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Mayaltho (Maa'ltho - Entry of our Lord into the temple)

Geneva Notes/ Commentary on St. Luke 2:22-40

Geneva Notes on Luke 2:22-40

Lu 2:22
2:22 {4} And when the days of {h} her purification according to
the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to
Jerusalem, to present [him] to the Lord;

(4) Christ, upon whom all our sins were laid, being offered to
God according to the law purifies both Mary and us all in
(h) This is meant for the fulfilling of the law: for
otherwise the virgin was not defiled, nor unclean, by
the birth of this child.

Lu 2:25
2:25 {5} 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: and the {i} Holy
Ghost was upon him.

(5) Simeon openly in the temple foretells the death of the
coming of Messiah, of the casting out of the greatest part
of Israel, and of the calling of the Gentiles.
(i) He was endued with the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and
this is said using the figure of speech metonymy.

Lu 2:27
2:27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the {k}
parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the
custom of the law,

(k) Joseph and Mary: and he says "parents" because that is
what most of the people then thought.

Lu 2:29
2:29 Lord, now {l} lettest thou thy servant depart in peace,
according to thy {m} word:

(l) Let me depart out of this life, to be joined to my
(m) As you promised me.

Lu 2:30
2:30 For {n} mine eyes have seen thy {o} salvation,

(n) That is, for I have seen with my very eyes: for he saw
before in mind, as it is said of Abraham, "He saw my
day and rejoiced."
(o) That in which your salvation is contained.

Lu 2:31
2:31 Which thou hast prepared {p} before the face of all people;

(p) As a sign set up in a high place for all men to look

Lu 2:34
2:34 And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother,
Behold, this [child] is {q} set for the {r} fall and rising
again of many in Israel; and for a {s} sign which shall be
spoken against;

(q) Is appointed and set by God for a mark.
(r) Fall of the reprobate who perishes because of their own
fault: and for the rising of the elect, unto whom God
will give faith to believe.
(s) That is, a mark, which all men will strive earnestly
to hit.

Lu 2:35
2:35 (Yea, a sword shall {t} pierce through thy own soul also,)
that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.

(t) Will most keenly wound and grieve.

Lu 2:36
2:36 {6} And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of
Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and
had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity;

(6) Another witness besides Simeon, against whom no objection
may be brought, inviting all men to the receiving of the

Lu 2:40
2:40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, {u} filled
with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.

(u) As Christ grew up in age, so the virtue of his Godhead
showed itself more and more.

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