Title: The presentation of Jesus
Scriptures to Read: Luke 2:22-38
Two purposes for Mary’s visit to the Temple in Jerusalem
We now move from when Yeshua was 8 days old to 40 days old. In the Mosaic Law when a woman gave birth to a girl, she was considered unclean for 80 days, and if she gave birth to a son she was unclean for 40 days. In order to fulfill her purification, they went up to Jerusalem. There were two purposes for this:
1. To purify the mother of the first born child by ritual emersion;
2. To offer a blood sacrifice. Yeshua was the first born, so it was also the day of redemption of the first born son (See Exodus 13:2-15 and Leviticus. 12:1-8).
Mary and Joseph were living on the poverty level
In verses 24-25 we learn that Mary and Joseph were on the poverty level. They offered a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons. This was the kind of offering that was acceptable if you could not afford anything better. This was the best they could do, and it shows their poor economic status.
Simeon waits for the consolation of Israel
A righteous and devout man named Simeon is led by the Holy Spirit into the Temple while Mary and Joseph are there. He had been promised by God that He would not die until he had seen the Messiah. When He saw Jesus He picked Him up in his arms and blessed God. He says the following in the temple to Mary and Joseph:
1. He can now die in peace for His eyes had seen God’s salvation.
2. This child would benefit both the Gentiles and the Jews.
3. This child will be cause division in the house of Israel- The “rising” could refer to the remnant who believe in Him and the “falling” to those who stumble in unbelief.
4. Mary will suffer much inner agony over this child- This is required to reveal the thoughts of many hearts.
Anna the prophetess proclaims God’s redemption
She is probably about 100 years old at this point in her life. Like Simeon, she also recognized in this child is the Messiah. She spoke of Him to all that were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.