The Messiah Simeon Waited For

Day 57, Born David's King

By my count, I have four posts left that I should do for Simeon to make the even 60 that I promised back in October. We’ll see how much I can squeeze out of me today. I still have a cold and running on limited energy. So this might be one long post or two shorter ones or, with heavenly intervention, the original four posts I planned to do.

The themes that remain are 57: A King After David’s Heart, 58: Will Cause Strife, 59: Call to the Nations, and 60: Simeon—A Noble Life of Waiting.

Because Christ is David’s descendant and heir, he fulfills God’s promises to David and completes, makes perfect, what God saw in David to begin with.

2 Samuel 7:12, 15-16 ‘When your time comes and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up after you your descendant, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom.

But My faithful love will never leave him as I removed it from Saul; I removed him from your way. Your house and kingdom will endure before Me forever, and your throne will be established forever.’ (HCSB)

What did David do well while on earth? First off, he was a good shepherd who watched over his flock—even risking his life to defend it from lions and bears. As the Good Shepherd, Jesus leads and protects his lambs, his flock. According to Scripture, not one will escape him who is from His fold.

Second, David was a man after God’s own heart. He never worshipped any other God. He repented whenever confronted with his sin. But as the perfect man, Jesus lived in perfect unity with God. He lived in such a way as to reverse the curse all the way back to the garden of Eden. As the divine man, Jesus lived righteously in the constraints of a sinful world in a way that Adam could not do within a perfect world. Jesus kept his heart in tune with the will of the Father and walked in it.

Lastly, David was Israel’s best king. He fought for her, he united her, he defended her and he ruled her. Yes, he made mistakes as father, husband and human male—but as shepherd, lover of God and king, he did well.

But Jesus did, does and will do better. Because as we learn at the end of the story:

And He has a name written on His robe and on His thigh:


A Sixty-Day Countdown to Christmas

More Days

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