Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | February 21, 2019

“Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost!’ In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 15:8-10.

“Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it?  When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost!’  In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”  Luke 15:8-10.

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In today’s parable of the Lost Coin, we can see most clearly the common thread between the trilogy of the three parables in Luke chapter 15 of the Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin, and the Prodigal Son.  The trilogy of parables draws attention to God as the One Who seeks and finds lost sinners and Who rejoices over even just one sinner who repents.

Other doctrine presents a god of their desire who submits to the alleged free-will of man.  This god is often frustrated and sad that so many of those whom He would like to save choose to wander and get lost.  

But, Reformed Doctrine presents the Sovereign and Victorious God Who always seeks and always finds those of His elect who are lost.  This God of Scripture is Almighty God and a Faithful Father Who rejoices over His elect Who repents.  

“The LORD your God is in your midst,
A victorious warrior.
He will exult over you with joy,
He will be quiet in His love,
He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.”  Zephaniah 3:17.

“For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,
And for Jerusalem’s sake I will not keep quiet,
Until her righteousness goes forth like brightness,
And her salvation like a torch that is burning.
2 The nations will see your righteousness,
And all kings your glory;
And you will be called by a new name
Which the mouth of the Lord will designate.
3 You will also be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD,
And a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
4 It will no longer be said to you, “Forsaken,”
Nor to your land will it any longer be said, “Desolate”;
But you will be called, “My delight is in her,”
And your land, “Married”;
For the LORD delights in you,
And to Him your land will be married.
5 For as a young man marries a virgin,
So your sons will marry you;
And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
So your God will rejoice over you.”  Isaiah 62:1-5.

“Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
And let them say among the nations, “The LORD reigns.”  1 Chronicles 16:31.


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