The Messiah Simeon Waited For

Day 24, Prophet to the Prophets

Deuteronomy 18:15, 18-19 The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear… I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him. And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him.

OK, this post will have a short life today as I forgot to put it up yesterday.

Even so, it’s too worthwhile to ignore.

We know with absolute certainty that Simeon was a prophet. He knew that Christ’s mission would cause Mary grief and that Jesus would draw Gentiles to himself—not just the Jews. Those are two of his prophecies recorded in Luke that came to fruition. But there were others in the short passage. And likely, based on his close walk with God, he prophesied other things that Scripture didn’t mention.

So knowing that the Messiah would be a prophet had to speak to him on a deep level. The Christ was like him in this way. Like him, but not fallible. Like him, but incapable of error.

When Simeon reviewed the words of Moses, he probably liked that his Messiah would be a prophet like him. Seeing where we are like someone we admire usually helps us grow and do what God calls us to personally.

But in modern terms, we need to understand what being a prophet means. Usually when people hear the word, they think of someone who predicts the future. And yes, that can be a component of prophecy. But the original word means something closer to the word ‘truth’ than ‘future’. Basically, a prophet was someone who proclaimed God’s truth. If it meant Elijah telling Ahab that he was sinning, that was prophecy just as much as saying no rain would come for three years.

So it makes sense that the Jesus, our Redeemer, was a perfect prophet. As He himself said, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. (emphasis added)

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