Luke 2:29-32                   Mine Eyes Have Seen Thy Salvation                     1/16/2005      ßà   

 

  • Simeon and Levi (Gen 34:1-4, 13-18, 25-29)

 

 

 

  • The Right of the Firstborn (Gen 49:3-7)

 

 

 

#1.       Simeon (Luke 2:25-27, Isa 40:1-2, 9-11, 49:6, Gal 4:25-26)

 

 

 

  • Who Does Simeon Represent? (1Cor 1:26-27, Rom 3:15, John 17:3, Luke 2:28-32, John 3:27)

 

 

 

  • The Fall and Rising Again of Many in Israel (Luke 2:33-34, Rom 11:25, Matt 8:11-12, Rom 9:

6-7, Matt 21:43, Rom 8:30)

 

 

 

  • A Sword Shall Pierce Thy Soul Also (Luke 2:35, Eph 6:17, Heb 4:12)

 

 

 

#2.       Anna (Luke 2:36-38, Isa 50:1)

 

 

 

  • All Things According to the Law of the Lord (Luke 2:39-40, Gal 4:4, 2Pet 1:21, Luke 1:68-69)

 

 

Please open your Bibles to the Prophecy of Genesis 34:1 (2X). Before we continue in the Gospel of Luke chapter 2, I would like to touch on one of the forgotten tribes of Israel. It is the tribe of Simeon. As you know, Jacob had 12 sons and 1 daughter by the name of Dinah. Here in Gen 34 Jacob and his family had just returned from Padan-aram of the land of Mesopotamia to the land of Canaan, and he pitched his tent before the city of Shalem. And then we read about Simeon and Levi in Gen 34:1 (2X),

Ge 34:1-3  And Dinah the daughter of Leah, which she bare unto Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land.          And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and defiled her.           And his soul clave unto Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the damsel, and spake kindly unto the damsel.

Ge 34:4  And Shechem spake unto his father Hamor, saying, Get me this damsel to wife.

And so the chief of the city, Hamor, and his son, Shechem, went to Jacob to ask if Shechem could marry Jacob’s daughter Dinah. Now drop down to verse 13. There we read,

Ge 34:13-14  And the sons of Jacob answered Shechem and Hamor his father deceitfully, and said, because he had defiled Dinah their sister:                      And they said unto them, We cannot do this thing, to give our sister to one that is uncircumcised; for that were a reproach unto us:

Ge 34:15-16  But in this will we consent unto you: If ye will be as we be, that every male of you be circumcised;           Then will we give our daughters unto you, and we will take your daughters to us, and we will dwell with you, and we will become one people.

Ge 34:17-18  But if ye will not hearken unto us, to be circumcised; then will we take our daughter, and we will be gone.   And their words pleased Hamor, and Shechem Hamor’s son.

And so Hamor and his son agreed to have all the males in the city of Shalem be circumcised. And they did not realize that for a period of about one week they were defenseless. Then we read in V. 25,

Ge 34:25  And it came to pass on the third day, when they were sore, that two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brethren, took each man his sword, and came upon the city boldly, and slew all the males.

Ge 34:26-27  And they slew Hamor and Shechem his son with the edge of the sword, and took Dinah out of Shechem’s house, and went out.              The sons of Jacob came upon the slain, and spoiled the city, because they had defiled their sister.

Ge 34:28-29  They took their sheep, and their oxen, and their asses, and that which was in the city, and that which was in the field,        And all their wealth, and all their little ones, and their wives took they captive, and spoiled even all that was in the house.

And so Simeon and Levi were the executers of this plan. But their brothers were not innocent either because they all pitched in to rob the entire city and to take many slaves from the women and children. That was a very wicked thing that Simeon and Levi did. They used the sign of God’s covenant to bring death instead of life. They made Hamor and his son believe that Jacob’s sons were peaceful and were worshippers of Jehovah. But instead they used their religion as a cloak to commit murder. But did you know that the same thing is going on today? Many preachers today stand in the pulpit and proclaim a false gospel, a gospel that flagrantly violates Rev 22:18-19. But in doing so they inherit the wrath of God upon themselves and upon all their followers, because God has promised that He will send to Hell all those who are in violation of Rev 22:18-19. In the meanwhile they rake up a lot of money from the unsuspecting people in the pews, who are led as sheep to the slaughter. What have those preachers done? They use their religion as a cloak to commit extortion and murder. They know full well what Rev 22:18-19 teaches, but they continue their evil practices because it is so lucrative. But payday is coming for those preachers of death, and payday has come for Simeon and Levi. Please turn to Gen 49:3 (2X).

  • The Right of the Firstborn (Gen 49:3-8)

When Jacob was 147 years old Jacob knew that he was dying. He called his sons together to give them his final blessings and also to declare to them what shall befall them in the last days. Then Jacob began to address his sons, the 1st four in chronological order. And Jacob said in Gen 49:3

Ge 49:3-4  Reuben, thou art my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power:       Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel; because thou wentest up to thy father’s bed; then defiledst thou it: he went up to my couch.

Ge 49:5 ¶  Simeon and Levi are brethren; instruments of cruelty are in their habitations.

Ge 49:6  O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united: for in their anger they slew a man, and in their selfwill they digged down a wall.

Ge 49:7-8  Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel: I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.          Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father’s children shall bow down before thee.

Reuben was Jacob’s firstborn. But because Reuben went to bed with one of his father’s concubine, Bilhah, Reuben squandered his right of the firstborn. The next runners up were Simeon and Levi. But because Simeon and Levi murdered all the males in the city of Shalem, and have used the sign of God’s covenant as a cloak for their murder, they too forfeited their opportunity to inherit the right of the firstborn. Therefore son #4, Judah, received the right of the firstborn. That is why Jacob said of Judah, “thy father’s children shall bow down before thee”. The result was that the descendants of Simeon were buried within the tribe of Judah. The tribe of Simeon was no longer named. And so, we see that the tribe of Simeon, potentially the crown of Israel, has become the lowest and the least significant tribe of the nation of Israel. Please turn now to the Gospel according to Luke 2:25 (2X). Here we meet:

#1.       Simeon (Luke 2:25-27, Isa 40:1-2, 9-11, 49:6, Gal 4:25-26)

We have seen the last time that Joseph and Mary brought the baby Jesus to the temple in Jerusalem

to present Him to the Lord, because He was the firstborn and therefore He had to be redeemed. We are continuing our exposure in the Gospel of Luke chapter 2. The title of the present sermon is, Mine Eyes Have Seen Thy Salvation (2X). While Joseph and Mary and Jesus were in the temple, a man met them by the name of Simeon. Why did this man have that name? God wanted him to have this name to identify him with the tribe that was the lowest on the totem pole. Let us read this in Luke 2:

Lu 2:25  And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.

Lu 2:26-27  And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.    And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,

We read here that this man Simeon was just, which means righteous. It means that he was one of God’s elect. It means that all his sins were accounted for, and all his sins were placed on the Lord Jesus Christ, who will render the payment for each one of these sins on the cross. We read here that Simeon was devout, which means devoted to religious duties, which means that he was in much prayer, not only for himself, but also for many others. It also means that he was a good student of the Bible, the OT scrolls, and that he understood more than the scribes or Pharisees taught him. It means that God the Holy Spirit had given him much grace in his studies and in his prayers. We read here that Simeon was “waiting for the consolation of Israel”, which means that he was waiting for the comfort of Israel, which means that he was waiting for the Comforter of Israel, the Messiah of Israel. Who was he waiting for? Please turn in your Bibles to the Prophecy of Isaiah 40:1 (2X). You find the Prophecy of Isaiah right after Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes. Simeon was a good student of the Bible, and so he knew what this passage in Isaiah promised. This is the chapter that speaks of bringing comfort to the people of God. It speaks of the first coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, and therefore this chapter is read in churches often at the time of Christmas. Listen to these words and let them sink in,

Isa 40:1  Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.

Isa 40:2  Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the LORD’S hand double for all her sins.

God’s people are not comforted by Christ coming as a baby. But God’s people are comforted by Christ paying for their sins on the cross. And that is exactly what these verses say. First of all, God is not speaking comfortably to the physical Jerusalem, there East of the Mediterranean. “The Jerusalem which now is, is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us allGal 4:25-26. We are citizens of the Jerusalem that is above. And indeed, verse 2 says that Jerusalem’s iniquity has been pardoned. The only sins that have been pardoned are the sins the Lord Jesus Christ carried when He went to the cross about 2000 years ago. He suffered and died “to save His people from their sins”. All the people who in the course of time have been saved, are those whom He intended to save. Not one can be added and not one can be forgotten. And why have we received double for all our sins? This has to do with mercy and grace. By God’s mercy all our sins have been forgiven; there is no more Hell to pay; and that is a great gift to begin with. But in addition, by God’s grace Christ has lifted us up to be with Him forever as the Bride of Christ. Can you see that “we have received of the Lord’s hand double for all our sins”? And now, let us turn to verses 9-11.

Isa 40:9-10 ¶  O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!            Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.

Isa 40:11  He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.

Verses 9 and 10 speak about the coming of Christ in the words: “Behold your God”, and about His crucifixion in the words: “His arm shall rule for Him”, thereby thinking of His outstretched arm. Moreover, verse 11 speaks about the Lord Jesus Christ as the Good Shepherd, as He described Himself in John chapter 10. Moreover, the Messiah that Simeon was waiting for was not just a Messiah for the elect out of the nation of Israel, but He was also a Messiah for the remnant chosen by grace out of the Gentile world as well. Listen to the words of Isa 49:6,

Isa 49:6  And he said, It is a light thing that Thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give Thee for a light to the Gentiles, that Thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.

You see, the Messiah, the Christ, the Anointed One that Simeon was waiting for was waiting for was not only a “restorer of the preserved of Israel”, meaning the elect among the physical nation of Israel, but He is also a Light to the remnant chosen by grace from among the Gentiles, in order that God’s plan of salvation may reach geographically unto the end of the earth, and may reach in time unto the end of the earth. If Simeon was a good student of the Prophet Isaiah, then Simeon looked forward to the 1st coming of Christ as well as to the 2nd coming of Christ, as written through the pen of Isaiah. The 1st time He came as the Comforter, the 2nd time He will come as the Judge.

Please turn again to the Gospel according to Luke 2:28 (2X). Why did God write this incident with Simeon and Anna in the Bible? God wrote this in the Bible as a message to us, so that we would get a clearer picture of the Gospel of salvation, so that we would better understand the gift from God.

  • Who Does Simeon Represent? (1Cor 1:26-27, Rom 3:15, John 17:3, Luke 2:28-32, John 3:27)

Simeon represents the remnant chosen by grace, both in OT and NT time, which are waiting for the 1st and the 2nd coming of Christ. The OT tells us that Simeon is identified with Judah. If we identify with Christ, then we also identify with Judah, because Christ is called “the Lion from the tribe of Judah”. In the OT Simeon was the lowest tribe on the totem pole. But we read in the NT that God draws most of the saints from the lower ranks of society. For example, God says in 1Cor 1:26-27,

1Co 1:26  For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:

1Co 1:27  But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

In the OT Simeon was a murderer. But how does God view the entire human race? In Rom 3:10-18 God describes the heart of all mankind. And then God says in Rom 3:15, “Their feet are swift to shed blood”. This is what is in the heart of mankind. Only by God’s grace are we restrained from violence against one another. Can you see that Simeon characterized all those who have been saved? All the saints are just, they are devout, and they are eagerly waiting for the 2nd coming of Christ on the clouds of glory. The Lord Jesus revealed Himself to Simeon, because Simeon was one of His elect. God revealed to Simeon “that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ”. But we also do not see death before we have seen, by faith, Christ and His Kingdom in the Bible. The Lord Jesus will reveal Himself to every one of His elect, because salvation is identical to knowing Christ. The Lord Jesus said in John 17:3, “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent”. And when we embrace Christ, we do that because He loved us first. God said in 1John 4:19, “We love him, because he first loved us”. And thus we read in Luke 2:28,

Lu 2:28  Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,

Lu 2:29  Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:

Lu 2:30  For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,

Lu 2:31  Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;

Lu 2:32  A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.

Simeon recognized that this is the Messiah, the Christ. Now death is sweet, because death is only a stepping stone to being with Christ forever. Simeon could see with eyes of faith on this baby of 40 days old, and recognize God’s salvation plan through this person whom he was embracing. Others in Judea were asking for a miraculous sign. But no sign will be given them, except the sign of the prophet Jonah. Only the sign of the cross will be given them. Can we honestly say, like Simeon, “I am at peace with God; I fear death no longer”. If we have been saved, then indeed this is the conviction we have in our heart, “for our eyes have seen His salvation”. Likewise, when one of the saints is taken away in death, “we sorrow not as others which have no hope”. And how have we arrived at this conviction? Do we conjure up this kind of faith from within ourselves? Absolutely not. This faith is a gift from God. Salvation is 100% God’s action. Let me read to you the words of John the Baptist, who said in Joh 3:27

Joh 3:27  John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.

We can truly say that everything we have was a gift from God, and everything we believe was a gift from God, and all the desires we have, except for sinful desires, were gifts from God. God’s grace and God’s providence are working hand in hand to accomplish exactly what God had planned for us from before the foundation of the world. This is the outworking of all that Christ paid on the cross. But now, let us see what other prophecies Simeon had to say when he held the baby Jesus in his arms. He said

  • The Fall and Rising Again of Many in Israel (Luke 2:33-34, Rom 11:25, Matt 8:11-12, Rom 9:6-7, Matt 21:43, Rom 8:30)

Lu 2:33  And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.

Lu 2:34  And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against;

What is this? On the one hand, in verse 32, Simeon spoke about “the glory of Thy people Israel”, but on the other hand, in verse 34, he spoke about “the fall of many in Israel”. Simeon spoke under the influence of God the Holy Spirit, and therefore we must harmonize all Scriptures dealing with Israel. God does not speak here of the physical nation of Israel. From the 1st century AD until now, most of national Israel wants to disown the Lord Jesus. This is not bringing glory to God, or to Israel. God predicted that this would come to pass, because God stated in Rom 11:25, “For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in”. Spiritual blindness has happened to national Israel until the fulness of the Gentiles will have been brought into the fold of Christ. But that is at the end of time. Therefore, except for a tiny remnant chosen by grace, this blindness of national Israel toward Christ will continue until the end of time. The Lord Jesus told the Jews in no uncertain terms that most of them would be condemned to Hell. He said in Matt 8:11-12,

Mt 8:11-12  And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

You see, we need to think about whom God considers to be Israel. Not many people know that the Lord Jesus Christ is called Israel. And therefore those who belong to Christ, who are in the family of Christ, are also called Israel. That is why God says in Rom 9:6-7, “For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children”. In other words, “not all those who are physical descendants of Jacob are called Israel by God”. Likewise, not all who are the physical descendants of Abraham are called “children of God”. Many in the nation of Israel believed that they were the chosen nation. They believed that they could do no wrong and that they certainly were on the way to heaven because they were the seed of Abraham and they were the seed of Israel. But they stumbled over that stumbling stone, which is Christ, and this disqualified them from being the Israel of God. The Lord Jesus said it so plainly in Matt 21:43, “Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof”. That is the fall of many in Israel. But the rising of many in Israel will bring glory to God and to His people Israel. Who are those whom God called Israel? Well there was Zechariah, and his wife Elizabeth, there was John the Baptist, who at that time was still a baby. There were Joseph and Mary, and the shepherds. There were Simeon and Anna, and the wise men in the East. That was about all at that time. What was the common denominator for all these people? They were appointed by God to receive the revelation of the birth of Jesus, the Christ. No one else received this revelation. And so we see again how God operates. God determines whom He wants to be saved, and those are irresistibly drawn and saved. And then we remember what God said in Rom 8:30, “Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified”. And what is the sign Simeon mentioned that shall be spoken against? It is the sign of the prophet Jonah, speaking of three days and three nights in the heart of the earth, which means it is the sign of the cross. It is the sign of Christ’s atonement for sins. This is the sign, which shall be spoken against by almost the entire world. People do not like the sign of a limited atonement, or a particular atonement of Christ. This is the sign that is evil spoken of in many churches. And then Simeon said to Mary:

  • A Sword Shall Pierce Thy Soul Also (Luke 2:35, Eph 6:17, Heb 4:12)

Lu 2:35  (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.

Does this prophecy refer to Mary’s suffering at the cross when she sees her firstborn son dying like a common criminal? This is a popular interpretation of this verse, and it is especially popular in the Roman Catholic Church where Mary is already elevated above all mankind. But there is no indication at all in the Bible that this verse refers to Mary’s elevation to Coredemptrix at the cross. In fact, the parentheses do not belong there. It is a suggestion from the translators. Instead we must interpret this verse without parentheses, and God added the result: “In order that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed”. In other words, these words of the first half of verse 35 will reveal how many will bow down to worship Mary. God anticipated this gross idolatry of the worship of Mary as the mother of God.

In the correct interpretation of this verse we should look for a spiritual sword that pierces through Mary’s soul. Only a spiritual sword can do this. Let me read to you the words of Eph 6:17 (2X),

Eph 6:17  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

In other words, the Word of God is called the Sword of the Spirit. With this offensive weapon we attack the deceits of the devil. With this offensive weapon we teach doctrine, we use it to convict and to reform those who tend to forget God, and we use it to instruct what is right and just in the sight of God.

Therefore we value the Word of God highly, because it presents to us Christ, complete, and it is for us the offensive weapon of the army of Christ. And it is a weapon sharper than any sword. We read in:

Heb 4:12  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

The Word of God can discern even the intents of the heart, which means before we have thought about anything, God already knows how we will react. The Word of God exposes us to who we really are. There is no escape. Mary, God will pierce your soul also, and God will reveal to you that you too have sins that your Son Jesus will have to atone for on the cross. Yes Mary, this may all become real to you when you actually see your Son in His atonement for your sins. And then we read about:

#2.       Anna (Luke 2:36-38, Isa 50:1)

Why did God add this story into the Bible? The answer again is: It is for our benefit, to help us understand the Gospel more clearly. We read here in Luke 2:36,

Lu 2:36  And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity;

Lu 2:37  And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.

Lu 2:38  And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.

Anna was a prophetess, which means she declared the Word of God. When any of us are reading out loud the words of Scripture, we are declaring the Word of God, which means we are prophesying. Anna was from the tribe of Asher. Historically Asher is the 2nd son of Zilpah, Leah’s handmaid. Asher was son # 8 of Jacob. The tribe of Asher was scattered in 722 BC by the king of Assyria. Apparently a small number of them found a safe haven in the kingdom of Judah. But this illustrates that Asher was a lowly tribe. Anna came from a humble background. Like Simeon, Anna was devout, and Anna dwelt day and night in the temple because she wanted to serve God with fastings and prayers every day and every night. Like Simeon, she too recognized the Messiah in the baby Jesus, because God revealed it to her. Anna has been married for 7 years, where 7 years may be a symbolic representation for the perfection of God’s time table. But then she became a widow, and she lived as a widow for 84 years. Why did God put that in the Bible? The number 84 is connected to the number 12, because 84 = 7x12. The number 12 is prominently on display in the Prophecy of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. And thus the number 84 also points in that direction. Most likely the 84 years are pointing to the fulness of time, or to the end of time. Simeon looked for “the Lord’s Christ” Himself, whereas Anna “looked for redemption in Jerusalem”, specifically in Jerusalem. And therefore, who does Anna represent? Anna represents those of the nation of Jews who recognize the Lord Jesus as Messiah. Anna represents the remnant chosen by grace within the nation of Israel who are waiting for the 2nd coming of Christ. Before the cross God said that He was married to the nation of Israel. But at the cross God divorced His wife, the nation of Israel, and in her place God appointed the church as the Bride of Christ. Listen to Isa 50:1

Isa 50:1  Thus saith the LORD, Where is the bill of your mother’s divorcement, whom I have put away? Or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your transgressions is your mother put away.

This is a chapter that prominently portrays the cross of Christ, and it begins with a divorce of OT Israel. And so, in AD 33 the nation of Israel became a widow, symbolically represented by Anna, a widow of 84 years, where the 84 years are symbolic for the entire NT time, until the Last Day.

Let us now finish this story of the baby Jesus. Mary and Joseph performed:

  • All Things According to the Law of the Lord (Luke 2:39-40, Gal 4:4, 2Pet 1:21, Luke 1:68-69)

Lu 2:39-40  And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth.                       And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.

The Lord Jesus was subject to all the stipulations of the Law, because we read in Gal 4:4, “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law”. What does that mean, “all things according to the Law of the Lord”? We have learned a long time ago that the Law does not represent just the commandments. The Law is the entire Word of God. Therefore, “all things according to the Law of the Lord” means that they must have gone through Egypt because the prophecy of Hos 11:1 must also be fulfilled. Hos 11:1 states, “Out of Egypt have I called my Son”. That is a story we must reserve for another time. God gave us the Law to show us how all things work together to the glory of God. And so, we must always remember the words of 2Pet 1:21, For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost”. In other words, the prophets spoke not by their own will or their own understanding, but God spoke these words and God moved them to write these words. God moved Zechariah to speak the words of Luke 1:68-69, “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people,      And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David”. This should be a statement of everyone of us. Do we know this God? Do we know this horn of salvation? Do we know the way of peace that this salvation brings? And can we say with Simeon, “Lord, now I can depart in peace, for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation”? I hope the answer is Yes!

AMEN.                 Let us turn to the Lord in Prayer.