This year we are covering the four Gospel Accounts together in chronological order.
In the previous post, we covered Luke 2:33-35. Here was the conclusion:
Simeon stated one purpose for the Messiah's suffering was for people to reveal what was in their hearts.
"36 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher (she was of a great age, having lived with a husband seven years from her virginity,
37 and she had been a widow even unto fourscore and four years), who departed not from the temple, worshipping with fastings and supplications night and day."
(While Joseph and Mary were in Jerusalem for Jesus' Dedication, they not only met Simeon, but also Anna. She was a prophetess who had been married for seven years (again Marriage was equated with sexual intercourse) and widowed for eighty-four years. She had lived ninety-one years past when she got married...so she was over 100 years old. She did not leave the temple, but worshipped with fasting and supplications day and night.)
"38 And coming up at that very hour she gave thanks unto God, and spake of him to all them that were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem."
(When Simeon spoke of Jesus being the Messiah, Anna confirmed what Simeon has stated. This was another example in the Bible of confirmation coming from the mouths of Two Witnesses: Simeon and Anna.)
"39 And when they had accomplished all things that were according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth."
(Once Joseph and Mary had fulfilled The Law relative to their first born son, they returned to Nazareth in Galilee. This verse implied that Joseph and Mary went from Bethlehem to Jerusalem in order to make sure they fulfilled their responsibility...and that Jesus was in Nazareth only after He was dedicated to God. It would be at this point that the Wise Men found Jesus in Nazareth.)
Anna confirmed Simeon's testimony concerning Jesus. Joseph and Mary returned to Nazareth in Galilee when they fulfilled everything necessary concerning a first born son according to The Law.