Christmas, The Birth of Jesus Christ

The Gospel of Luke is dedicated to “Theophilus” or friend of God.  

Mary followed Jewish Law in Chapter 2:21-22 (See Leviticus 12)

The birth of Jesus is likely one of the most deceptively familiar stories in modernity.  Perhaps it is because it is considered familiar that most are content with merely looking at images and recreations of nativity, a manger, and wise men.  One of the most interesting, and hidden, aspects of the birth of Jesus, is the parallel between The Virgin Mary and the Ark of the Covenant.  This parallel makes the story of Mary an extremely Jewish story.  For December 25th, the Harvard Classics reading guide suggests reading the first and second chapter of Luke.  A simultaneous reading of the 6th Chapter of 2nd Samuel is required to draw parallels between the Virgin Mary and the Ark of the Covenant.

Ark of the Covenant

The glory of the Lord and the cloud cover the Tabernacle (which contained the ark) and overshadow them.

Exodus 40:34-35

David arose and went to the hill country of Judah to bring up the ark of God.

2 Samuel 6:2

David admits unworthiness to receive the Ark by exclaiming, “How can the ark of the Lord come to me?”                                                                           

2 Samuel 6:9

David danced (leaped) before the Ark as it was brought with shouting

2 Samuel 6:15-16

The Ark remained in the hill country, in the house of Obed-Edom for three months.

2 Samuel 6:11

The Virgin Mary

The Holy Spirit comes upon Mary and the power of the Most High overshadows her.

Luke 1:35

Mary arose and went into the hill country of Judah to visit her cousin Elizabeth.

Luke 1:39

Elizabeth admits her unworthiness to receive Mary by exclaiming “And why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?”

Luke 1:41-42

John leaped at the sound of Mary’s voice and Elizabeth cried with a shout.

Luke 1:41-42

Mary remained in the hill country in Elizabeth’s house for three months.

Luke 1:56

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