Divine appointments are the place where God’s plan and your willingness to be used by Him come together.
I. Divine appointments take place amidst the regular (21-24).
A. In order see the normalcy of the event, is it good to recognize why Joseph and Mary
entered the temple that day.
- Notice that the babe was circumcised on the eighth day and officially named, Jesus.
- The eighth day was the first in which the woman was considered clean.
Leviticus 12:1-3 “And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 2 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a woman have conceived seed, and born a man child: then she shall be unclean seven days; according to the days of the separation for her infirmity shall she be unclean. 3 And in the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised.”
- Joseph ans Mary named the babe Jesus as the child had already been named by the angel.
2. Having completed the additional 33 days of purification, Joseph and Mary bring Jesus into the temple to presented to the Lord.. Note- a total of 41 days would have passed.
- The woman was not allowed to enter the temple prior to this.
Leviticus 12:4 “And she shall then continue in the blood of her purifying three and thirty days; she shall touch no hallowed thing, nor come into the sanctuary, until the days of her purifying be fulfilled.”
- A burnt offering and a sin offering needed to be offered for the woman’s cleansing for every child she bore.
6 And when the days of her purifying are fulfilled, for a son, or for a daughter, she shall bring a lamb of the first year for a burnt offering, and a young pigeon, or a turtledove, for a sin offering, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, unto the priest:
7 Who shall offer it before the LORD, and make an atonement for her; and she shall be cleansed from the issue of her blood. This is the law for her that hath born a male or a female. 8 And if she be not able to bring a lamb, then she shall bring two turtles, or two young pigeons; the one for the burnt offering, and the other for a sin offering: and the priest shall make an atonement for her, and she shall be clean.
Note- The burnt offering represented “entire surrender to God and His acceptance thereof” (Edersheim, 126).
Note- The sin offering was an atonement for the person. In this case, it was for Mary’s cleansing pointing to her defilement in giving birth. Other such occasions would be in connection with leprosy or with touching a dead person.
Note- The point in this offering in relation to these events is it represents our wn in pain in Genesis 3:16.
- Every first-born needed to be presented to the Lord.
Note- The first-born person was bought back with five shekels of silver.
Note- unclean animals were also bought back with the same amount of money, but clean animals were sacrificed.
Numbers 18:15-16 Every thing that openeth the matrix in all flesh, which they bring unto the LORD, whether it be of men or beasts, shall be thine: nevertheless the firstborn of man shalt thou surely redeem, and the firstling of unclean beasts shalt thou redeem.
16 And those that are to be redeemed from a month old shalt thou redeem, according to thine estimation, for the money of five shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, which is twenty gerahs.
B. What have here, then, is a picture not simply of something special for Joseph and Mary but for every Jewish woman who had given birth. They would not have been the only ones arriving that day. In fact, putting this along with all the other regular happenings in the temple, we find that they would have been lost in the crowd.
Application: We ought to be prepared for divine appoints at any time.
II. Divine appointments involve God’s precise timing (25-27 and 38).
A. Having been given the setting, we are brought into a notable moment in time with a descriptions of both Simeon and Anna.
- Simeon was waiting (i.e. looking forward) for the consolation (i.e. messianic salvation) of Israel.
- The Holy spirit was upon him, it was revealed to him that he would not see death before had seen the Lord’s Christ.
- Simeon comes into the temple by the Spirit at the moment that the Joseph and Mary had brought Jesus into the temple (27).
- We also find that Anna (Hanna) also comes at this very moment as well (36-38a)
B. Notice that Simeon and Anna display devotion to God which lent itself to being ready for the precise timing.
He was a watchman.
He waited many years for the consolation of Israel.
There was precise timing involved.
Note- she was married for seven years and a widow for 84 years. If she had gotten
married at age 14 (common at that time), she would have been 105 years old.
C. This precise timing means we need to be ready at any moment to be used by God.
- This means being committed.
- This means ready by spending time in prayer and God’s Word, and in His service.
III. Divine appointments point others to God by sharing His word (28-35 and 38-39).
Simeon publically thanks God that he has not only seen his salvation but also for all people.
Anna also gives thanks to God and spoke of Jesus to all who looked for redemption in
Conclusion: Divine appointments still happen today for the one who is will to be used of God and committed to sharing His Word. Divine appointments the place where God’s timing your willingness and commitment meet.