Did you know there are over one hundred references to widows in the Bible? These references take three primary approaches:
That last one would scare me more than the second. Just because two men are brothers, doesn’t mean they are at all alike in character, morals and godliness. What might drive a young widow to the temple to serve God? What if the brother that the family planned to foist on her was not a good and honorable man?
We don’t know why Anna went to the temple other than that she loved Yahweh. And yes, that is enough. But human lives tend to be messy and confused. Therefore, I can’t help but wonder what other doors God closed to make sure that Anna was there, in the temple, when he needed her to testify to His Son.
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