Luke 2:25-38-And there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26-And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27-And he came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to carry out for Him the custom of the Law, 28-then he took Him into his arms, and blessed God, and said, 29-Now Lord, You are releasing Your bond-servant to depart in peace, According to Your Word; 30-For my eyes have seen Your salvation, 31-which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 32-A Light of revelation to the gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.
33-And His father and mother were amazed at the things which were being said about Him. 34-and Simeon blessed them and said to mary His mother, "Behold, this Child is appointed for the fall and rise of many in Israel and for a sign to be oppressed- 35-and a sword will pierce even your own soul-to the end that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed." 36-And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years and had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37-and then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple, serving night and day with fastings and prayers. 38-At that very moment she came up and began giving thanks to God, and continued to speak of Him to all those who were looking for the redemption In Jerusalem.
It was Jewish law that the firstborn belonged to the Lord. Therefore, Mary and Joseph obeyed the law and took Jesus to the temple to consecrate Him to the Lord.
This practice is still common today in churches where parents bring the child to be dedicated back to God with a commitment to raise the child according to God's standard that is found in His Word.
When Mary and Joseph entered the temple with Jesus, they were met by a man whose name was "Simeon" who seeked the Lord and waited for the promise of the coming Messiah.
Simeon means "God has heard". Simeon is described as a "just and devout" man. A sincere man of faith, one who loved, feared and reverence God.
Scripture says he was 'looking for the consolation of Israel," which was the coming Messiah.
God had made a promise to Simeon that he would not die until the Messiah came. To see the Messiah was the hope and desire of every Jew, including Simeon. They prayed for the day that peace and comfort would come to Israel.
Upon seeing Jesus, Simeon gave glory to God for allowing him to see the promised Messiah. He knew that God promises are always true and would come to pass.
What about you? Do you believe in the promises God has made to you? Do wait with anticipation for the day of your promise from God to be fulfilled?
Simeon was God's servant and he was satisfied in seeing God's promise and was now ready to die and go to heaven after seeing God's salvation to the world.
Simeon knew God and he was certain of his eternity with God forever. Are you certain about where you will go when you die?
Simeon was looking right into the eyes of baby Jesus when he declared these profound words, "my eyes have seen your salvation."
Somehow, I believe that God had given Simeon a revelation about Jesus and the cross. Simon declares that Jesus would bring salvation to the Gentiles and the Jews.
Also in the temple that day was prophetess Anna, a widow who had dedicated her life to serving God after the death of her husband whom she had been married to 7 years. Anna lived at the temple where she served, fasted and prayed to God.
After having seen the Messiah, Anna began to thank and praise God and tell others who were looking for "redemption" in Jerusalem. In other words, she began to evangelize the Gospel truth, for her eyes too have seen God's promised "Deliverer" of His people.
God made a promise to Simeon and on the day of Jesus' dedication, Simeon saw proof of that promise with his own eyes.
When God's promises come true in our lives, we need to give thanks to Him, worship Him and praise Him. We are also to run and tell the good new about what the Lord has done because God's Word is true and will not return to Him void, but shall go forth and accomplish that which He sent it to do.
Simeon and Anna are proof of a promised hoped (Jesus) that God has manifested to the world for all eyes to see.
God bless and do tell the Lord thank you.
I love you all.