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Sunday, May 1 2016

Luke 15: Parables Of The Lost And Found

"And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the Name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God"

While many people today regard the early church to be "sinless saints," they were in fact real people, just like people today - some of whom had much to repent of before they were regarded as righteous. They were "lost" before they were "found."

"6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God." (1 Corinthians 6:9-11 KJV)

The Messiah provided a number of teaching parables that dealt with the "lost and found." The "lost sheep" parable was given in answer to the criticism by the Pharisees and scribes that the Messiah associated with "sinners."

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"15:1 Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him. 15:2 And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.

15:3 And he spake this parable unto them, saying, 15:4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? 15:5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 15:6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. 15:7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance." (Luke 15:1-7 KJV)

The parable of the lost coin was a continuation of the parable of the lost sheep. It also explained why more attention is given to those who need it.

"15:8 Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?

15:9 And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. 15:10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth." (Luke 15:8-10 KJV)

So too the famous parable of the lost son (also known as the parable of the prodigal son - "prodigal" means recklessly wasteful) continued the teaching. And notice once again why more attention is given to those who need it.

"15:11 And he said, A certain man had two sons: 15:12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.

15:13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. 15:14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. 15:15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 15:16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.

15:17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 15:18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, 15:19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. 15:20 And he arose, and came to his father.

But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.

15:21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.

15:22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: 15:23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: 15:24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.

15:25 Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing. 15:26 And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. 15:27 And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.

15:28 And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him. 15:29 And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: 15:30 But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf. 15:31 And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. 15:32 It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found." (Luke 15:11-32 KJV)

Fact Finder: Did the Messiah die for sinners, or did He die for repentant sinners?
See Christ Died For Repentant Sinners


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This Day In History, May 1

305: The Roman emperor Diocletian abdicated together with his senior colleague Maximian; he retired to his palace at Split (in what centuries later became known as Yugoslavia - which means southern Slavia).

408: Theodosius II succeeded to the throne of Constantinople.

524: King Sigismund of Burgundy was executed at Orleans after an 8-year reign. He was succeeded by his brother Godomar.

1006: The brightest supernova (exploding star) on record was observed. At maximum light it cast shadows at night and could be seen during the day. Scribes in Europe, the Middle East and the Orient recorded its appearance.

1308: "Holy Roman Emperor" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) Albert I (a Habsburg) was murdered by his nephew John of Habsburg, and 3 others. John was thereafter known as John the Parricide (it would be a century before anyone was again named John in the Habsburg family). Over 1,000 innocent family members of Albert's killers were executed by the Habsburgs for the murder.

1486: Christopher Columbus convinced Queen Isabella of Spain to fund an expedition to the "New World" (which ended up merely becoming a copy of the same old world; see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).

1514: Niklaus Kopernig (Copernicus), Polish scientist, circulated a manuscript The Little Commentary, in which he questioned the accepted Aristotelian system and suggested a (correct) sun-centered system with a moving Earth (see also What Can You See In The Firmament Of The Heavens? and How Does Eternal Life Happen?).

Copernicus 1707: Scotland, Wales and England were joined together under the name of Great Britain.

1759: Josiah Wedgwood established the Wedgwood pottery company in Britain.

1849: The Convention of Balta Liman. Russian and Turkish (i.e. Ottoman; listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) agreement concerning the government of the principalities of Moldavia and Walachia (in present-day Romania) after an uprising there in 1849.

1851: Queen Victoria opened the first Great Exhibition in the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, London.

1873: David Livingstone, Scottish missionary and explorer (of the famous "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" by Sir Henry Stanley), was found dead at Chitambo, now in Zambia.

1876: The Royal Titles Bill was passed by the British Parliament, entitling Queen Victoria to call herself Empress of India.

1908: The world's most intense rainfall on record, 2.47" in 3 minutes, at Portobelo, Panama.

1915: During the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), the ocean liner Lusitania left New York as the German Embassy was warning anyone traveling on British ships that they did so at their own risk. It was sunk by a German submarine six days later.

1925: Cyprus officially became a British colony. It had been leased to Britain by Turkey (i.e. the Ottoman Empire; listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) in 1878 and was annexed to the British Empire at the start of the First World War in 1914.

1944: During the Second World War (1939-1945), the German Messerschmitt Me 262, the world's first combat jet, made its first flight. Nazi scientists were the first to produce rockets and jet engines. After the war, many of the "reformed Nazis" who did not face justice for their war crimes were admitted into the U.S. where they worked for various military establishments, including NASA e.g. Wernher von Braun, the former Nazi SS officer, who some Jewish holocaust survivors called "the NASA Nazi."

1945: German radio officially announced that Adolf Hitler had died (by suicide) in Berlin the day before (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).

1945: High-ranking Nazi Paul Goebbels, 48, and his family, died the day after Hitler killed himself: Goebbels' 6 children were given lethal injections, and then he and his wife, at their request, were each shot twice in the back of the head by a Nazi Storm Trooper. The bodies were then doused with gasoline and set on fire.

1960: Russia shot down a U.S. high-altitude U-2 spy plane piloted by Francis Gary Powers. He was later exchanged for a Russian spy who had been captured in New York.

1961: Cuban leader Fidel Castro declared Cuba a socialist nation and abolished elections.

1963: Sir Winston Churchill announced his retirement from the House of Commons.

1982: British forces began the recovery of the Falkland Islands from Argentina.

1982: In Poland, 50,000 supporters of the "Solidarity" labor union demonstrated in Warsaw against military rule.

1986: Canada's first artificial heart transplant was done at the Ottawa Civic Hospital. Dr. Wilbert Keon performed the operation on Noella Leclair, 41. The implanted heart, the Jarvik-7, served as a bridge until a human heart became available on May 8.

1993: Sri Lankan President Ranasinghe Premadasa died of injuries suffered in a bomb blast during a May Day procession.

1997: Tony Blair was elected Prime Minister of Britain. The Labor Party won a landslide victory over the Conservative Party of Prime Minister John Major, ending 18 years of Conservative rule.

2011: Saudi Arabian terrorist leader Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. commandos during a raid into Pakistan.



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