For people of faith, Simeon’s words are a compelling confirmation that Old Testament prophecy has been fulfilled concerning the birth of the Messiah.
Nothing was left to chance or last minute improvisation in God’s plan for man’s redemption. Jesus’ entrance into the world was established in the foreknowledge of God who orders all things according to His sovereign will.
The Nativity was the culmination of critical events planned and choreographed by God that climaxed in the birth of His Son.
Cherubim are immensely powerful beings intimately connected to God who function as His ministering servants in accomplishing His direct will. Whether recognized as such in artistic depictions, people of faith can rely on the veracity of Bible as the foundation for our understanding.
Angelic beings are devoted in service to God; they are “ministering spirits.” Their actions are not governed by man’s desires, but rather by God’s supreme will as He carries out His sovereign purposes in the lives of men.