SIMEON SAW SALVATION IN JESUS
Leslie M. John
”Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word” (Luke 2:28-29)
That Lord Jesus Christ has come not only for Jews but also for the Gentiles is seen here in Luke Chapter 2:21-35 where description of one named Simeon is given. There are many speculations as to who this Simeon was although there is no record of his genealogy.
All that we have is the fact that Simeon was sufficiently old; he was just and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel which was divided into two as Northern Kingdom with inhabitants of ten tribes of Israel that was known as the ”House of Israel” and the Southern Kingdom with the two tribes of Israel. Southern Kingdom was called the ”House of Judah” from whose genealogy was David the king and from whose genealogy was Jesus Christ.
For many years from the time after King Solomon these two kingdoms were at war with each other. Jeroboam the king was the ruler of the ”House of Israel” and Rehoboam the king was the ruler of the ”House of Judah”. There have been successions of kings and there was no peace in Israel. At a time when Israel was under the Roman Government, Jesus was born. It was a time when there was much disturbance in Israel, and the inhabitants of both the kingdoms looked forward for peace.
It is at this time that an old man named Simeon who was just, and devout, and was looking forward to see consolation of Israel was comforted by the Holy Spirit. It was revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death until he saw Lord Jesus Christ. Holy Spirit led him to the temple and he saw Jesus there. Joseph and Mary had brought Jesus there to the temple for the circumcision when eight days from his birth were accomplished. After the days of purification of Mary were completed in accordance with the Law of Moses Jesus was brought to the temple.
”Sanctify unto me all the firstborn, whatsoever openeth the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and of beast: it is mine”. (Exodus 13:2)