Numbers 26:1-37; Luke 2:21-35; Psalms 60:6-12; Proverbs 16:14-15
NT: “There was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, looking forward to Israel’s consolation, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he saw the Lord’s Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, he entered the temple. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him up in his arms, praised God, and said, Now, Master, you can dismiss your servant in peace, as you promised. For my eyes have seen your salvation. You have prepared it in the presence of all peoples — a light for revelation to the Gentiles and glory to your people Israel. His father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and told his mother Mary, “Indeed, this child is destined to cause the fall and rise of many in Israel and to be a sign that will be opposed — and a sword will pierce your own soul — that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”” (Luke 2:25-35 CSB)
When Jesus was 8 days old, He was circumcised and given His name. When He was 40 days old, His parents brought Him to the temple in Jerusalem to dedicate Him as their firstborn son. While Joseph and Mary were in the temple that day, and old man came in and took the baby Jesus into his arms and began praising God and prophesying. That old man was Simeon. Simeon was devoted to God and had been promise that he would see the Messiah, the hope of Israel before he died. That day, Simeon was led by the Holy Spirit to go to the temple, and by the Holy Spirit, knew that the one month old baby was the promise he had been waiting for. What struck me as I read Simeon’s song is that Simeon, led by the Holy Spirit, proclaimed that Jesus the Messiah was for all people. He wasn’t just Israel’s Messiah. He was the savior of the World. He was the Glory of Israel, but would also be a light to all the gentile nations of the world to lead them out of darkness and into the revelation of God. He also, by the leading of the Holy Spirit, prophesied to Mary that the child would reveal hearts, be opposed, and be a stumbling block to many… but He would also cause many to rise to their destiny in the Lord. Jesus is for all people – not just people like us… not just people who look like we do or believe like we do or act like we do. He is the savior of the world. Is that a stumbling block to us, or will we allow Jesus to lead us, by His Holy Spirit, out of darkness to rise to our full destiny in the Lord?