January 15, 2018: SOAP #2965:  Genesis 37-38; Psalm 7; Luke 15 Scripture:  Luke (NIV) 15:4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5 And when he finds it, he [...]

January 15, 2018: SOAP #2965:  Genesis 37-38; Psalm 7; Luke 15

Scripture:  Luke (NIV) 15:4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.'

Observation:   In this chapter we have a lost sheep, a lost coin and a lost son.   Several things can be seen in the owners:

First:   They each saw what was lost as belonging to them.   'my lost sheep.'   'my lost coin.'   'this son of mine'
Second:   The loss caused the owners personal pain.
Third:   The restoration caused the owners much personal joy, and each wanted to share their joy with others.

It is only in dealing with fallen man that we see how God loves.   His love can cause Him pain; His love can cause Him much joy.   People are His creation, created with purpose, created to receive God's love, created to return God's love.

Application:    One indication of how much I love God is how much I hate that which causes Him pain"sin.   Taking sin as a matter of little importance is proof that I do not understand the nature of sin, nor the nature of my holy Heavenly Father.

Prayer:     Heavenly Father, my sin has caused you much pain.   Forgive me for thinking that I can sin, and it does not bother you.  I want to bring you joy and not pain.    Amen

Pastor Leon
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