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Dr. June Normil
Finding a Lost Coin
In the third parable, Jesus put the truth of Luke 15 into very personal, human terms. The story involved a man who had two sons. One day, the younger of the two approached his dad demanding his inheritance. Normally, this would come after the death of the father. But this son wanted immediately (verses 11-12). Money in hand, the younger son left home to live a wild life of sin in a distant land. He eventually found himself destitute, his inheritance wasted on the life he had foolishly chosen (verse 13) To make matters worse, a severe famine gripped the area (verse 14). This downturn of events sent the younger son looking for employment. He found it, in the despised occupation of feeding pigs (verse 15). The son was extremely hungry that even the pig's food looked appealing and he though about eating it (verse 16). Without food or family, the young man faced rock bottom. Only then did he come to his senses. The young man thought about the better life he had at home. This brought him to a decision: He would return home, admit his failure, and seek employment from his father as a hired worker (verses 18-19). The younger son went home and to his surprise, his father eagerly met him as he approached. While the younger son gave his father the speech he had prepared, his father welcomed him warmly (verses 20-22). To the son's surprise, the father called for a party to celebrate this homecoming. The son was restored to the position of authority and honor he had previously held. This story relates in emotional terms what Jesus had been saying in the previous two stories: The repentance of a sinner should result in rejoicing. We are all surrounded by lost souls in need of salvation. As God's people, we have been called to joyfully and lovingly lead those wayward individuals to a right relationship with Him.
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Copyright Reference: Radiant Life, Volume 96 Number 1 Sep. Oct. Nov 2014 by Gospel Publishing House, 1445 N. Boonville Ave, Springfield, Mo 65802.
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