Scripture: Luke 15:1-32

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READ and STUDY the WORD

Jesus Tells The Parable Of The Lost Sheep

Luke 15:1-7 (KJV) Then drew near unto Jesus all the publicans and sinners for to hear Him.  And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.  And He spake this parable unto them, saying, 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?  And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.  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.  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.

Questions:

1. Who drew near to Jesus to hear Him speak (Luke 15:1)?

2. Who murmured about Jesus and what did they say (Luke 15:2)?

3. What did Jesus do (Luke 15:3)?

4. What did Jesus say the man would do if he lost a sheep (Luke 15:4)?

5. What would the man do when he found his one lost sheep (Luke 15:5)?

6. What would the man do when he returned home with his lost sheep (Luke 15:6)?

7. What does Jesus say about one sinner (Luke 15:7)?

Answers:

1. The Publicans and sinners drew near to hear Jesus speak.

2. The Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying Jesus received and ate with sinners.

3. Jesus spoke a parable to them about sheep.

4. The man would leave his other sheep and go looking for the one that was lost.

5. When he found his one lost sheep the man would lay him on his shoulders rejoicing.

6. When the man returned home with his sheep he would call together his friends and neighbors.  And rejoice with them for he had found his sheep that was lost.

7. Jesus said, “likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repents, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.”

Jesus Tells The Parable Of The Lost Coin

Luke 15:8-10 (KJV)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?  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. 10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

Questions:

1.What does the woman in Jesus’ parable do when she loses one piece of silver (Luke 15:8)?

2. What does the woman do when she finds her lost silver (Luke 15:9)?

3.What does Jesus say (Luke 15:10)?

Answers:

1.The woman lights a candle, sweeps the house and seek her lost silver diligently until she finds it.

2.When the woman finds her lost silver she calls her friends and neighbors together and asks them to rejoice with her for she has found the lost silver.

3. Jesus says, “there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repents.”

Jesus Tells The Parable Of The Lost Son

Luke 15:11-32 (KJV) 11 And Jesus said, A certain man had two sons: 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.  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. 14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.  15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.  16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.  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!  18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, 19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.  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.  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.  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: 23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry. 25 Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard music and dancing.  26 And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant.  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.  28 And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him. 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: 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. 31 And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all I have is thine.  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.

Questions:

1.What does a man’s younger son ask him to do (Luke 15:12a)?

2.What does his father do (Luke 15:12b)?

3.What did the son do with what he was given (Luke 15:13)?

4.What did the son decide to do when he “came to himself” (Luke 15:17-19)?

5.How did his father react when he saw his son (Luke 15:20)?

6.What did the father do then (Luke 15:22-23)?

7.How did the older brother react when he heard what the father had done (Luke 15:26-28)?

8.How did the father explain his actions (Luke 15:31-32)?

Answers:

1.The younger son asks for his part of his father’s estate.

2.The father gave the son his share of the estate.

3.The son wasted what he had on riotous living.

4. When the son came to himself he decided to go home and tell his father he had sinned against heaven and before him, his father.  And that he was no more worthy to be called his son. That his father should make him as one of the hired servants.

5.When the father saw his son he had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.   

6.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.  And he told his servants to bring the fatted calf, and kill it; and let them eat, and be merry.

7. The older brother was angry, and would not go in.

8. The father told his older son, “Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.  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.”

HEAR the WORD

Luke 15:7 (KJV) “I (Jesus) 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 15:10 (KJV) “Likewise, I (Jesus) say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.”

Luke 15:32 (KJV) 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.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verses.  Each of these verses are found in parables about the preciousness of something – a sheep, a coin, a son.  But verse 32 goes even farther in comparing lost with dead and alive with found. Every individual is precious to God.  God grieves over every loss and rejoices whenever one of His children is found and brought into His kingdom. 

MEMORIZE the WORD

Luke 15:7 (NIV) “I (Jesus) tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

We shouldn’t resent God for forgiving the sinful person nor should we resent the sinful person who is forgiven by God.  Though we may believe the person forgiven was far worse than we were, we need to rejoice that they’ve come to Jesus, that though they were lost they’ve now been found. 

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

My Bible notes for verse 32 say in Jesus’ story, the older brother represented the Pharisees, who were angry and resentful that sinners were being welcomed into God’s kingdom.  After all, the Pharisees must have thought, they had sacrificed and done so much for God.  But these forgiven sinners had not.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will love and encourage those who are in need of support – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually (Luke 15:4-5).  Lord, I pray we will rejoice when someone repents and receives life (Luke 15:10).  Thank You Lord for Your love of, Your patience to, and drawing of us (Luke 15:20b).

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I thank the Lord for His love, patience and drawing of us.” <><   Dona