principal threads orchestrated within the books of the Bible
The Covenant, and
its Ark , the Sacrifice, the Temple, Divine Mercy, sin and forgiveness, the
Priesthood, love, Our Lord's Body and Blood, the Kingdom, the role of suffering, and
What is the
The Covenant is the mutual promise that existed between God
and His people Israel. If Israel took God as its spouse, God would take Israel as His spouse. As
spouse, Israel would keep God's Commandments, and offer animal sacrifice for its sins. The Covenant was later
fulfilled by the New Covenant, where Our Lord gives us His Body and Blood to be offered to God in reparation for
What is the Ark of the
The Ark is initially used by God to save select people and
animals from the flood as described in Genesis. Later on, the Ark of the Covenant is used to preserve the essentials of the Jewish
Religion: namely remnants of the manna (the bread given to the Jews in the desert), the rod of Aaron, and the 10
Commandments (the only part of the Bible written by God Himself).
The Ark of the Covenant was received with great joy, and dancing, by King
David in the hill country, for which his son Solomon was to build the Temple.
It is in the New Testament, that Mary is identified as the Ark of
the New Covenant, when John the Baptist, yet unborn, receives the carrier of Jesus, with joy and dancing.
In the Book of Genesis
shortly after the sin of Adam and Eve, mankind was aware of the need for sacrifice to God
for sin. Cain's sacrifice was unacceptable to God, unlike Abel's sacrifice. As a result, Cain
slew Able creating the first Biblical murder.
Defects in sacrifice included the god
to whom sacrifice was offered, who was sacrificing, and what was being sacrificed. While God asked Abraham to
sacrifice his only son, as a more perfect sacrifice, this still fell short.
In the New Testament, Sacrifice reaches perfection,
when Our Lord, as victim and Priest, is sacrificed, and our own lives, particularly our
sufferings can become part of that sacrifice proving God's mercy.
What is the Role of the
At the center of pre-Christian Jewish life was the Temple
Building of Jerusalem, which housed the Holy of Holies and in which sacrifice was offered. This
temple was destroyed twice, once by the Babylonians, and a later temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70
In the New Testament Jesus describes Himself as the
Temple, also to be destroyed, but after 3 days to be resurrected. After the Descent of the Holy Spirit,
Believers became the Temple of the Holy Spirit.
God's greatest attribute is His Mercy. It was by
Mercy that Creation and man came into being and were described as good. It was by Mercy that man was
given free will to love, and after his fall, it was by mercy that man was redeemed. It is by mercy that the
Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity are continuously being offered to God the Father in reparation for
The Bible describes how God continuously makes a
distinction between sin, which He hates, and the sinner which he loves. Thus Jesus still loves Peter, even
though Peter denied Him 3 times. Man is not so easily able to make this distinction, and frequently condemns
the sinner along with the sin, and even condemns His Church for its mistakes.
The Old Testament Priests were selected from among Jews to
offer sacrifice for the peoples sins. In the New Testament, while all Believers share in Our Lord's
Priesthood, some are selected to re-enact the Sacrifice of Our Lord himself and to
forgive or retain sins. The difference between the Old and New Covenant Priesthood is specifically
noted in Chapter 8 and following of Paul's letter to the Hebrews. No one can take this honor on
Love in the
The Bible could be summarized as a book about God's love
for man. God, who is love, created man out of love, and when man disobeyed him, he allowed man to return
God's love through sacrifice. He saved Noah and his family, because he knew that Noah loved Him, and
later He made a great nation from Abraham, who showed his love for God, by offering to sacrifice his only son Isaac
as recorded in Genesis. Out of this same love, God established the Davidic Kingdom. In the New
Covenant, God sacrificed His only Son to save us from our sins.