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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Oh, Simeon

So, as I was growing up, at each Christmastime, before we would open up the presents, we would read the scripture story from Luke 2. Then we would continue, and my father would read about when the new parents brought Jesus to the temple and met old Simeon.  Here’s the story, starting in verse 21:

“21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

 22 And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord;

 23 (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;)

 24 And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.

 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.

 26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.

 27 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,

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

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

 30 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,

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

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

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

 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;

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

Well, that story stuck with me. It seemed to me that Simeon had a lot of faith, and a lot of perserverance. So many others didn’t believe Jesus when he spoke or did miracles, many others marveled, but didn’t understand. Still, many others saw, heard, and believed.  Simeon believed before Jesus was there, was led to the temple by the spirit, saw the baby Messiah and knew who he was. He understood what would happen, even as Jesus was just a baby.

And, then, that was all he needed. “OK, Heavenly Father. You can take me now. I’m done!”

When nobody else knew what was going on, Simeon was already a faithful believer.

So, here’s his song:

Oh, Simeon

By Mark Hansen - 2/15/2011

Each morning you woke up
Lifted your weary head
Placed your aching feet
And rose up out of bed

The robe you wore was heavy
Each year slower than the last
A meager bowl of meal and
A prayer to break the fast

Oh, Simeon
Oh, Simeon
How long you have waited
Oh, Simeon
Oh, Simeon
With a faith that never faded

And at the temple door
Each day you watched them come
As they brought in their sacrifices
And then left one by one

A father brought his new son
And his wife, both new and clean
This family brought the spirit
Like none other you had seen


I’d sure like to know how you felt as you held the child
That all those years of waiting had finally been fulfilled
The holy promise you’d been given: that you would see the one
That you’d been serving all these years
At last it was all done


One morning when the sun shone
Across your weary head
Your eyes no longer opened
Resting in your bed

Vocals: Ashton Ripley
Drums: Jason Jones


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