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Luke 2:25-38 (Pt. 2) Thought/Pryr: A Mini Ecumenism?Topics:2 @ end.

“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 Spirit was upon him.  And it was revealed to him by the Holy Spirit, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.  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,  Then he took him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For my eyes have seen thy salvation,which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; a light to enlighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. And Joseph and his mother marveled at those things which were spoken concerning him. And Simeon blessed them, and said to 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; (And a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.

And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher: she was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity; And she was a widow of about eighty four years, who departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. And she coming in that instant, gave thanks likewise to the Lord, and spoke of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.”  WBT (Read this scripture and more at http://prayerpivot.com)

We should feel “politically correct” here.  Well, perhaps.  But take a look at the scope (if, however, of a small number) of people represented in this scripture.  We have, of course, Mary and Joseph, Jesus’ mother and earthly father.  They are in the beginnings of their lives and works on earth, having just become first-time parents a few days before and surely planning for the future of this child and others who might come along.

Then we have the baby, representing the youngest of society’s populations.  (Of course, this baby-so-special was not just “any” baby, as we know . . . but a miraculously conceived child unlike any other.  Perhaps He represents a God of miracles.) 

We have the other end of society represented:  the elderly.  We also have a young woman and an elderly one.  We have a younger man and an elderly one.  We have marriage represented; widowhood (Anna); and in Simeon we have a person who is looking for the Christ toward the end of his earthly existence:  who may, we might say, represent the elderly but a person still hopeful and looking toward the future.  Could all of this be considered rather ecumenical, in the meaning of worldwide or inclusive in nature? 

In this small (and brief, apparently) gathering of five individuals—perhaps an ecumenism—we can see a little statement about the all-inclusiveness of God’s plan in sending the Christ as a baby.  He is affirmed by Simeon as the Lord Christ.  Affirmed to all these representative folks, including the Baby Himself.  We just might view this scene as common, yet important.  God shows an inclusive hand in things here.

Lord, help us to remember how it is that You sent Your Son for every person on Earth; man or woman; old, young; married or widowed; someone full of hope.  Help us to pray for all the preborn babies who will possibly grow into these type of folks, if they are allowed to have LIFE on Earth.

Topics:  Pray for the preborn everywhere today, that they will be loved, wanted, and birthed.
Pray for all segments of society to be pro-LIFE. 

Posted by Gail Richardson on 12/26 at 06:30 PM
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