7690 - Lost Coin

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In Luke 15 Jesus tells the crowds of people who swarm around him three parables about items which are lost to their owners.

The first is about a lost sheep. Only one out of 100, but it was worthy to be sought out, rescued and brought home. We previously looked at that parable.

Today we look at the second parable. One of ten silver coins was lost.

We’ll discuss the third parable in our next Bible study together.

Listen as I read Luke 15 verses 8-10.
"Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, `Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.' In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."

In the parable about the lost sheep Jesus spoke about a subject familiar to most men in the crowd. Keeping sheep was a common practice and the men would have been familiar with the smells, sounds and challenges of a flock of sheep.

In this parable about the lost coin Jesus captures the interest and attention of the women in the crowd. This word picture would be familiar to most women of Palestine.

The homes of that culture were usually without windows so even during the day a lamp was needed for close examination. And the floors were usually packed dirt, thus small items could be more easily lost.

Rejoice with this woman. She had accumulated ten silver coins. They were called ‘drachmas.’ They were worth about one days wages.

Some speculate that these coins could have been of sentimental value as well as of monetary value to this woman. We observe that they were valuable to her because of her consternation when one was missing. They could have been her ‘nest-egg.’ One writer notes that is was not uncommon for a woman to receive such a collection of ten coins as a wedding gift in the culture of that day.

The important point is that attention is focused on the lost coin. Yes. She still had nine coins left, but she did not take comfort in sitting and handling these nine coins left in her possession. No. She was distressed that one of her precious coins was missing and she was on her feet, sweeping the floor, even in the corners with her broom.

And when it was found joy abounded. She invited her women friends over to rejoice with her.

It seems that these parables are given for the benefit of the Pharisees. They were proud people and did not see themselves as needing spiritual blessing. They certainly did not consider themselves lost — in need of God’s mercy. They were self-righteous.

Jesus seems to be seeking to open blind eyes to the spiritual bankruptcy of people who have not repented of their sins. It is these people whom he seeks to represent as lost objects. They are lost to God and need to be found and lifted out of the dirt and mire of sin. They need to repent, to admit they live lives apart from God.

The truth of God’s compassionate perseverance in continuing to seek and search is seen in this story also. God doesn’t give up. He continues to call and woo and reach out. But God respects the will of man and does not force his mercy and grace upon anyone. Each sinner must repent and accept the gift of salvation offered by God through the sacrifice paid by Jesus Christ.

And friends, when one sinner, turns to God and yields to His love, then the celebration begins in heaven. Even the angels rejoice that a sinner has repented of sin and yielded to Jesus Christ.

One of the deep truths running through these parables is the great value of each sinner in the eyes of God. With God there are not “throw-aways.” There are no rejects. The Lord’s arms are extended in a welcome stance. He says, “Come. Come unto me. I will receive you and give you light and life.” The Lord is not willing for anyone to perish.