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You Aren’t Lost Enough

Posted by BrianJ on September 5, 2009

I gave a talk last week on the Parable of the Lost Sheep. I had this thought as I spoke (but I didn’t share it in my talk):

There’s an implied promise in the parable (as also in the Parable of the Lost Silver Coin) that the owner of the sheep/coin—i.e., Jesus—will keep searching for what is lost until he finds it. I know that, as recorded by Luke,  Jesus addressed these parables to the Scribes and Pharisees criticizing him for fraternizing with sinners. Still, I wonder how a sinner—or anyone feeling lost—overhearing the parables should take them. I think the message is: you aren’t lost enough that I cannot find you.

3 Responses to “You Aren’t Lost Enough”

  1. Jennifer O. said

    Beautiful post.

    Mdm Lydia Mountford’s book “King of the Shepherds and Their Psalm” gives additional insights into the 99+1 sheep too. Apparently the Chief Shepherd, head of all shepherds, selected the most elect of his thousands of sheep, limiting it to his 100 finest, and placed them in the “Holy Flock”. Tradition is that this is the flock that Jethro gave Moses to tend. These 100 sheep are his prized ones, of such quality that He spares no effort or expense to ensure their safety, contentment, and return.

    Knowing this elect status of a missing sheep from the Holy Flock gives me a better appreciation for Christ searching extensively to return it to His fold. What an honor it would be/is to be counted among the finest in His fold. The parallels and implications to us are obvious.

    Thanks for sharing your insight, Brian.

  2. Kristine said

    Brian (and everyone!), don’t forget that Dialogue welcomes submissions of talks for its “From the Pulpit” section. You may submit them to editor @ dialoguejournal . com.

  3. joespencer said

    Shameless, Kristine! Keep it up. :)

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