Beginning the Journey for new Christians. Ralph F. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 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:.
And a sword will pierce your own soul too. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage,  and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.
Exposition As clear as it may seem, sometimes forget that Jesus was born into a very Jewish family which kept all the Jewish laws blamelessly. In our attempt to universalize Jesus, we must not make the mistake of isolating him from his cultural context. As the Apostle Paul observes: "But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law In this week's passage we get a glimpse of three Jewish ceremonies:.
We'll look briefly at these, but our main focus needs to be on Simeon and Anna -- their devotion to the Lord, sensitivity to the Holy Spirit's voice, and the words of Simeon's prophecies.
We caught a glimpse of John the Baptist's circumcision ceremony in The Jewish ceremony of circumcision on the eighth day after birth represents placing the sign of the Covenant upon each male child who becomes part of the nation Genesis ; Leviticus At both John's and Jesus' circumcisions, naming is mentioned. Circumcision may have been performed by the village rabbi. Edersheim notes that a benediction would have been said before the circumcision and the ceremony closed with a prayer over a cup of wine.
His name "Jesus" Hebrew Yeshua means, as mentioned before, "salvation. The text refers to Mary's purification from childbirth in verses 22 and 24 skipping for the moment the parenthetical verse 23 which refers to Jesus presentation. After childbirth, mothers were considered ceremonially unclean for a period of time. The Law reads:.
The sacrifice for her cleansing was to be offered on the fortieth day at the Nicanor Gate on the east of the Court of Women. Because of their poverty, Mary brings a pair young pigeons or doves as her sacrifice -- that was all the family could afford.
To understand this ceremony we need a little background. The early Hebrews believed that the firstborn male of humans and animals belonged to God Exodus They were "consecrated" or holy" to God. But in the Old Testament, Yahweh is very clear that the child sacrifice practiced by the surrounding pagan religions is abhorrent to him Leviticus ; ; 2 Kings ; 2 Kings ; 2 Chronicles ; Jeremiah ; ; Ezekiel ; In the Exodus, the firstborn sons of Egypt are killed due to Pharoah's stubborn refusal to let the Israelites go, but the firstborn of the people of Israel are "passed over" because of the Passover sacrifice made by each family.
For the firstborn of non-Levites a redemption price was five shekels was paid Numbers ; ; ; See also Exodus 13; ; ; ; Deuteronomy The redemption price was a way of supporting the priesthood in their priestly service to God. But the presence of Jesus in the Temple on this occasion is curious, since the presentation and redemption could be made to any priest -- and not just in Jerusalem.
Nor is the redemption money mentioned in this account. Perhaps, instead of being redeemed, Jesus is presented in the Temple for God's service, in the same way that Samuel was presented before the Lord in his mother Hannah's words, "So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord" 1 Samuelcf. Next, the story moves to Simeon and Anna who just "happen" to be in the temple at this time.
Both of them are righteous, God-fearing people whom God has sent as witnesses. Simeon is a Hebrew name, for which the similar-sounding genuine Greek name Simon is sometimes substituted.Usually when Jewish parents presented a firstborn son in the Temple, they would offer a new lamb. However, Jewish law allowed those who were poor to offer two turtledoves. Simeon and Anna were faithful Jews who had waited all their lives for the Messiah.
At the Temple, they recognized Jesus as the Promised One. And a sacrifice of two turtle doves shall be offered. He was righteous and devout. The Holy Spirit had revealed to him that he would see the Messiah before he died. He was in the Temple when Mary and Joseph brought Jesus. Simeon took Jesus into his arms and blessed God, saying:. My eyes have seen your savior, a light for the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel. Mary and Joseph were amazed at what Simeon said about Jesus.
Many will accept him and others will not. There was also a prophetess, Anna. She was an eighty-four year old widow. She never left the Temple.
She prayed and fasted day and night. When she saw Jesus, she gave thanks to God. Then she told everyone that the Messiah had come.
Skip to main content. Toggle navigation Catholic Spiritual Formation. Chapter Reviews Lesson planner.Reflect on the ancient observance of Passover, and learn a new Hebrew word each day. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him.
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Luke 2:25-38 – What are You Waiting For?
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The Children's Bible by Henry A. Sherman and Charles Foster Kent. Bible Hub. Children's Bible Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples, went to the high priests with the intention of betraying Jesus. And when they heard, they rejoiced, promising to give him money; and he began to look for an opportunity to betray him. On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, when the Jews kill the lambs that are sacrificed at the Passover Feast, Jesus' disciples said to him, "Where do you wish us to make ready for your passover meal?
Follow him and say to the owner of whatever house he enters, 'The Master says, Where is my room in which I may eat the passover meal with my disciples? There make ready for us. When it was evening Jesus came with his twelve disciples; and while they were eating at the table, he said, "I know surely that one of you now eating with me will betray me.
The Son of Man will depart as it has been foretold of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would be better for that man if he had never been born! Then he said, "This is the new covenant made by my blood which is shed for many.
As often as you drink this cup, do it in remembrance of me. There Jesus said to them, "You will all desert me, for it is written in the scriptures: 'I will smite the shepherd and the sheep will be scattered.This lesson focuses on the dedication of Jesus in the temple, and the excitement of Simeon and Anna as they meet the Savior.
Lesson focus: From the beginning God had prepared a special path for the life of Jesus; He has a plan and purpose for our lives, too! Lesson Opening: Start out with a little game…Guess who? Display for students several baby photos of well-known people famous, celebrities, church members, etc. See if they can match up with pictures of the same people as adults.
For added challenge, though, do not show the adult pictures right away or just give a list of names. Ask a couple of leading questions…do you think these people and their parents knew that they would grow to be special and famous? Did they have any idea as kids how life would turn out?
Ask students if any of them have been dedicated as babies in church. Explain that in the days of Jesus, all people were required to bring new babies to church to be blessed by God. Since Jesus was a person of course, his parents took him to the temple:.
Show students a simple map to point out places in the life of Jesus Jerusalem, Galilee, Bethlehem, Nazareth. Point out Jerusalem in particular and pass around pictures of the Temple, emphasizing its significance. The holy parents were offering Jesus to God for His use.
They knew He was meant to do amazing things. There were some people in the Temple who also knew that Jesus had a very special destiny…. And a sword will pierce your own soul too. Provide a brief explanation of who Simeon was. He studied the Bible, and it says here that God promised he would see the Messiah before he died. After witnessing Jesus, he was satisfied and felt he had all he needed.
Jesus is all we need, too! These people had waited their whole lives and were thrilled and overjoyed to have a glimpse of the Savior. They knew that Jesus was called by God and dedicated to something special. Jesus was dedicated to serve and to die for us. How can we be dedicated to Him?? Craft: Dedication cards: Have students make special dedication cards to remind them that they are meant for something special.
Provide coloring materials, card stock, and string. Students can turn creations into bookmarks, door hangers, or just something to look at. They can put their names, a Bible verse, or a simple sentence reminding them to always seek the savior and be dedicated to HIM.Lived in Jerusalem 2. Name was Simeon. Just and Devout 2.
Waiting for the Consolation of Israel 3. Holy Spirit was Upon Him. He Blesses God Luke 2. He Blesses Joseph and Mary Luke Name was Anna 2. A Prophetess 3.
Of Tribe of Asher 4. Very Old. Stayed in the Temple 2. Fasted and Prayed. Gave Thanks to God 2. Spoke to All. The first two were Mary and Joseph. They obeyed the law of God. They were poor, and yet they obeyed. Sometimes, their obedience was inconvenient for them, and yet they obeyed.
We all do it. We spend half our life waiting. We have waiting rooms, and waiting lines. We wait to be seated, and we wait on the phone to speak to the operator. Sometimes it seems that all we do is wait. Our life is one mad rush to get from one wait to another, from one line to another. A report from a few years ago said that on average, we spend six months sitting at stoplights—and over 5 years waiting in lines. You can get a lot of reading done in five years. It would have to be something really good, right?
Jesus Presented (Luke 2:22-40) Sunday School Lesson
What about if someone offered you ten million dollars if you just wait for it your entire life? Would you be willing to wait your entire life for ten million dollars? My time is more valuable than that.The Miracle of Christmas - Luke 2 - Animated Bible Video and Sunday School lesson for kids
But there are things I am waiting my entire life for. Many of you are probably waiting for the same thing.