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Simeon's Treasure

by Rev. Kirby Williams

Simeon's song of adoration and praise when he encounters his Salvation.

Text: Luke 2:26-32
Date: 06/06/2021, the Combined service.
Series: "Luke: Thy Kingdom Come" Part 22

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An old man stands in a busy court of the Temple in Jerusalem cradling a newborn Hebrew baby in his arms. His peasant-parents stand nearby and look with amazement as this man sings a beautiful hymn, filled with deep and trembling emotion, of the nature and purpose of the child he holds in his arms. The man's name is Simeon and the child as we know is Jesus. We will study carefully the meaning of the song the old man sings, keying on words like "now", and "Lord" and "servant" and "depart" and "peace" and "salvation" and "light" and "glory" and "Gentiles" and "Israel". When we put them all together, we will realize what the old man realizes-- that the child in his arms is the greatest, most valuable Treasure mankind has ever received. Ultimately we will share in the old man's joy as we come to appreciate the eternal glory of Simeon's Treasure.

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I. Introduction
II. Exposition of the text, Luke 2:26-35.
A. Context
B. Simeon's hymn of adoration and praise.
1. The promise of the Spirit, vs. 26.
a. The work of the Spirit.
i. Active in the messianic community, Luke 1:41, 67, 35.
ii. The gift of recognition, John 1:33-34.
b. Simeon's age.
c. The Lord's anointed, Psa. 2:2.
2. The encounter in the Temple, vs. 27.
a. The guidance of the Spirit, Rev. 1:10.
b. The location of the encounter.
c. Answering the skeptics.
d. Continuity with the Old Testament.
3. The tender embrace, vs. 28.
a. Visualizing the encounter.
b. Blessing God, Psa. 41:13, 72:18.
4. The fulfillment of the promise, vs. 29.
a. The dismissal.
i. The "Nunc Dimittis".
ii. An emphatic relationship.
iii. A mark of time.
b. Departing in peace.
i. The idea of departure.
ii. Departing in peace.
iii. A prophecy fulfilled.
5. The embodiment of salvation, vs. 30.
a. The Advent of salvation, Luke 2:11, Matt.1:21, John 1:9,12.
b. A gift of pure grace.
6. An expanded focus, vs. 31, Isa. 49:6, Rev. 5:9, 7:9.
7. Light and glory, vs. 32.
a. The Light has pierced the darkness, Matt. 4:15-16, Isa. 60:1-3.
b. The glory of God has shown on the people of Israel.
c. The Glory has a name, John 1:1.
d. An unpopular stance.
III. Application
IV. Conclusion

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