2.3 Child Jesus Presented in the Temple
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Jan 10 2.3 The eighth day, on circumcision, the baby was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before conception. Then, after Mary’s purification as required by Moses’ law, they took Jesus as firstborn male to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, and to offer the Law’s sacrifice of two doves or young pigeons.
In Jerusalem, lived a righteous and devout man named Simeon, who was constantly expecting Israel’s consolation - the coming Messiah. The Holy Spirit was on him and had assured him that he would not die until he had seen the Messiah.
Jan 11 Led by the Spirit into the temple when the parents had brought Jesus to fulfill the law requirements, Simeon carried him in his arms and praised God, saying, “Lord, now let your servant depart in peace as you promised. For my eyes have seen your salvation which you prepared openly before all - a light for revelation to the nations and for glory to your people Israel.” Jesus’ parents marveled at this saying. Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, “This child will make many fall or rise in Israel and will be a sign that many will reject, for he will expose their secret thoughts.1 Even your own soul will be pierced.”
Jan 12 Prophetess Anna, daughter of Phanuel of Asher’s tribe, widowed after seven years of marriage, was eighty-four years old. She worshipped day and night, fasting and praying, never leaving the temple. She came in then and overheard Simeon talking to Mary and Joseph. She thanked God for the Messiah and spoke of him to all who were expecting redemption in Jerusalem.
All law requirements fulfilled, they returned home to Nazareth in Galilee.