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Commentary: Luke chapter 15:1-32 contains three parables (four actually) about angels and an interesting “summation” that cannot be found anywhere else in the Bible. God speaks to us in symbols.



(Luke 15:1,2) Then drew near unto him [because they were interested in learning about Jesus] all the [secular] publicans [tax collectors, businessmen; Gormorrah, false works] and sinners [morally in error; Sodom, false doctrines] for to hear [Gk: to understand] him. And the [religious] Pharisees and scribes murmured [Gk: complained: grumbled] [manifesting their lack of true understanding by], saying [with negative implications], This man receiveth [associates with, has hospitality towards: accepts, looks for and waits upon] sinners, and eateth with them [in the ancient world, honoring guests with table fellowship, sharing food (a symbol of life), was a display of sincere friendliness].



rehabilitation = Dict: 1. To restore to rank, privileges, or property which one has lost. 2. To restore the good name or reputation of; reinstate in good repute. 3. To put back in good condition; reestablish on a firm, sound basis.  [by returning the lost “item” to its original location]



(Luke 15:3-7) And he spake this parable [Gk: (symbolically) a ficticious narrative of common life conveying a moral: a comparison] unto them, saying, What man [herein representing us and Jesus Christ] of you, having an hundred sheep [sheep are a biblical symbol of saved people], if he lose [Gk: to destroy fully: die, lose, perish] one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness [Gk: waste: desert] [symbolic of the cosmos (universe)] [1], and go after [i.e., preach toward] that which is lost [Gk: destroyed fully: died, losed, perished] [i.e., “that which is” spiritually dead to Me], until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it [elevates it upward, i.e., He resurrects it]] on his shoulders [“Casting all your care (Gk: distractions) upon him; for he careth (Gk: is concerned) for you.” 1 Pet 5:7] [2], rejoicing [Gk: to be full of cheer, happy]. And when he cometh home [when he returns Himself and concurrently returns the lost sheep to the flock], he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost [“which was” spiritually dead to Me]. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner [one fallen angel] [3] that repenteth [Gk: thinks differently, reconsiders], more than over ninety and nine just [Gk: innocent, holy: righteous] persons [i.e., angels that did not fall], which need no repentance [Gk: reformation] [syn: renovation, restructuring, overhaul, restoration].

1.    Commentary: “leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness” = leave in a sheepfold (syn: pen), a type and shadow of the Garden (Heb: a garden (as fenced) /// to hedge about, protect: defend) of Eden (Heb: delight), which Garden initself is a type and shadow of Heaven.

2.    (1 Pet 5:6-8) Humble [Gk: bring low /// cast down] [submit] yourselves therefore under [Gk: beneath] the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt [Gk: elevate: lift up] [ultimately, resurrect] you in due time: Casting [Gk: throwing] all your care [Gk: (worldly) distractions] upon him; for he careth [Gk: is concerned] for you. Be sober [Gk: abstain from (excessive) wine] [drugs], be vigilant [Gk: keep awake: (be) watchful]; because your adversary [Gk: opponent; specif. Satan (as the arch enemy)] the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

3.    Commentary: Who was the first sinner? Answer: the angel Lucifer-Satan, the great red dragon. Please note that “his tail drew the third part of the stars [angels, fallen angels (sinners)] of heaven, and did cast them to the earth:” (Rev 12:4a).



(Luke 15:8-10) Either what woman [herein representing us and the Holy Spirit] having ten pieces of silver [1], if she lose one piece [Gk: (one) coin] [Please note that at one time, the lost piece was saved (i.e., innocent), and thereafter became one of the fallen angels “unclean spirits” that followed Lucifer-Satan], doth not light a candle [2], and sweep [3] the house [Gk: abode, residence] [habitation, i.e., rehabilitate her mental residence], and seek diligently [Gk: carefully] 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 [that was spiritually dead to Me]. Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy [Gk: cheerfulness; delight: gladness] in the presence of [Gk: in the face of: the sight of] the [innocent] angels of God over one sinner [4] that repenteth [Gk: to think differently, reconsiders].

1.    Commentary: “silver” = is the metal that symbolizes salvation in the Bible; “having ten pieces of silver,” in the present context, is a representation of the woman’s complete (and saved) collection of silver, exactly paralleling “having an hundred sheep” is a representation of the man’s complete (and saved) sheepfold. However, both suffered the lost of an “item” of great value from their assemblies.

2.    (Psa 18:28) For thou wilt light [Heb: set on fire] my candle [Heb: lamp] [my (inner) body]: the LORD my God will enlighten [Heb: glitter; illuminate: (cause to) shine] my darkness [Heb: the dark; fig. miserey, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, wickedness] [i.e., He will change, transform my darkness into light].

a.     (Prov 20:27) The spirit [Heb: soul] of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly [of the mind, the thoughts].

3.    sweep = Dict: 1. to clear or clean (a surface, room, etc.) as by brushing. 2. to remove or clear away (dirt, debris, etc.) with or as a brush or broom or with a brushing movement.

4.    sinner = Gk: sinful, to miss the mark (and so not share in the prize), fig. to err, espec. (morally) to sin: offend [God], trespass [against God].



Ps. It is the final verses of Luke chapter 15:24,32 that unite the entire chapter:

1.    (Luke 15:32) It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.

2.    Commentary: If you think this message was… unusual, wait until next week for part 2 (God willing) when we plan to examine the third parable in this chapter that speaks directly to and about you. God bless you. J