The Messiah Simeon Waited For

Day 47, The Best Storyteller Ever

Psalm 78: 1-4 My people, hear my instruction;
listen to what I say.
 I will declare wise sayings;
I will speak mysteries from the past—
 things we have heard and known
and that our fathers have passed down to us.

We must not hide them from their children,
but must tell a future generation
the praises of the Lord,
His might, and the wonderful works
He has performed. (HCSB)

According to the list of messianic prophecies I have been using as a reference for these posts, this section of Scripture foretells Jesus’ use of parables when he taught.

As a storyteller myself, I love that about my Lord. He used tales—both real and imagined—to make his points and share his messages. Sometimes the story meanings were obvious; sometimes they needed explanation. But no matter the day or the message, he could think of an illustration to make his point.

I think this is part of the reason children wanted to be near Jesus. They knew that around him, it was always story time!

John says in his gospel that he couldn’t include everything Jesus said and did. It was just too much. I imagine that goes for the parables, too.

Christ wasn’t the only person in the Bible to use parables, but we have more of his. Many more. So taking that and John’s qualification into account, there’s no telling how many he actually related and how many he was asked to repeat.

But isn’t that what happens with the best stories? We listen to them over and over again. We pick up those books to relive the adventure. We ask for our friends and relative, “Can you tell me again about the time…?”

Even more so with Jesus’ parables. Or the story of Jesus himself. Enjoy the following poem.


You Were There that Christmas

  Were you there, friend?

   Were you there at His birth?

   Did you see God born

   To Mary in the stable?

   Did you hear the angels

   Up in the night

   Sing their praises and hallelujahs

   To the Lord on High?

   Were you there, friend?

   Were you there to see wise seekers

   Bring to the newborn child

   Such valuable things--

   As frankincense, myrrh,

   And even pure gold?

   Were you there, friend?

   Or is it just a story to you?

   If the child lives in your soul,

   You were there.

   You were there.

   Were you there with shepherds in the cold

   While taxpayers nestled in inns?

   If the child knows your heart

   You were there.

   You were there!

   Merry 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