Catholic Bible 101

21st Century Catholic Apologetics for Mary's Spiritual Warriors

There are numerous parallels and interesting bookends in the Book of Genesis when compared to the events and people of the New Testament. Let's take a quick look at some of them!


Bookends


In the first book of the Bible, Genesis, you have a man, a woman, and the devil. The devil wins.


In the last book of the Bible, Revelation 12, you have a man, a woman, and the devil. The devil loses.


Genesis 3 – the devil makes war on Adam and Eve.


Revelation 12:17 The devil makes war on Mary's children, who obey the commandments and who testify that Jesus is lord.


Sister Mary Agreda, in her book, the Mystical City of God, book 1, paragraph 92, says that satan saw John's vision of the Woman clothed with the sun as God was telling him that she would crush his head, from Genesis 3:15. Sister Agreda hints that this is why satan went after Eve instead of Adam, because he thought that Eve was that woman.


The Spirit moves over the Water = New creation


Genesis 1:2: The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters.


Genesis 8:8:Then he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters had subsided from the face of the ground;


Jesus' Baptism-- Matthew 3:16: And when Jesus was baptized, he went up immediately from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and alighting on him;


2 Corinthians 5:17:Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come.


Let US create man in our image/Jesus reveals the Trinity in the NT.


Genesis 1:26; Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.


Matthew 3:16-17:And when Jesus was baptized, he went up immediately from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and alighting on him; and lo, a voice from heaven, saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”


Garden


Adam falls in the Garden of Eden.


Jesus is taken prisoner in the Garden of Gethsamene.


God's children hiding in the garden in fear


Genesis 3:8:And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.


Matthew 26:56: Then all the disciples forsook him and fled.


Eating


Genesis 3:4-5:But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (The devil says if you eat this fruit, you will know right from wrong (Sin weakens the will and dims the intellect so you do NOT know right from wrong.). The forbidden fruit is the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.)


John 6:51: I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh.” The Eucharist is the fruit of the tree of life, aka the cross.


Genesis 3:22: God said that if Adam and Eve eat the fruit from the tree of life, they will live forever.


John 6:51: If we eat the Eucharist, the fruit of the cross, we will live forever.


Genesis 3:6: The fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil is appealing to the eye and tastes great (symbolic of the carnal allurements of this world).


The fruit of the tree of Life, aka the cross, is the Eucharist, which is neither appealing to the eye nor tastes great (symbolic of the suffering in this world in order to get to heaven).


Eve and Mary 


God created immaculate Eve, who listened to the spirit lucifer, and who disobeyed God by eating forbidden fruit, thus allowing damnation to enter the world. Eve came out of Adam. 


God created immaculate Mary, who listened to the spirit Gabriel, who obeyed God and gave us the Eucharist, thus allowing salvation to enter the world. Jesus came out of Mary.


Devil's two lies overcome by the Eucharist


Genesis 3:4-5: Satan said, “If you eat this, you shall not die.” If you eat this fruit, you will become like God.”


John 6:56-58: Jesus said, “If you eat the Eucharist, God abides in you and you in him, and you will have eternal life.”


Self - Sacrifice


Adam is disobedient to God and does not sacrifice himself to protect his bride from the devil.


Jesus is obedient to God and dies to protect his bride, the church, from the devil.


She shall crush the head of satan


Genesis 3:15 tells us that a woman will crush the head of the serpent.


John 19:17: Tells us that Jesus died on Golgotha, the place of the skull.


Clothing


Genesis 3:7: Adam is naked and puts on clothes after his fall in the garden.


Mark 15:24: Jesus is clothed and stripped naked before being crucified.


Punishment of Adam


Genesis 3:17-19: Adam will earn his living with toil and sweat and the ground shall bring forth thorns and thistles.


Luke 22:44: Jesus sweat blood and wore a crown of thorns on his head.


Punishment of Eve and Birth pangs


Genesis 3:16: To the woman he said,“I will greatly multiply your pain in childbearing, in pain you shall bring forth children, yet your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.”


Revelation 12:1-2: And 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; 2 she was with child and she cried out in her pangs of birth, in anguish for delivery.


Genesis 35:16-19: Rachel, Jacob's wife, died of her birthpangs, and Jeremiah 31:15, weeps for her children, as does Mary.


(Mary does not have birthpangs from delivering Jesus, but for us, the rest of her children (Revelation 12;17), who constantly sin. Her desire is for the Holy Spirit, her husband, who rules over her, and us.)


Light


Genesis 1:3: Let there be LIGHT, and the new world was created.


John 8:12: Jesus is the Light of the World, and The New Covenant becomes a reality.


The Methods of Temptation


The 3-fold concupiscence from 1 John 2:16 --This is the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life; it is not of the Father, but of the world.


Genesis 3: 6: So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she ate it.


Also, Matthew 4:1-11: Jesus in the desert – Lust of the flesh (turn these stones into bread), lust of the eyes – Look at all of these kingdoms!, and pride of life – “Throw yourself down from this high place and nothing shall happen to you, because you're God!”



Man listens to The Woman


Adam listened to Eve to commit original sin.


Jesus listened to Mary to do his first miracle.


The Seed of The Woman


Genesis 3:15: Enmity (life long hatred) between the seed of the woman and the seed of the devil/(Women don't have seeds, they have eggs; therefore this is one unique woman!).


Revelation 12:17: We are her children if we obey the commandments and give testimony that Jesus is the Christ (seed = children = semen).


The Universal Term “WOMAN”


Genesis 2:23: Adam called Eve “WOMAN.”


John 19:26: Jesus called Mary “WOMAN.”


Leaving Father and Mother


Genesis 2:24: A man leaves his father and mother and cleaves to his wife (they had no earthly father and mother).


Ephesians 5:31-32: Jesus left the Father in heaven, and Mary on earth, to create and cleave to His bride, the church.



New Birth


Genesis 2:21-22: Eve, the bride of Adam, was born out of the side of Adam.


John 19:34: At the crucifixion, the church was born when blood and water (representing the Eucharist and Baptism and new birth) came out of the side of Christ.


Trees


Genesis 2:9: Eden had the bad Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and good Tree of Life.


The carrying the wooden Cross represents the burden mankind has carried on his back caused by Adam eating from the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.


Jesus, once nailed to the cross, overcame that burden, because He sanctifies it with his body and blood. The cross now becomes the Tree of Life (holy suffering) for mankind.


Genesis 1:12: Trees in Eden bear good fruit


Matthew 7:19: Trees must bear good fruit, or it will be cast into the fire. (Colossians 1:10 – good fruit are our good works).


Getting into Paradise after the fall


Genesis 3:24: Flaming sword guarding Eden.


Jesus and Mary were both stuck with a Sword – John 19:34: Jesus on the cross, and Luke 2:34-35: Mary's soul (Prophecy of Simeon).


The Breath of God


Genesis 2:7: God breathes the breath of life into Adam.


John 20:22: – God breathes on the apostles to give them the power to forgive sins.


God picks Adam out of the dust to breathe the breath of life into him;


Way of the Cross – Man causes God to fall down into the dust 3 times in order to take the breath of life out of him.


The Mother of the Living


Genesis 3:20: Eve becomes the physical mother of the living at the foot of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.


John 19:27: Mary becomes our spiritual mother at the foot of the cross, aka the new tree of life.


Murder of the Innocent


Genesis 4:8: The innocent Abel is slain by his own jealous brother because of his pleasing sacrifice of his lambs to God.


The innocent Jesus, the Lamb of God, is killed by the envious satan, after his Father said that He was well pleased with Him.


Lions


Satan is a proud roaring lion seeking to devour us so as to damn us.


Jesus is the humble Lion of Judah, who wants us to devour Him in the Eucharist, so as to save us from the roaring lion.


Tribes and Apostles


12 sons of Jacob = 12 tribes of Israel.


12 apostles of Jesus = 12 leaders of the new Israel


Life after death


Old Testament people (except for Enoch and Elijah) went to Sheol to await salvation in heaven.


Some New Testament people go to purgatory to await salvation in Heaven.


Assumption


Enoch/Elijah taken up to heaven.


Mary taken up to heaven in the Assumption.


Tongues


The Tower of Babel led to the confusion of tongues.


Pentecost in Acts led to the understanding of all tongues.


The Old Testament Joseph and Jesus


Joseph – Sun, Moon, & stars (angels and Israel) bowing down to him


Mary, a woman clothed with the sun, has the moon under her feet and crown of 12 stars on her head, representing the angels, Israel, and the Church, the new Israel.


Joseph – Coat soiled with goat's blood


Jesus - Garment soiled with the blood of the Lamb.


Joseph – Went to Egypt under duress as an adult


Jesus - Went to Egypt as a child under duress.


Joseph - Sold by his brothers to non-believers for 20 pieces of silver


Jesus - Sold to non-believers for 30 pieces of silver.


Joseph – Unjustly accused and thrown into prison


Jesus - Unjustly accused and imprisoned.


Joseph – Became Pharaoh's right hand man


Jesus - Sits at the right hand of the Father.


Joseph – Saved Israel by giving them bread from Pharaoh.


Jesus - Saves the new Israel, His Church, with the Eucharist from Heaven.


Joseph – Reunited with his Father after his father thought he was dead.


Jesus - Reunited with His Father in heaven after rising from the dead.


Judah – Offers to stay back as a self sacrifice


Jesus is from the tribe of Judah – willing self sacrifice.


Jacob – Says that Judah will save Israel.


Jesus from the tribe of Judah, saves us all


Covenants


Abraham's Covenant with God is worldwide blessing.


Catholic Church means UNIVERSAL Church which blesses the world every day with around 300,000 masses.


Jacob's Ladder


Jacob dreams of angels ascending into heaven and descending to earth on a ladder (Genesis 28:12).


Jesus says that you will see the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man (John 1:51)


Priest King


Melchizedek is the Priest King of Salem (peace). Some scholars think he is Shem.


Jesus is the eternal high priest and king of Kings, in the line of Melchezedek, and the Prince of Peace.


Bread and Wine


In a foreshadowing of the Mass, Melchizedek ,the Priest King of Salem, offers bread and wine as a thanksgiving sacrificial offering to Abraham, because Lot was set free from his enemy.


Jesus turns ordinary bread and wine into His body and blood as a thanksgiving sacrificial offering to God the Father, setting us free from the enemy, aka satan.

Isaac and Jesus


Abraham was ordered to kill his only son, Isaac, who carried wood up a mountain for his own sacrifice, and who was saved by a ram with its head in a thicket, on the site of the Temple of Jerusalem.


Jesus, the Lamb of God, carried his wooden cross up the mountain to be sacrificed, with his head in a crown of thorns. Jesus is the new Temple.


Noah and the Flood


Mankind is saved by getting into the Ark.


Mankind is saved by getting into the Church.


The evil people in the world were killed by the flood. Noah, a righteous man (and his family) were spared by God because they got into the Ark.


In Revelation 12:15, the devil tries to kill Mary with a flood (maybe a flood of blasphemies). But She was spared by God who opened up the earth to swallow the flood. Her family (those who acknowledge her as Mother) on earth will also be spared.


Destruction by Fire


Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by fire for immorality and sin.


The world today will be destroyed by fire because of immorality and sin. Jesus says that He has come to cast fire upon the earth (the Holy Spirit).


Mama's Boy


Jacob was a mama's boy and received the blessing of God from his father Isaac.


Jesus was a mama's boy and blesses those who honor His mother.


Women at the Well


Jacob/Isaac meet their wives at a well.


Jesus and the woman at the well.


In the Beginning/ Sabbath/Adam and Eve/Bridegroom


Both Genesis and John start out with “In the Beginning”


Book of Genesis = New creation of the world


Book of John = New creation in Jesus Christ


The Wedding Feast at Cana occurred on the 7th day


John 1:19 – Day 1

John 1: 29 – The next day

John 1: 35 – The next day

John 1: 43 – The next day

John 2:1 – On the third day = Day 7


Jesus and Mary are the only two people named. The bridegroom provides the wine (Jesus). A foreshadowing of the marriage supper of the lamb (wine changed into blood).


The 3rd day is when Jesus manifests his glory (first miracle/resurrection).


The 7th day is the sabbath day.

Adam and Eve were “married” on the Sabbath (Adam created on the 6th day, slept and awoke – the 7th day).


Jesus and Mary are therefore the new Adam and new Eve.


Numbers 19:11-12 says that if you touch a corpse, you must wash on the 3rd and 7th days to be clean (hint of baptism) with the water from the stone jars. The six stone jars were used for ritual washing of impurity, and the water in them was turned into wine.


“You have saved the best wine for last.” – The New Testament is much better than the Old Testament, because of Jesus.