December 29, 2013
Jesus Is Presented in the Temple (Luke 2:21-40) By Sam E. Stone This month’s lessons have followed the theme, “God Sends Jesus,” based on Luke’s Gospel. We have seen how God called various individuals to have part in these events. In today’s study Simeon and Anna touch the life of Jesus when he is just a baby. Their hopes were realized in the birth of the Messiah, just as ours are.
Obedient ParentsLuke 2:21, 22Joseph and Mary took Jesus to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord at the appropriate time. The baby had been circumcised on the eighth day after his birth (see Genesis 17:12) and at the same time named Jesus as the angel had instructed (Luke 1:31). A mother was considered ceremonially unclean for 40 days after the birth of a son (Leviticus 12:1-8). From Bethlehem, Mary and Joseph traveled a few miles north to the temple in Jerusalem for the ceremony. All firstborn male children were considered holy to the Lord (Exodus 13:2).
Devout SimeonLuke 2:25-35Simeon li…