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“Fill Me Up/Overflow, Medley,” Tasha Cobbs
“JESUS PRESENTED IN THE TEMPLE,” III, Luke 2:33) And Joseph and His (Jesus’) mother Marvelled At Those Things Which Were Spoken Of Him. 34) And Simeon Blessed them, and said unto Mary His mother, Behold, This Child Is Set For The Fall And Rising Again Of Many In Israel; And For A SIGN Which Shall Be Spoken Against; 35) (Yea, A Sword Shall Pierce Through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be Revealed. Psalm 42:10; 1 Corinthians 11:19. 36) And there was one Anna, a Prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aseer: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity; Exodus 15:20. 37) And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from The Temple, But Served God With Fastings And prayers Night And Day. Acts 26:7. 38) And she Coming In That Instant Gave Thanks Likewise Unto The Lord, And Spake Of Him To All Them That Looked For Redemption In Jerusalem.
Nelson’s Concise Bible Commentary – v33-35 a sword: The image is of large, broad sword striking Mary. She would suffer much pain in watching Jesus’ Rejection. v36, 37 The Testimony of Anna compliments Simeon’s Testimony. Anna work as a Prophetess in The Temple Court suggested that she addressed all who would listen to her. v38, 39 Redemption In Jerusalem Is another way of speaking of The Consolation of Israel (v. 25).
John Gill’s Exposition Of The Bible – v35, Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also
Meaning either the sword, “or spear of scandal”, as the Arabic version renders it; so the reproach of the tongues of men, is compared to a sharp sword, ( Psalms 57:4 ) and such The Virgin might meet with on account of her conception in (an) unmarried state, which might greatly wound her soul; or else the Sorrows she met with on account of her SON: AS HE WAS A MAN OF SORROWS, so was she a woman of sorrows, From His Cradle To His Cross; And His Sorrows, like so many darts, or javelins, Rebounded From Him To Her, and Pierced Her Soul Through; as when Herod sought His Life, ( Matthew 2:13 Matthew 2:14 ) when she Had Lost Him for a whole day, ( Luke 2:48 ) and when He Was Frequently Exposed To Danger among the spiteful and malicious Jews; But Never More Than When She Stood At His Cross, And Saw Him, In His Agonies, Extended On The Tree, Bleeding, Gasping, And Dying, ( John 19:25 ) . Some think this refers to Martyrdom, which she was to Suffer By The Sword, of which The Scripture Is Silent, Epiphanius, an ancient writer, seems to hint at it F14. That the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed; that is, All This Offence Was To Be Taken At Christ, And He To Be Spoken Against; and all these Afflictions, Reproaches, and Persecutions, He And His Were To Endure For This End; that the secret thoughts of men might be discovered, and they be known to be what they were, whether hypocrites, or good men, foes or Friends Of Christ: so on the one hand, what were the Scribes and Pharisees, who talked of a Messiah, and pretended to Righteousness and Holiness, and yet when The Messiah Came, Rejected Him, And So All Such Who Followed Christ with worldly views, and expected a temporal kingdom, But Left Him when they found it otherwise, and Judas, One Of His Disciples; and, on the other hand, (those) who were Sincere and Hearty? as the rest of His Disciples, Joseph of Arimathea, and others, Who Abode By Him, Notwithstanding THE CROSS; and The Same Use Have All Persecutions, Errors, and Heresies, The Opposition and Contradiction of men in every shape now, and the same end is answered; wicked men, and hypocrites, are known to be what they are; and good men Are Made Manifest (clearly apparent); and (in) What Each Think Of Christ And His Gospel, Is Discovered Hereby; see ( 1 Corinthians 11:19 ) .
Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v33 – v35, Joseph and Mary Marveled At The Things Which Were Spoken of This Child. Simeon Shows Them Likewise, What Reason They Had To REJOICE WITH TREMBLING. And JESUS, HIS DOCTRINE, And PEOPLE, Are Still Spoken Against; HIS TRUTH And HOLINESS Are Still Denied And Blasphemed, HIS PREACHED WORD Is Still THE TOUCHSTONE (IMPORTANCE IN) Of Men’s Characters. The Secret Good Affections In The Minds Of Some, Will Be Revealed By Their Embracing Christ; The Secret Corruptions Of Others Will Be Revealed By Their Enmity (Hostility) To Christ. Men Will Be Judged By The Thoughts Of Their Hearts Concerning Christ. HE SHALL BE A SUFFERING JESUS; His Mother Shall Suffer With Him, Because Of The Nearness Of Her Relation And Affection. v36- v40, There Was Much Evil Then In The Church, Yet God Left Not Himself Without Witness. Anna Always Dwelt In, Or At least Attended At, The Temple. She Was Always In A Praying Spirit; Gave Herself To Prayer, And In All Things She Served God. Those To Whom Christ Is Made Known, Have Great Reason To Thank The Lord. She Taught Others Concerning Him. Let The Example Of The Venerable (Greatly Respected) Saints, Simeon And Anna, Give Courage To Those Whose Hoary (Gray) Heads Are, Like Theirs, A Crown Of Glory, Being Found In The Way Of Righteousness. The Lips Soon To Be Silent In The Grave, Should Be Showing Forth The Praises Of The Redeemer.