Our Daily Bread 18th May 2020 Devotional – The Gift of Peace
TODAY’S TOPIC: THE GIFT OF PEACE
Bible in a Year: 1 Chronicles 4–6; John 6:1–21
Key Verse: You may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation. – Luke 2:29–30
Today’s Scripture: Luke 2:25–35 (NIV)
25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him.
26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required,
Our Daily Bread 18th May 2020 Devotional
28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
you may now dismiss[a] your servant in peace.
30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,
31 which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and the glory of your people Israel.”
33 The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”
- Insight: Our Daily Bread 18th May 2020 Devotional
Under Jewish law, after the birth of a son the mother was deemed ceremonially unclean for forty days (Leviticus 12:1–5), and the firstborn son of every womb was to be consecrated to God (Exodus 13:2). This requirement was rooted in the tenth plague when the Egyptians’ firstborn sons were killed and Israel’s firstborn sons were preserved (vv. 12–15). Israel’s firstborn sons must be redeemed (Numbers 18:15–16).
After Jesus was born, Joseph brought Mary and Jesus to the temple to fulfill the purification of the mother and the redemption of the firstborn son (Luke 2:22–24). In the temple, the elderly Simeon saw the forty-day-old Jesus. Luke says that “the Holy Spirit was on him” (v. 25), a description used of Old Testament prophets speaking for God (Numbers 11:25; 1 Samuel 10:6, 10; 19:20, 23). Because Anna, who was also in the temple at that time, was “a prophet” (Luke 2:36), scholars surmise that Simeon was a prophet as well.
Message: Our Daily Bread 18th May 2020 Devotional
“I believe in Jesus and He is my Savior, and I have no fear of death,” said Barbara Bush, the wife of former US President George H. W. Bush, to her son before she died. This incredible and confident statement suggests a strong and deep-rooted faith. She experienced God’s gift of peace that comes from knowing Jesus, even when faced with death.
Simeon, a resident of Jerusalem during the first century, also experienced profound peace because of Jesus. Moved by the Holy Spirit, Simeon went to the temple when Mary and Joseph brought baby Jesus to be circumcised as required by the law for a newborn boy. Although not much is known about Simeon, from Luke’s description one can tell he was a special man of God, just and devout, waiting faithfully for the coming Messiah, and “the Holy Spirit was on him” (Luke 2:25). Yet Simeon did not experience shalom (peace), a deep sense of completeness, until he saw Jesus.
While holding Jesus in his arms, Simeon broke into a song of praise, expressing full satisfaction in God: “You may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations” (vv. 29–31). He had peace because he foresaw the future hope of the whole world.
As we celebrate the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the promised Savior, may we rejoice in God’s gift of peace. By: Estera Pirosca Escobar
Reflect: Have you experienced this deep sense of satisfaction and completeness that comes from knowing Jesus? How can you celebrate God’s gift of peace today?
Today’s Prayer: Dear Father, thank You for Jesus, Your gift of peace.