a thought on Simeon and Anna…

Posted: December 24, 2014 in devotionals
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Simeon and Anna

Read: Luke 2:22-38

There’s a story that most would not be tackling when it comes to the Christmas season. The story of the man, Simeon, and the prophetess, Anna. I meant, what does the two have that they got the space in Luke?

#1 They were both old.

Simeon was probably advanced in years. Anna was a widow, advanced in years. They both belong to the Old Covenant, which includes the law, the ten commandments, the temple laws, the sacrifices, the burnt offerings, purification laws and much more. The two represented the very best of the old covenant which is now giving way to the new with the coming of the Messiah (Piper, Dec. 21, 1986).

How do we treat the older generation when it comes to Christ? Do we allow them to participate or do we look at them and not include them in our services?

#2 They were both spending their time with God.

Simeon was promised by God that he won’t see death until he had seen Christ. Anna was a regular fixture in the temple, worshipping with fasting and prayer day and night. They spent time with God. Simeon was righteous and devout. Anna was a prophetess.

In order for us to know God, we got to spend time with Him. That’s how we build our relationship with Him. Question is, do we have a regular time with Him?

#3 They were both waiting for the redemption of Israel.

Simeon was waiting for the consolation of Israel. Anna “gave thanks to God and to spoke of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.” They were waiting for the redemption of Israel. They knew the Savior was going to come.

Today, we know that Christ promised He would return. Are we waiting for our King?

Here’s the idea for this post. God still includes the aged in His plan. They were not excluded. Redemption came in the form of Jesus Christ. Guess what, he is coming again! Do we have the same enthusiasm as Simeon and Anna? We have the privilege of waiting, the question is, what do we do while we wait for the King’s return?

Merry Christmas. 🙂


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