Wednesday, October 27, 2010

post 11

Isaiah was a prophet and Bible-penner.
Isaiah had a vision.
It was a vision of Jesus in the temple.

"I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up;
and the train of his robe filled the temple. 
Above him stood the seraphim. 
Each had six wings:
with two he covered his face,
and with two he covered his feet, 
and with two he flew.  
And one called to another and said:
“'Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory!'” 
And I said:
“'Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips;
but my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!'”
 It was quite majestic and holy.
[Hundreds of years later]

Simeon was a prophet.  And a Bible-translator.
He spent his life translating the book of Isaiah from Hebrew to Greek.
And waiting "for the consolation of Israel... And it had been revealed to him that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ."
"Simeon came in the Spirit into the temple that day 
and when the parents brought in the child Jesus,
to do for him according to the custom of the Law,
he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,

'Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace,
according to your word;
for my eyes have seen your salvation
that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and for glory to your people Israel.'”
It was quite simple, but still holy.

The vision of the Lord in the temple from Isaiah that Simeon had studied for so long was a royal, fantastic, glorious vision of a King!  But the moment where Simeon actually saw the Lord in the temple was so plain.  A baby with his parents, following religious customs.

But God had kept His promise. 
I need to expect Him to do that.

1 comment:

  1. Excellent! Do you have any idea how much I respect you? (A lot!!)