God uses the Ark of the Old Covenant to give us a beautiful foreshadowing of the Ark of the New Covenant.
Good As Gold
“Have them make a chest of acacia wood [the Ark of the Covenant]— two and a half cubits long, a cubit and a half wide, and a cubit and a half high. Overlay it with pure gold, both inside and out…” ~ Exodus 25:10-11
Just as the Ark of the Old Covenant was pure inside and out starting at its very construction, so must the Ark of the New Covenant be pure inside and out starting at her very conception (The Immaculate Conception).
Metals rust as they react with oxygen. But gold is a metal that does not rust. Gold does not rust because when God created gold, he infused into it the characteristic of not reacting with oxygen. Without that extra characteristic added by gold’s creator (God), gold would rust.
People sin as they are tempted by the world. But Mary is a person who did not sin. Mary did not sin because when God created Mary, he infused into her the characteristic of not succumbing to temptation. Without that extra characteristic added by Mary’s creator (God), Mary would sin.
Whereas the rest of us were conceived by two ingredients (egg and sperm), Mary was conceived by three (egg, sperm, and God’s saving grace). Without that third ingredient, Mary would be as sinful as the rest of us. Her sinlessness was totally dependent upon grace, that third ingredient, which came from a source (God) external to herself. God’s sinlessness (on the other hand) is dependent upon no source external to himself. God is good, period.
Once Saved, Always Saved
The “once saved, always saved” theory of salvation that many American Christians mistakenly (in my opinion) apply to themselves can be correctly applied to Mary, who was highly favored by God.
And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. ~ Luke 1:28 (King James Bible)
God sent the Angel Gabriel to Mary not with just any old greeting, but with a greeting that is unprecedented and unparalleled in the Bible– “Hail, thou that art highly favoured.”
Carrying The Word, And The Word Made Flesh
The Ark of the Old Covenant carried the word of God (the Ten Commandments). The Ark of the New Covenant carries the word of God made flesh (Jesus Christ).
In the beginning was the Word [Jesus], and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. ~ John 1:1
And remember that the Ark of the Old Covenant could not be touched by just any man?
“After Aaron and his sons have finished covering the holy furnishings and all the holy articles, and when the camp is ready to move, the Kohathites are to come to do the carrying. But they must not touch the holy things or they will die.” ~ Numbers 4:15
And when they came to Nachon’s threshing floor, Uzzah put his hand to the Ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen stumbled. Then the anger of the LORD was aroused against Uzzah, and God struck him for his error; and he died there by the ark of God. ~ 2 Samuel 6:6-7
The Ark could not be touched by just any man. This is a pretty remarkable foreshadowing of the sexual purity of the Ark of the New Covenant, Mary.
And then there is the fact that the Arks of the Old and New Covenants made visits for the same lengths of time.
The ark of the LORD remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite for three months, and the LORD blessed him and his entire household. ~ 2 Samuel 6:11
Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home. ~ Luke 1:56
Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy
Finally there is the excitement generated by the Arks of the Old and New Covenants because of what (and who) they contained.
So David went and brought up the ark of God… Then David danced before the LORD with all his might… David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting and with the sound of the trumpet. ~ 2 Samuel 6:12-15
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her [Elizabeth’s] womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. ~ Luke 1:41
The Bible is always proven true.