Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Devout Simeon


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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. 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 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, 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 Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples,
32 A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles,
And the glory of Your people Israel.”

33 And Joseph and His mother marveled at those things which were spoken of Him. 34 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 35 (yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”
Luke 2:25-35, New King James Version

Devout Simeon

Who was Simeon? The only thing the Bible tells us about Simeon is that he was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. Then it is further explained, 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. The Lord's Christ could be phrased, "The Majestic and Supreme Master's Anointed One."

As the account continues, Simeon immediately recognized Christ when he was brought into the temple by his parent's, Mary and Joseph. Lifting the Christ child up in his arms, he 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 Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples,
32 A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles,
And the glory of Your people Israel.”

He closed by telling Mary, “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.”

God did not make a great public acclamation among the Jews when Christ was born, but He did, in many ways, announce the Christ child's coming. Do you think Mary and Joseph really understood the word's of Simeon? Probably not.

How often are we clueless as to the what the Lord is doing, or means to do with our lives? Just like Mary and Joseph, we are caught totally unaware of His working in our lives. Maybe we do not actually believe that God could do anything at all with our paltry Christian service. However, the Bible reminds us that God uses the foolish ones of the earth to confound the wise.

As you ponder this revelation of the Lord's Christ given to Simeon, look for ways that you can be an obedient servant of the Lord right where He has put you. Truly, we will not know until we reach heaven the many ways God has brought forth His Gospel through our life testimonies before Him.

God Bless You,
Linda

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