Summary: The parables of the lost coin. What is our part n finding the coin? A practical application is what it is.
Sri Lankan edition MK 2; Being the broom. Luke 15:8-10
Jesus tells us this little parable about lost people being found; in it he compares those lost people to a silver coin, a lost silver coin.
Now in our day and age with rampant inflation a silver coin is for most of us not a big deal, I’m sure we would all prefer notes. Back in the day this coin a ‘denarius’ was an average days wage, I just happen to have a denarius coin that was minted just before Jesus’ birth, or so the person who sold it to me said and this is it. A small silver coin. This is the type of coin referred to in Jesus parable.
For a woman it may have had a more significant use than as just spending money, in the society of Jesus time it could have been part of her wedding head-dress of ten coins…a special grouping of coins that would have taken her years to accumulate. Comparing its loss with losing something today; I would say it would be like a lady losing a stone out of her engagement ring, or maybe a special item of jewellery. For the men here think about losing your keys. As you can see this would have been quite a loss.
So as Jesus tells his parable, we get this picture of a woman having lost something of real value. Jesus is comparing this woman to God and the coin to the lost sinner. A fairly brave thing to do back in the day, comparing God to a woman.
Today I want to speak about a tool that the woman used to find the coin. The lamp, we are the light of the world, I’m sure we all like the idea of bringing light into a dark world. Who likes to be the light? That is not the tool I want to talk about, can anyone tell me what the tool is that the woman is using to find the lost coin, it is a most useful tool, the broom.
Now you might be thinking what about the broom? Well as you can tell from the stunning example of broomness I hold in my hand that there are a couple of fairly important features to any broom the head and the handle.
Back to those features in a minute. What was this whole “sweep the house” thing about looking for the coin? Well the house was dark and the lamp was a tiny oil filled lamp that put out about as much light as a candle. The woman she was accustomed with those two senses, her vision and her hearing to find this valuable possession, her valuable denarius coin, worth a whole days pay. The house was still darkish. The broom was used so that the lady could hear the coin as she swept, so looking as she swept, for a glint of light, listening for the sound of broom brushing the coin.
The head of the broom, bristles used for sweeping, the handle of the broom in the hands of the woman knowing where to sweep, responding to the move of her wrist and arm looking for what is lost, here she was sweeping the whole house.
Today I want to ask the question. In our relationship with God, in your relationship with God, are we willing, are you willing to respond to the move of his arm. May be you are new to the idea of being something of value to God, or lost people being of value to God, like a new broom that is still waiting to be brought from the store. A broom that has never been engaged in its role, having never made a decision for him, maybe you are resting like a broom, a shiny new broom tucked away somewhere in a cupboard, maybe a little concerned that God might get you to sweep in places that are uncomfortable, preferring just to be waiting, not sweeping. May be you are sweeping for the lost in the places he calls you to go? The thing is that a broom that is not used for sweeping is just a funny looking stick. God seeks after the lost, we can ask ourselves are we doing our part in the sweep for their redemption, am I doing my best to be used in God’s hands to help save the lost from their sins, from Hell? The other thing with a broom is that it is also used to maintain a house, a standard. As Christians we are to show how things can be in God’s kingdom as we live our lives under the guidance of his hands. Just maybe we will be worn just as the bristles of the broom are; a little damaged but still able to sweep, maybe eventually well-worn for his kingdoms sake. Of these two brooms, the new one and the well-worn one, answer this, which has achieved more, which would be able to tell the best work stories?