Dr. Jorge Mata-Torres, Ph.D.

Brother Jorge  
(Dr. Jorge Mata-Torres)
Author & Publisher

"25Now there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for THE CONSOLATION (RESCUE - 3874. paraklésis* see below) OF ISRAEL, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26The Holy Spirit had revealed to him that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27Led by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. And when the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for Him WHAT WAS CUSTOMARY UNDER THE LAW, 28Simeon took Him in his arms and praised God, saying: 29“Sovereign Lord, as You have promised, You now dismiss Your servant in peace. 30For my eyes have seen Your salvation, 31which You have prepared in the sight OF ALL PEOPLE, 32a light FOR REVELATION TO THE GENTILES, AND FOR GLORY TO YOUR PEOPLE ISRAEL. 33The Child’s father and mother were amazed at what was spoken about Him. 34Then Simeon blessed them and said to His mother Mary: “Behold, this Child is appointed to cause the rise and fall OF MANY IN ISRAEL, and to be a sign that will be spoken against,35so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your soul as well.” 36There was also a prophetess named Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher, who was well along in years. She had been married for seven years,37and then was a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple, but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.39When Jesus’ parents had done everything REQUIRED BY THE LAW OF THE LORD, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth." Luke 2:25-39

* Cognate: 3874 paráklēsis – properly, a call (urging), done by someone "close beside," i.e. a personal exhortation that delivers the "evidence that stands up in God's court." [3874 (paráklēsis) is cognate with 3875 /paráklētos ("legal advocate") and thus has legal overtones.] 3874 (paráklēsis) is an "intimate call" that someone personally gives to deliver God's verdict, i.e. "the close-call" that reveals how the Lord weighs in the relevant facts (evidence). 3874 /paráklēsis ("holy urging") is used of the Lord directly motivating and inspiring believers to carry out His plan, delivering His particular message to someone else. Source: People forget that one is going to appear in God's court - Judged by the Messiah according to the Law - HIS LAW. The Chosen of Israel KEEP GOD'S LAW. Those who practice Lawlessness - just as in courts of men here on earth - are punished. Men cast those who practice lawlessness into jail - the Messiah casts those who practice Lawlessness into the fire (Matthew 7:17-27)