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The Little Old Lady

Luke 2:36-38

Verse 38 Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

Meeting Simeon must have been quite an experience but that isn’t where their time in the Temple ended. God had one more person for them to meet up with. Anna is called a prophetess which may seem kind of strange since God had been silent in the public realm for 400 years up until about a year and a half prior to this day. This isn’t saying that she was a prophetess in the sense of publically speaking for God, but it talks about her having special inspiration in form of visions and dreams.

She was not an average lady. For one thing she was a long time widow and that means she didn’t have the means had by other ladies. She had been a widow for many decades and had chosen wisely about how she would spend her time. She wasn’t out and about looking for the latest gossip, nor was she sitting around whining about how bad her life was. No, this elderly woman was known for her being in the Temple day and night worshiping, fasting and praying. This lady had a very special relationship with God.

Anna seems to notice Simeon talking to the young couple and raving over their infant son and so she goes over to them as well. She knows who He is and starts praising God and then goes on her way telling everyone about Him. Remember we said that she wasn’t known for going around gossiping but was rather known for her devout worship. This lady’s character traits were setting her up to be able to give witness about the baby Messiah. Had she been a gossip, righteous people wouldn’t have listened to her. Because of her being a woman of worship, prayer and fasting she would have been respected and therefore her message would have been listened to even if it wasn’t completely understood.

These two interactions at the Temple were important for Mary and Joseph. It would have been a way of confirmation to them when they were likely struggling with how this baby changed their lives. Jesus was a normal baby. There would have been crying and wetting, feeding and sleepless nights. Even in these normal activities they knew that this baby was anything but regular. The weight of raising Him so that He could fulfill His mission would have weighed heavy on them. These interactions with these two individuals would have reminded the young parents that God had not left them to do it on their own. He was always with them.

Making It Personal

How would you rate your level of devotion to God? Do the activities of your daily life agree with your evaluation? Is it encouraging to you that God is always with you?

Making It Personal Kids

What do you think it means to be devoted to Jesus? Do you act in ways that show you are devoted to Him? Does it help you feel safe to know that Jesus is always with you?

Closing Prayer

Father, thank You for these two examples of what it means to live lives that are wholly devoted to You. Point out to us places in our lives where we are being devoted to something or someone other than You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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