25 And 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,
28 then he took Him into his arms, and blessed God, and said,
29 “Now Lord, You are releasing Your bond-servant to depart in peace,According to Your word;
30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation,
31 Which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
32 A Light of revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel.”
33 And His father and mother were amazed at the things which were being said about Him.
34 And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is appointed for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and for a sign to be opposed—
35 and a sword will pierce even your own soul—
to the end that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”
Like Zechariah and Elizabeth, Simeon was a righteous person. Simeon’s righteousness meant that he kept God’s laws and the laws of his society, behaving well toward others.
He also was “devout,” carefully fulfilling prescribed religious duties. The combination of the words “righteous” and “devout” stresses that Simeon thoughtfully lived out his relationship with God. Simeon was “looking for the consolation of Israel” (v. 25)—he was actively seeking God and His salvation.
Israel's consolation spoke of the comfort and hope the people had in regard to God's plan for His people, but, more specifically, it referred to Messiah's role in that plan.
In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit came on a few selected people. The Holy Spirit filled Zechariah so he could prophesy about John (Luke 1:67-79).
In this case, the Spirit assured Simeon that he would live long enough to see the Messiah, so that he would be in a position to do the same in regard to Jesus (vv. 29-32).
Simeon was walking in a right relationship with God. He was anticipating the Messiah’s coming, which indicates he took God’s promises seriously. In addition, he was “moved by the Holy Spirit” (v. 27).
Finally, Simeon was worshiping God in the temple. God used Simeon’s worship time to communicate Jesus’ identity and mission. The Holy Spirit guided Simeon to the right place—the temple—at the right time.
Simeon’s relationship with the Lord put him in a position to recognize the Christ child when he entered the temple (vv. 27-28).
●To what extent are you intentional or thoughtful about your relationship with God? If someone asked you how you know you have a relationship with God, to what would you point as evidence?
●Simeon praised God for his salvation in Jesus. In what ways does your life demonstrate praise to God for His salvation?
●In prayer, ask God to work in your life in such a way that your devotion to Him is evident and the fruits of the Spirit abound.