Heaven's Comfort on Earth

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3. consolation (source) ((paraklēsis) — a source of comfort a person feels when consoled in times of disappointment. See also παρηγορία. Related Topics: Incentive; Encouragement.
2 Co 1:3 ὁ πατὴρ τῶν οἰκτιρμῶν καὶ θεὸς πάσης παρακλήσεως,

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort. 4

He comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God

2 Co 7:4 πεπλήρωμαι τῇ παρακλήσει,
Php 2:1 Εἴ τις οὖν παράκλησις ἐν Χριστῷ, εἴ τι παραμύθιον ἀγάπης,
2 Th 2:16 καὶ δοὺς παράκλησιν αἰωνίαν
Phm 7 καὶ παράκλησιν

Introduction — We are a hurting people & an impatient people.

The Gospel according to Luke Simeon and Anna Receive Jesus in the Temple (2:21–40)

Half of all occurrences of prosdechesthai in the NT occur in Luke-Acts, testifying to the steadfast faith of common people in the fulfillment of the messianic hope. The recognition and reception of Jesus occurs, appropriately, in the temple in Jerusalem, where Israel’s most sacred beliefs and hopes were enshrined. The people involved, however, are not obviously appropriate. No high priest or member of the Sanhedrin, nor any other temple official, whether priest or Levite, receives Jesus. Rather, Jesus is received by two otherwise unknown persons who never again appear in Scripture, who, although they occupy no temple office, embody the sincere faith of the temple. The long-awaited but unfulfilled messianic hope led some in Judaism to compromise with Roman Realpolitik, others to militant opposition of the same, others to utopian dreams, and still others to flight, separation, seclusion, and resignation. Simeon and Anna follow a less celebrated but more difficult course: they wait in faith (Isa 7:9), trusting in the God of the promise—and in his timing.

Body — Simeon and Anna embody the

35 “Be ready for service and have your lamps lit. 36 You are to be like people waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet so that when he comes and knocks, they can open the door for him at once. 37 Blessed will be those servants the master finds alert when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will get ready, have them recline at the table, then come and serve them. 38 If he comes in the middle of the night, or even near dawn, and finds them alert, blessed are those servants. 39 But know this: If the homeowner had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. 40 You also be ready, because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”


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