The Family Altar
201 Now, how she must have felt, that day of the dedication, or the coming for the circumcision of the Baby, when there she was walking up with this little Baby in her arms, like that. And all the women keeping their distance, all with fine needle work, to dedicate their babies and have them circumcised, and nearly all of them pulling a lamb. But she had two turtle doves, cleansing for her own purification. The little Baby wrapped in swaddling cloth, made out of the yoke off of the back of an ox’s neck, yoke, the wrapping on the back of an ox. That was just swaddling cloth in the manger. They had nothing for Him. They was too poor. And here she stood.
202 No doubt, all the women kept their distance from the little virgin. Said, “You see, she’s got an illegitimate child.” See how God makes things so radical-looking. Oh, my! He just pulls the wool right over Satan’s eyes. “How filthy! How dirty! Adultery. That’s what she is. She’s an adulteress.” That didn’t stop that beat in little Mary’s heart. They kept their distance from Him.
203 They’re still doing the same thing, call Him now, “Holy-roller, or fanatic,” or something.
Mary knew Whose Baby that was. She just kept on, just the same.
204 But, oh, shouldn’t they have noticed when, Simeon, sitting back in the room, he had been promised? He went around, prophesying. He said, “The Lord appeared to me.” And said, “I’ll not see death…” And he was eighty-something then. “I’m not going to see death before I see His salvation.”
205 “Oh, Simeon, you’re old, son. Your—your…Old fellow has kind of got his head, you know, he’s a little…Just let him alone. He’s harmless. He won’t hurt nobody.”
206 But Simeon had the Word of the Lord, said, “I saw the Spirit of God descend upon me. I stood and looked at Him. He told me, ‘Simeon, you been a righteous man. And you’re not going…I’m going to make you a testimony out there.’” Uh-huh. That’s all.
“What are You going to do that for, Lord?”
“That’s My business.”
207 My opinion is, that He can sure pour the coal to them, on that Day. “You had a witness. Why didn’t you listen to it?”
208 There is old blind Ann, sitting in the temple, praying. The Lord revealed to her, “Simeon is right.” Amen. She couldn’t see daylight from dark, but she could see farther than many people today that’s got good eyes. She saw, in the Spirit, the coming Messiah was at hand, the Spirit moving in her heart.
209 See what a little bitty Church there was? Zacharias, Elisabeth, Mary, John, Ann, and Simeon; six out of the millions. Like in the days of Noah. Six of them. God dealt with every one of them. They was all in harmony. They all got together. Amen.
62-1223 - The Reproach For The Cause Of The Word
Rev. William Marrion Branham