Anna

 

Fulfilling the Hebrew laws of Leviticus 12, Mary & Joseph take baby Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem to dedicate Him to Yahweh. While at the temple, Mary and Joseph meet two old pious sages of faith; Simeon and Anna. The Holy Spirit had revealed to Simeon that he would not die until he had seen the Messiah (Luke 2:25-26). While Simeon is at the temple the Holy Spirit reveals to him that the baby Mary and Joseph are carrying is indeed the Messiah. As Simeon held baby Jesus in his arms, he blessed baby Jesus and then blessed Mary & Joseph. Mary and Joseph were amazed at the things which were being said about their baby. Anna, a very old and very godly woman who is a devout worshipper “serving night and day” at the temple (v. 37), sees and overhears the conversation between Simeon and the young couple and their infant. Anna, realizing the child Simeon was holding was the Messiah, began giving thanks to God and continued to speak of baby Jesus to all those who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem (v. 38).