Unexpected Loss #12
Simple Comparison with other Parables in the Chapter
Jesus tells the people that this wonderful business lady has gone to her duty post, her shop, her store or presently that there are several online businesses, she has transacted businesses with different people since the time she opened her shop until when she closes.
One interesting thing about this wonderful business woman was that after she closes the business transaction for the day, she ensures that she balances her account of sales and discovers that the account was verily balanced, and the she left her store for home with ten silvers.
“Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?
“And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.
“Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.” (Luke 15:8-10)
The silver here in Greek is called, “δραχμή”, which when romanticized becomes drachmē (phonetic spelling is drakh-may') which is drachma or coin. According to Wikipedia, in the Roman history, the currency consists of gold, silver, bronze, orichalcum and copper coinage.
Barnes’ while writing on this ten silver says it is about “ten drachma which is about fifteen cents, the whole sum was about a dollar and a half or six shillings.
This was the amount of money that the business woman comes home with, even in the developing world there are people who for a week could not go home with such amount of money as gain.
Having said this we shall note that the first parable shows that the shepherd lost one percent of his sheep; while in this case, the business woman loses ten percent of what she went home with and in the next parable which is the parable of the “prodigal or foolish son”, we shall discover that the percentage loss is 50 percent. The loss is in the ascending or geometric fashion so to say.
This shows the position of the gospel in the world, when the gospel is yet in the open, or say when people have not been brought into the fellowship with the father, the loss is minimal, when they get to know the father, through Jesus, complacency sets in and we introduce divers of things into the gospel which other than bringing the hearts of the brethren close to their Master and Lord takes their heart father off God and the loss increases then a point is reached when people who we assumed should know better condescend so low and the loss becomes even greater. Therefore we discover several things which irritate the ear being heard of happening among the brethren today, most of which is centered on seeking for fame and money.
Let us Note the followings about this second Parable
To have clear insight into what Jesus is saying here I will want us to see the following about the parable.
1. Source of the Money was not stated
We shall discover that the source of the money was not stated by Jesus Christ, however, I assume that the source is from the trading, business transactions she has made. As all bible students will recall that Prophet Elisha admonishes the widow woman after the miracle has been wrought that she should go and sell the oil and what is left she should live with it with his children.
As a sensible woman, I believe after repaying the debts she will invest the money, and there would be recurrent income for her and her children afterwards. (2 King 4:1-7)
"Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the LORD: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen."
"And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil."
"Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few."
"And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full."
"So she went from him, and shut the door upon her and upon her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured out."
"And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed."
"Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest." (2 King 4:1-7)
Having introduced the second parable to us, I shall continue by telling us some of the things we shall note about this wonderful parable.
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