speaks of his authority)
|– King of Kings and Lord of Lords|
- 2 Samuel 6:2 – “David arose and went” to Judah.
- Luke 1:39 – “Mary arose and went” to the hill country of Judea.
- 2 Samuel 6:9 – David cries out: “How can the Ark of the Lord come to me?”
- Luke 1:43 – Elizabeth asks: “Why is it granted me that the mother of my Lord should come to me?”
- 2 Samuel 6:14-15 – David is found leaping and dancing before the Ark of the Covenant.
- Luke 1:41-44 – The baby in Elizabeth’s womb is leaping for joy in Mary’s presence.
- 2 Samuel 6:11 – The Ark of the Covenant remained at the house of Obededom for three months.
- Luke 1:56 – Mary (the new Ark of the Covenant) remained at the home of Elizabeth and Zechariah for three months.
- Revelations 11:19 – The Ark of his Covenant was seen within his temple.
- Revelation 12:1 – A woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. (Same image as Our Lady of Guadalupe.)
- 2 Maccabees 2:4-7 – It was also in the writing that the prophet, having received an oracle, ordered that the tent and the ark should follow with him, and that he went out to the mountain where Moses had gone up and had seen the inheritance of God. And Jeremiah came and found a cave, and he brought there the tent and the ark and the altar of incense, and he sealed up the entrance. Some of those who followed him came up to mark the way, but could not find it. When Jeremiah learned of it, he rebuked them and declared: “The place shall be unknown until God gathers his people together again and shows his mercy.
- The Hebrew word RACHAM translates to both “mercy” and “womb”.
Jeff’s new book, The Activated Disciple: Taking Your Faith to the Next Level is sold out! We’ll let you know as soon as it comes back in stock.
In the meantime, don’t forget to check out The Great Adventure Catholic Bible.
Do you have comments or questions for Jeff? Use the comment box below, or email Jeff at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode!