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Character of Simeon.

Character of Simeon.

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And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon ;
and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation
of Israel— Luke ii. 25. [ 1 806.]

And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon ;
and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation
of Israel— Luke ii. 25. [ 1 806.]

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CHARACTER OF SIMEO.REV. RICHARD CECIL, A.MAnd behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon ;and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolationof Israel— Luke ii. 25. [ 1 806.]When Christ came, but few were found waiting forhim ; " He came to his own, and his own received himnot." So it will be also at his second coming : for" when the Son of Man cometh, shall he find faith onearth ?" But if there are now only few comparativelywaiting for the coming of Christ, then let it be theconcern of each of us to be found numbered amongthose few.From the example of Simeon I shall take occasionto describe,CHARACTER OF SIMEO. 131I. The character of a true Israelite.JI. The blessedness of such a character.I. The character of a true Christian is, that he isboth just and devout : he is an honest, upright man ; arighteous and just man, as to his doings — but not sothat he should glory before God ; for this did notAbraham. A true Israelite is not only just and upright,he is more ; he is. devout ; he is a spiritual worshipper.There never was an instance of a good man thinkinglightly of the house of God, or the worship of God.Simeon was a true believer, a patient waiter for thepromised Messiah. It is one part of the character of the true Israelite, that when he perceives the value of Christ,. he stands waiting for him patiently, and expect-antly. There must be a certain disposition in ourminds before we can receive Christ ; but let a manknow his character as a sinner, and he will receivehim as the Author, the Procurer, the Dispenser of allconsolation.
'' The consolation of Israel" was a name very commonamong the Jews, as applied to their expected Messiah.But when he came, they would not receive him ; norcould they perceive consolation in any thing hepreached : they said in their hearts, — Give us a king-dom : give us honor : and we will acknowledge thee asa consolation. It was to the mourners in Zion thatChrist was appointed to be a consolation. Isa. Ixi. 2, 3.But Simeon not only believed the promise of Christ,and waited patiently for him, but he waited for him as** the consolation of Israel ;" hereby confessing that hecould find consolation nowhere else. It was as thoughthis holy man had said, What have I to do with thenoise and bustle, the commerce and the politics of Jerusalem ? I am waiting for the consolation of Israel !132 ORIGIAL THOUGHTS.which included all that he thought worth possessing.In *'the consolation of Israel" all benefits for time andeternity are concentrated ; life, health, light, security,support, peace, happiness, " wisdom, righteousness,sanctification, and redemption !" In all these respects,Simeon felt that Christ was his consolation. He wasa man of prayer, who walked with God, and whosegrand transactions lay with him. He was waiting atwisdom's gates ; attending God's house and ordinances ;and every one who has spiritual union to Christ, iswilling thus to wait for him.Whenever the Spirit of the Lord leads a man to hisHoly Temple, the grand discovery that he will maketo him there is, Christ as his salvation. The glory of the Lamb of God is only seen by an eye of faith.God never raises expectations to m.ock us. If,therefore, we want the consolations of God, we mustbe found in the way of them. He that seeks shall find.The merchant is in earnest about getting money ; andtherefore he is in earnest about the way and means toget it. Consider,II. The blessedness of a true Israelite.
He is one who has found " the chief good," the ''onething needful." And, having found this, he can findnothing else in the world, comparatively, worth livingfor. He is one, who rejoices in the hope of the gloryof God. Such a man God will own : such a man shallhave the witness in himself. Others may say, " Whowill show me any good ?" but he will say, I have foundit ! It is the privilege of a Christian, and of him only,to rest satisfied with what he has found.It is the Christian only that really despises the world :others may pretend to do it : but he has the secret ; forthe taper is only put out by the rising of the sun. WhenCHARACTER OF SIMEO. 133Simeon beheld the Lord's Christ, took him up in hisarms and embraced him, he could say, " Lord, nowlettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according tothy word ; for mine eyes have seen thy salvation."Whenever we have obtained what Simeon waitedfor, and rejoiced in, we can welcome death ; and nottill then. Then, we are prepared for every event, intime and in eternity. Simeon could, without hesita-tion, call himself the servant of God ; and he knewthat, whenever he might depart, he should be with hisMaster.We must distinguish between hearing and knowing,the truth, as a theory or speculation, and seeing it asthe salvation of God — "the eyes of our understand-ing being enlightened." I may deliver the truth fromthe pulpit, and you may clearly understand it, andcarry away the theory of it in your heads ; and yourhearts still remain unaffected by it. If you ask me,in regard to any individual case, Why is this? Ireply, I cannot tell : I cannot account for it ; yet suchis the fact. I have frequently felt astonishment inobserving men who seemed to possess the clearestknowledge of the Christian religion, as a system, andwho were capable of speaking upon its doctrines in thefullest and most accurate manner, who yet, after all,were living "in the gall of bitterness, and the bondof iniquity." Thus Balaam displayed singular gifts,

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