In the gospel of Luke, she has three verses describing her. Only three verses, but through them and the Scriptures that describe what it meant to be a godly Jewish woman, we can get to know this beautiful woman after God’s own heart.
And through her, we can learn why she so longed to see her Messiah.
Luke 2:36-38 New King James Version
Anna Bears Witness to the Redeemer
Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity; and this woman was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. And coming in that instant she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem.
So what facts do these verses spell out about Anna?
Over the next sixty days, we will get to know Anna. May we love and long for Jesus as she did!
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History around Anna and the Temple
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Mary and Elizabeth... with Anna