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Monday, March 10 2008

In reading in Matthew today, I read...

Matthew 18:11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.

Matthew 18:12 How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?

Matthew 18:13 And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.

Matthew 18:14 Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

I have read this passage of scripture many times and probably have preached from it, but something that caught my eye today was the question Jesus asked the disciples (proof he was speaking to the disciples...Matthew 18:1)...

How think ye?

There is no record in Matthew that the disciples answered the question, but the story reveals that the thoughts of God are not the same as the thoughts of man as evidenced in...

Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.

Isaiah 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

I am not a shepherd in the sense that I have sheep mowing the grass in my backyard.  Although, that would save me time cutting grass, but it seems to me that the greatest need and the biggest investment would have been with the ninety nine sheep left in the pasture.  In the minds of those that Jesus was speaking too, the sheep that were left behind were vulnerable and defenseless, but the shepherd left them to retrieve the least of all sheep.  

This parable applies to the church in a such a way that we need to look as each soul as important.  Although our greatest investment may be the 99, our time is well spent reaching the lost souls.  Jesus began this parable with...

 Matthew 18:11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.

What we do and how we do it is for the lost.  Our time, money and effort is not to better us or build our ministries, but to find the one soul that is lost in a world of sin. How think ye?

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