When Simeon held baby Jesus at the temple, he basically declared what Jordan St. Cyr sings about — the wait is over! The Messiah had come and the day of salvation had arrived.
Join me this week as we explore the historical context of Simeon’s waiting period. Then as we meditate on Simeon, perhaps we can apply what we learn as we await our Savior’s return.
In this episode, I discuss the following:
- Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture – this week’s Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include:
- Historical context
- Make a list
- Consult an outside resource
- Define words
- The 400-year “silent period” between the Old Testament and the New
- How the New Testament is the New Covenant – GotQuestions.org Article
- How God’s people did not use the time between the testaments wisely – GotQuestions.org Article
- God’s view of time – Psalm 90:4
- The favorable conditions for God’s incarnation — politically, religiously, and socially at the time of Christ’s birth – Thompson Chain Reference Bible Companion – Amazon Paid Link
- Major issues in the intertestamental period relevant to New Testament studies – The Lexham Bible Dictionary – Logos.com
- Reading over the scene where Simeon meets Jesus and His parents – Luke 2:22-35
- Making a list of Simeon’s characteristics
- The Consolation of Israel and cross-references – All the Divine Names and Titles in the Bible – Amazon Paid Link
- 2 Corinthians 1:3
- Isaiah 40:1
- Acts 9:31
- The work of the Holy Spirit in Simeon’s life
- The work of the Holy Spirit as a theme throughout the book of Luke – ESV Study Bible – Amazon Paid Link
Jesus is not just providing comfort. He is not just providing consolation. He IS the capital “C” Consolation of Israel.
Enjoy the official lyric video below.
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- Lyrics – NewReleaseToday.com
- My new favorite Bible Study Software – Logos Bible Software Affiliate Link
This Week’s Challenge
Consider the historical context of “the wait” to begin comprehending the significance of the wait being over at the coming of the Messiah. Read and meditate on Luke 2:25-35. Make a list of the characteristics of Simeon and weigh his life of devotion against your own.