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Monday, February 10, 2014

Monday Morning Devo--Where Is Number One Hundred?

So Jesus told them this parable: "Which one of you, if he has a hundred sheep and loses one of them, would not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go look for the one that is lost until he finds it? Then when he has found it, he places it on his shoulders, rejoicing. Returning home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, telling them, 'Rejoice with me, because I have found my sheep that was lost.'" Luke 15:3-6, NET

Jesus told this parable to a group of publicans and sinners, so the Bible says--people the "proper folks" wouldn't associate with. Publicans were tax collectors who worked for Rome, the enemy. Sinners could cover a majority of people, but I'm guessing they were prostitutes, maybe folks who had been in prison, guys who didn't attend synagogue on a regular basis, if at all.

These were the outcasts. The last ones anyone would go out of their way to find if they were lost. Well, anyone but Jesus, that is. He would go out and search for the worst of them. Even me. Even you.

Prayer: Father, thank You that there is no one who is beneath your notice, that You seek all of those who stray away from you, and all those who have never even been in Your fold. You go about calling for us by name, Your love obvious in Your Voice. We hear You, Lord, and we come to you. Amen