Simeon and Anna

Monday Morning Moment / Key Takewaway:
Sorrow can do one of two things to us. It can shake our faith; or it can root our faith ever deeper.
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  • Luke 2:25-38
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Will Robinson

Luke 2:25 – 38 (ESV)

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 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 do for him according to the custom of the Law,

28 he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,

29 “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word;

30 for my eyes have seen your salvation

31 that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,

32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.”

    33 And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him.

    34 And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed

    35 (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so 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, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin,

    37 and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. 38And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.

    • Simeon was a man in Jerusalem (Luke 2:25) who lived at the time Jesus was born. Simeon’s reputation was that of being “righteous and devout” (Luke 2:25). For generations the people of God waited for and expected a Messiah, a Savior. Simeon waited “for the consolation of Israel” (verse 25). The concept of consolation implies comfort.
    • Simeon was unique in what he knew—namely, that he would see the Messiah with his own eyes, for “it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah” (Luke 2:26). We don’t know how long Simeon had waited, but we do know that he was led by the Spirit to go to the temple that day, and he recognized Jesus the moment he saw Him.

    Simeon stated that:

    Jesus would be the salvation of the world, He would deliver truth not only to those in Israel, but also to the Gentiles and Jesus would bring glory upon the people of Israel. Luke records that Jesus’ parents “marveled at what was said about him” (Luke 2:33).

    Anna was a widow. She had known sorrow and she had not grown bitter. Sorrow can do one of two things to us. It can make us hard, bitter, resentful, rebellious against God. Or it can make us kinder, softer, more sympathetic. It can shake our faith; or it can root our faith ever deeper. It all depends how we think of God. If we think of him as a tyrant we will resent him. If we think of him as our Heavenly Father we will trust Him.

    • She was eighty-four years of age. She was old and she had never lost her hope in God. If we think of Him as distant and detached, we may give up and despair; but if we think of Him as intimately connected with our life, as having His hand on our affairs, we will believe that the best is yet to come and the years will never kill our faith.
    • She never ceased to worship. She spent her life in God’s house with God’s people. We rob ourselves of great joy when we neglect to be one with His worshipping people.
    • She never ceased to pray. Public worship is great; but private worship is also great. Someone once wrote, “They pray best together who first pray alone.” The years had left Anna without bitterness and in unshakable hope because day by day she kept her contact with Him who is the source of strength and in whose strength our weakness is made perfect. (2 Cor. 12)