This incident occurred at the Jewish temple when Joseph and Mary took the infant Jesus for presentation. They were being good Jews. Such presentation was the correct thing to do with any Jewish child (see Leviticus 12:6-8). All firstborns were to belong to God (see Exodus 13:1, 2).
This entire incident strikes us as strange. First, there is Simeon. He is a very godly man with the Holy Spirit on him. He has been informed by God that he will not die until he has seen the consolation of Israel. His understanding of that godly purpose for Israel was simply weird. It involved a salvation for all peoples, a light of revelation to the gentiles (see Isaiah 49:6), and an infant less than two months old!
Second, he said the strangest things about the infant. The work of the child (as an adult) would result in the fall and rise of many in Israel. He would be a sword that pierced his parents. He would reveal the thoughts of many. For some he would be alienation from Godfor some he would be the avenue to God. To some he would be enmity against Godto some he would be peace with God. To some he would be deathto some he would be life.
Spring is here! Is that wonderful, or is that horrible? Is Spring to you new life and hope for a warmer tomorrow, or is Spring allergies and the misery of pollination? Is it the rain that brings flowers, or the wind that brings leaky roofs? Is it the prosperity of a better lifestyle, or the destruction of a tornado? Is it the promise of fresh produce, or the devastation of a hailstorm?
Is it not fascinating that things that produce the blessing and hope of life to some also produce the certainty of misery or death to others? Is it not thought-provoking to realize that which has potential for good at the same time contains potential for harm?
Whether Jesus is a blessing or harm depends on the acceptance or rejection of the individual. Only you determine if Jesus is your means of rising or falling.
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