Oh To Be Wise Meditations
The Prophecy of Simon. Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required,
Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: “Sovereign Lord, now let your servant die in peace, as you have promised. I have seen your salvation, which you have prepared for all people. He is a light to reveal God to the nations, and he is the glory of your people Israel!” Jesus’ parents were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon blessed them, and he said to Mary, the baby’s mother, “This child is destined to cause many in Israel to fall, and many others to rise. He has been sent as a sign from God, but many will oppose him. As a result, the deepest thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your very soul.” Anna, a prophet, was also there in the Temple. She was the daughter of Phanuel from the tribe of Asher, and she was very old. Her husband died when they had been married only seven years. Then she lived as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the Temple but stayed there day and night, worshiping God with fasting and prayer. She came along just as Simeon was talking with Mary and Joseph, and she began praising God. She talked about the child to everyone who had been waiting expectantly for God to rescue Jerusalem.
Praise God! All is well! Let there be peace on earth, Christ's come go and tell That He is in the manger. Alleluia! Angels and men rejoice for tonight darkness fell into the dawn of love's light. All is well all is well
Lift up your voices and sing. Born is now Emmanuel Born is our Lord and Savior Sing Alleluia All is well! The LORD allowed these two people to see with there own eyes the birth of there salvation. Though they did not know the ultimate plan of God of Jesus dying on the Cross. They like Job knew that their Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. Yes, and after my body has decayed, yet in my body I will see God! I will see him for myself. Yes, I will see him with my own eyes. I am overwhelmed at the thought! It is well with my soul that even though I have never seen him, I know that Jesus lives. He came to this world as a propitiation for my sins and ever lives to intercede even for the uttermost. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed. Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God as He real is in the face of Christ coming.
Meditate Matt. 13:16