Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity; and this woman was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. And coming in that instant she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem. Luke 2:36-38
Luke identifies Anna by telling us not only from what tribe she came but the name of her father as well. He tells us how long she was married and how long she served in the temple following the death of her husband. This identification allows us to understand that Anna was a real person in time who saw the Savior and acknowledged who He was.
The Bible is accurate in all points. This is just one of the reasons that mankind has found it to be so helpful over the centuries.
When critics scoff and scorners mock, those who know the Lord are able to remain firm. Time always settles every question. Time will prove the Bible to be accurate as it already has in many areas. From reporting the existence of cavemen:
They were driven out from among men, they shouted at them as at a thief. They had to live in the clefts of the valleys, in caves of the earth and the rocks. Job 30:5-6
to the vastness of space:
“If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath…” Jeremiah 31:37
we find that biblical writers were inspired by the One who knew from the beginning.
Scientist today tell us that the vastness of space cannot be measured and that early man dwelled in caves, but early writers of the Bible somehow knew this prior to modern scientist who think because they have recently discovered these things and are learning a little here and there about our bodies that somehow they know the Bible isn’t true.
What can a man know about the statement from God that “darkness was upon the face of the deep?” How can a man know how long the Spirit of God hovered over the face of the waters or what it means that the earth was without form?
The Psalmist wrote:
The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”…They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, the LORD looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any who understand, who seek God…Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge, who eat up my people as they eat bread, and do not call on the LORD? There they are in great fear, for God is with the generation of the righteous. You shame the counsel of the poor, but the LORD is his refuge. Psalms 14:1-6
Christmas is a time when we think of the poor and even the secular give gifts. God tells us that if we really care about the poor we must teach them the truth of God. False teaching, secular beliefs, and lack of real knowledge hurt the poor first and foremost.