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Simeon: A Song of Hope

December 17, 2017 Speaker: Jeff Bedwell Series: Songs of Christmas

Passage: Luke 2:21–2:28

Songs of Christmas:

Simeon: A Song Of Hope

Luke 2:21-38

Waiting can prove to be one of the most difficult tests in our walk of faith.

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Background (Leviticus 12):

Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.” (Matthew 5:17–18)

  • Name of Jesus given – “Jehovah is salvation”
  • Circumcision at eight days old
  • Purification rites
  • Redemption of the first born

Everything that opens the womb of all flesh, whether man or beast, which they offer to the Lord, shall be yours. Nevertheless, the firstborn of man you shall redeem, and the firstborn of unclean animals you shall redeem. And their redemption price (at a month old you shall redeem them) you shall fix at five shekels in silver, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, which is twenty gerahs.” (Numbers 18:15–16)

Simeon’s Song

  • It is a Worship song
  • It is a Salvation song
  • It is a Missionary song

Simeon’s Prophecy

Three images:

  • A Stone

But he looked directly at them and said, 'What then is this that is written: “‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone’? Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.'” (Luke 20:17–18)

but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:23–24)

  • A Sign
  • A Sword

Three Takeaways from Simeon’s Wait

  • Waiting on the Lord is an act of Obedience
  • Trust in the Lord’s promises will give you perseverance and hope.
  • The Reward is worth the wait.

Making It Personal:

  • What are you waiting for this Christmas?
  • How are you going to choose to wait?
  • Who can I share these truths with?

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