Anna, A Prophetess Who Spread The Message

Women in the Scriptures: Anna

There was also a prophetess, Anna…she did not leave the temple complex, serving God night and day with fasting and prayers. At that very moment (when Simeon was blessing Jesus and His family), she came up and began to thank God and to speak about Him to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

Luke 2:36-38

What a joy it must have been for Anna! Since her husband had passed away, she spent her days in the temple complex serving God night and day with fasting and prayers. She was not someone who contemplated the things of God when she could work it into her schedule or when she had nothing else to do. This prophetess made God’s Word, His heart, and His will her highest aim. As a result, God allowed her to “see” into the affairs of people and into the mind and heart of God. She received the joy of her daily pursuit! Is it our delight to spend our days pursuing God and His will for His people? Do we desire to bring heaven down (Matthew 6:10) into our hearts as well as the hearts of others?

God’s prophetess speaks only what accords with Scripture. As a result, prophetic speaking will come from someone who is in close intimate fellowship with God, is in harmony of mind and will, and has such consecration of life through the experiences of salvation. Subsequently, the prophetess finds that God gives her His unique inspiration. There are other prophetesses’ we can learn about in the Bible such as Miriam, the sister of Moses (Exodus 15:20) who was endowed with the gift of song; Deborah, the judge (Judges 4:4); Huldah, the wife of Shallum (2 Chronicles 32:22) who was consulted for a word; Isaiah’s wife (Isaiah 8:3); and Philip’s four unmarried daughters (Acts 21:9).

On the flip side, Deuteronomy 13 says that the false prophet is one who leads people away after ‘other gods’ and speaks ‘rebellion against the Lord our God’…leading us to leave the way in which the Lord our God, commands us to walk. If any believer speaks opinions that are out of line with God’s truth, then those beliefs are false and can lead another believer astray. A test of this is found in Jeremiah 23:9-22. Both in his personal life (v9-15) and in his public ministry (v16-22), the false prophet subscribes to another morality and encourages his hearers to do likewise. Consequently, Jeremiah infers, this man cannot have ‘stood in the council of the Lord’ (v18, 22). When God speaks through His Word, no one can argue. Let’s check our hearts. If we desire to be in close intimate fellowship with God, if we desire to be in harmony with His mind and will, and if we desire our life to be consecrated through the experiences of salvation, then we will be in agreement with His commands. We will not allow our mind and heart to be lead astray, and we will not lead others astray by speaking against God’s Word.

Because Anna spent her life devoted to God, she immediately recognized Jesus as the long-awaited Savior and began thanking God for the opportunity to ‘see’ His good works. In the short amount of ink given to her testimony, we find her life overflowing with favor and grace.

“She gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem” (Luke 2:38).  Anna, the prophetess, is among the first to bring honor to our Lord and King. Good news is meant to be shared, and Anna shares it with everyone who was anticipating the Messiah.  Like Mary, who was at Jesus’ tomb and was allowed to be the first to share the good news of the resurrection, let’s be like these devoted women and spread God’s message.

In His grace,

Amanda

❀ Christward, A Hopeful and Joyful Embrace of Jesus Christ of Nazareth (Bible Study available at Amazon)