Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,
“Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace,
according to your word;
for my eyes have seen your salvation
that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and for glory to your people Israel.”
And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”
by: Steve Osborn.
Have you ever said something incredibly wise and thought, “Wow! Where did that come from?” The wisdom that Simeon proclaimed when he met Jesus as a baby was not his own. It came from God. We might think he must have been a priest or some important religious leader. But we really do not know anything more about him, other than that he was righteous, devout, and full of the Holy Spirit. The last one was key. God revealed His wisdom to and through Simeon by His Spirit. As we seek to know and apply God’s wisdom today, we must do so by surrendering to the Holy Spirit.