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Luke 2:34-35

 

Then Simeon blessed them, and he said to Mary, the baby’s mother,

“This child is destined to cause many in Israel to fall, but he will be a joy to many others.

He has been sent as a sign from God, but many will oppose him. 

As a result, the deepest thoughts of many hearts will be revealed.

And a sword will pierce your very soul.” 

 

This is part 3 of our devotional series on Simeon and Anna.  If you are reading our devotions for the first time, you may want to back up and read the previous two days so that it will all make sense.  As our Scripture continues, Simeon is now speaking to Mary.  Before Simeon speaks to Mary, he blesses the couple.  I want to stop and issue this caution, once again, that you have heard from me before.  Notice that Simeon is blessing THEM, not just Mary.  In many Christian circles and denominations, there is an unhealthy focus on the Virgin Mary.  It is not Mary that is the miracle.  It is the seed that God planted within her.  Both Joseph and Mary show great faith in God through this blessed event.  They are both to be singled out as being faithful, not divine.  Mary is not a prophet or a god to be "worshiped."  Rather, both Joseph and Mary should be revered for their obedience and faithfulness.  Simeon's address to "them" is even further proof of this fact.  Notice what Simeon does next.  He addresses Mary, the mother of Jesus.  Simeon explains that Jesus' coming will bring great deliverance, but also division and anguish.  We can expect both redemption and judgment as a result of this event.  Simeon points out that "the truth will come out" in many hearts.  I have been reminded several times this past weekend of this kind of truth.  Often times, there is so much fakeness in people.  They cover up their true feelings, because they believe they are doing or saying what others really want to hear.  The tragedy of this approach is that "the truth always comes out."   If someone is an angry person, it will eventually come out.  If someone is selfish, they won't be able to cover it up for long.   If someone is ungodly, their true feelings will eventually come out in their everyday actions.  This is what is meant when the Scripture says, "the deepest thoughts of many hearts will be revealed."  So those "false prophets," that the Bible constantly refers to, will be revealed.  Conversely, the arrival of Jesus points out the righteousness of many who truly believe.  Let us take heed and make choices today.  Whom will we serve?  As Jesus "arrives" in our life, what will be revealed about our hearts to others?  I want to be found righteous by Jesus.  I want my true feelings to be love for Him and my neighbor.  Whatever you have in your heart, Jesus will reveal it.  Be ready, because today and every day, our hearts will be revealed!