A Prophet Meets Jesus

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Simeon comes up to Jesus' parents at the temple and through inspiration reveals some tidbits about Jesus' coming life. By looking at this encounter with Simeon and Jesus, we can learn a great deal …

Simeon comes up to Jesus' parents at the temple and through inspiration reveals some tidbits about Jesus' coming life. By looking at this encounter with Simeon and Jesus, we can learn a great deal about Simeon's character and Jesus' purpose.

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  • 1.  Joseph and Mary brought Jesus to the temple.  Old Testament background of this text: ◦ A male child was to be circumcised on the eighth day (Gen 17:12). ◦ Mothers were unclean after the birth of their children.  In the case of a male child, the mother was unclean for 33 days after the circumcision (Lev 12:4).  At the conclusion of this period, the mother was to offer a sacrifice--a lamb or (if she were poor) two doves or two young pigeons (Lev 12:6-8). ◦ The first son was to be presented to the Lord and a sacrifice was to be given (Num 18:15).
  • 2. A Good Prophet vv 25-26
  • 3.  “Righteous” means “well-behaved.”  We need to be righteous and devout. ◦ “I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matt 5:20). ◦ “Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart” (2 Tim 2:22).
  • 4.  Simeon was looking forward to the consolation of Israel. ◦ “Consolation” was used of the time of the Messiah. ◦ Simeon could not wait until the Messiah came.  “Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent council member, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, coming and taking courage, went in to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus” (Mk 15:43).  We should look expectantly for that Second Coming! ◦ “Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body” (Rom 8:23).
  • 5.  Simeon was blessed by God. ◦ Because he was such a good man, God blessed him. ◦ God will bless us if we live obediently.  “A faithful man will abound with blessings” (Prov 28:20).  “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matt 6:33).  Luke 18:29-30.
  • 6. A Good Savior vv 27-35
  • 7.  Jesus brings salvation for all peoples. ◦ “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). ◦ “We believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved in the same manner as they” (Acts 15:11). ◦ “Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him” (Rom 5:9).
  • 8.  All people can be saved. ◦ “Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Rom 10:13). ◦ God “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim 2:4).  Jesus is a light for the Gentiles. ◦ The Gentiles had little revelation from God. ◦ God has revealed some of Himself in nature (Rom 1:19-20).
  • 9.  Jesus brings glory for the people of Israel. ◦ “Glory” basically means “honor.” ◦ That is the fulfillment of a divine promise (Gen 12:3).
  • 10.  “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’” (Lk 2:34-35).
  • 11.  Jesus would reveal the hearts of man. ◦ Jesus says, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts” (Lk 16:15). ◦ In Acts 15:8 God described as the One “who knows the heart” (Acts 15:8).
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