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Monday in Lent 1

Luke 2:22–52

Luke, the musical

My wife will tell you too, I don’t like musicals.  Especially the ones that have songs that interrupt the story, the narrative flow.  I just don’t get it.

With all the songs in Luke so far, Mary’s Song, Zechariah’s Song, the Angel’s Song, and now Simeon’s Song, you may be wondering whether Luke has written a musical.  In some ways, he has.  But here in the most important narrative of human history, the songs accent what happening.

Simeon is an old man.  He had been praying devoutly for the Lord to finally make good on His promises and send the Messiah.  But the Lord had made a promise to Simeon that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Messiah with his own eyes.  And one day, he is drawn up to the temple by the Spirit.

And one day, a couple walks in carrying a baby, 40 days old.  They are not unlike most if not all of the pious couples who come to dedicate their firstborn males to the Lord.  And yet this one is very different and Simeon knows immediately that they carry with them the long promised Messiah.

This old man takes the child from their arms and doesn’t just hold him, he beholds him.  He hold Israel’s Messiah in his arms and he sings.

What do we pray for?  Do we long for the Lord to make good on His promise and return?  Sit and pray in the Spirit.  Ask for wisdom and peace and the discernment to know when the Lord has provided what He has given you.

When he does, you might just burst into song.

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