32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and for glory to your people Israel.”
Accompanying MacArthur sermon: Testifying to Jesus: Simeon, Part 2
Accompanying Driscoll sermon: Jesus and the Temple
Accompanying Chandler sermon: Departing in Peace
Simeon had the amazing privilege of testifying that the baby Jesus was the Messiah. He had been promised by God that he would see this day in his lifetime, and he did.
But Simeon also had some extra things to say that Mary and Joseph - and the rest of the Jews - would not have anticipated.
The first shock was that Jesus was a Messiah, not just for the Jews, but for all the peoples, including Gentiles.
To the Jews, Gentiles meant idol worship, turning the hearts of the people away from God, judgment, captivity and exile. Gentiles meant nothing good. Remember the story of Jonah? Gentile conversion was repulsive to the Jews.
To say that Jesus was going to be the Saviour of the world would have come as an unwelcome surprise, though it shouldn't have been. Consider these words from Isaiah....
Isaiah 9:2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.
Isaiah 42:6-7 “I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you; I will give you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations, to open the eyes that are blind,
to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness.Isaiah 49:6 he says: “It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel; I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”
Isaiah 51:4 “Give attention to me, my people, and give ear to me, my nation;
for a law will go out from me, and I will set my justice for a light to the peoples.
and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.
And yet, the OT prophecied that the Messiah would come for the whole world.
And Simeon confirms that here. And Mary and Joseph marvel.
But that's not the last shocking thing Simeon tells them.
First, that Gentiles will be saved.
Second, that not all Jews will be saved. Jews will be lost.
Fall. Opposed. Sword.
The first mention of negativity in Luke's gospel. But Mary needs to be prepared for the coming hostility. (This is likely spoken to Mary because it appears that Joseph dies before the start of Jesus' ministry).
The nation is going to be divided over Jesus. And many are going to fall.
He turns from talking to the nations to talking to Mary personally....Mary, it's going to be real personal....We can't imagine a mother loving a child more than she loved Jesus. Can't imagine how hard it was when Jesus began to push her away on the human level. At twelve years of age He had to be about His Father's business, and in a sense He pushed her aside. Later when He was doing His first miracle in Cana He didn't call her "mother," He called her "woman." When she came to visit Him with His half-brothers and sisters on occasion, He was told that His mother and His brothers and sisters were outside and He said, "Who is My mother, who is My brothers except those who believe in Me." And He was moving Mary from being His mother to needing Him as a Savior. That would be something for her to deal with as He distanced Himself and yet she would love Him for His perfections.
Wow, Simeon (and Luke) sure said a lot more in those verses than I thought. Love digging into the Word and discovering these treasures.
Tomorrow's scripture focus: Luke 2:36-38