We’ve come to our final chapter. The last of the women of Christmas. Anna a prophetess in the temple.
Luke 2:36-40 New King James Version (NKJV)
Anna Bears Witness to the Redeemer
36 Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity;37 and this woman was a widow of about eighty-four years,[a] who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. 38 And coming in that instant she gave thanks to the Lord,[b] and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem.
39 So when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth. 40 And the Child grew and became strong in spirit,[c] filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.
Anna, we see more about her than we did about Simeon. We know she is a widower only seven years after she married. She has since served in the temple night and day for 84 years. She has served God day and night with prayer and fastings. Not leaving the temple but living there. She was waiting for something. For the savior. For Israel’s redemption. And until she was to see it she served.
How did she know that day that Simeon took a child into his arms and praised and prophesied that this was THE CHILD she had been waiting for? The same way Elizabeth knew that Mary was carrying her Lord and Savior. The same way Mary knew that the Angel spoke the truth and the same way Simeon knew that he was seeing the Lord that was promised. The Holy Spirit revealed this truth to her and what did she do?
She opened her mouth and she praised the Lord and gave thanks the same ways Elizabeth, Mary and Simeon did before her.
I love how through each of these women we see attributes that we should develop in ourselves. I also love how God used women to show that he sees Women as important and he loves them and created them to be special by giving them a special place in His story.
As David once wrote, “The Lord announces the word, and the women who proclaim it are a mighty throng.” (Psalms 68:11 NIV)
I hope you have enjoyed this study as much as I have. It’s been such an eye opener for me as well as a way to get to know even better these three lovely and blessed women in scripture.
I also hope and pray that as you celebrate the birth of our Savior that it is full of blessing and love. May God truly bless you this Christmas and I look forward to studying more with you in the future.