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YOU DON”T HAVE TO BE A STAR

February 23, 2014

Saturday

Simeon and Anna : From little know prophets to being  used of God to prophesy over the baby Jesus and proclaim who He was and what He came to earth to do.

 

Luke 2:25-38

And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.

And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.  And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,  Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,  Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,  Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;  A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him. And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity; And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.  And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.

 

LESSON

Simeon’s only great desire in life was for the Messiah, the one who would redeem his people. Long ago, to comfort him, God had revealed to Simeon that he would not die until he had seen the Savior. Simeon said that many would come to love this child and would receive happiness through Him. But there would be many others who would hate him. The child would cause some to fall and others to rise.

Anna came to stand by the baby Jesus. Like Simeon, she saw much more than a child six weeks old. They both saw Jesus as the Son of God. God had come so close to man that He now lay as a child in the arms of His mother. Anna sang about this great wonder. From then on she told everyone she met that the Redeemer had come. All who looked forward to the coming of the Redeemer found rich comfort in this joyful message.

We only read about Simeon and Anna here in Luke’s gospel. God had a special purpose for these senior saints. Their highest moment in life and greatest ministry opportunity would come near the end of their life! Maybe God has that in mind for some of us. Too often when Christians get old they think they are done serving God because they can’t do what they used to. How do we know if God is done with us? When He takes us home. Ministry has very little to do with what you and I can or can’t do. Ministry is about God working through us, not us working hard or doing lots of stuff.

 

Memory Verses: Acts 4: 13-14

 

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