sábado, 18 de maio de 2013

Simeon/Anna

Por Rafael Jácome
Fonte: Life Application Study Bible


When Joseph and Mary took the eight-day-old Jesus to the Temple for his circumcision, they had two unexpected but delightful encounters.Well-worn examples of patient waiting met them—Simeon and Anna. Both of these godly saints recognized Jesus’ identity as the Messiah. Simeon and Anna give us a picture of godly expectation in an environment ripe with expectations.

Simeon was certain he would see the Messiah before he died.We don’t know how surprised he was to discover the Savior as a baby in Mary’s arms.We do know that he recognized Jesus and gave God praise for his faithfulness.When Simeon saw the baby, he considered his life complete. Simeon’s exuberance caught Anna’s attention. She was another regular in the Temple. Anna’s brief marriage ended in widowhood and she spent the remainder of her eighty-four plus years serving as a prophetess. Anna overheard Simeon’s prophecy about Jesus and immediately added her own excited words of praise for the Savior.

Anna discovered that God can make every passage of life meaningful and useful. The long years of widowhood were also effective years of worship and service. Both she and Simeon dedicated their lives to God and were rewarded in ways we can only fully appreciate if we are willing to live the same way.
As you interact with people at various stages of life today, think about the development of your relationship with God. When talking to a younger person, ask yourself: “How was God involved in my life at that age?” When noticing someone older ask: “How do I want my relationship with God to mature by that point in my life?”

Strengths and accomplishments
● Exercised faithful anticipation regarding God’s promised Messiah
● Did not hesitate to give praise to God for his work in the world
● Both spoke from the powerful authority of their faith and age

Lessons from their lives
● God does give to some of his faithful followers a deeper insight
and clarity about his plans
● There were those in Israel who did recognize Jesus
● Advancing age does not invalidate a person’s usefulness in God’s
purposes
Vital statistics ● Where: Jerusalem
● Contemporaries: Joseph, Mary, Herod the Great
Key verses “The Holy Spirit was upon [Simeon] and had revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. . . . [Anna] never left the Temple but stayed there day and night, worshiping God with fasting and prayer” (Luke 2:25-26, 37).
Simeon and Anna’s stories are told in Luke 2:21-38. 3:22 Some manuscripts read my Son, and today I have become your Father.

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