lost beauty


devotional post #2006

Luke 15:8-10

Luk 15:8 “Or which woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search thoroughly until she finds it?
Luk 15:9 Then when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbours, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, because I have found the coin that I had lost.’
Luk 15:10 In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels over one sinner who repents.”

lost beauty

The parables of the lost sheep and lost coin say the same thing, but there is a slightly different emphasis. While the shepherd and the woman both rejoiced because they had found their lost property, the woman also rejoiced because her jewelry could be repaired. Peasant villagers wore necklaces made from coins, and if a coin were to be lost, it would mar the beauty of the necklace. Because of this, “the loss is more than the value of the single coin” (Kenneth E. Bailey, Poet and Peasant; And, through Peasant Eyes: A Literary-Cultural Approach to the Parables in Luke (Grand Rapids, MI: W.B. Eerdmans, 1983), 157).

God, our creator, has made a world in which each one of us contributes to its splendour and beauty. He wants to save us all, because to lose a single soul would be to lose one of his valuable and wonderful works of art.

LORD, help us to restore the beauty to your fallen creation by seeking to save those around us who are lost.


About Jefferson Vann

Jeff is a former Christian missionary.
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