What does it mean?
1. What brought Mary, Joseph and Jesus to Jerusalem?
2. When Luke tells us Simeon was “righteous and devout”, what is he trying to communicate?
3. What is the “consolation of Israel”?
4. How does Luke tell us the Holy Spirit was involved in Simeon’s life?
5. How would you summarize Simeon’s response to Jesus?
6. How did Mary and Joseph respond to Simeon’s words about Jesus?
7. What do you think Mary thought when Simeon told her Jesus would be the cause of many “falling” and others “rising in Israel?
8. When told by Simeon that “a sword will pierce through your own soul”, what do you think Mary felt?
9. Why do you think Luke tells us about Simeon’s interaction with Jesus?
10. Anna was a widow for a long time who thanked God and told others about Jesus when she met him. Why does Luke include her story in his gospel? What does he want us to understand?
11. Why do you think Luke makes it clear that Simeon and Anna are both old?
How does it apply?
1. Simeon and Anna waited a long time for the arrival of the Messiah. Have you ever become impatient waiting on God for something? Explain.
2. Who have you known that has patiently walked with God waiting for Him to answer? How did their example impact you?
3. What about the example of Simeon and Anna encourages you?
4. Can you ever imagine saying what Simeon did, “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace”?
5. What would need to happen in your life for you to get that sort of authentic, confident expression of hope about death that Simeon enjoyed?