Simeon had a promise, from God, that he would get to see Jesus before he died. Who else was at the temple when the holy family went to offer a sacrifice. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ. If that is all Luke said about the Spirit's work, I suppose we would conclude, as many have, that before Pentecost the Spirit was upon people, but afterwards he is in people. When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons (Gal. God knows the secret inclinations of all our hearts. There are many answers to that question. Click on the Get Activity button below to view and/or download the lesson PDF. First, we saw that for Luke the era of the law and the prophets has grown old like Simeon and Anna and is passing away. And coming up at that very hour she gave thanks to God, and spoke of him to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem. And Paul (using a slightly different Greek verb) says to all Christians: "Don't get drunk with wine but be filled with the Spirit" (Ephesians 5:18). The second thing Luke wants to illustrate is that there is no conflict between the law and the prophets and the new age of the Messiah.

Lord, open the eyes of our hearts to see the value of the truths contained in your word. What we should conclude is that what Christians experience as the fullness of the Spirit today was also experienced by people before Pentecost too. And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher; she was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years from her virginity, and as a widow till she was eighty-four. Our lesson today is in and he shall be filled with the Holy Spirit." It may mean that some will fall and others will rise, or it could be that people have to fall before they rise. This is true of the entire human family. Either way there is both a warning and an encouragement in these verses. Why did God ordain that the parents of the last prophet be aged and that the parents of the Messiah be young? Can you find them all? Thus when Simeon says that Christ is set for the rise and fall of many and for a slandered sign, that thoughts of many hearts may be revealed, we understand that what is being revealed is whether a person has a heart humble enough to trust Christ alone for salvation or whether the person is haughty and must be brought low. To everyone else in the temple, Mary was just another young mother with a baby. He was despised and rejected by men.

Simeon instantly and independently recognizes Jesus as messiah. He could be trusted in business; you could count on him as a friend. 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. When our Lord Jesus Christ was eight days old, St. Mary and Joseph had a ceremony where He was named JESUS, the name given to Him by Archangel Gabriel. With those two clues as my guide, I would suggest that Luke is illustrating two things by showing us these four aged OT saints. part of the Old Law. Today we have God’s Word that teaches us about His promise to send the Savior and how His promises came true. But the coming of Jesus brings to the surface what we really feel about God. “This Week at Unlocking the Bible” features new articles, radio programs, devotionals, and ministry updates. He was waiting for the time when God would help Israel.

And yet he is ours. He entered a life in which he was placed under his own commands. This Write the Bible Phrase worksheet calls for kids to write, “To us a son is given.” This is an adaptation of Isaiah 9:6 and will help children remember that Jesus’ birth was told of in the Old Testament.