He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. He was righteous and devout and was eagerly waiting for the Messiah to come and rescue Israel. The Holy Spirit was upon him English Standard Version Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him. New American Standard Bible And there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
King James Bible 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. This man was righteous and devout, looking forward to Israel's consolation, and the Holy Spirit was on him. Simeon was a good man. He loved God and was waiting for him to save the people of Israel.
He was a good, God-fearing man and was waiting for Israel to be saved. This man was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the one who would comfort Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
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This man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. Aramaic Bible in Plain English But one man was there in Jerusalem, whose name was Shimeon, and this man was just and righteous and he was waiting for the consolation of Israel and The Spirit of Holiness was upon him. He lived an honorable and devout life.
Yet this is but one of many misstatements and forced constructions which are daily presented to our acceptance; and despite of their palpable weakness great astonishment is manifested that we Jews should be so blinded as not to see what is not to be seen, and to refuse accepting as fact what common sense compels us to say is neither founded in reason nor consonant with Scripture.
The nature of a public address does not permit us to dwell any longer on this part of our subject, and we must turn to the second point of our inquiry: "What is the nature of the announcement which the prophet makes to the people of Israel, whom we have proved to be the intended recipients of the promised blessing? And should the people say, "We have suffered more than any other nation, we have been scourged for our faith, scorned for our hopes, spurned because we bore the name of Israel:" they will be referred to their terrible sins, to their stubbornness, which would not listen to all the warnings full of love and compassion which were addressed to them during their days of prosperity, morning and evening, by those whose wisdom and deep insight into futurity proved them to have been inspired by the supreme Wisdom, and armed with fortitude by the power of the Almighty; and they will be told that these messengers they scorned, these prophets they slew, these seers they scourged and cast into loathsome dungeons.
Was, it not meet then that similar trials should befall the people whilst they remained rebellious? But with the accomplishment of the deserved retribution, the goodness of the Lord will return and visit Jerusalem with his favour, and its inhabitants and those who sprung from them with his mercy; and this is the comfort which is to be breathed into their hearts, this the trust which is to animate their souls. Needs God a highway for his own purposes? Not He; but they whom He will bring together from the ends of the earth; they will hasten over hills and valleys, through inhabited lands and deserts, over continents and seas, to crowd together into the deserted streets of Jerusalem, into the waste places of Palestine, so that in every city and hamlet of Judea the joyful exclamation will resound: "Here, behold your God!
If this had been the intention of the Spirit, He would so have announced it: "Behold, a time will come when you, my people, shall be driven from your land and live strangers in countries not yet known, in islands not yet discovered.
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You will for many years be hated; your belief in one God will expose you to many persecutions; but you shall not he consumed; for a time will come when no one shall persecute the other for opinion's sake, peace shall be every where prevailing, and you, children of Israel, shall then live among the nations peacefully and securely, you shall have temples everywhere, and be treated as citizens in every country where you may live; you shall forget Jerusalem, and no longer sigh for its desolation, because the whole world shall be your Palestine, every city your Zion, and every synagogue your temple.
We maintain that were the consolation merely this spiritual restoration, the Bible would have so expressed it; the prophets were not so poor in language, nor the Spirit so short in knowledge, but that there were ample means to have declared the future after the manner we have indicated, as easily as the reverse has been done.
It is unfortunate for us, that there are men who are ashamed of the singularity of the Jewish belief, as they have received it from their fathers; they fancy that it is not an evidence of enlightenment to look forward to a Jewish country, to be governed by Jewish laws. They believe that they must bring the sacrifice of their hopes of future glory as an acceptable offering to the countries of their sojourning.
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But how short-sighted are such men! Do they think that for such a purpose God redeemed us from slavery, wrought so many miracles to preserve us amidst persecutions, that at length we might play, so to say, a secondary part in a state of universal peace, an insignificant handful in every spot amidst the peaceful reign, of liberal principles, of a qualified adoption of the law of Moses? Do they really imagine that the Searcher of hearts sees not the unbelief that is in their spirit, their anxiety to escape from the burthen of religion by their spiritualizing the text of Scripture to suit their notions of truth and futurity?
Woe, woe! But their counsel cannot prevail! Israel will rise above these doubts and fears; but in the meantime the affections are estranged, and dissentions are sown in the midst of our families, and divisions, fearful and sinful, fill with dismay the lover of his God and of the welfare of his people.
Yet the Lord will protect his flock against this danger too. He who arrested the sword when it flashed in the light of the rising sun, and was not sated with slaughter when the moon slowly ascended in the eastern horizon, will in his infinite mercy avert this cup of sorrow from our lips, and suffer not the harmony of Israel to be broken by means of the artful errors which the unthinking wish to propagate. No, brethren! A spiritual regeneration of the sons of Jacob, and a reign of universal peace of which more on another occasion are to a certainty included in the predictions; but this does not say that the accomplishment of these things is not to be effected at the bodily Jerusalem, at the very temple on Moriah, by the very personage whom we hope for, the Messiah David, the son of David ben Yishai from Bethlehem.
Ay, we doubt; the day is too far distant for us? But, says Isaiah: "The grass withereth, the flower fadeth, because the breath of the Lord bloweth upon it; surely the people is grass. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth, but the word of our God will stand for ever.
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Truly the earth will put on her mantle of green when the early spring wakes nature again into life; the flowers will enamel the meadows, and the blossoms will deck with beauty the trees of the field, when the sun acquires strength in his progress towards summer; but again the storm blows with a hot breath over the landscape, and withered is the grass, and faded is the flower; and man, too, will bloom in infancy, and shoot up into manhood, and bear fruit and prosper in his works; but age creeps over him, his frame sickens, his limbs quiver before the weight of years, and his spirit flies from him, and the sod of the valley covers his frame, and the worm becomes his associate.
Yet with all this the WORD of God neither fades nor withers; it sees changes of seasons and of centuries pass along in rapid succession, but it awaits the sure fulfillment which the mind of the Supreme has assigned fur its triumphant establishment, for its indestructible rule over the destinies of man.
And has not our history proved to us that God is true and his word abiding for ever? Therefore do we hope, and look forward with prayer and longing to the hour when the glory of God shall appear, and all flesh see that his mouth has spoken it. Equally erroneous with the spiritualizing of doubting Jews is the view of the Nazarenes who apply the verse "A voice crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord," to the person known in their history as John the Baptist.
This is the first time in my lectures that I have ever spoken directly of the characters of the Nazarene faith, but it is unavoidable in our present elucidation of Scripture. By the time you get to the first century, you have all these centuries of expectation built up. Some Jews thought the Messiah would be a great political leader who would overthrow Rome and restore Israel to its rightful place in the world.
Others thought the Messiah would be God himself.
Still others expected a second Moses or a second Elijah. So you had a lot of confusion mixed with a general sense of expectation. Lord Jesus, you did not leave us alone in our misery.