I. Introduction: "Expect the Unexpected"
II. Going To The Temple
A. 2 Rites: Purification and Presentation
i. Purification (Leviticus 12)
ii. Presentation (Exodus 13)
B. Pious, poor Jews
III. Simeon (v. 25)
B. Led by Spirit
IV. Awaiting the Consolation of Israel
A. Meaning of consolation
B. Israel in need of consolation
i. Foreign oppression
ii. OT promises: theological dilemma
C. Groups who sought consolation
i. Consolation through self-discipline: Pharisees
ii. Consolation through political maneuvering: Sadducees
iii. Consolation through force: Zealots
iv. Consolation through seculsion: Essenes
D. Simeon thinking in Isaianic terms: "The Lord's Christ" (vv. 29-32)
i. Consolation in Isaiah (Isaiah 40-60) - "Servant of the Lord"
ii. Universality of the consolation
Rising and falling (vv. 34-35)
V. Conclusion: Who is your Messiah?
A. Expectations of the Messiah
i. 1st century sects
ii. What about us?
B. Isaianic Expectation of the Messiah
i. Not about me
ii. We don't control Him.
iii. Jesus as the "The Lord's Christ"