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.
As was their custom, three Jewish ceremonies were fulfilled after Jesus birth.
(1) Circumcision of the male child at 8 days old and the official giving of His birth name Jesus that was spoken to Mary by the Angel Gabriel.
(2) Purification from childbirth for Mary, 40 days after her son's birth.
(3) Consecration of the firstborn, in recognition that the firstborn Son belongs to the Lord.
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. Years had went by and he was old, but still with expectation, God's Word promised to him was fulfilled this day and the desire of his heart had come to pass.
Having seen the "Christ Child" and taking Him into his arms, Simeon begins to pray this prayer to God in heaven that caused Mary and Joseph to marvel at the words that was spoken. Let's listen to vs# 29-32 “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.”
Having 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.
Prophetess Anna, having heard Simeon speaking to God and having witnessed the dedication of the "Christ Child", gave thanks to God for what she too had seen and began to speak about the "Child" to all who were looking for to the redemption of Jerusalem.
God's promises to us that are received by us through faith, causes us to desire what He desires for us and to wait with expectation for it.
Scripture declares this in Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.
Our God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. When our desires becomes His desires for our lives, He will fulfill the desires of our heart.
Having seen "Christ", having blessed God for what He has seen, having prayed to now die in peace after seeing God's fulfilled promise in his life time, Simeon prophecy the future of "Jesus" to Mary and Joseph.
Simeon told Mary and Joseph these words concerning the "Christ Child" in vs# 34-35 ( me paraphrasing) (1) how people respond to Jesus and His message will determine their eternal destination. (2) Jesus is God's sign to His people that He is God in the flesh, but, many will reject Him. (3) The ones that reject and oppose Jesus will have their hearts revealed through their actions against him and finally, (4) Mary will feel deep pain, hurt and anguish over the rejection and eventual crucifixion of her Son.
What promise has God made to you? Has it become the desire of your heart? If it has, like Simeon, God's spoken Word will come to pass in your life to.
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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