We’ve now passed the middle of our story and, after Passover, our story starts to gain momentum, building up speed as we head toward Plot Point 2, the transition into Act Three.
However, before we get there, God has a lot of things for which he needs to prepare us for, a lot of symbols and ideas he needs to plant within our collective psyche so we will fully appreciate the divine miracles that occur at the end of the story.
After Passover, our story continues with…
The Ark and the 10 Commandments
Moses has freed the Jews from Egypt and they now start to make their way to the Promised Land. God expands the covenant with mankind to grow from between God and a Clan (Abraham) to between God and many Clans (Moses).
On their way, God speaks to Moses in the form of a burning bush. He gives Moses 10 Commandments, his Word in Stone.
He commands Moses to create an ark, to detailed specifications, in which he will carry three things:
- The 10 Commandments
- The priestly Rod of Aaron.
Now why would God ask Moses to do that? Why build an ark in the first place? And why does God ask for those three things to be placed in it?
First, the ark contents. God knows the end of the story.
- God knows that he, as Jesus, will be the Word made flesh.
- He knows that Jesus will be the Bread of Life.
- He knows that Jesus will be the eternal priest.
So that we may understand the fullness of Jesus, God gives us this historical event, this holy event, to use as insight into who Jesus truly is among us.
As for the ark itself, why make an ark to such exacting specifications? Why must it be made so pure? Why, later, when David brings it to the kingdom, is the ark so holy that when it is touched by someone they immediately die?
God could have done anything? Why that?
Because God wants us to know how important Mary is to salvation history.
She is born sinless and is pure, like the ark. Why is she born sinless? So that a sinless woman (like Eve) will give birth to a sinless man (like Adam) who will face the same temptation of Satan in a garden, but will instead remain obedient to God’s will and sacrifice himself, crushing the head of the serpent by dying on the cross in a place called Golgotha, which, not surprisingly, means the place of the skull.
God later reveals Mary as the New Ark of the New Covenant in Revelations when John sees the New Ark in the New Jerusalem and then goes on to describe Mary, Jesus and the battle against Satan.
And, like the original ark, it remains pure, as Mary remains ever-virgin.
Later, after Moses’ death, Joshua and the Levites lift the ark and place it in the swollen Jordan River, where the water again parts, so that the Jews may pass into the Promised Land. It is here, at this place, where God returns for the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist and exclaims that Jesus is his Son.
Nothing is wasted. Everything happens for a reason.
Next time we’ll continue the second part of Act Two starting with the reign of David.