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Lesson # Luke 2:25-27
Study Material - Luke 2:25-27
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
25 And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ. 27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to carry out for Him the custom of the Law
Now in virtual obscurity the Son of God, Jesus, is being presented in the temple. Right in the midst of those priests who should have been aware of his different nature. Yet shepherds have become aware of the child, angels were certainly aware of the child and gave him honor, the parents were aware of their own child of course, but the city in general was unaware except for two who will be mentioned in the next few verses, Simeon and Anna.
Simeon was a student of the scriptures and obviously a spiritually mature person. He was aware of the scriptures and the meaning of the time in which he lived. He was a just man, with respect to dealings with other people, and devout with respect to God. He studied his scriptures and was fully aware of the birth of Christ. What is more he was blessed with the filling of the Holy Spirit, enduement, and was granted the privilege of seeing the Christ child before he died.
Note that he prayed to be able to see the Lord and that prayer was granted. But God only grants prayers that are consistent with His purpose for ones life as well as for the overall plan of God. If Simeon had lived a hundred years earlier, this prayer would not have been granted. When we pray we need to pray in a manner consistent with Gods Word. If you pray to be able to see Christ in your life time today, or to be able to talk with an angel, then you demonstrate that you do not understand doctrine, because your prayer will not be granted. First of all, Christ will not return until the second advent, and none of us believers will be here when that occurs. We will leave here with the rapture, which will occur some seven years prior to the second advent. And of course we do not even know when the rapture will occur. It could occur next week or a thousand years from now. Second the scriptures have been closed since the writing of Revelation, and God speaks to us through the written word only. No more dreams or visions, or direct conversation. So offer prayers that are consistent with Gods Word, and not obviously inconsistent.
Simeon was knowledgeable of doctrine and he was aware of the existence of the birth of the savior. He also knew that the savior was God as well as man. This coexistence of God and man in the one person of Jesus Christ did not pose a stumbling block for him as it did the vast majority of the rest of the population. The leadership of Israel and the priesthood was waiting for a temporal leader. Someone who would lead them in a successful revolt against Rome and establish a traditional nation among nations that would serve their selfish interests. But that was not to be. Just as Cain in the beginning rejected the need for salvation, so they rejected the need for their own salvation. They did not see any need for that.
Once a person has seen Christ, and we see Him very clearly through our study of His Word, then the fear of death becomes nonexistent. Because the promise of life and His protection is far greater than the power of death. Simeon came in the Spirit into the temple. God guides us in our daily lives. Simeon came to the temple often, knowing that one day he would see the child and that he would recognize the child right away. Note that even the priest that held the child did not recognize him. Jesus was but one of probably many other children being offered on that day. To those who lack doctrine in their soul, or even lack salvation because of unbelief, God and the things of God are obscure and hidden. But to those who have doctrine in their soul, then the spiritual truths of doctrine are very clear and real in their lives. We can easily recognize the truth as opposed to the lies of this world.
Simeon was in the temple. He was in the place of worship where God intends for us all to be. This does not mean that you have to go to a church or some building, but in your soul, in fellowship, that is your true temple and place of worship. Once there then Christ will come to you. And so the child was brought to the temple to be registered and have the appropriate rituals performed as required by the Mosaic Law.
We meet God on His turf, in accordance with His policy and commands. God does not meet us on our terms. Simeon was in the temple and filled with the Spirit. This was not an emotional experience, nor an overt manifestation which was observable by others, but represents the spiritual status of Simeon. We too are commanded to be filled with the Spirit, but in our day this has a different connotation. Our command is to be in fellowship and thus our soul is under the control of the Holy Spirit. And this is the position and place where God wants us to be moment by moment and day by day. This is not a geographical position, nor an emotional status, but a spiritual placement of attitude which God has designed and commands. And we are to comply with Gods will, not our own will.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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