Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Luke 2:21-38 Young and Old

Summary: In these first two chapters of Luke, we have seen two miraculous births, John and Jesus. Both babies were named by God before their births, and both births are marked with joy and potential. We read on to see two old timers, advanced in years, as they encounter “the child Jesus.”

1. A. How do you think of those “advanced in years?” Have they passed their time of usefulness and are just passing time before death? What do you see in the lives of Simeon and Anna in our text? Luke 2:21-38

B. What does our text, Luke 2:21-38, tell you about how every Christian should age?

C. When we are in court of law, we are looking for credible witnesses. How credible are the witnesses for Jesus the Christ? Luke 2:25-26, 36-37, John 5:33-39

2. A. Why are Mary and Joseph bringing Jesus “up to Jerusalem?” Luke 2:21-24, Genesis 17:10-12, Exodus 13:2, 12, Leviticus 12:6-8, Numbers

3:13

B. “His name was called Jesus,” Yahshua, Yahweh saves. Luke 2:21, 1:31, Matthew 1:21, Isaiah 45:21-22, John 3:17

C. Circumcision is not only a sign of the covenant, but it is a picture of the defilement of our flesh. Why then was Jesus, the sinless one, circumcised? The sinless one identified with our sin. Matthew 3:13-15, Galatians 4:4-5

3. A. “There was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon;” the Lord has heard. What does our text say about him? Luke 2:25-26

B. What was Simeon looking for? What are you looking and waiting for? Where is your hope? Luke 2:25-26, Hebrews 10:36-37

C. Do you consider yourself immortal until “the days that were ordained” for you? Psalm 139:16

4. A. Read this portion of the text again and take note of the ministry of God the Holy Spirit. Luke 2:25-32

B. How does Simeon view his life, in light of seeing Jesus? Why does he view his life this way? How do you view your life? Luke 2:29-32

C. How will you depart from this life? Psalm 23, 103:1, 22, Romans 8:1-2, 18, 38-39, Luke 2:29-32

5. A. What shift do you see in the text in verses 34-35?

B. Have you experienced division in your own family? Luke 12:51-53, I Corinthians 1:18, II Corinthians 2:14-16

C. Who is Jesus Christ to you in Luke 2:35? Hebrews 4:12

6. A. Anna; the name means grace. What does the text reveal about her? Luke 2:36-38

B. What was she doing with her life and what was she “looking” for? Luke 2:37-38

C. What is your idea of old age? Does it look like Anna’s life? Who was she speaking to others about?

Is your hope in Christ alone? Simeon and Anna and Mary and Joseph were rejoicing because they knew their Savior. Jesus accomplished redemption and He is coming back for all those who are looking to Him and to Him alone. Pray that you will be like Simeon and Anna, looking to Jesus.

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