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Who is Coming? Trumpet 2

The birth in  Bethlehem came with much fanfare from the heavens, to annouce it to mankind. However,  the first hearers were a group of lowly shepherds in the fields. Yet they received the news with joy and thanksgiving, and started to look for the newborn baby wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger. So they knew that a savior would come.

Were they the only ones who knew that such a person would come? Far from it ,all Israelites knew, with the  faithful reading of their Scriptures ( which Christians call ,"Old Testament").   

 In the gospel according to Luke, it was recorded that when the child was presented in the Temple according to the customary Mosaic Law ( 40 days after birth), there were 2 old persons who had been awaiting and expecting the birth as well. ( Luke 2:25-35). Simeon  ( "this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel) was led by the Spirit of God to go to the Temple at this time.:)  And Simeon saw the baby with the parents , he praised God and prophesied.

Luke 2:29-32

29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,

   you now dismiss [ a] your servant in peace.

30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,

  31 which you have prepared in the sight of all people,

32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles

   and for glory to your people Israel.”

The second person who was expecting the birth was Anna.

Luke 2:36-38

36 There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage,

37 and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. [ a] She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. 38 Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

So, to the 2 privileged, faithful worshippers of God, He revealed to them the Baby, when He was consecrated in the Temple. What a blessing, to behold the Baby who would save the Israelites and all the other nations.

路 加 福 音 2:25-32

  25 在 耶 路 撒 冷 有 一 個 人 , 名 叫 西 面 ; 這 人 又 公 義 又 虔 誠 , 素 常 盼 望 以 色 列 的 安 慰 者 來 到 , 又 有 聖 靈 在 他 身 上 。   26 他 得 了 聖 靈 的 啟 示 , 知 道 自 己 未 死 以 前 , 必 看 見 主 所 立 的 基 督 。   27 他 受 了 聖 靈 的 感 動 , 進 入 聖 殿 , 正 遇 見 耶 穌 的 父 母 抱 著 孩 子 進 來 , 要 照 律 法 的 規 矩 辦 理 。   28 西 面 就 用 手 接 過 他 來 , 稱 頌 神 說 :   29 主 阿 ! 如 今 可 以 照 你 的 話 , 釋 放 僕 人 安 然 去 世 ;   30 因 為 我 的 眼 睛 已 經 看 見 你 的 救 恩 ─   31 就 是 你 在 萬 民 面 前 所 預 備 的 :   32 是 照 亮 外 邦 人 的 光 , 又 是 你 民 以 色 列 的 榮 耀 。

路 加 福 音 2:36-38

36 又 有 女 先 知 , 名 叫 亞 拿 , 是 亞 設 支 派 法 內 力 的 女 兒 , 年 紀 已 經 老 邁 , 從 作 童 女 出 嫁 的 時 候 , 同 丈 夫 住 了 七 年 就 寡 居 了 ,  37 現 在 已 經 八 十 四 歲 ( 或 作 : 就 寡 居 了 八 十 四 年 ) , 並 不 離 開 聖 殿 , 禁 食 祈 求 , 晝 夜 事 奉 神 。   38 正 當 那 時 , 他 進 前 來 稱 謝 神 , 將 孩 子 的 事 對 一 切 盼 望 耶 路 撒 冷 得 救 贖 的 人 講 說 。

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