Tag: Simeon and Anna
Scripture reading for October 21st: Luke 1-2
The Gospel of Luke mentions two people who prophetically confirmed Jesus Christ as the Messiah shortly after His birth. Simeon and Anna were people of prayer who had the Holy Spirit upon them. They had been waiting for the promised Messiah for many years. Their prayers were answered as Jesus was brought to the Temple by His parents.
Simeon had lived in Jerusalem for many years. The Lord had revealed to him that he would not die before he had seen the Christ. (Luke 2:26) The Spirit of God moved him to go to the temple courts just as Jesus’ parents came that day. Simeon knew by the Spirit that this was the child and he took Him into his arms and spoke prophetically: “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which You have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.” (Luke 2:29-32) God was faithful to fulfill His promise to Simeon. Simeon spoke of his eyes beholding God’s salvation prepared by Him! This Holy Child was to be a light to the Gentiles. God’s plan was world-wide as well as to the glory of Israel!
After Simeon blessed the parents, he spoke a short word to Jesus’ 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, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” (Luke 2:34b-35) Simeon warned Mary that her child would be controversial and cause the downfall of many as well as the rising of others. He also told her that she would suffer something that would pierce her heart like a sword.
Anna, a prophetess who was eighty four years old, was widowed early in her life. She was a woman of prayer who spent her time in the temple worshiping God and praying. When she saw Jesus and His parents, she came up to them and gave thanks to God, telling others about the child and His future redemption of Israel. We are blessed to hear about God’s faithful watchmen and women who recognized Jesus soon after His birth.