Bible Stories for Adults

The Presentation of Jesus

Luke 2:21-38

Welcome and Announcements

    Next Week - The Wise Men and Flight to Egypt (Matthew 2:1-23)

Opening Prayer

Ceremonies for Newborn Jews - Every Son
    What ceremony did God command for newborn sons to become part of His family?
      Leviticus 12:1-3
    What was the purpose of this ceremony?
      Genesis 17:9-13
    How important was it for a Jew to participate in this ceremony?
      Genesis 17:14

    What kind of circumcision do the members of God's new covenant family have?
      Colossians 2:11
    What kind of circumcision ceremony do we have?
      Colossians 2:12
    How important is this ceremony for God's new chosen people?
      Mark 16:16

    What else happened at a normal Jewish circumcision that happens at a Christian baptism?
      Luke 1:59-60

Ceremonies for Newborn Jews - Every Mother
    What ceremony did God command for a mother to be purified from her uncleanness?
      Leviticus 12:4
    Were the instructions the same whether the child was a boy or a girl?
      Leviticus 12:5

    What was involved in the ceremony of purification?
      Leviticus 12:6-7
    What was the purpose of the burnt offering?
      Leviticus 1:2, 13
    What was the purpose of a sin offering?
      Leviticus 4:27-31
    Why was a sin offering needed after birth? Was it sinful to have children?
      Psalm 51:5

    What if the family was poor and couldn't afford an expensive lamb?
      Leviticus 12:8

Ceremonies for Newborn Jews - First-Born Sons
    What claim did God make of every first-born?
      Exodus 13:1-2, 11-12
    What example did the Israelites have that showed the full meaning of this claim?
      Genesis 22:1-2
    Did this mean that every first-born son was to be sacrificed?
      Exodus 13:13-16
    What example did the Israelites have that showed the meaning of redemption?
      Genesis 22:13-14

    What was the price for redeeming a first-born son?
      Numbers 18:14-16
    Is it also important for God's new covenant people to be redeemed?
      Galatians 3:13-14
    What is the price for our redemption?
      Revelations 5:9

Jesus' Perfect Obedience Begins Early (Luke 2:21-24)
    Did Jesus' parents obey God's Law regarding circumcision of newborn sons?
      Luke 2:21
    Did Jesus' parents obey God's Law regarding purification of the mother?
      Luke 2:22
    Did Jesus' parents obey God's Law regarding consecrating and redeeming first-born sons?
      Luke 2:23-24
    What is Luke's point by including these verses?
      Hebrews 4:15-16, 7:26-28

Simeon's Life Completed (Luke 2:25-35)
    What do we know about Simeon?
      Luke 2:25
    Wasn't every Jew waiting for the consolation of Israel? Why was this special for Simeon?
      Luke 2:26
    Did Simeon just happen to be in the temple when Mary & Joseph brought Jesus?
      Luke 2:27a

    Did Simeon realize the baby Jesus was the Messiah that God had promised he would see?
      Luke 2:27b-29
      Nunc Dimittis
    What did Simeon claim he saw in Jesus?
      Luke 2:30-31
    Was Simeon an eloquent speaker or did he plagiarize these words?
      Isaiah 52:10

Simeon's Perception Continued (Luke 2:25-35)
    While others looked for a Messiah who would politically rebuild Israel, what did Simeon see?
      Luke 2:32
    Where did these words come from?
      Isaiah 42:6
      Isaiah 49:6
    Was this universal purpose of Jesus understood by the Jews during His time?
      Acts 11:1-4, 18

    After seeing angels and shepherds, did Simeon's talk phase Mary & Joseph?
      Luke 2:33
    What else did Simeon have to say?
      Luke 2:34-35

The Great Meanings of Simeon's Insights (Luke 2:34-35)
    What did Simeon mean that Jesus would cause the falling of many in Israel?
      Isaiah 8:14-15
    How did Paul explain why many Jews fell?
      Romans 10:1-4
    What did Simeon mean that Jesus would cause the rising of many in Israel?
      Malachi 4:2
    Did Paul agree that some Jews would be saved?
      Romans 10:12-13
    What analogy did Peter use to describe this?
      1 Peter 2:6-8

    How was Jesus a sign that will be spoken against?
      Acts 5:40, 8:1
    How would the thoughts of many hearts be revealed?
      Revelation 3:15-16
      Luke 11:23
    What was meant by, "And a sword will pierce your own soul too"?
      John 19:25-27

Anna the Prophetess (Luke 2:36)
    Who else was in the temple when Jesus was presented?
      Luke 2:36
    What was significant about Anna being of the tribe of Asher?
      2 Kings 17:22-24

Anna Prophesies (Luke 2:37-38)
    Why does Luke make a point that Anna was very old?
      Proverbs 31:23
    How old (and wise) was Anna?
      Luke 2:37
    How does Paul's instruction for widows help us understand Anna's life?
      1 Timothy 5:3-5
    Being close to God by her age and temple life, how did Anna respond when she saw Jesus?
      Luke 2:38

Closing Prayer

Copyright © 1997 by Kurt Rosenhagen

Use of this material is provided free of charge for use in personal or group Bible Study, no permission needed.
The author reserves all rights for use in published material or in uses where fees are involved.
For permission, or to provide your comments, insights and feedback, contact the author at:

Return to Bible Stories for Adults Home Page