752. "The Consolation"

Luke 1:25
 
Luke 1:25. The same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel.
The Consolation was a term used by the Jews of that period, and long after, to designate the Messiah. Lightfoot says that they were accustomed to swear by “the Consolation.” When we are told in the text that Simeon was waiting for “the Consolation of Israel,” we are to understand that he was waiting for the Messiah.