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Jan
14

Simeon’s Prophetic Words

Waiting.  Simeon was waiting for the Child to be born.  Not just any child, but THE Child.  The Christ Child.  The One whom God had promised to send to be the Savior.  The One whom God had anointed to be the Messiah.  Simeon, filled with the Holy Spirit, went into the temple to greet Mary and Joseph and the Child.  God had revealed to Simeon that he would not pass away until he had seen the Child.  The Holy Spirit led Simeon to Mary and Joseph and the Child there in the Temple.  Joseph and Mary had come to do what the Law required – the dedication and circumcision of their Son on the 8th day.  As they are walking in the temple, here comes Simeon!  He plucks the Child from His mother’s arms and begins to praise God.  He was overjoyed at the sight of Jesus, the Savior.  He knew what this Child meant.  He knew that this Child had been born to save the world.  Now Simeon could go to his eternal reward in peace, knowing that the Child had been born.  He then goes on to prophesy about this Child.

This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too. ​ – Luke 2:34-35 (NIV)​ 

I wonder if Mary and Joseph walked away and looked at each other and said, “What was that all about?”  The prophetic words of Simeon must have been confusing and perhaps a bit alarming.  After all, they knew that their baby boy had been born to be the Savior.  But there was no way they could have realized what would take place some 33 years later.  There is no way that Mary, as she held her cooing baby, could have understood what those words meant until she watched her son writhing in agony on a Roman cross.  The nails pierced His hands and feet, but a sword might as well have pierced her heart and soul as she watched her son suffer for the sake of us all.

Luke 2:22-40 (NIV)

Jesus Presented in the Temple

22 When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”), 24 and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.”

25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:

29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
you may now dismiss your servant in peace.
30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,
31     which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and the glory of your people Israel.”

33 The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

36 There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. 38 Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

39 When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth. 40 And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.

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