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Simeon and Anna

Luke 2:27-33

27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required,  
28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: 
29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss[d] your servant in peace. 
30 For my eyes have seen your salvation, 
31 which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: 
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,and the glory of your people Israel.” 
33 The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him.

Full bible text

Luke 2:25-38
25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. 
26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 
27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, 
28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: 
29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss[d] your servant in peace. 
30 For my eyes have seen your salvation, 
31 which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: 
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.” 
33 The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. 
34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 
35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” 36 There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage,
37 and then was a widow until she was eighty-four.[e] She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. 
38 Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

About this painting

When the newborn Jesus is 40 days old, He is presented and consecrated to His heavenly Father in the temple in Jerusalem. Among the people who are expecting the Messiah are Simeon and Anna. On the day Jesus is brought to the temple by Joseph and Mary, the Holy Spirit leads Simeon into the temple and reveals to him that this baby is the long-expected Messiah. ‘Simeon took him in his arms and praised God’ (vs. 28) This gesture symbolizes what every Christian has done; embrace Jesus by faith, enter a relationship with Him, and be rescued forever. The hymn of Simeon spoken on that occasion: For my eyes have seen your salvation, 31 which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.” The 84 year old prophetess Anna was one of those who looked forward to the redemption of Israel. She re-joins the company and shares the joy of Simeon, Mary and Joseph, as she meets her Saviour, for whom she has waited for so long.

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