There was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon. His name means “one who hears.” He was righteous and devout and was eagerly waiting for the Messiah to come and rescue Israel. The Holy Set apart Spirit was upon him, and it was revealed to him that he would not see death before he had seen the Messiah Yeshua.
Can you picture him? We have an old man here, and his name is Simeon. He is faithful, and he is led by Yah’s Spirit. The Father talks to him and communicates with him. He tells him he will not die until he sees with his eyes the Anointed One. What a wonderful promise.
He is a high priest and a prophet. Every time a couple comes bearing their baby, he anticipates eagerly– walking by, watching, waiting to see if God’s Voice whispers, “This is my beloved Son, the promise!” Possibly, there were some who made fun of Simeon and proclaimed he was senile.
Yes, they talk, they always do. But Simeon knows the voice of his Father. He has heard it before and he knows that God is not slack concerning his promises.
Has the Father ever given you a promise? Are you waiting for something and it just seems never to come? You expect, and you look at the stars, and He says count them if you can. Your seed will be as the dust of the earth. But you have no seed, and your wife is ninety years old. Oh, Abraham! He doesn’t get the promise until he is 100 years old. HaShem has His own calendar and its perfect. He doesn’t watch a pot to see when it starts to boil. He knows when it will be perfect timing. One day we will hear the blast of the shofar. Will we be ready? Have we trimmed our wicks? Do we have extra oil? Are our garments clean? Are we waiting for Him like Simeon?
“And he came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus/ Yeshua, to carry out for Him the custom of the Law (Torah), then he took Him into his arms, and blessed Yahweh, and said,
“Now Lord, You are releasing Your bond-servant to depart in peace, According to Your Word; For my eyes have seen Your Salvation,
Which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a Light of revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel” (Luke 2:27-32 NASB).
Can you see Simeon holding the Messiah? The Savior of the world was in his arms breathing upon Him. The Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh) was all around him, and Simeon now was ready to die. Did you catch that? HE WAS ONLY WAITING, FOR ONE THING, this elderly man who day after day did his temple duties. All the while waiting, waiting, waiting– He was waiting to hold the Messiah, Yeshua HaMashiach. What are we waiting for–watching for?
I have been waiting for years for many promises the Father has given me. Waiting can get frustrating, but His timing is perfect. Can we speed up the process? Joseph couldn’t. Abraham couldn’t. David couldn’t. Some of us are waiting for a husband or a wife. Some of us are waiting for a financial breakthrough, some are waiting for a home, healing, and a family situation to turn around, BUT SIMEON, Yes humble Simeon, he had something he was waiting for that was precious. He wanted to see the blessed hope, Jesus/ Yeshua the Messiah. He just wanted to LOOK UPON THE PROMISE and speak the Word Yahweh had given him. Then he said he was ready to die peacefully.
Let’s keep looking for Him. Let’s keep searching for Him and placing our eyes upon Him. Seek first the kingdom of heaven and all the things we want will be added unto us. We must wait for His presence like Simeon did and waited with EXPECTATION believing even when others have given up on His promises.
“For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end, it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry” (Habakkuk 2:3 KJB).
Help us wait upon Your promises, Abba!