The Messiah Simeon Waited For

Day 12, Following the Spirit

Luke 2:27 Guided by the Spirit, he entered the temple complex. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform for Him what was customary under the law…

Romans 8:14 All those led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons.

Galatians 5:16-18 I say then, walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.  For the flesh desires what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit desires what is against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you don’t do what you want.  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

Simeon stood out from the other godly men of his day—he let himself be guided by the Spirit.

Only a couple dozen men prior to Pentecost (and a few women) could have it said about them that they allowed God’s spirit to lead them throughout their lives or ministry.

Joseph did and he saved not one, but many nations from starvation during a severe famine. His role in history gave the new nation of Israel time to grow.

Bezalel allowed the spirit of God to guide him as he crafted and supervised the craft of the beautiful things to decorate and fill the tabernacle.

The spirit anointed Moses so much that his face glowed for the joy of it.

Caleb and Joshua let God’s spirit help as they viewed the Promised Land. Because of this, they saw the land and the opportunity through the eyes of God.

Most of the Judges had brief anointings of the spirit to do what need doing. After that, they were entirely too human.

Initially, Saul had the spirit of God upon him and even prophesied. But willful sin removed it from him and even allowed an evil spirit to take its place.

King David repented regularly, thus keeping in touch with the Spirit of God. His humble nature even earned him the title: the apple of God’s eye.

After that, the prophets and a few kings could be said to sense and follow God’s spirit. It was a rarity.

But Simeon was so connected with the Spirit of God that he knew when it said come, he came. And when it said go, he went.

He followed God’s map and leading.

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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