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  1. Simeon and Anna Saw God Incarnate Luke 2:25-38

  2. Introducing Simeon Luke 2:25-26 • Simeon was just and devout (good inside and out) • He was waiting for the consolation of Israel • The Holy Spirit promised he would not die until he saw the Lord’s Christ

  3. Simeon Came into the Temple Luke 2:27 • He was directed by God (“So he came by the Spirit into the temple.”) • As one who came expectantly, under God’s direction, he got to see Jesus • Note: Joseph and Mary brought Jesus in accord with the requirements of the law of Moses • When God spared the firstborn of Israel, they became uniquely the Lord’s and had to be redeemed (Exodus 13:2, 11-15; Numbers 18:15-16)

  4. Simeon’s Thanksgiving Luke 2:28-29 • Since God’s Spirit caused him to be there, he must have known, as he took the child into his arms, that this was the Christ • He thanked God • He was now ready for his life to end and could die in peace

  5. Seeing God’s Salvation Luke 2:31-32 • Simeon had gotten to witness salvation's arrival. • It was prepared by God, in that, he had revealed its coming through his prophets (Romans 16:25; Ephesians 3:11; 1 Peter 1:6-12) • It was for Jew and Gentile (Psalm 98:1-3; Isaiah 40:5; 42:6; 49:6; 52:10; 62:1-2)

  6. The Fall and Rising Luke 2:33-34a • He would bring about the fall and rising of many. • This could refer to Him being a stone of stumbling for some (Isaiah 8:14) • For others it could be the chief cornerstone and foundation stone (Isaiah 8:14; 28:16). • It could also refer to humbling self (Matthew 18:3-4) • Likewise, it might refer to the rising to the kingdom of heaven (John 3:1-7)

  7. Foretelling Jesus’ Future Luke 2:34b-35 • He would be spoken against (Mark 6:1-3; Luke 4:16-30; Matthew 26:39-44) • He would be pierced by a sword (Isaiah 53; John 19:31-35) • Others' hearts would be revealed

  8. Anna Saw Jesus Luke 2:36-38 • Anna was a special woman • Prophetess • An 84 year old widow who had been married 7 years • Stayed in the temple serving God with fastings and prayers • She gave thanks to God and spoke of Jesus to all who looked forward to redemption in Jerusalem (compare Luke 24:46-47)