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Luke 15:1-10 - Parables about being lost and then found

[1] All the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to Jesus. [2] And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, "This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them."

[3] So he told them this parable: [4] "Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? [5] When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. [6] And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, `Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.' [7] Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

[8] "Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? [9] When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, `Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.'[10] Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."


Now shown in translation (thus not interpretable) is verse one beginning with a capitalized “Ēsan,” which is the third-person plural, Imperfect Indicative form of the verb “eimi,” which means, “I am, exist.” The capitalization (as always) is an indication of a divinely elevated level of meaning, which is relative to Yahweh in the spiritual realm, must above any mundane meaning of the physical domain. The plural states all those named after (“tax collectors kai sinners”) had become spiritually elevated in their “existences,” leading them to “draw near” to Jesus, in order “to listen of his soul.” In that, the Genitive case masculine singular Greek word “autou” would ordinarily translate as “himself,” but a “self” should be understood as a “soul,” which matches the divinely elevated word “Ēsan” speaking about the souls “existing” in “tax collectors kai sinners.”

Verse two begins with Luke writing the Greek word “kai,” which should always be read as a signal for importance to be found following that marker word. Thus, importantly relative to the souls of sinners listening to the soul of Jesus, as seen physically in those gathering together so Jesus could speak audible words, this meeting witnessed cause “grumbling among themselves,” which was a “grumbling both” between the groups of Jews considered to be “Pharisees,” but importantly separate from that group was the source group who ‘fed’ the sects of Judaism the supposed meaning of the Word, which was “the scribes.” In “both” cases, each group individually “grumbled” about “He sinners receives kai he eats of their souls .

In that complaint, the Greek word “synesthiei” says “he eats with,” but this should be understood as meaning “he takes food together with.” As a complaint voiced by “both” the “Pharisees kai the scribes,” the physical witnessing of bread being shared with those who were known by the Temple elite to have broken Laws (in their judgment), this must also be grasped as their physical eyes were not able to see the spiritual connection being made between Jesus and those souls who “listened to his soul.” On a divinely elevated spiritual level, the physical bread shared was symbolic for the spiritual food Jesus’ soul was feeding their souls. It was that spiritual nourishment that led them “to draw near” to Jesus, “to listen to his soul” feeding them the truth their souls sought.

What can be overlooked is how Jesus began to speak “in parables” to “the Pharisees kai the scribes,” not to the “tax collectors kai sinners.” This says the soul of Jesus could understand the “grumbling among themselves,” when most likely they made some attempts to hide their words of complaint, keeping them so only those in each sect could hear. Quite probably, the disdain of their “grumbling” showed in their faces, such that Jesus could see how obviously they thought of themselves as better than Jesus; and, that says neither of “the Pharisees,” not importantly “the scribes” were ever going to publicly sit down and physically eat with “sinners,” even though they each knew their personal wealth was built on the donations of ill-gotten taxes collected by souls who felt guilt for having cheated other Jews, for themselves to become wealthy. Thus, all the Jews who surrounded Jesus – “tax collectors kai sinners” and “the Pharisees kai the scribes” – were all filthy dirty with sins, in need of their souls being fed spiritual food.

What should be grasped from this “grumbling among the Pharisees kai the scribes,” about feeding the hungry, is they were the ones who wore the robes that indicated they were priestly and therefore responsible for feeding all Jews the spiritual food of the meaning of Scripture. If they could see “tax collectors” as “sinners,” then it was their responsibility for making sure those sinners were led to repentance and ceased being sinners. Because neither the “Pharisees” nor the “scribes” could see themselves as exactly like the “tax collectors,” as they equally took dirty money to hide under their priestly robes, neither truly wanted to stop sinners, because that would weaken their financial standing in the Judaic world. Still, the soul of Jesus saw “the Pharisees kai the scribes” as importantly “sinners,” just like the “tax collectors.” So, Jesus “spoke to them in parables,” just as he spoke to the other “sinners” that were lost souls.

When Jesus first told the parable of a man with one hundred sheep, where one of them was missing, the symbolism of “a hundred sheep” (“hekaton probata”) is one hundred percent of the Jewish people. Because they are all one flock possessed by Yahweh, then “What man” is answered metaphorically as Yahweh, whose Son if the soul of a Yahweh elohim placed into the flesh of a “man” – Adam-Jesus. Each of the totality of that flock possessed by Yahweh, is given over to His Son, to be the Good Shepherd of His flock. Because the true flock of Yahweh was last seen “in the open field” of Israel and Judah, when David was King and had yet to commit his sins, all of the flock was: a.) souls married to Yahweh; 2.) souls washed clean by Baptism by Yahweh’s Spirit; and, 3.) souls impregnated by Yahweh with the soul of His Son, who became the Lord of each, soul and body. Thus, if one got lost, it most likely was a child not yet committed in marriage to Yahweh; and, that is a soul that every sheep herd owner saw as value gone missing. All the sinners would see a lost lamb as profits flying out the window; so, all the filthy rich would not accept a one-percent loss of their wealth of ownership. They would each, just like Yahweh and His Son, see the importance of finding that which is lost and saving it (just from opposite reasons).

When we read that Jesus said a good shepherd would leave the other ninety-nine in the open field, this can seem like a dangerous thing to do. It could seem like herding kittens, where going after one leaves the rest to equally run off. The implication of “leaves the ninety nine in the open field” is a statement that those “ninety nine” are all left with the soul of the Son within the soul of each lamb, so those ninety-nine are left being watched over by their inner Lord. The one who is “lost” is one soul not yet saved by that inner presence. Here, the Greek word written – “apolesas” – means “one perishing” or “one facing destruction.” The implication is then the outskirts of the “open field” is a danger zone, wherein lies predators that would kill a lamb and feast off it. This imagery must then be applied to that where the “sinners” fed spiritual food by Jesus were being watched by the predators who were ‘the Pharisees kai the scribes,” as they were the wolves who feasted on the waywardness of “sinners.”

This means that when Jesus said about having found the lost lamb, it is then “placed upon the shoulders of his soul” (“autou” as “of himself, becoming “of his soul”). This is metaphor for the soul of Jesus (“autou”) joins with the soul of the lost lamb, where it is the head that is “placed upon the shoulders” in a body of flesh. This is the brain being replaced by the knowledge of Yahweh, through the Son, as two souls have merged as one, with the soul of Yahweh’s Son being the Lord that represents the strength of “shoulders.” This says the one who was not spiritually saved has been so.

The reason for “Rejoicing” (a capitalized “Syncharēte”) is then a sharing with the other members of Yahweh’s flock (“these beloveds kai these neighbors” of His flock), where the divine elevation is soul-related and spiritual celebration. The translation of “philous,” when read as “beloved,” rather than “friends,” becomes a statement that all who are called to “Rejoice” from a saved soul are those other saved souls, all of whom have married Yahweh and are His “beloveds.” The use of “geitonas” as “neighbors” is then the hidden truth that answers the question, “Who is my neighbor?” Those souls who have become Yahweh’s “beloveds” are then importantly those souls that have been merged with the soul of the Son, so two souls are “neighbors” in the same body of flesh. All those who are “neighbors” are those who have been reborn as Jesus; so, those called to “Rejoice” are those souls saved alike.

Jesus then explained that the “ninety nine” were “righteous ones” (“dikaiois”), therefore not a herd of unsaved sheep that could easily also become lost. Jesus said of them, they were “who no need possessed them of repentance.” The only way to become truly “righteous” is to be cleansed by the Spirit (made a Christ) and to have the soul of Jesus resurrect within one’s soul, becoming its Lord. As one’s Lord, no influence to stray into the dangers of sin will ever lead a saved soul to leave “the open field.”

When Jesus then offered a second parable for their consideration, this parable of the ten coins must not be seen as if Jesus said, “In case the shepherd analogy went over your heads, how about a parable about the god you all serve – Mammon – and his gifts of silver drachmas as valuable possessions to be maintained.” The one parable leads to the other, as a complete and matching set that go together. In the first, Jesus spoke of “a man” (“anthrōpos”) who possessed living sheep. In the second he spoke of “a woman” (“gynē”). Whereas the “man” was seen as the masculine Spirit of Yahweh, whose flock were those living creatures with souls married to Him and raised as His Son Jesus, the “woman” must be seen as all of those souls in human bodies of flesh, who offer themselves to Yahweh as His bridesmaids, and in whose souls is received the seed of Yahweh, which will become His Son reborn – as mothers giving birth to one’s own soul’s Lord, making that soul become a brother to the Son, related by Spirit to the Father. Thus, this parable places focus on the lost sheep that was found, who married Yahweh, received His Spirit, and became Jesus reborn in new flesh.

In this, the “drachmas possessing ten” (“drachmas echousa deka”) requires one understand why a coin of silver was called a “drachma.” The word means, “as much as one can hold in the hand,” (Strong’s) which becomes a hidden statement that equates to Paul’s writing about the gifts of the Spirit. Each “woman” – a soul trapped in a body of flesh – is given by Yahweh as a wedding gift “as much as one can hold in the hand,” with each wife-soul becoming a “hand” of Yahweh on earth (in flesh), in the name of Jesus, the Son of man. Therefore, to become a minister who has been given “ten” gifts – with “ten” symbolic of a higher level of life, as a Saint in the name of Jesus – the house in which on keeps those “ten” talents of ministry is the gathering place where two or more come – each in the name of Jesus, also as Saints – to celebrate having become saved and given eternal life. To lose one of those most divine gifts would lead to lighting a lamp of inspiration from prayer, sweeping the floor so every inch is examined, and carefully seeking until that which is lost has been found.

When one realizes that the “Pharisees, the scribes, the tax collectors” and all “sinners” are lost in the physical realm where “as much as they can grab with their hands” is how they approach life, Jesus was making a point as “a woman,” none of whom any of those men would think could ever possess such amounts of precious metal. This means the “ten coins” are then representative of those souls a minister of Yahweh, as Jesus reborn, will have brought into this world to also marry their souls to Yahweh and become His Son’s place of resurrection.

This makes the “house” be symbolic of a family of true Christians, who are all raised by the Lord Jesus in a saved parent to become like him, with the “house” a reflection of the broad scope of true Christianity (not the false religion in that name of modern times). The one lost “hand” of Yahweh is one who has not accepted the teachings of truth of Scripture, so one has become like a Judas Iscariot in the “house,” who needs to be found and turned around. The lighting of a lamp is the repeating of the truth in Scripture, where the true meaning of the words written can be understood from a spiritual perspective. The sweeping of the house means the testing of all within that ‘church’ as to what they have gained from the teaching of the truth in Scripture. The seeking is then the soul of Jesus within – one’s neighbor – entering the soul of all within that “house,” to make the one lost stand up and identify itself, so it can be found.

Here, again, the message given by Jesus is “the beloveds kai the neighbors” who are all true Christians are called together (an assembly of synagogue) to “Rejoice” in a lost soul being found and saved. When another “hand” of Yahweh is placed on earth to “hold as much as possible,” the ministry of Jesus has become “ten”-fold. When true ministers in the name of Jesus are multiplying, so they can all go seek “sinners” who want “to listen to the soul of Jesus speak” to their souls, then this exponential growth of Yahweh’s presence on earth is the bodies of the saved being “joy before the face of this of angels of this of God.” That says the soul of one saved experienced great “joy,” from being a soul merged with the soul of Jesus, so the host soul can follow behind it new Lord, who is the Yahweh elohim (where “angels” is a viable translation of elohim), sent to those soul in the possession of this Son, of God.

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