An Ark in the New Testament?

We tend to think of the Old Testament as mostly stories of events that happened before Jesus was born, and in a sense that’s true, But there are many, many details in the Old Testament that point to the future and God’s saving work through Christ, crucified and risen.  In fact, the Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that the mystery of Christ is hidden throughout all of the Old Testament!  (CCC 122, 129, 1094)   Reading Scripture in this allegorical way helps us to see that Christ truly is the center of everything!  (CCC 117)

Here are just a few of the many examples:

  • In the Old Testament Eve is called “the mother of all the living” (Genesis 3:20) and this prefigures Mary, who is the spiritual mother of us all.
  • The twelve tribes of Israel foreshadow the twelve Apostles.
  • God asks Abraham to sacrifice his only son, Isaac and God later sacrifices His only Son, Jesus, on the same mountain.
  • Jonah spent three days in the belly of the whale before being spit back out on shore and Christ spent three days in the tomb before His resurrection on the third day.
  • By crossing through the waters of the Red Sea, Israel was saved from slavery in Egypt and all Christians are saved from slavery to sin by the waters of baptism.
  • The people saved on Noah’s ark also points to the future salvation by baptism.
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