Bible Commentary: “Simeon” The Days Of Christmas

December 19, 2014 at 2:51 pm | Posted in Bible Commentary | Leave a comment
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“And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him”. (Luke 2:25 NKJV)

We are counting the days until Christmas and we here at Word of Encouragement would like to spend this time together reviewing the prophecies and scriptures concerning the birthday of our King and seeing how they might apply to us today and receiving encouragement from them.

“Now 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 as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every male who opens the womb shall be called holy to the LORD”, and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, “A pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.” And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 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. So he came by 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, he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said: “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, According to Your word; For my eyes have seen Your salvation Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel.” And Joseph and His mother marveled at those things which were spoken of Him. Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against (yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed” (Luke 2:22-35 NKJV)”.

Isaiah tells us, “And it will be said in that day: “Behold, this is our God; We have waited for Him,  and He will save us. This is the LORD; We have waited for Him; We will be glad and rejoice in His salvation” (Isaiah 25:9 NKJV). Simeon was told that he would not die before he had seen the Anointed One of God. Quite a promise and it was fulfilled in his presence. Not only did he get to see Jesus but he also was able to hold Jesus in his arms. It was the Holy Spirit that directed Simeon into the temple. It was the Holy Spirit that gave him the praise, the peace and the joy. The Holy Spirit whispered in his ear, “Go to the temple now, and you shall see what you have longed to see”. Those that would see Christ must go to his temple; for there, The Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to meet you, and there you must be ready to meet him.

Child of God – Jesus is touchable, He is reachable. Any promises that the Lord makes He will keep. Simeon knew he had received a promise and if it took forever he wouldn’t die until that promise was fulfilled. We have to believe like he did.

Our prayer:
Lord, you are faithful and even when sometimes the promises you gave me seem to be delayed, I know that I will see the fulfillment of them with my own eyes. Thank you for your prophets that give us the promises and encouragement from your word. Help me to remember your faithfulness during my waiting time so I won’t faint Lord. Amen.

If you want to have a personal relationship with Jesus as your Lord and Savior pray: “Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and that out of love for me you willingly sacrificed your life so that I may live. I repent of all my sins and open my heart to you as my Lord and Savior. Amen.

If you prayed this prayer for the first time or if you have any questions please contact us. We would love to hear from you

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