8 “Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? 9 And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ 10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
What’s the big deal about loosing one coin out of 10; it’s just a coin, right? I suppose, part the mystery of the coin needs to be understood by knowing its worth. The original Greek word for coin in this passage is drachma. A drachma was probably about a day’s wage for a day laborer. Day laborers were people who worked as jobs were offered to them on a day-to-day basis. In this parable, the 10 silver coins, or drachmas, likely represent the family savings or nest egg. It was very important for day laborers to have a savings because there was never any real assurance that there would be work for them on a daily basis. Therefore, they needed to save and conserve their money to buffer against the difficult times that lay ahead. So as we see, one coin actually represents a significant part of the woman’s savings and livelihood. Knowing now the worth of the coin, we see and can understand the great effort that is put into retrieving her lost coin. In fact, she searches high and low with a broom and lantern until she finds it, and when she does, she rejoices! She celebrated! Not just by herself, but she invited her friends and neighbors to celebrate and share in her joy of finding this one lost coin.
You see, the coin in this story represents us. Sometimes we get lost in our sin and Jesus seeks us out, doing everything he can to bring us back to him. The broom and the lamp represent the tools with which Jesus is calling us back to him. They could take the form of the Holy Spirit tugging at your heart and convicting you of your sin, or your Pastor, friend or someone in your family that is giving you advice and confronting you in love. Is God trying to reach you? Is your relationship with God filled with joy and awe? If not, maybe there is some sin in your life that you need to turn away from and ask God’s forgiveness for. If there is some sin that is holding you back right now, don’t wait, repent today and celebrate with God and the angels in your renewed relationship with him!
Have you ever lost anything of great value? When you finally found what you were looking for, how did you feel?
Is there sin in your life that you need to repent of?
We challenge you to repent of any sin that is holding you back from a wonderful relationship with Jesus Christ, and celebrate with God and the angels in your renewed relationship with him!
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