“For my eyes have seen.”
“Simeon took him in his arms, and blessed God 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 FOR REVELATION to the Gentiles and THE GLORY OF YOUR PEOPLE ISRAEL.” (Luke 2:28-32)
“According to your word.”
Simeon was old man who freely gave his life in service to God. He was now ready to die peacefully knowing God was fulfilling His promise spoken through the prophet Isaiah. “It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” (Isaiah 49:6)
All that God had promised through the prophets required the coming of the Messiah. No Messiah, no restoration of the nation Israel. No Messiah, no salvation for those in other nations. Simeon held Israel’s restoration and man’s salvation in his arms. Thankfully, he did not understand that Israel would, at first, reject their Messiah who would then turn to the Gentiles. (Acts 13:46) Nor did he know why God said that He would “bring back those of Israel I have kept.”
These prophetic words should be clearly understood by Gentiles who live at this present hour in the light of revelation. “…. the Christ (Messiah) was to suffer, and that by reason of His resurrection from the dead He would be the first to proclaim light to both the Jewish people and the Gentiles. (Acts 26:23) The light that Jesus revealed is eternal life, and that “He is the glory of God’s people Israel,” those whom He will restore.
I pray that in these final hours, Father, that Your children, who deny “Your word,” regarding your people Israel, would begin to see as clearly as Simeon. Jesus is “the glory of Israel,” and according to Your promise they will always be Your people. Let now be the time Israel returns to acknowledge their glory, Jesus the Christ. This I pray in Your Son’s name.