Simeon is an interesting character. He is not described as a priest, or as someone who has any professional or official status in the Temple. Luke doesn’t tell us that he is old, though perhaps he implies it, Simeon is just a devout and good man. What makes him special is the vision God as given to him. He sees in this 40 day old boy, held in the arms of two poor parents, not a helpless bawling baby, but the anointed of God. Luke tells us that Simeon was inspired by the Holy Spirit, he makes it clear that this was no lucky guess but God-given insight. And the insight went very far.