For those of you who have followed the Divine UK
live streaming, you have already heard so many talks about the biblical truths
of Mother Mary. We have discussed many things about Mother Mary, especially about
Mother Mary as the new Eve as opposed to the Old Testament Eve. And so, we will
continue to see how Mother Mary has been pre-shadowed throughout the
Typologies: Shadows of the
New Testament in the Old Testament
Firstly, why do we need to read the Old Testament?
Because the Old Testament and New Testament are closely connected and so it
isn’t a surprise that we have been given both the new and the old testament. When
we speak about sacred scripture, the holy bible, it does not only involve the
New Testament but also the Old Testament; they are both sacred, holy and
precious. The Old Testament is precious and holy not only to the Jewish
community, but also for Christianity and is why our church fathers have given this
Old Testament to us, as Saint Augustine of Hippo once said “The New Testament is concealed in the Old Testament
and the Old Testament is revealed in the New Testament.”
What does it mean by to be concealed? It means hidden.
And so, the New Testament can be seen as a shadow in the Old Testament. That is
why there is a branch in theology called Shadows
of the New Testament in the Old Testament or Typology. There are so many typologies in the Old Testament which
are of the New Testament and we have discussed about many of these typologies (Shadows of the New Testament in the Old Testament) in our previous
classes. If you haven’t already listened to the previous talks on Mother Mary,
on the Divine UK channel, then it may help for you to watch them for you to
better understand the current topic.
Challenge your faith to seek the truth
There is much confusion about Mother Mary around
the world especially from other denominations. There are many people who
criticize the apostolic churches, who’s tradition is of 2000 years. These
apostolic churches are being attacked by new generational churches with regards
to Mother Mary, Confession, Holy Eucharist, and so forth. There is so much criticism
taking place against the apostolic churches due to their strict tradition, even
though it was handed down by Jesus himself, unlike the new generation
denominations which sprouted only in the last century.
So what we must understand is that we need to search
for the truth. I’m not insisting you to just believe the words I am going to
say or the bible verses I will use, but I want you to challenge you faith,
question your faith and find the truth. Don’t surrender your brain in front of anyone. This is the same frame of
mind we need when we begin to study the bible. Start impartially by searching
for the truth and then only will you come to know the truth.
There is not much written about Mother Mary in
the New Testament. We only know the infancy narrations of Jesus, what happened
to Mother Mary regarding the annunciation, visiting Elizabeth, going to Bethlehem,
travel to Egypt and back and being lost in the temple.
These are some of the references about Mother Mary
that we read in the Bible. We don’t know much except for this and the
occurrence under the cross and during the Pentecost experience. After that, the
bible does not mention anything about her but we do have a lot of information
from tradition. Many people are skeptical of tradition and so for today’s topic
I will only be focusing on the bible. Nevertheless, I would like to point out
that traditions are valid and are equally as valid as the bible.
Using the Old Testament to Understand the New Testament
If we don’t understand anything in the New Testament
in the true sense, then we must read the Old Testament. That is why our church
fathers said “Go and read the Old Testament”. For example, if there is no Old
Testament and only the New Testament was given to Christianity as the sacred
scripture then this poses a question- Who really is Jesus Christ? If there is
no Old Testament then who is Jesus Christ? Why did he come? Who is he? Where did
he come from? All these questions would not have an answer if there is no Old
Sometime back I asked one person, for curiosity’s
sake, to tell me who Jesus is if we only had the New Testament and not the old.
They replied saying that Jesus is the Messiah. But then I asked, “What is Messiah?
Where does this word Messiah come from?” The word “Messiah” comes from the Old
Testament because they were expecting a Messiah. Suppose you removed the Old Testament,
the word Messiah would not appear in the New Testament and so
you would have to remove that word. Then he said “Jesus is the Savior”.
And then I said “Savior for what?” [and he responded] “Savior from sin” [and I
said] “Where is sin?” Original sin again goes back to the Old Testament.
If we removed the Old Testament, there would be
no original sin and there would be no waiting for a Saviour. Moreover, there would
be no second person in the Holy Trinity if you remove the Old Testament. And
so, there are so many things that would cause trouble if we didn’t read the Old
Testament. That is why we also have the Old Testament as sacred scripture. If
you really want to know who Jesus is then you have to read Old Testament. You
must believe in the Old Testament because of the many shadows of the New
Testament in the Old Testament. God even told Moses He would give him a
prophet just like Moses.We
have heard the talk on the comparison between Moses and Jesus. There are slopes
and many connections between Moses and Jesus in the Old Testament and New
Testament. When Moses was born, so many children were killed; when Jesus was born
so many children were killed. Moses was brought up in Egypt, Jesus was also
brought up in Egypt for some time. And so, there are many parallelisms. If you
would like to know more, these talks are also available on the Divine UK
Channel. This includes the Old Testament Eve and the New Testament Eve (Mother
Mary) and the Old Testament Adam, the first man, and the New Testament Adam,
that is Jesus, the new man.
Ark of the covenant- what is it?
In Hebrews Chapter 9: 3 we read, “Behind the second curtain was a tent called
the Holy of Holies”. Here, Hebrews is writing about the Holy of holies in
the Jerusalem temple.
stood the golden altar of incense the ark of the covenant overlaid on all sides
with gold in which there were a golden urn holding the manna, and Aaron’s rod
that budded, and the tablets of the covenant;” [Heb 9:4 (NRSV)]
Three things are present in the Ark of the Covenant.
Firstly, the manna which is the symbol of the New Testament manna-Jesus.
Secondly, Aaron’s rod that budded, symbolizing true priesthood, which in the
New Testament, is known as Jesus, the true priest. And thirdly, the tablets of
the old covenant, symbolizing the new covenant- Jesus. And so, the three things
in the ark of the covenant are all symbols of Jesus Christ.
If these three things are the symbols of Jesus
then what is the symbol of ark of the covenant? The ark of the covenant
symbolizes Mother Mary in whose womb Jesus was born. That is why the church
fathers called Mother Mary the New Ark of the Covenant. We also read from 2
Maccabees, when Babylon and the exile happened, the Israelites were attacked by
Babylon. Jeremiah took the ark of the covenant and hid the ark of the covenant
in Mount Nebo. Nobody knows the place where it is hidden, even to this day. But
Jeremiah prophesied saying “One day, this
ark of the covenant will be revealed to humanity”. And when is that day? When
the Messiah comes.
When the Messiah comes, the ark of the covenant
will be revealed to everyone. This is the promise. In 2 Maccabees: 2:4 we read where
the ark of the covenant is hidden:
“It was also in the same document 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. Jeremiah came and found a cave dwelling and he
brought there the tent and the ark and the altar of incense. Then he sealed up
the entrance. Some of those who followed him came up intending to mark the way
but could not find it. When Jeremiah learned of it he rebuked them and declared
“The place shall remain unknown until God gathers his people together again and
shows His mercy”.
So this place of the ark of the covenant, will
be hidden until two things happen: the Messiah comes, and when the mercy of God
is revealed. Jesus is the mercy of the Heavenly Father. So when mercy is revealed
and the Messiah is revealed, the ark of the covenant also will be revealed.
And what will be the sign of ark of the covenant?
In 2 Maccabees 2: 8 we read, “Then the Lord
will disclose these things and the glory of the Lord and the cloud will appear”
The cloud of God, the glory of God- meaning the ark
of the covenant. During the Annunciation, when the Angel Gabriel visited Mary,
Jesus was conceived in the womb of Mother Mary. Here the mercy and Messiah is
revealed. The angel then said “the glory of God will overshadow you” meaning
the ark of the covenant was revealed through Mother Mary. So Mother Mary is the
ark of the covenant and inside Mother Mary, was the New Testament, real
priesthood, real manna and real covenant- Jesus.
The New Ark of the Covenant- Mother Mary
After the death of Jesus and Pentecost, we don’t
hear about Mother Mary. Mother Mary just disappears from the Bible just like
ark of the covenant suddenly disappeared during the Babylonian exile. In the same
way, Mother Mary also disappeared after the Pentecost experience. Now, where
are we? Where do we meet? Where do we see ark of the covenant according to the
In Revelations 11:19 we read,
“Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the
ark of his covenant was seen within his temple and there were flashes of
lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and heavy hail”.
The Lord’s ark of the covenant is now in the
temple in Heaven as envisioned by John.
Revelations Chapter 12:1 continues,
“A great portent appeared in heaven: a woman clothed
with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars”.
So here we can see two things in Heaven: the ark
of the covenant and the woman. The ark of the covenant and the woman are shown
together in order to tell us who Mother Mary is. It shows us that the ark of
the covenant in the Old and New Testament is indeed Mother Mary.
Significance of the ark of the covenant
There are so many pre-shadows in the Old
Testament of both Jesus and Mother Mary. That is why in the Old Testament you
can see Moses, Joshua, all of them, prostrate in front of the ark of the
covenant. They honor the ark of the covenant, they carry the ark of the covenant
for procession. The whole Israel Exodus is a procession from Egypt to the Promised
Land, carrying the ark of the covenant in front, and everyone following the ark
of the covenant. When the ark of the covenant stops, everyone stops. When ark
of the covenant starts- everyone starts. Everybody in fact followed the ark of
By following the ark of the covenant, who were
they following? God himself. In the New Testament, the ark of the covenant is Mother
Mary, given to us by God, and also our Lord Jesus Christ from Mount Calvary.
And so we must understand that there is lot of symbolism.
Importance of Mother Mary in Christian Life: Parallelism of Joseph
There is one more symbol (shadow) this topic
will touch on, for you to really understand the importance of Mother Mary in
Christian life. If one desires to know who Mother Mary is then on must look into
the Jewish religion because Christianity is in fact a continuation of the Jewish
religion. Therefore to see who Mother Mary is, then you need to read the Old Testament,
which is the Jewish religion. For that I will give a small parallelism between
Joseph and Jesus- Old Testament Joseph and New Testament Jesus. Joseph was also
a pre-shadow of Jesus, just like Moses was. We even see Isaac, in some ways, as
a pre-shadow of Jesus and even Esau.
We know from Genesis 37:26-27, that Joseph was sold to the Gentiles- “Judah asked his brothers ‘what will we gain
by killing our brother and covering up his death? Let’s sell him to the Ishmaelites”.
Similarly, in the New Testament we can see Jesus was also sold to the Gentiles-
Gentiles being the Romans. The second
parallelism we see is in Genesis 37:28 where Joseph was sold for 20 silver
coins and in the New Testament we see Jesus was sold for 30 silver coins in Matthew
26:15. The only difference you can see 20 silver coins and 30 silver coins, otherwise,
we see the same prefiguration here.
Furthermore, Joseph was betrayed and sold by one
of his 12 brothers (12 brothers including Joseph). Likewise, in the New Testament,
one among twelve betrayed Jesus- Matthew 26: 16. Moreover, Joseph was abandoned
by his brothers. All his brothers abandoned him, nobody wanted to protect him,
no one wanted to save him, all of them abandoned him. In the New Testament, Jesus
considered his disciples as his own brothers and all his brothers, 12 of them,
Joseph went to prison, Jesus was also taken to
prison. Joseph was condemned with two men in the prison and Jesus carried the
cross to Mount Calvary with two condemned men. Jesus also was with two
condemned men. And what happened to these two condemned men? In Joseph’s case,
one condemned man was saved, the other one was destroyed and killed. In the New
Testament, one of the two of the
condemned was saved, and the other one was
destroyed. So you can see the parallelism here again.
There is another parallelism. Joseph was 30
years old when he entered into Pharaoh’s service. Similarly, Jesus was 30 years
old when he started the service of His Heavenly Father. Joseph was 30 years
when he started the ministry of his king. Jesus was 30 years when he started his
ministry of his Father the King of the whole Universe. Furthermore, Joseph was
exalted to the right hand of Pharaoh to rule over the country, “See I have set you over all the land of Egypt”
(Genesis 41:4)- he was sitting at the right hand of the King of Egypt. And then
we read Jesus too was exalted to the right hand of the Father to rule over the
The next parallelism: Joseph saved the Israelites
and Gentiles from death by feeding them with life giving wheat. What did Jesus
do? Jesus saved the Israelites and the Gentiles (us)
from spiritual death and death of sin, by giving
them the life giving bread.
And so, these are the most important symbols and
pre-shadows you can see.
The connections between Rachel and Mother Mary
So, who was the mother of Joseph? Rachel, the
beloved wife of Jacob. Jacob had two wives, Leah and Rachel however he did not
want to marry Leah but Rachel and so she is known as the beloved wife of Jacob
and Joseph was her first born.
If Jesus is the New Testament Joseph, this means
that Mother Mary is the New Testament Rachel. The meaning of the word Rachel
means female lamb and so that means Mother Mary is the new Rachel, the
female lamb who gave birth to the Lamb of God. And so, you can see many connections
Furthermore, Rachel had two sons and we can also
understand this further by looking at the connection between Mother Mary and
Rachel. Firstly, Joseph was the first born of Rachel and Jesus is the first
born of Mother Mary. Benjamin is the second born son of Rachel. We read in Genesis
35:18 “As her soul was departing (for she
died), she named him Benoni; but his father called him Benjamin”. When Benjamin
was born Rachel named him Benoni which means “son of my sorrow”. But his father did not like that name so Jacob
changed the name to Benjamin ‘son of my right hand’. So originally, Benjamin
was called Benoni by Rachel during the moment of her sorrow. In the same way, the
New Testament Rachel, Mother Mary’s, first born is Jesus. There is also a second
born, John. Under the cross Jesus said “here
is your son”. And so, at the moment of Mother Mary’s sorrow, just like
Rachel’s, Mother Mary also received a second son, John. Therefore John is the
symbol of the New Testament Israelites, the New Testament disciples whom Mother
Mary gave birth to on Mount Calvary, in her extreme sorrow.
This is why the church fathers believe Mother Mary
never had birth pangs when she gave birth to Jesus, but she went through birth
pangs when she gave birth to the New Testament disciples, John, under the Mount
Calvary. Her birth pang was not the birth pang of every woman- her birth pang
was in her heart. This is the birth pang Simeon prophesied as he said “a sword will pierce through your heart”.
This sword piercing experience is the birth pang she experienced on Mount Calvary,
just like Jesus, who experienced birth pang when He gave birth to the Kingdom
of God on Mount Calvary. That is why there are 2 hours mentioned in the New
Testament. The hour of woman means the birth pang of woman. Jesus called his own
crucifixion my hour. That is why at
the wedding at Cana, Jesus told Mother Mary “my hour has not come”. What is this? This hour is nothing but the
crucifixion, the pain.
In John 2:4 we read Jesus saying “Woman what concern is that to you and to me?
My hour has not yet come”. Why did Jesus call Mother Mary Woman? If you would like to know this,
it is covered in the talk Mother Mary as the New Eve and you can watch
this to better understand why Jesus called Mother Mary Woman.
In Luke 22: 53 we read, “When I was with you day after day in the temple, you did not lay hands
on me. But this is your hour, the power of darkness!” His passion is called
‘hour’. Jesus calls his own birth pangs
of giving birth to the Kingdom of God on earth, His ‘hour’, just like a woman’s
hour means when she is experiencing birth pangs.
In John 19:25-26 we read when Jesus told Mother Mary to receive
John as her son, “And that is what the
soldiers did. Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother and
his mother’s sister Mary the wife of Clopas and Mary Magdalene.When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple
whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your
John’s name was not mentioned, instead he was
written as the disciple whom he loved- beloved
disciple, beloved of the Lord. So, in the Old Testament, Benjamin is the
pre-shadow of John. The second child of Rachel is Benjamin and the second son
of the New Testament Rachel, Mother Mary, is John.
In Deuteronomy 33:12 we read, “Of Benjamin he said: The beloved of the Lord
rests in safety- the High God surrounds him all day long- the beloved rests
between his shoulders”.
Here, God calls Benjamin as the Beloved of the Lord. In the New
Testament, John, the second child, is the symbol of the New Testament people;
he is the symbol of all the disciples of Jesus and Christianity as a whole. Furthermore,
the bible calls John the Beloved of the Lord. If Benjamin is therefore the pre-shadow
of John, Joseph is the pre-shadow of Jesus and if Rachel is the mother of Joseph
and Benjamin, then surely Mary is the mother of both Jesus and John. If so, she
is the mother of all the disciples and she is our mother too.
In Gospel John 19:26-27 we read, “WhenJesus
saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to
his mother “Woman here is your son. Then he said to the disciple “Here is your
mother” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home. Afterwards
it is written from that hour, the disciple took her into his own home. Why is
this hour mentioned? Because that is the hour of Mother Mary. From that hour she
became a mother of one more child, John. The ultimately means the whole church
and represents all the disciples.
How do we know John is the symbol of all the
disciples? In Revelation 12:7 we read, “Then
the dragon was angry with the woman, and went off to make war on the rest of
her children, those who keep the commandments of God and hold the testimony of
When the dragon, the serpent, could not kill the
first born of the woman, Jesus, the dragon became angry with the woman and went
off to make war with the rest of her children. Who are the rest of her
children? We are. This involves the disciples too. All those who keep the
commandments of God and hold the testimony of Jesus are the ‘rest of her children’.
We are the ones and John is the representative of all of us; he is the new Benjamin.
The Power of Rachel’s Cries for Her Children
There is one more important thing you will read
from the Mishnah, which is very surprising. All the patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac,
Jacob and Moses were all buried in a certain place but Rachel was buried in Bethlehem.
According to Jewish history, when Jewish people were attacked by Babylon, all
the people of Israel were going for exile in front of the tomb of Rachel.
There is a passage that goes to Babylon in front
of the tomb of Rachel. Even to this day, the tomb remains. That is why in the Old
Testament it is written Rachel was crying in Lamentations Rabba-Jeremiah
31:14. What is Lamentations Rabba? It is Mishna,
a Jewish book (the Jewish commentary on Jeremiah 31). Just like we have bible
commentaries, Jewish people also have Jewish commentaries written by famous Rabbis
and one of the Jewish commentaries written is Lamentations Rabba Jeremiah
So says the Lord: A voice is heard on high, lamentation,
bitter, weeping. Rachel is weeping for her children, she refuses to be
comforted for her children for they are not. So says the Lord: Refrain your
voice from weeping and your eyes from tears, for there is reward for your work,
says the Lord, and they shall come back from the land of enemy.
Now this is what is written about Rachel. When
the Israelites were taken captive to Babylon, all the Israelites went to exile in
front of the tomb of Rachel, which led to the cry of Rachel. In the Mishnah
and the commentary of Jewish Old Testament, especially in the commentary called
Rabbah, there is a special incident mentioned. Before I mention this
incident from scripture, I will first explain. The story goes like this:
The Jewish commentary states that when
Israelites were captured by Babylonians and they went to exile, Rachel was
crying. In the heavenly place, everyone
was watching to see what was happening on earth. In the same way, in the New
Testament, when Jesus was preaching the Word of God on Mount Tabor, Moses and Elijah
appeared to Jesus and spoke about what is happening on earth. They were so keen
on knowing what is happening on earth. In the same way, in the Old Testament, all
the patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Moses, were very careful and so
protective about their children, the Israelites.
When Babylonians attacked Israel, they were
captured by the Babylonians. Abraham was hurt, Isaac was hurt, Jacob was hurt, Moses
was hurt. And what did they do? One by one they came in front of God and
pleaded and said Please save them, please
save them. God did not listen. Abraham cried- God did not listen. Jacob cried,
Isaac cried-God did not listen. Jacob cried- God did not listen. In the Eichah
Rabbah, the oldest manuscript available from the 5th
Century, it is written:
of the Universe. When I turned 100, you gave me a son”.
Here Abraham was pleading in front of God. This was
after his death, in Heaven, in front of God. Abraham cried, “Lord of
the Universe, when I turned 100 you gave me a son. When he acquired understanding
at the age of 37, you told me to sacrifice him to you.”
This means Isaac was about to be sacrificed not when
he was 12 or 16 years old but when he was 37 years old. That may be the reason
why he was asked to carry the wood of the sacrifice on his shoulder, meaning he
was old enough to do so. In all the dramas and movies we see a small boy going
to the Mount Moriah to be sacrificed. However, it was not small boy but a 37
‘You told me to sacrifice him to you. I was
cruel, did not spare him, and with my own hands, I tied him up. Will you
forbear to recall this and to take pity on my children?’
Here Abraham is crying on behalf of Israel- “I was ready to sacrifice my own son for you.
Now can you save my sons, my children from Babylon?”. So this is what
Abraham prayed but nothing happened. After him, Isaac prayed:
“Lord of the Universe. [On Mount Moriah] when
father told me: God will show the lamb to the sacrificed, I did not doubt your
word and willingly gave myself to die on the altar, stretching my neck under
the knife so I could be properly slaughtered. I gave my neck properly so that
my father can kill me. Will you not remember this for my sake and spare my
Then Jacob prays:
the universe for 20 years I toiled in Laban’s house and when I finally left it
to return home, the wicked Esau met me seeking to kill my sons. I was ready to
die in their stead yet you handed them over to their enemy like lambs to
slaughter after I had toiled so to raise them? I suffered greatly to bring them
up and now you will not remember this and spare my children?”
Here Jacob is also crying. After him, Moses also
cried in front of God. Remember, all these people are patriarchs. “Lord of
the Universe, was I not a faithful shepherd of Israel for 40 years?”
Moses was a powerful leader and he said:
not a faithful shepherd of Israel for 40 years? I ran before them like a horse
in the wilderness, and when it came time to enter the land, you decreed that my
bones would fall in the wilderness. And now that they are exiled you send for
me so that I may lament and cry over them? Is this what the popular proverb
means: “when it is good for the master it is not good for me, and when it is
bad for the master it is really bad for me?”
So, this is what Moses prayed to save Israelites,
but unfortunately, God did not listen to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob or Moses, according
to the written Jewish commentary- Eichah Rabbah.
The Power of Rachel’s Intercessory Prayer
And so, whom did God listen to? All the
patriarchs failed but suddenly a matriarch comes-Rachel. Written in the Jewish
commentary we read:
all their begging and cajoling, God does not change Israel’s fate. Instead Moses
goes to visit the Israelites in Babylon, but admits to them that he cannot
convince God to bring them back. Moses then returns to the
patriarchs and tells them what he saw, and they all cry.
Abraham, Jacob and Moses all cried in the bosom
of Abraham. Following this, Moses curses
the sun for shining on the world while Israel is suffering, and then complains
again to God that the punishment is too harsh– [this is what Moses said].
Then the climax of the Midrash, a Jewish book, is when Rachel involves herself. Rachel is
considered as the matriarch of Israel. Israel has many patriarchs, but only one
matriarch-Rachel. That is why it is importance to know Rachel.
Rachel is a very important person in the Old
Testament . Even today, Jewish people go to the tomb of Rachel, especially
Jewish women. They go to the tomb of Rachel to write down and place petitions in
the her tomb because Jewish people believe that Rachel is the most powerful
intercessor. More powerful than Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses. This is what
Jewish people believed to this day.
In the Midrash
“At that point, Rachel our mother jumped in
front of the One Blessed be He saying ‘Lord of the Universe, it is known to you
that Jacob your servant loved me very much and toiled for me for seven years in
my father’s house and that when these seven years were complete my father
planned to substitute my sister for me as a wife. I knew his plan and therefore
was cast into a dilemma. I informed my husband of my father’s plot and gave him
a sign to distinguish between me and my sister. But later I had a change of
heart. I suppressed my desire for Jacob and conceived pity for my sister’s
Rachel knew the plot of her father and Rachel
willingly suppressed her desire for Jacob and kept the secret, which was a big
sacrifice from Rachel.
And then Rachel prays in front of God saying,
“I suppressed my desire for Jacob and conceived
pity for my sister’s shame’
In the evening, when my sister was substituted
for myself, I disclosed to my sister the signs I had given to my husband so
that he would believe her to be me. I even crawled under their bed. When he talked
to her she maintained her silence while I answered him lest he recognized her voice.
I did her a kindness, nor was I envious of her nor did I expose her to shame.”
At the marriage bed at night, it was Leah that
was lying down next to Jacob. When Jacob spoke, instead of Leah speaking, Rachel
(who was lying down under the bed, spoke on behalf of Leah and protected her.
This is all written in the Jewish commentary, the Midrash, the commentary of the Old Testament.
So, after Rachel pleaded in front of God, we see
God’s response here:
Jeremiah 31:14 (Lamentations Rabba)
So says the Lord: A voice is heard on high,
lamentation, bitter, weeping. Rachel is weeping for her children, she refuses
to be comforted for her children for they are not. So says the Lord: Refrain
your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears, for there is reward for your
work, says the Lord, and they shall come back from the land of enemy. And
there is hope for your future, says the Lord, and their children shall return
to their border.
Mother Mary’s Intercessory Power
God promised Rachel that the people would return.
That is why even today Jewish people consider Rachel as the most powerful
intercessor in Jewish history and is known as the matriarch. In the same way,
as Mother Mary is the new Rachel, she is also the matriarch of the New Testament
and is more powerful than Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Moses.
Mother Mary’s intercession is the most powerful.
If Rachel is known for her powerful intercession by the Jewish people, despite
them believing only in one God and not agreeing with any mediatorship of
anyone, this shows how powerful Rachel is considered to them. To this day, Jewish
women go to the tomb of Rachel, kneel, pray, write down their intercessions to
be placed at her tomb due to the belief that Rachel is the most powerful
If this is so, then why not Mother Mary? If you
really want to know who Mother Mary is, you should read the Old Testament. If
you really want to know how the Catholic Church lives and moves, how the
apostolic church lives and moves, you should read what happened in the Old
Testament. These are all well connected.
That is why, the more we understand Mother Mary,
the better we understand the Lord. If you devalue Mother Mary, you devalue
Jesus himself. If you degrade Mother Mary, you are directly degrading Jesus. [For
Jesus]: If you make fun of my mother, it’s an insult to me. If you degrade her
image, it is a degradation of my image. The more you encourage and appreciate
my mother, I’m being appreciated. The more you value my mother, exalt her, I’m
being exalted. This is the truth. That is what Mother Mary prayed in the
Magnificat. We read in Luke 1:4, “my soul magnifies the Lord”. And so, the
more you magnify Mother Mary, you magnify the Lord.
Blessed Virgin Mary- Mother of the Church
That is why the church even today, believes Mother
Mary. When she was giving birth to Jesus, there were no birth pangs. Did you know that the Catholic Church really
believes that Mother Mary did not have any birth pangs as she was giving birth
to Jesus? Why? Because she was giving birth to Jesus. The birth pang of a
mother happens while giving birth and during the delivery is when the mother
experiences extreme pain. But in Mother Mary’s case, the birth pang came much
later on at Mount Calvary when the second child was being born. But when Jesus
was born, there was no birth pang.
The reason for this is written in Genesis 3: 16.
Birth pangs was considered a result of the original sin: “To the woman hesaid “I will greatly
increase your pangs in child bearing; in pain you shall bring forth children”
And so, birth pangs was a consequence of
original sin as it says “in pain you will
give birth to the children”.
In Mother Mary’s case, she did not have original
sin, therefore there was no birth pang. Not only that, there is a prophecy in
the Old Testament which states that the mother of the Messiah would not
experience any birth pangs. In Isaiah 66:7 we read, “Before
she was in labor she gave birth; before her pain came upon her she delivered a
son”. What does ‘before the pain came’ mean? She experienced pain but it
was not at that time. When Jesus was born, there was no pain, but pain came on
Mount Calvary. That is why when Jesus was surrendered at the church, in the
temple, Simeon the prophet said “a sword
shall pierce into your heart – you
are going to experience the pain soon”.
That is why some church fathers believed that Mother
Mary did not have any midwives when she gave birth. Some say not even Joseph was
there because Joseph was busy searching for a midwife. In the deuterocanonical
book or apocryphal books, it is written that Joseph was not there when she was
giving birth and when Joseph came back, he saw her with the baby. That’s why in
Gospel Luke Chapter 2:7 it is written: And
she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in their bands of cloth,
and laid him in a manger because there was no place for them in the inn”. There is no mention about Joseph, no midwife; it
was she who gave birth. She wrapped Jesus, she kept Him, she kept the baby in
the manger; she did everything. She had a peaceful delivery, peaceful birth and
everything was done by herself.
That is why Saint John Damascene, one of the
church fathers wrote, “pleasure did not
precede it, pain did not follow it according to Prophet Isaiah 66: 7”. What
does this mean? For the birth of the Messiah, there was no pleasure of a sexual
relationship that preceded it, therefore no pain followed it. Saint John Damascene wrote this down. Remember,
a birth pang is known as the greatest pain of a human being and also the greatest
joy of a human being at the same time. The greatest pain and the greatest joy at the
When Mother Mary was under the cross, she
experienced the greatest pain of losing her son but it was also her greatest
joy as she received a big crowd of sons and daughters. She gave birth to a new
child- the Church.
Mighty and powerful tradition
As you can see, there are many secrets in the
bible. Once we start unlocking these one by one, you will start to fall in love
with the church more and more and you will never abandon the church, even if there
are attractive new churches emerging.
You are believing in such a mighty, powerful
source of tradition which is coming straight from, not just from the New
Testament, but from eternity, from the Old Testament. It’s a continuation of
the Jewish religion and everything that the Jewish people in the Old Testament
believed, is continued in the New Testament Church.