Today’s Reading | Luke 15
Finding What is Lost
What did the Pharisees say about Jesus that resulted in His giving the three parables we find in this chapter? What do you think He was trying to illustrate by them? Could it be that the Pharisee’s accusation of welcoming and eating with sinners was true, and that it should have also been true of the religious leaders of the day? In each story, God was portrayed as caring deeply for something that the Pharisees would never concern themselves with. They looked down upon repentant sinners, a lowly sheep, an insignificant coin or an indulgent father. All of these parables illustrate that God cares about individuals. The shepherd had 99 other sheep, but one of his sheep was lost. The woman had nine other silver coins, but she was concerned about the lost one. The rebellious son got what he deserved, but his father was concerned for him and waited patiently and with open arms for his return. Like the people in each of these stories, Jesus cares very much for each individual. If Jesus cares this much for people, how then should you respond? Do you put forth the same kind of effort to find what is lost (people) as those in these parables did?
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?