December 22, 2002
v. 21 - rites of circumcision & purification
v. 24 - Proper offering - a lamb for a burnt offering
and a pigeon or dove for a sin offering -
Allowance made for the poor - could offer a second
pigeon or dove - deep poverty of Mary & Joseph
v. 25 - Simeon - “a man in Jerusalem” - just, devout,
waiting, the Holy Ghost was upon him.
Some expositors believe that Simeon was the son of
the famous Hillel, and the father of Gamaliel.
This Simeon became president of the Sanhedrin in
The Mishna, part of Jewish traditions, which have
preserved the record and sayings of the great rabbis,
passes by this Simeon, perhaps owing to the hatred
which this famous teacher incurred, because of his
belief in Jesus of Nazareth.
A common Jewish prayer of that time - “may I see
the Consolation of Israel?”
Exclamatory Prayer by Spurgeon.
v. 26 - Legend is that Simeon was puzzled by Isaiah 7:14
At length he received a supernatural intimation that
he should not see death until he had seen the
fulfillment of the strange prophecy, the meaning
of which he had long failed to see.
v. 27 - “custom of the law”
In this day the danger of Matt. 15:6 - “ye made the
commandment of God of none effect by your
tradition” - Put it to the polls - skew the polls -
propaganda - disobedience - tribulation - destruction.
v. 28 - Discerning the hidden glory of Jesus.
v. 29 - “thy servant” - Josh. 23:14
I am satisfied - let me now depart in peace.
Many get their satisfaction in things that are seen
and temporal - taking pleasure in money, in wielding
power, in gaining honor -
Scripture - “the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor
the ear with hearing” - Eccl. 1:8
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you:
not as the world giveth, give I unto you” - ch. 14:27
vs. 30-32 - “mine eyes have seen thy salvation”
“which thou has prepared before the face
of all people” -
Intended for everybody - Murray State professor
in the early 70’s - leery of someone who has something
Some beleive - some don’t - Acts 28:24-28
Election in India - Hindu’s control - persecution on
Israelites seeking good of the Gentiles - vice versa.
We should reciprocate.
Arab-Israeli conflict Black/White relations in America.
v. 34 - It became clear as time unfolded that those who
were ignorantly supposed to be blind were the
souls seeing God and equally clear that those
who claimed to know everything had eyes that
were against the light.
John 12: 39-40 - a moral impossibility inherited by the Jews
through ages of rebellion & insensibility to Divine
grace and misuse of revelation - “they could not
believe. A fixed law - power unused destroys itself -
persistent disregard for religion makes it more difficult
to obey or believe.
Is challenging a nativity scene on public property
diffusing this blindness?
A solemn passage quoted four other places in NT
Luke 8:10 Matt. 13:14-15 Mark 4:12
The unforced & willful rejection of the Divine Word
is visited by a withdrawal of the faculty to receive
even more accessible & apprehensible truth.
Until - Back to square one - John 12:25
John 12:43 - The glory of God Himself in His aweful
holiness was of less interest than the
glory of the Sanhedrin, in this day, less
than Hollywood, and the approval of the
world. This has more to do with tangible,
sensuous, advantages, than the Divine
It becomes then, of high value to grasp the truth.
II Cor. 4:6 - “in the face of Jesus Christ”
vs. 3-4 previous reference Luke 2:10-14,
Luke 1:30-33, 46-54 John 14:21,23-24, 26,31
John 14:10-11 - There is no right understanding of
Jesus Christ until the Father is seen in Him.
He is the Image of His substance
Agent of His purpose
Speaker of His words
Doer of His works (salvation from sin &
righteousness of life)
John 14:12 - Which is greater - a soul being saved by the
preached word or a person healed through
John 12:47 - Awful charge of responsibility upon every
man who simply hears & knows what Christ’s
words are - then keeps them not.
v. 48 - “the word that I have spoken shall judge him
in the last day’ - Judged by the Word of God!
Luke 2:34 - for the next three centuries the name of Jesus
Christ of Nazareth and His followers were
shamed and despised.
A Corner Stone - a stumbling stone.
For some - a stepping stone, a strong foundation,
For others - a stumbling stone - Matt. 21:44
v. 36 - Anna - 84 yrs old
Lost tribes? - here is one not lost!
v. 37 - Anna waiting - Simeon waiting - v. 25
God may delay but consider Hab. 2:3
v. 38 - “spake of Him to all them that looked for
redemption in Jerusalem”
First preacher of Christ in the great city of
Jerusalem. She communicated the joyful fact
to all she could reach.
Charles Spurgeon - Home Missions Sermon
v. 39 - They performed all things according to
the Law of the Lord. (past tense)