The Messiah Simeon Waited For

Day 18, For All Peoples

Luke 2:32 A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel.

Isaiah 49:6 Indeed He says,
‘It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant
To raise up the tribes of Jacob,
And to restore the preserved ones of Israel;
I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles,
That You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.’”

We’ve talked several times through Simeon’s testimony and prophecy how God never intended the Jewish people to just be his people. They were meant for a bigger, higher purpose. As God said to Abraham early on, “in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” All the families of the earth was God’s plan from the beginning. And it will be his plan until the end. In Revelation, John sees people from every tribe and nation filling heaven.

As Jesus himself said, people who love God should be a light on a hill. A candle that all can see and follow the way. But the religious leaders of the day were trying to hide it beneath the barrel of tradition and nationality. Under those covers, it could not be for everyone. Truth be told, many didn’t want it to be available for everyone. There is something appealing, like hiding a plate of cookies, to getting the blessings of God all to yourself. Even if he never intended things to work that way.

But hoarding the blessing eventually means no blessing just like a candle burning under a bushel will eventually go out from the lack of oxygen. God set up this universe so that things are meant to be shared. A shared flame keeps going and will re-light your own when it goes out. Shared food seems to go farther and satisfy more. Shared love grows exponentially until the heart cannot hold it.

It is the beacon that God uses to call the world to himself.

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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