Could it be that God’s purpose in you being here today is that the Holy Spirit should lead you to Jesus?

[11] According to classical rabbinical sources, Joseph chose Simeon to be the hostage because he was concerned that if Simeon wasn't separated from Levi, then Levi and Simeon might destroy Egypt together, since they had already destroyed Shechem. Watch as Beth describes how God uses this to reach others. 2 For when Simeon was sick, his sons came to visit him. Notice Simeon said this with Christ in his arms, “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace” (2:28).

The Bible calls attention to Simeon because of how he waited. There will be a great company of the redeemed.

Does he try to imply old age for Simeon without saying it? When Dinah, Simeon’s sister, was violated by a Hivite, Simeon and his brother Levi took it into their own hands and went against their father’s decision to live at peace with these people and attacked the unsuspecting city. He was despised and rejected by men. This lesson is about Simeon, an old man, who had a special hope fulfilled by God. He lives the life that fulfills all that God requires, and then he lays it down as a sacrifice for all who will receive him. The text of the Torah says that the name of Simeon refers to Leah's belief that God had heard that Jacob preferred her sister, Rachel, implying a derivation from the Hebrew term shama on, meaning he has heard of my suffering; this is a similar etymology as the Torah gives for the theophoric name Ishmael (God has heard), implying that the names are cognate. 1. (You can read about this in 2 Peter 3:3-4.). What are some ways you like to serve?

STORY AND STUDY (This story is found in Luke 2:25-35.) And inspired by the Spirit he came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law, he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said, "Lord, now let your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel." In the Eastern Orthodox tradition, Simeon is commemorated with Anna the Prophetess on February 3 on the Feast of the Holy and Righteous Simeon the God-Receiver and Anna the Prophetess. Since this day focuses more on Jesus and Mary, the observation on February 3 is specific to St. Simeon, who was allowed to die after seeing the Christ (or Messiah) born of a virgin. People would have to deal with the truth (“the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed”). Ano ang pinakamaliit na kontinente sa mundo? Because you gave him to us.”  Matthew Henry says, “When we received the good news of Christ with a lively faith, we take him in our arms.”, Jesus Christ brings the true attitude of your heart toward God out into the open. But the truth is, he hasn’t event kept the first one! It would have been difficult for Mary and Joseph to present Jesus at the temple in Jerusalem under these circumstances. It is also used in the Roman Catholic Compline and Orthodox Vespers. Jesus said to him, “Well, here is what I want you to do. The Bible does not tell us how old Simeon was or when he died. The observances of the first day center around memorializing the act of Mary undergoing an act of ritual purification, and presenting Jesus, her child, to the Temple, a feast day known as the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple. Scripture tells us that he was a very righteous Jewish man, to whom it had been promised that he would not die until he saw the Messiah face-to-face.

So these words mean that those who imagine themselves to be strong and high, who rely on their own merit and power, will come to woeful ruin and undoing, because in their pride they do not realize their own need and doom and do not take refuge in Christ.” [1]. He came to the human race. We produce great leaders of business: Steven Jobs, Bill Gates. From Adam onwards, the human race has never produced a single person who has fulfilled the law of God. What was Simeon waiting for? Gad (half brother) Notice what the Scriptures are saying: God sent forth his Son. Looking to and trusting in your Son, Jesus. Simeon was also the progenitor of the Tribe of Simeon. This speaks to his relationship with God. ... Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him. Zohar (son) But it does more than that.

He was tireless, steadfast, unwavering, dedicated, firm and determined. He doesn’t love God with all his heart. [10], Simeon's vengeance, and punishment in the blessing, are viewed by biblical scholars as aetiological postdictions which were designed to explain why, in the time of the author of the blessing (900-700BC), the tribe of Simeon was dwindling out of existence. “In order to fall, it must be assumed that a person is first standing.

And in the rest of the New Testament this word is used in relation to resurrection from the dead! Jacob was the patriarch, or father, of the twelve tribes of Israel and had received the Abrahamic Covenant (Genesis 28:14–15). Some writers have identified this Simeon with Shimon ben Hillel, although Hillel was not a priest. Bishop Ryle says Simeon speaks like “one for whom the grave has lost its terrors, and the world its charms.”  This man can face death and he can live life because of Jesus. There are many answers to that question. Simeon was righteous and devout. Nobody knows that the child in the arms of the young girl is the Son of God. Write the number of days on your calendar and check your seeds every day.

At some time earlier in his life, Simeon received a revelation from God saying he wouldn’t die until he saw the Messiah. It may mean that some will fall and others will rise, or it could be that people have to fall before they rise. The Spirit is how you find Jesus. Any exceptions to the above must be approved by Unlocking the Bible, 1-866-865-6253. Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace. Another assumption that is often made is that Simeon was a priest. It had been revealed to [Simeon] by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. (Luke 2:25). [13] According to the midrashic book of Jasher, Simeon wasn't willing to become a hostage, so Joseph sent 70 strong Egyptians to take Simeon by force, but Simeon had a very powerful voice, and so was able to scare off the Egyptians simply by shouting. Simeon was a devout (sincere, earnest) man.

He worshipped God. We know very little about Simeon. [7] The account dramatizes the theme of tension between marriage within a group (endogamy) and marriage with outsiders (exogamy). In the Anglican Communion, Simeon is not venerated with a festal observance, and February 3 is set aside to recognize Anskar (801–865), a missionary, Archbishop of Hamburg-Bremen and first Bishop in Sweden, 864. 6 Aug. 2014, ibn Abdullah ibn Abdul-Muttalib ibn Hashim, Current Ummah of Islam (Ummah of Muhammad),, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Mother Abiona or Amtelai the daughter of Karnebo, Slayers of Saleh's she-camel (Qaddar ibn Salif and Musda' ibn Dahr). God knows the secret inclinations of all our hearts. Do you think Mary would have some wonderful times with her son and also some times of sorrow? Copyright 2020 Church of God, a Wordwide Association, Inc. an elderly man who blessed and held the infant Jesus. There was something about him that marked him as a person who walked closely with God. Simeon Solomon would have been 64 years old at the time of death or 174 years old today. In the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John (also known as the Gospels), you can read about Jesus Christ: His enemies, His friends, His miracles and what He said about restoring the glory to Israel. The Holy Spirit was upon him. Perhaps someone had a special interest in ..", The Meeting of Our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ, The Coming of the Son of God into the Temple, Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, The Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in The Temple, The Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, The Book of Saints: a Dictionary of Servants of God canonized by the Catholic Church,, Pages with numeric Bible version references, Articles with unsourced statements from February 2020, Articles with unsourced statements from February 2010, Articles incorporating a citation from the 1913 Catholic Encyclopedia with Wikisource reference, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Depicted as an elderly man, sometimes vested as a, This page was last edited on 15 September 2020, at 17:12.

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