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Anna the Prophetess

Posted in Luke, Luke 2, New Testament

Luke 2:36-37

Anna the Prophetess

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

Luke 2:36a (Holman) There was also a prophetess, Anna, a daughter

of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher.

When Joseph and Mary brought Jesus to be dedicated in the Temple, Simeon, who recognized the child was the Messiah, greeted them. “Also” in the Temple was a prophetess Anna, daughter of Phanuel. Her name meant gracious. Being of the tribe of Asher means she may have been from Galilee.

As a prophetess, she was able to discern God’s will, and communicate it to people. When Anna spoke, people listened. They knew she understood YHWH’s ways, and could articulate how to apply them to people’s lives.

Other women in the Bible served as God’s spokespersons. Miriam, the sister of Moses and Aaron (EX 15:20), led Israel in worshiping God after He parted the Red Sea. Deborah (JG 4:4), who led a successful attack against the forces of King Jabin of Canaan, boldly proclaimed God’s commands.

When King Josiah found the book of the Lord, and was weeping over the nation’s sins, he sent messengers to consult Huldah (2 Chronicles 34:22), who verified Israel’s disastrous condition. Philip the Evangelist, one of the original seven deacons, had four daughters who were prophetesses (AC 21:8-9). My family has an interesting woman-preacher story. My father-in-law was saved under the preaching of a lady in a Genera

Welcome Home, Jesus

Posted in Luke, Luke 2, New Testament

Luke 2:38

Welcome Home, Jesus

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

Luke 2:38a (Holman) At that very moment, she came up and began to

thank God. . .

At what moment? Right when Simeon, who had been promised he would not die till he saw the Messiah, was praising God. Hearing Simeon giving thanks for the Messiah, Anna agreed with him and took up the theme.

When God came as a baby, and made His first in-flesh appearance in His temple, He was recognized by only two people: one old man and one old woman. God the Holy Spirit made sure that two spiritually venerated saints, a duo respected by the temple crowd, would bare witness to Jesus, and essentially represent the whole human race in welcoming God the Son into God the Father’s house. Simeon and Anna, as it were, stood at the front door, saying, “Welcome home; come in!!” Thrilled and thankful, they praised God for the fact He had come in the form of a baby to save His people.

We do not have a temple building to welcome Jesus into, but we each have an inner temple, a heart with a throneroom, where we can welcome Him. Don’t hang Bethlehem’s “No room” sign on the doorpost of your heart.

I like the fact that the temple welcoming committee consisted of two older saints. I had all four of my grandparents till I was 28 years old. I have always felt a close affinity for the elderly. I feel at home with older folks.

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