My Dedication by Simeon
I was circumcised eight days after I was born, and they called My name Jesus, just as the angels instructed them.
Later My parents and I returned to the temple for the ritual cleansing of the mother as required by Moses in the law, “Every male that opened the womb shall be dedicated to the Lord.” They did this with the offering of the poor, two young turtledoves or two pigeons.
In the temple was a senior man named Simeon, who looked for the restoration of the kingdom. Simeon lived blamelessly and served God continually, and he was filled with the Holy Spirit. The Lord had revealed to Simeon that he would see the Deliverer before he died. Simeon was led by the Spirit into the temple on the day I was to be dedicated. Simeon took Me into his arms and blessed Me, saying “Lord, I have seen what You promised; now I am ready to die. For my eyes have seen Your salvation, which all people will see one day. The Deliverer will be a light to the Gentiles, and will bring glory to Your people of Israel.”
#WalkWithMe. I am your salvation. I not only save you from the guilt of sin, which can weigh heavily on your life, but I save you from the penalty of sin, which is separation from me for eternity in a place that was not meant for you. One day, I will save you from the weight of sin, when I take you to heaven to be with Me forever.
Joseph and Mary marveled at Simeon’s words. Then Simeon said to Mary, “This child will be rejected by many in Israel, and God will judge their unbelief. But the child will also be received by many in Israel, and they will be saved and rewarded by God.”
My Dedication by Anna
There was also a prophetess named Anna, who was very old and had lived with her husband only seven years after they were married. She lived in the temple, worshiping God, praying, and very often fasting. She came along as Simeon finished his blessing; she gave thanks to God for Me, telling everyone the Deliverer had come.