Sermon Study Guide (Luke 2:21-38)

Luke provides a glimpse into the initial days following the birth as Mary and Joseph come to the temple for purification. Through the voice of Simeon and the prophetess Anna, God continues to confirm his redemption in Jesus Christ.

In light of Luke 2:22-38, read and consider the teaching of Ex. 13:1-2 and Lev. 12:1-8.

  • What do we learn about atonement for sin through the purification rites of the Old Testament?
  • What does the sacrifice of two turtledoves or two young doves say about Mary and Joseph?
  • How does Jesus Christ fulfill the purification rites of the Old Testament?

Identify three ways that Simeon is an example of living by faith? Of the three ways identified, in which area are you weakest? How are you going to pursue growth in this area this year?

Simeon’s blessing describes Jesus as a “light for revelation of the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.” (Luke 2:32) How does this statement relate to the covenant promises made to Abraham in Genesis 15 and the new covenant promises given in Jeremiah 31?

Simeon also describes Jesus as “appointed for the fall of many…and a sign that is opposed.” What does this mean? How was it fulfilled in Jesus ministry?

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