Luke 2:22-40: Simeon and Anna
Now there was an old battler in Footscray whose name was Simeon; he was Bulldog through and through, and was looking forward to the triumph of his beloved Footscray footy club; he was the spirit of the club and the spirit of the club was him! The spirit had revealed to him that he would not die before he would see a Western Bulldogs premiership. This spirit guided him to the Phone Dome and when his parents put their son Jesus up in the draft as is the requirement under AFL regulations, Simeon hugged him, sung “Sons of the ‘Scray” and said.
“Now I can die in peace, for my eyes have seen the salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all the clubs, a revelation for footy and for the glory of the Doggies.”
And the parents were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon patted them on the back and said to the boys mother Mary, “This child is destined for the falling and rising of many reputations in footy, he’ll be a marked man and heavily tagged, so that the motivations and agendas of many will be revealed – and you will also cop a shirtfront, that will break your heart.”
There was also a cheer squad member named Anna, the daughter of a club legend. She was an old widow who had been married to footy and the Bulldogs forever. She had never missed a game, day or night, and was seen around the Whitten Oval every day. At that moment she began to barrack and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of the Doggies.
Seeds Circle Questions
Texts from our World:
Scenes from the movies Searching for Bobby Fischer or Kundun,
Searching for Bobby Fisher is a true story about a man who tutors children in the game of chess, hoping that he will happen across the next great natural chess player, the next Bobby Fisher.
Kundun is the story of the Dalai Lama. When a Tibetan lama, or holy man, dies, Buddhist monks set out to find his reincarnation in a young child.
Luke 2:25 says that Simeon was looking forward to the consolation of Israel. The same expression reappears in 23:51 and 24:21. What does it indicate about Luke’s understanding of the nature of salvation?
What does Mary and Jospeh’s sacrifice reveal about them? Read Leviticus 12:8.
Luke 2:22-24,27, 39 Luke seems to be preoccupied by the observance of the Law. Anna and Simeon are presented as true faithful prophets of Israel. Consider Luke 16:17. What is Luke suggesting about Jewish traditions and the Law. How is this similar/different from other gospel writers?
Anna is described as a widow, the first of many in Luke/Acts (Read 4:25; 7:12; 18:3; 20:47; 21:2; Acts 6:1; 9:39) What is the significance of widows in Luke/Acts?
What is something you are having to or have had to wait patiently for?
What is something that you would like to see/ believe you will see in your lifetime?
What power would such a big picture vision bring to the way you lived each day?.
Which old radicals do you know? What do you admire about them? What can they teach you?
What’s the difference between a silly old bugger and a true believer?
Consider the impact of prophetic living upon loved ones—”a sword will pierce your soul too” Luke 2:35. What opposition have you encountered in your discipleship journey and how has this affected those around you?
What secret thoughts are exposed in you?