Finding a lost valuable

Luke Bible Background

New Testament: Luke 15.8–10

To read the Bible in a year, read Luke 15.1–10 on April 15, In the year of our Lord Christ 2020

By Don Ruhl

Probably most of us find it easy to understand the woman whom Jesus said lost a coin, and she cleaned out the house, looking everywhere for that coin. When she found it, she was happy, and told her friends and neighbors about it, wanting them to rejoice with her:

“Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!’”

– Luke 15.8–9

I misplace things all the time. It might be my glasses, my pocket knife, and countless other things. It is frustrating, because you know it should be easy to find. When you find it, it is a good feeling just like the woman in the parable.

However, the point of the parable was this:

“Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

– Luke 15.10


  • When a sinner repents, do you rejoice as when you have found a lost valuable?
  • How many silver coins did she have before losing one?

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