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The Parable of the
Lost Coin


The Parable of the Lost Coin:

  • This parable is linked with two others
  1. The two sons
  2. The lost sheep
  3. The lost coin

Only the two sons parable has no-one searching for him. He chose to leave. The sheep and the coin did not lose themselves. They had no choice. So others had to search and find them...


Luke 15.8-10

“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and sweep the entire house and search carefully until she finds it?

9 And when she finds it, she will call in her friends and neighbors and say, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost coin.’

10 In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents.”

  • The woman had to light a oil lamp to be able to search in the dark places
  • She swept the whole house with a broom
  • The parable does not tell us where the coin was found, just that it was
  • When found, the woman calls in her friends and tell them the good news
  • The successful search brought rejoicing and happiness
  • She did not curse or complain, or blame anyone else - the woman knew that the solution was a "diligent search" with a light and a broom...

  • The "imagination" is a whole world inside the mind...

Parables are powerful "word-pictures" that are meant to be engrafted into our thinking...as mental pictures do control our thought-life.

That's where the "imagination" gets involved. The imagination allows mental exploration of the past, present, future. It is the ability to see pictures and images in the "movie theater" of the mind. The imagination is the "workshop" of the human mind. It is the only thing in the world we have complete control over. That's why GOD takes great interest of what goes on there, and judges what we allow to grow there - Genesis 6.5

The Parable of the Lost Coin...

  1. The woman had ten coins, one was lost
  2. She searched diligently for it
  3. Each was equal to a day's wage - about $1.87
  4. She found it, and told her friends
  5. The finding of that which was "lost" causes a reaction in heaven, a joy over restoring back to the individual that which is of value to GOD and to us



  • A day's wages is misplaced by the carelessness or neglect of someone else
  • They do not jump off the table by themselves. They do not displace themselves. They are lost by those who handle them
  • That which is deemed lost, can be found if searched for diligently
  • Lost money, as displaced in this parable, cannot find it own way home as did the prodigal son



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