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(Luke 15:1-7) Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him. And the Pharisees and scribes murmured [Gk: complained: grumbled], saying, This man receiveth [accepts into his company (companionship)] sinners, and eateth with them [shares a meal (equally, connoting hospitality)]. And he [Jesus] spake this parable [Gk: a similitude, (symbolically) a fictitious narrative conveying a moral] unto them, saying, What man of you [i.e., a type and shadow of Jesus Christ & Father God], having [owning] an hundred sheep [or a hundred men or a hundred angels] [1], if he lose [be separated from] one of them [that insisted that he be independent of the shepherd in thought (action is the consequence of thought)] [2], doth not leave the ninety and nine in [a protecting sheepfold, a congregation in] the wilderness [Gk: lonesome, waste: desert, desolate, solitary] [3], and go after [i.e., cry out, preach toward] that which is lost, until he find it [4]? And when he hath found it [imagine the mutually compassionate sudden greeting, i.e., he saved the sheep], he layeth it on his shoulders [he lovingly, that is, sacrificially, completely supported, carried and cared for the sheep], rejoicing [and is exceedingly happy about it]. And when he cometh home [to heaven], he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. I say unto you, that likewise joy [Gk: cheerfulness, delight] shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just [Gk: innocent, holy: righteous] persons, which need no repentance [Why not? Because these angels were created holy and remained innocent] [5]

1.    Commentary: “an hundred sheep” = ascending parallels: symbolically, a hundred sheep in a shepherd’s flock in the wilderness may be the same as or likened unto a hundred men in Jesus Christ’s flock on earth, which initself may be the same as or likened unto a hundred angels in Father God’s flock in Heaven. Please apply whichever level of meaning that you can biblically substantiate and are comfortable with.

2.    independent = Dict.: free from the influence, control, or determination of another or others. (synonyms): self-governing, sovereign, autonomous, self-determining, self-regulating.

3.    (Gen 2:8) And the LORD God planted a garden [Heb: a garden (as fenced) /// to hedge about, protect: defend] eastward in Eden [Heb: pleasure: delight]; and there he put the man whom he had formed. 

4.    Commentary: “until he find it” = until he find the independent and therefore disobedient sheep (servant) who has himself first become repentant (Gk: to think differently, reconsider) and he then became a willing to be found obedient sheep who now bleats out a plaintive cry for help (“Lord, save me.” Matt 14:30), i.e., a sincere prayer, toward the now immediately approaching shepherd, begging for healing, begging for restoration back into the flock.

a.     (Luke 15:20) And he [the prodigal son, the fallen angel (one of the Sons of God)] arose [after repenting of his sins], and came to his father [first]. But when he was yet a great way off [in the very early stage of his journey as a renewed (Rom 12:2) creature], his father [God] saw him [coming], and had compassion [Gk: to have the bowels yearn for, fig. to feel sympathy, pity] [as we all do to our own babies], and ran [to him] [“And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him,” Matt 14:31], and fell on his neck, and kissed him [i.e., WELCOME BACK MY SON]

5.    Commentary: Question: Who was the first sinner? Answer: the angel Lucifer. And who were the next sinners? Answer: “And his tail drew the third part of the stars heaven [i.e., other angels], and did cast them to the earth:” (Rev 12:4a), “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground [Heb: earth],” (Gen 2:7a). And inside that temporary body of earth, WHO are you??