Parable of Seeking Gentiles

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


Eugène Burnand (1850-1921). Ref:

Jesus explained using a  parable to show how much will Heaven rejoice if one sinner repents. He used a woman and ten coins to explain the parable. The parable is very similar to the parable of seeking Israel but very different in nature.

Parable of Seeking Israel Parable of Seeking Gentiles
Sheep (Israel) Coin
Shepherd (Jesus Christ) Woman
Sheep was led astray (false leaders) Woman lost the coin
Shepherd goes after the sheep Woman light a lamp, sweeps the house
The sheep was lost for which the shepherd wasn’t responsible because he said, ‘I have found my sheep which was lost The coin was lost for which the woman was responsible because she said, ‘I have found the piece which I lost!’


John 12:46 “I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.

Christ has come as a light to the world.


The book of Isaiah gives the explaination for the parable.

Isa 42:6-7 I, the LORD, have called You in righteousness, And will hold Your hand; I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people, As a light to the Gentiles, To open blind eyes, To bring out prisoners from the prison, Those who sit in darkness from the prison house.

Just as the woman lit the lamp to shine the places of dark, sweep the house carefully to find the lost coin, the Lord God gave Jesus Christ as a light to the world to shine on those who sit in darkness and bring out the prisoners from the prison.


John 3:19-21 “And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”

God searches for the lost gentiles just like the woman searches for the lost coin. But many loved darkness and are not willing to come to the light because their deeds are evil. Therefore, repent now to bring great joy in Heaven.

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