Out of consideration for those who will be with family at Christmas, we will not be meeting on Friday, December 23rd. Meetings will resume with our Hanukkah celebration on Friday, December 30th.
Blessings to all who rejoice in the birth of the Messiah!
There was in Yerushalayim a man named Shim’on. This man was a tzaddik, he was devout, he waited eagerly for God to comfort Isra’el, and the Ruach HaKodesh was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Ruach HaKodesh that he would not die before he had seen the Messiah of ADONAI.
Prompted by the Spirit, he went into the Temple courts; and when the parents brought in the child Yeshua to do for him what the Torah required, Shim’on took him in his arms, made a b’rakhah to God, and said, “Now, ADONAI, according to your word, your servant is at peace as you let him go; for I have seen with my own eyes your yeshu’ah, which you prepared in the presence of all peoples—a light that will bring revelation to the Goyim and glory to your people Isra’el.”
Yeshua’s father and mother were marvelling at the things Shim’on was saying about him. Shim’on blessed them and said to the child’s mother, Miryam, “This child will cause many in Isra’el to fall and to rise, he will become a sign whom people will speak against; moreover, a sword will pierce your own heart too. All this will happen in order to reveal many people’s inmost thoughts.”
There was also a prophet named Hannah Bat-P’nu’el, of the tribe of Asher. She was a very old woman—she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage and had remained a widow ever since; now she was eighty-four. She never left the Temple grounds but worshipped there night and day, fasting and praying. She came by at that moment and began thanking God and speaking about the child to everyone who was waiting for Yerushalayim to be liberated.