Lost Sheep, Lost Coin, Prodigal Son

The scribes, Pharisees, and religious lawyers thought they were holy and reacted against Jesus’ teaching, miracles, and association with sinners. They complained this man welcomes sinners and eats with them. So, Jesus told them these three stories.Today’s message come from Luke 15

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We start this week’s story off by identifying some characters. You have the tax collectors, sinners, pharisees, teachers of the law all gathered around listening to hear Jesus. The pharisees and the teachers of law muttered that  He welcomed sinners and eats with them.(Vs. 1-2)

Jesus tells the parable of the lost sheep. This is where a shepherd loses one of his 100 sheep.  He is to seek and find the lost one and then come home and celebrate with family and friends.  This is how will be in heaven, more rejoicing over one who repents over ninety-nine righteousness that chose not to repent. (Vs. 3-7)

Jesus then went on to the parable of the lost coin. Basically, the same as the lost sheep, a woman lost one of her hundred coins only to find the lost one.  She is to celebrate with family and friends.  The woman says that the angels are rejoicing over one sinner who repented. (Vs. 8-10)

The third parable he referred to be the Prodigal Son. I am sure that each one of us has heard a version of this one time or another.  There was a father who had two sons.  The youngest son went to his father and asked for his share of his inheritance.  The father divided the inheritance evenly between them. (Vs. 11-12)

The son’s life over the next while went through many changes. He went from being the youngest at home with his father to a wealthy young man. He then squandered his wealth and became a man in need as the area had a severe famine.  He then was hired by a local country man who sent him out to feed the pigs.  He also became a very hungry man as no one offered him anything to eat. (Vs. 13-16)

Then the young man started thinking. My father hires servants who are well off while I am here starving.  I will go to my father and tell him that I am not worthy to be his son but hire me as a servant. (Vs. 17-19)

The son rose and travelled back to his father to ask to be hired as a servant. Those fears were not realized as the father seen the son in the distance, ran to his son and embraced him.  The son told his father that he was not worthy to be his son, but the father ordered the best robe, a ring for his hand and sandals for his feet.  The servant was told to bring the fat calf, so they could have a feast and celebrate as his son was lost and now he was found, he was dead and now he is alive. (Vs. 20-24)

Meanwhile the older son was working in the field. Upon coming closer to the house, he heard the music and dancing and asked one of the servants what was going on.  The servant informed the older brother that your brother has returned safe and sound and they are celebrating. (Vs. 25-27)

The older brother becomes furious and refuse to enter the house. The father comes and pleads with him to com celebrate and the older son asks why should I?  he takes your property and squanders it away and you take the fatten calf to celebrate while you have never given me a goat to celebrate with my friends while I have slaved for you all these years. (Vs. 28-30)

The father responds to his oldest son saying you are always with me and everything I have is yours. However, we had to celebrate and be glad because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again, he was lost and his found. (Vs. 31-32)

Questions to be answered:

  1. What did we learn about God in this story?
  2. What do we learn about man/ourselves in this story?
  3. What did you learn new in this story?
  4. What should I do differently because of this story?

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