The Messiah Simeon Waited For

Simeon Was a Godly Man

As someone who tried to follow the law and eagerly anticipated the Messiah, Simeon had his work cut out for him.

                We tend to think of the term ‘godly man’ on this side of the cross. It means someone who loves Jesus and tries to follow him as best as he possibly can. He may make mistakes, but then he confesses them, repents and moves on.

                I think Simeon lived in Jerusalem because it was easier. The temple was right there. Any time he needed to make a sacrifice, any time he needed to present an offering to atone for a sin, the priests were available and on call every day of the year.

                If you look at Leviticus and truly imagine trying to live by it and live by it honestly, you can see that just keeping the law is a full-time job. But it was so important to Simeon that the Holy Spirit was upon him. Looking at people before the second chapter of Acts, those with the anointing of the Holy Spirit were few and far between.

                For the sake of culture, I would have preferred to have been a man in the early AD years. Women had few, if any, opportunities. But in terms of religion, I would rather have been Anna than Simeon. Not only would his efforts to abide by the law cost a lot of money, but they would take a lot of time and energy. And from every indication, he kept it up for years.

                Just the fact that the Bible says he was such a good man says a lot about the daily life he lived and how he poured himself out—all for the hope of the Christ.

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Introduction to The Messiah Simeon Waited For

Holding Jesus

Day 3, A Sketch of Simeon

Simeon Was a Godly Man

Day 5, Simeon's Testimony

Day 6, Prophecies for the Gentiles

Day 7, Blessing to Nations

Day 8, A Holy People

Day 9, Welcoming God's Firstborn

Day 10, The Name of Simeon

Day 11, Staying Alive

Day 12, Following the Spirit

Day 13, Taking Up Jesus

Day 14, God's Slave

Day 15, True Peace

Day 16, Seeing Reality

Day 17, The Intent of the Law

Day 18, For All Peoples

Day 19, Making Mary and Joseph Marvel

Day 20, A Blessing

Day 21, Hinting at the Rest of the Story

Day 22, Mary Will Grieve

Day 23, Making Simeon into Simeon

Day 24, Prophet to the Prophets

Day 25, A Priest Like Melchizedek

Day 26, Destined for Sacrifice

Day 27, Jesus and the Passover Lamb, part 1

Day 28, Jesus and the Passover Lamb, part 2

Day 29, Jesus and the Passover Lamb, Part 3

Day 30, Jesus as the Lamb (con.)

Day 31, Simeon as a Man of Gratitude

Day 32, Sacrificing Lambs in the Old Testament

Day 33, The Silent Lamb

Day 34, The Messiah as Light

Day 35, Jesus the Stumbling Block

Day 36, Jesus as the Rock

Day 37, The Precious Cornerstone

Day 38, The Stone in Zion

Day 39, The Cornerstone and the Gate

Day 40, The Stone of Judgment

Day 41, Into Zion First

Day 42, Restoring the Booth of David

Day 43, Forgotten Stones

Day 44, Blessed to Receive

Day 45, Crown Him with Many Crowns

Day 46, Identifying the Son of God

Day 47, The Best Storyteller Ever

Day 48, In Bethlehem, the City of David

Day 49, Born a King

Day 50, The Living Jesus

Day 51, The Mountain Tree (Part 1)

Day 52, The Mountain Tree (Part 2)

Day 53, The Root of Jesse

Day 54, David's Branch

Day 55, The Cursed Tree

Day 56, Time Fulfilled

Day 58 through 60

Day 57, Born David's King