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"Rejoice with me."
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
The Parable of the Lost Sheep
Luke 15:1 Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him.
The Parable of the Lost Coin
Luke 15:8 "Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it?
NSRV & Believer's Study Bible (BSB) Notes
[Luke 15:2] The point of the three parables in this chapter is the joy of God when the lost is recovered. God's joy is to forgive and restore. The trilogy exhibits an increasing preciousness in value: a sheep, a coin lost from the headdress (a portion of the dowry) of a married woman, and a son. The vivid concept of the tragedy of lostness recurs throughout the parables, but is ultimately overshadowed by the heavenly joy which follows the finding of the precious object of devotion. Again the focus of heaven is depicted as resting upon the question of salvation above all else.
[Luke 15:7] Jesus does not say that there are people who need no repentance. The Pharisees and the scribes are those to whom He refers. The "just" persons are actually "self-righteous" one who have not begun to see their need for repentance.
[Luke 15:8] The lighting of a lamp is necessary because such a house would have no windows.
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