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The Light for the Gentiles (1 of 5)
Series: Gifts of the Season
A Sunday School teacher had given her class an assignment to read Isaiah chapter 9. The next Sunday she asked the class how many had remembered to read the chapter. Every hand went up.
''Wonderful! she said, I've got a piece of candy for anyone that complete the 2nd half of this verse: 'The people who walked in darkness...'''
Instantly she was besieged by answers!
- ''Use less electricity!''
- ''Stub their toes a lot!''
- ''Spend most of the time sleeping''
- ''Are usually burglars''
- ''Could really use a flashlight!''
Obviously, those answers weren't right.
But does anybody HERE know what Isaiah 9:2 says?
''The people who walked in darkness... have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.''
APPLY: No one knows how old Simeon was when he met Joseph and Mary in the Temple court.
The Bible simply says: ''It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord's Christ…''
And when Simeon saw Jesus he said ''Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace.'' Luke 2:26 and 29
There's just something about how this was said that has always led me to believe Simeon was getting up there in age. But the fact of the matter was: God had made this man a promise. He was NOT going to die until he had seen the Messiah. God had promised!
So he actively LOOKED for the Messiah.
You can almost see him prowling the Temple… searching the face of each person who came through the gates. He just knows that he'll encounter the Messiah right here in the temple. And much to his surprise, when he sees this 8 day old baby boy being carried by Mary, HE KNOWS - this is the one. The Spirit of God tells him this is the child, born to be a King.
And led by that same Spirit, Simeon tells the boy's parents what this boy was going to do. He prophecies about ...
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