Anna: The Prophetess
Simeon and Anna play a most important role in the coming of the Messiah to Israel. They were the first in Israel to recognize that the Messiah had come. The Law said, "One witness shall not rise against a man concerning any iniquity or any sin that he commits; by the mouth of two or three witnesses the matter shall be established." (Deuteronomy 19:15) Paul confirmed the same concept when he wrote to Corinth, II Corinthians 13:1 ... "This will be the third time I am coming to you. By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established."
So God chose Simeon and Anna to confirm the coming of the Messiah. This event fulfilled the prophesy of Malachi 3:1-5. So God wanted a godly man and a godly woman to affirm the Messiah in Israel. And He wants godly men and godly women to affirm His work today.
Little is known of Anna. This is the only record we have of her life and ministry. Nobody, but Luke, mentions her. Like all godly leaders and servants, she was humble, often obscure, and unnoticed, but she was a great power in Israel. Anna in Greek means "grace". The same name in Hebrew is Hannah, and it too means "grace". (I Samuel 1:2-2:21 gives the account of Hannah.)
My dad's sister, Anna, was a great woman. She didn't marry until she was forty and had no children of her own, but she was instrumental in raising my two sisters and younger brother. I love the name, Anna. We need to name more of our baby girls Hannah or Anna.
Why was Anna such a powerful person in the life of Israel and the coming of the Messiah?
Five reasons why she was singled out for this special service:
I. SHE WAS A PROPHETESS. (Verse 36)
"Now there was one Anna, a prophetess."
The word means "female preacher". That doesn't turn many men on, but that's what she was. There is, no doubt, that God gifts and calls women at times to do great and special things for Him. Also, we should note that the Holy Spirit gifts ...
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