It can be difficult and embarrassing to admit our sins, but to God it is cause for joy and celebration when a sinner repents.

BibleGateway: Luke 15:1-10

ESV Text: Luke 15:1-10

Luke 15:1–10 (Listen)

The Parable of the Lost Sheep

15:1 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”

So he told them this parable: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

The Parable of the Lost Coin

“Or what woman, having ten silver coins,1 if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ 10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

Footnotes

[1] 15:8 Greek ten drachmas; a drachma was a Greek coin approximately equal in value to a Roman denarius, worth about a day’s wage for a laborer

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KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 15

     1 Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him. 2 And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them. 3 And he spake this parable unto them, saying, 4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? 5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. 7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance. 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.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 281:
The Savior Calls; Let Every Ear

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. The Savior calls; let every ear 
Attend the heavenly sound. 
Ye doubting souls, dismiss your fear; 
Hope smiles reviving round. 

2. For every thirsty, Ionging heart 
Here streams of bounty flow 
And life and health and bliss impart 
To banish mortal woe. 

3. Here springs of sacred pleasures rise 
To ease your every pain; 
Immortal fountain, full supplies! 
Nor shall you thirst in vain. 

4. Ye sinners, come, ’tis Mercy’s voice; 
The gracious call obey; 
Mercy invites to heavenly joys, 
And can you yet delay? 

5. Dear Savior, draw reluctant hearts; 
To Thee let sinners fly 
And take the bliss Thy love imparts 
And drink and never die. 


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Unbelieving actions reveal an unbelieving heart, but the LORD does not want us to die in unbelief. He draws us away from evil to trust in Him.

BibleGateway: Ezekiel 18:14-24

ESV Text: Ezekiel 18:14-24

Ezekiel 18:14–24 (Listen)

14 “Now suppose this man fathers a son who sees all the sins that his father has done; he sees, and does not do likewise: 15 he does not eat upon the mountains or lift up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, does not defile his neighbor’s wife, 16 does not oppress anyone, exacts no pledge, commits no robbery, but gives his bread to the hungry and covers the naked with a garment, 17 withholds his hand from iniquity,1 takes no interest or profit, obeys my rules, and walks in my statutes; he shall not die for his father’s iniquity; he shall surely live. 18 As for his father, because he practiced extortion, robbed his brother, and did what is not good among his people, behold, he shall die for his iniquity.

19 “Yet you say, ‘Why should not the son suffer for the iniquity of the father?’ When the son has done what is just and right, and has been careful to observe all my statutes, he shall surely live. 20 The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.

21 “But if a wicked person turns away from all his sins that he has committed and keeps all my statutes and does what is just and right, he shall surely live; he shall not die. 22 None of the transgressions that he has committed shall be remembered against him; for the righteousness that he has done he shall live. 23 Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares the Lord GOD, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live? 24 But when a righteous person turns away from his righteousness and does injustice and does the same abominations that the wicked person does, shall he live? None of the righteous deeds that he has done shall be remembered; for the treachery of which he is guilty and the sin he has committed, for them he shall die.

Footnotes

[1] 18:17 Septuagint; Hebrew from the poor

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KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 18
14 Now, lo, if he beget a son, that seeth all his father’s sins which he hath done, and considereth, and doeth not such like, 15 That hath not eaten upon the mountains, neither hath lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, hath not defiled his neighbour’s wife, 16 Neither hath oppressed any, hath not withholden the pledge, neither hath spoiled by violence, but hath given his bread to the hungry, and hath covered the naked with a garment, 17 That hath taken off his hand from the poor, that hath not received usury nor increase, hath executed my judgments, hath walked in my statutes; he shall not die for the iniquity of his father, he shall surely live. 18 As for his father, because he cruelly oppressed, spoiled his brother by violence, and did that which is not good among his people, lo, even he shall die in his iniquity. 19 Yet say ye, Why? doth not the son bear the iniquity of the father? When the son hath done that which is lawful and right, and hath kept all my statutes, and hath done them, he shall surely live. 20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.

     21 But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. 22 All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live. 23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live? 24 But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 331:
Yea, as I Live, Jehovah Saith

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1. Yea, as I live, Jehovah saith, 
I would not have the sinner’s death, 
But that he turn from error’s ways, 
Repent, and live through endless days. 

2. To us therefore Christ gave command: 
“Go forth and preach in every land; 
Bestow on all My pardoning grace 
Who will repent and mend their ways. 

3. “All those whose sins ye thus remit 
I truly pardon and acquit, 
And those whose sins ye do retain 
Condemned and guilty shall remain. 

4. “What ye shall bind, that bound shall be: 
What ye shall loose, that shall be free; 
Unto My Church the keys are given 
To ope and close the gates of heaven.” 

5. The words which absolution give 
Are His who died that we might live; 
The minister whom Christ has sent 
Is but His humble instrument. 

6. When ministers lay on their hands, 
Absolved by Christ the sinner stands; 
He who by grace the Word believes 
The purchase of His blood receives. 

7. All praise, eternal Son, to Thee 
For absolution full and free, 
In which Thou showest forth Thy grace; 
From false indulgence guard our race. 

8. Praise God the Father and the Son 
And Holy Spirit, Three in One, 
As ’twas, is now, and so shall be 
World without end, eternally!