Read Psalm 72:4, 12-14
If you want a glimpse of the future, read all of Psalm 72. A cursory glance at its verses will cause you to think that David prayed this for his son, Solomon. But then you come to verses like 5 or 7 or 17. These could only take place in the 1000-year reign of Christ. No one else on earth will rule as long as the sun endures and the moon exists.
But the verses I referenced at the top, those that focus on aiding the poor and the downtrodden would have encouraged Anna. “He will redeem them from oppression and violence, for their lives are precious in his sight.” (Psalm 72:14—Holman Christian Standard Bible)
Because the Messiah would fulfill every thought and plan and desire of God the Father, Anna could know that no matter the public perception about her life, God thought her precious. No matter her living conditions nor how little she had, God valued her, her service and dedication.
It is because of this value, I believe, that she found a mention of honor in the gospel of Luke. The reference is personal and by name. How many magi and shepherds saw the young Christ? We don’t know.
But we know he saw Anna.
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