Week 3: A Place Call Home

The Declaration
Luke 2:21-26 (NIV)
On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived. When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord” ), and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.” 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. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.


(Gk.) Paraklesis / παράκλησις
a calling near, to comfort; referring to Messianic salvation
from (Gk.) Parakaleo / παρακαλέω

• ‘para’: to come near, beside, alongside of
• ‘kaleo’: to call, to invite

Luke 2:27-38
Luke 2:27-38 (NIV)
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, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, 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: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.” The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him.
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,
so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage,
and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

When God Speaks:
When God Speaks:

   •  It’s always THROUGH the Scriptures
   •  It’s oftentimes OUTSIDE the Scriptures
   •  Dreams and visions (Joel 2:28-29)
   •  Creation and nature (Romans 1:20)
   •  People and circumstances (Proverbs 16:9; Acts 16:6-10)
   •  But ALWAYS in alignment with the Scriptures
   •  Then, filtered through PRAYER and SCRIPTURE, we move   by FAITH


(Gk.) Apolyo / ἀπολύω
to set free, release, depart; to escape confinement

Nunc Dimittis (Lt.): Now you dismiss

The SOUL is TOO BIG for the BODY it’s housed in
• The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. (Matthew 26:41)
• …we ourselves…groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for…the redemption of our
bodies. (Romans 8:23)

The body we’re in isn’t HOME and the spirit inside KNOWS IT!
Peace with God allows us to:

1. LIVE well
2. SUFFER well
3. DIE well