Between Malachi and Matthew there are about 400 years of silence.
Many forgot the promises God made in the Old Testament
but not Simeon.
He knew the scriptures and he had faith in the Promise Giver.
Everyday we wait for something.
We wait in long lines and traffic jams or for the workday to end.
Children wait with excited anticipation for Christmas morning,
Teenagers wait for the day they can drive.
Occasionally we wait with worry and hope.
Like Waiting to hear from a loved one
that may be fighting for freedom far away from home.
for test results from the Doctor.
Waiting is hard. It requires patience.
Simeon waited a life time for the birth of a child.
His story is part of the Christmas story revealed in Luke chapter 2
And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon;and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.
It had been revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.
So he waited, with faith and trust.
And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,
Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,
“Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:
For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before
the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.”
And Joseph and his mother marveled at those things which were spoken of him.
New parents, a tiny baby, an old man who waited to see salvation.
My salvation. Your salvation.
It’s no wonder that his parents marveled at these words.
It should still cause us to marvel today.