Luke 2:21-38 When eight days had passed and the Child was circumcised, He was named JESUS, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.
22 When the days of her purification according to the Law of Moses were completed, they brought Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male shall be called holy to the Lord”[a]) 24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.”[b]
25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 It was revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 Led by the Spirit, he came into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law, 28 he received Him in his arms and blessed God and said:
29 “Lord, now let Your servant depart in peace, according to Your word; 30 for my eyes have seen Your salvation 31 which You have prepared in the sight of all people, 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel.”
33 Joseph and His mother were amazed at those things which were spoken about Him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary His mother, “Listen, this Child is destined to cause the fall and rising of many in Israel and to be a sign which will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. And a sword will pierce through your own soul also.”
36 And there was Anna a prophetess, a daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age and had lived with her husband seven years from her virginity. 37 And she was a widow of about eighty-four years of age who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fasting and prayer night and day. 38 Coming at that moment she gave thanks to the Lord and spoke of Him to all those who looked for the redemption of Jerusalem.
In this text, Jesus is taken by Joseph and Mary to the temple to be dedicated back to the Lord.
In the temple was an aged old man by the name of Simeon who is described as being a righteous and devout man whom the Holy Spirit rests upon.
Also in the temple that day was a 84 year Prophetess by the name of Anna who is described as a daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher and a widower who fasted and prayed daily and never left the temple but worshiped God night and day.
God, through His Holy Spirit had made a promise to Simeon that he would not die until he had seen the Christ. Having been given this promise, Simeon desired and waited for this day to come.
Having now seen the fulfillment of God's promise and the desire of his heart come to pass, Simeon is now at peace and is ready to die.
The desire of Simeon's heart was fulfilled that day he saw "Jesus". Simeon is proof to us on today that not only will God do just what He said, but that He will give us the desires of our heart.
People of God is the desires of your heart being fulfilled? If they are God's desire for your life, they will come to pass. The bible does not say when Simeon was given this promise or how long he waited for it to come to pass, but the fact of the matter is, God fulfilled it!
All the promises of God are 'YEA AND AMEN" through Christ Jesus alone!
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