The Messiah Simeon Waited For

Day 11, Staying Alive

Luke 2:26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he saw the Lord’s Messiah.

A normal lifespan or even serious infirmity poses no barrier to God’s promises. We have no idea how old Simeon was, but by his own words, he waited longer than anyone, even he, expected.

Simeon was not the first person in Scripture to live past the norm in order to fulfill the words and plan of God.

Methuselah: The oldest man ever according to the Bible. While the origins of his name are not 100% clear, many scholars say his name means something similar to ‘when he is dead, it shall be sent.’ It referred to the Great Flood. Interestingly enough, his son Lamech (Noah’s father) died the same year.  God promised judgment would come and Methuselah had to stick around until it was time.

Abraham and Sarah: They were told that they would begin a great nation. At God’s first promise, they were well into middle age. And still, he made them wait while reaffirming and clarifying the promise. Scripture says that when Isaac was conceived that “[Abraham] was as good as dead…” (Hebrews 11:12) That didn’t matter to God.

Jeremiah: God promised to protect the young prophet. He was told “Do not be afraid of anyone, for I will be with you to deliver you.” In spite of being left in a cistern to die, put in a situation where he might starve to death, and imprisoned several times, Jeremiah did not die during the years he prophesied. God delivered him each and every time.

Mary: When the angel came to her and she agreed to be the mother of the Messiah, God promised that she would both conceive and give birth to a son. Somehow, she had to know that God would protect her through the months of her pregnancy. By the law, some would have wanted to stone her. But God promised.

The promises of God are beyond anything we can imagine. No circumstance, no person, no disaster, no inability can stop them from coming to pass!


A Sixty-Day Countdown to Christmas

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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