The Messiah Simeon Waited For

Day 14, God's Slave

Luke 2:29 Now, Master,
You can dismiss Your slave in peace,
as You promised.

The only place that Simeon refers to himself in all of Scripture, he calls himself God’s slave.

Nine months prior, a young woman had identified herself as the slave of God, too, his bondswoman.  She received the blessing of becoming her own Lord’s mother. She, too, received promises.

Jesus called us slaves to God, but also friends. We choose slavery to the Creator, because otherwise we remain slaves to sin and to the fallen world.

John 15:20 Remember the word I spoke to you: ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will also keep yours.

After Christ ascended, the fledgling church also identified themselves as slaves of God the Father. After Peter and John were imprisoned and told not to speak the name of Jesus, they, along with their entire fellowship, identified themselves as the Lord’s slaves.

Acts 4:29 And now, Lord, consider their threats, and grant that Your slaves may speak Your message with complete boldness, 30 while You stretch out Your hand for healing, signs, and wonders to be performed through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.”

As the church grew and spread, other leaders identified themselves slaves of God: Paul, James, Epaphras, Tychicus, Timothy and Jude among them.

In that day and age, they truly knew slavery. A Roman slave had nothing of his or her own. Anything she or he might have in their possession truly belonged to the master, as the slave did, too.

But if you had a good master, he would let you have access to everything at his disposal without having the concern about its upkeep, loss or replacement. A good master would also protect you from other masters who might not be so kind. Freedom meant nothing if you had nothing and found yourself a slave all over again. So when a slave found a good master, he or she might perform a ceremony committing that the slave would stay and never leave. But likewise, the master would promise to provide for the slave and ensure the best welfare.

It is this image that Simeon and the others testified to when they called themselves slaves of God. They had found the ideal master—one who would protect them from evil and secure their future.

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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