ESOCS Devotion March 17, 2022 | ELANHUB

ESOCS Devotion March 17, 2022

TEXT: Luke 15:1-10

MEMORY VERSE: “Which of you having a hundred sheep, if he loses one, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and does not go after the lost one, until he find her?” Luke 15:4 KJV

0 And the apostles, on their return, told him all that they had done. Then he took them and went away into a desert place belonging to the city called Bethsaida. 11 But when the multitudes knew this, they followed him; and he received them and spoke to them of the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing. 12 When the day began to dissipate, the twelve came and said to him: “Send away the multitude, that they go into the cities and the surrounding countryside, to lodge and supply themselves; because we are in a deserted lace”

Jesus thought of his disciples in parables. In Christian paraphrase, a parable is an earthly story with heavenly meaning. It is an illustrated story, which teaches us spiritual truths about God and his kingdom, and the right attitude towards life. Our text presents us with two different parables of Jesus to illustrate God’s care for man, forgiveness, thus teaching us his extraordinary love.

It may seem foolish for a shepherd to leave ninety-nine sheep to look for one. But the shepherd knows that the (99) would be safe in the fold; when the lost is in danger. Because each sheep is of great value, the shepherd will see fit to search diligently for the lost one.

Palestinian women received ten silver coins as a wedding gift. In addition to their monetary value, these coins had sentimental value like a wedding ring, and losing one was extremely painful.

After giving the context of the two parables, the interpretation and lessons are of paramount importance. Jesus was teaching something about God’s relationship with man. God’s love for the individual is so great that he seeks each one and rejoices when found. Jesus associated with sinners because he wanted to bring back the lost sheep. Before you became a believer, He was looking for you and is still looking for those who are still lost (Ezekiel 34:11, 12; 1 Peter 2:25). Just as a woman would rejoice to find her lost coin or ring, angels rejoice over a repentant sinner. Each individual is precious to God. So we see that God is a loving and seeking Father who will never leave us, no matter how bad we are. God’s love is unimaginable (Ephesians 3:19); it’s extraordinary !

  • Are there tempting worldly things and you feel like straying from the divine path?
  • Ask God for spiritual power to resist and overcome all temptations.

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FURTHER READING: Ezekiel 34:11-16a; John 10:1-11

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ESOCS Devotion March 17, 2022

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