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Don Doezema’s writings have always benefitted me, and his writings in the Standard Bearer continue to do so. However, I have a query regarding his last article “Robbing Christ of His Honour” (20) in SB April 15, 2017. Speaking about Simeon in Luke 2, Don gives an emphatic “no” to the idea Simeon was anticipating the cross when he told Mary, “A sword shall pierce through thy own soul also.” How come? Surely the mystery of the incarnation and death of the Son of God was known to him from the Old Testament Scriptures? He knew Isaiah 53 and Psalms 22 and 16. Surely every Old Testament saint believed in an incarnate Messiah, the son of the woman. Job certainly did, and Daniel, and David, and in calling Christ the Lamb of God, John, despite later doubts, must have known his Messiah was to die for his sins and the sins of the whole world. We are told in I Peter 1:11 that the Spirit of Christ in the prophets testified of the sufferings of Christ (including His death) and the glory that should follow (resurrection, etc.). Are we really to believe that few, if any of them, right up to Simeon, knew that their Savior would have to die and be raised? Dr. Julian Kennedy, Ballymena, Northern Ireland

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See “Robbing Christ of His Honor” (below).