Jesus uses the Parable of the Lost Coin (Luke 15:8-10) because the Pharisees and Scribes would have understood that the woman spoken about in the story, was someone who was about to get married
The ten coins are seen as the jewellery she would wear on her engagement and then take care of, until her marriage to the Groom. The bride continually cares for these coins and cleans them to show that she is thinking of the Groom. So when one coin gets lost, in Jewish culture, she may go from a place of honour, to shame, because the marriage might not even happen if she is seen as careless
This woman in the parable looks high and low for the lost coin – she also sweeps the whole house and carefully searched for it, until it is found, but once she does, she tells her friends and the neighbours to rejoice with her
Friends, there are often times when we can look at a “lost coin” aka other people who are outside of our comfort zone, and think that they don’t matter.
Yet, the three back-to-back parables (The Lost Sheep, The Lost Coin and The Lost Son) show the lengths and depths that God will go to and the rejoicing that takes place when the “one” is found
Have you ever noticed that in the Lost Sheep parable, there were 100 in the group; but in the Lost Coin, there were only ten, and in the Lost Son, there are two? This is because, no matter how many Christian’s are around us, we should always be looking for the ONE who is lost!
We may not all be the next Todd White, or Christine Caine, as far as being passionate about evangelism. But, never forget that we are all called to share our faith with others because when we talk about what God has done for us, in our lives, that person might be the individual that the Angels are going to rejoice with us, as joy erupts from Heaven that same day