by Christina Farris
8 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?
9 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.
10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth. When we think of a lost coin, most of us do not loose sleep over a dollar or a penny, unless one is poor or in need of money. What is a dollar or two lost. I will tell you what a dollar or two is for a poor man, it is the difference between paying a utility bill or a doctor bill if you steal from him. It can be the difference of having a loaf of bread or a carton of eggs. Yet those that steal have no care of what it is they take. In Luke a woman lost one of her ten pieces of silver. She start at one end of the house looking for it and kept search until she found it. She called her neighbors who she perhaps maybe even told as they passed her house that day that she was hunting for a missing piece of silver for whatever it was she might have need the full set of coins for. Maybe it was the payment on her mortage or maybe this silver was to finished paying off a major debt she had. No clue why she needed ten pieces of silver, but we know one was lost. When she found it she gather her neighbors so they too could rejoy with her because she found her money.
The story of Joseph in Egypt in Genesis, tells a tale of Joseph having a silver cup placed in the youngest of his father's son sack. His brothers had come to Egypt out of hunger and their need for food for the family. Jospeh brother's had sold him as a lad to some slave traders, and Joseph had gotten opportunity to interpreted a dream for the Pharaoh. The interpretation gave him duties of like a mini king so to speak. He had authority over the store houses of Egypt. His brothers knew not it was their brother Joseph that they requested food from, but he had take a silver cup and placed in the youngest's brother sack. When the brother's returned with the stolen silver from Jospeh, his one brother begged for the life of his youngest brother. The value of this brother was worth more to his brother then the cup that was stolen. Yet Joseph made it clear whoever stole the cup would receive the punishment for it. When Joseph seen the care of his brother for the youngest brother he began wept. He asked his brother if his father truly still lived, and then he reveals who he was to his brothers.
What is worth more then silver but the life of individual. Joseph had been sold for silver and stolen from his father, but this youngest son of his father, was worth more to his brother then he ever was. He knew his value but his brother was worth more. His brother rejoiced and wept when they found out Joseph was alive. Yet God had a purpose of Joseph being sent to Egypt unknown to his brothers, and that was because of the famine that was coming. The full picture of hatred, God's plan and God's value on life. His brother had learn the cost of loosing Joseph and would do anything to protect their youngest brother for their father's sake. God had taken the lad Joseph and made him worth more then silver to his family, because he became their provider in a famine.
Sometimes we see the proverty of someone only to fail to see the bigger picture of their wealth to God. We fail to see how God is able to raise them up for his purpose, We might not see the value but God does see the value. When the woman finds her silver she is rejoices. Her silver represent the lost of precious treasure, once it found it restore to the purse where it was lost from. Pirates gold is searched for, as well as golden treasure of kings stolen or lost. The value of the treasure not fully known. perhaps, but when found and dug up it is displayed and announced nation and worldwide.
The lost treasure of Joseph's brother not stolen but sold was now found and returnable to their father. Pirates for silver found as treasure finders for their father. Each human life is worth more then gold or treasure of any kind. Yet there are times when we all get angry, hurt by someone or more. Yet God see the value of the person that we can not, and turns them into treasure worthy to be part of his kingdom. In our failings to see value God see the value. It does not matter who the person is they are treasures of God needing to be dug out of the mud and shined up for him. God uses all kinds of people to shine his people up for.
Christ was betray for silver, his value not seen by Judas or even the crowd that shouted crucify. The denial of Peter, Christ not being worthy to even be known as his leader at that darken hour of the night. Yet Christ value to mankind would be the price he pay for our sins. His price and value going up to be the value to all that would beleive and even to those that would never believe. Meaning Christ died for all, but not all receive his Father's gift to man, his offering his Son. His Son restored to the kingdom once his suffering was through, he never really lost from his Father, for he did his Father's will. Yet is value is the price he paid for each of us that would repent. The value of his life for each of us willing to carry our cross and shine for him. Our value becoming worthy to be called a child of King, a child of God, worthy to sit at his feet in his palace one day. He shine us up despite our sin when we believe, Christ covers us with his blood, and takes away our sin. He removes our impurities from us and enables us to shine for him. Our value is precious to him. Jesus is hunting for you and desire to restore you to the kingdom of God.
Dear Heavenly Father, your grace is sufficient, for you do not fine your people as rusty junk that needs destroying, but treasures worth restoring and shining up for your kingdom. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study:Genesis 44:17 KJV
17 And he said, God forbid that I should do so: but the man in whose hand the cup is found, he shall be my servant; and as for you, get you up in peace unto your father.