Parable of the Lost Sheep

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  • Comparing Matthew And Luke's Parable Of The Lost Sheep

    Between Matthew and Luke’s separate accounts of the parable of the lost sheep, there are some striking differences. In Matthew’s account of the story, he precedes his writing with the narrative of the disciples asking Jesus who the greatest amongst them was. Jesus responds by telling them that one must first be as humble as a child before they can enter the kingdom of heaven. Jesus then tells them that they “do not despise one of these little ones,” (ESV) because the Son of Man came to save the lost. He continues by telling the parable to His disciples, but Matthew records different aspects of it than Luke does. In Matthew’s writings, he ends his telling of the parable with God’s will not being that His children perish, but Luke ends his focusing on the rejoicing of heaven which takes place when a sinner repents. Aside from the rejoicing, Matthew mentions nothing of the Shepard’s actions once he has found the sheep, while Luke states that the man put the sheep on his shoulders, and called together his friends and neighbors to tell them the news of his finding.…

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  • The Twilight Zone's The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street

    loudly as he could, ‘Wolf! Wolf!’ But the villagers thought he was trying to fool them again, and so they didn't come. At sunset, everyone wondered why the shepherd boy hadn't returned to the village with their sheep. They went up the hill to find the boy. They found him weeping. ‘There really was a wolf here! The flock has scattered!’ I cried out, ‘Wolf!’ Why didn't you come?" An old man tried to comfort the boy as they walked back to the village. ‘We'll help you look for the lost sheep in the…

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  • Exegetical Essay: How A Parable Create Meaning

    helpful to explain in some detail how a parable creates meaning. It would be a mistake to assume that any of the parables carry implicit meaning that can easily be understood regardless of the context. This fact from the onset is a exegetical challenge for us because the context that Jesus gave these parables is no longer accessible to us. What we have is one form of the parables as they appear to us in the text, which is far from the complete picture (the parables were probably first spread by…

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  • Synoptic Gospels In First-Century Palestine

    many shepherds hanging around in the midnight field. Yet, in first-century Palestine, shepherds would have been seen commonly, even through the dark hours of the night. And according to John Cabrido in “A Portrayal of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew : A Narrative-Critical and Theological Study,” shepherds were equated with being in the same social classes as “robbers and trouble makers” (438). This depiction shows how God used a common, even lowly, class of people to accomplish big things,…

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  • Jewish Influence On The Gospel Of Matthew

    The gospel of Matthew shows how Jesus used parables to teach the Israelites who opposed him. Much like in the time of Isaiah, Jesus faced a people who were “hardened” against the teachings of salvation. Jesus tells the disciples that the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that unless the people see conversion, they will hear, but not understand (Mt 13:14-15). The overall motif of these parables is that the church of Jesus is not only made up of true disciples, but is composed of both the…

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  • Ethical Issues In Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address

    Throughout his term of office as America’s forefront public official, Lincoln relied heavily on scripture. A divided union is certainly no loss to a Biblical scholar, and Lincoln’s knowledge of religious and literary discord aided him through the quest of reuniting his conflicted republic. In his Second Inaugural Address, Lincoln relayed the very essence of the spiritual and practical expression that lied behind the action of America’s bloodiest crusade. He chose the words of Jesus; words…

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  • Analysis Of Crime And Punishment By Fyodor Dostoyevsky

    In Christian literature, the number hundred is a symbol of the celestial beatitude, which means supreme happiness. In addition, the number deals with the election process of God’s chosen people. As mentioned before, the completeness represents the perfect murder plan which Raskolnikov has in his mind. But, the number one hundred could also refer to the protagonist’s mindset of being chosen to kill the Ivanovna. Another example of the significance of one hundred is a parable of the lost sheep.…

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  • The Bible: The Role Of Redemption In The Bible

    “God never gives up pursuing His people” (Jantz, 1998). There are many stories throughout The Bible, which illustrates this fact. Jesus used parables to teach His followers about redemption and that God will never give up on us. One such story about redemption and the ever presence of God is the story of the lost sheep in Luke 15:1-7. Jesus spent much of His time with the sinners of the world. This of course upset the ultra religious and legalistic people around Him. When Jesus was called…

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  • Analysis Of The Bible And The Parable Of The Wicked Tenants

    The Setting of the Parable Both the placement of the parable in the Bible and when the parable took place in Jesus’ life are important in understanding the meaning of the parable. While Mark’s version of the Parable of the Wicked Tenants is regarded as the closest to the synoptic traditions source (De Moor 63), it is Matthew’s placement of the parable that is most significant. The parable is sandwiched by two other parables: the Parable of the Two sons and the Parable of the Marriage Feast. All…

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  • Figurative Language: Recognizing Figures Of Speech In The Bible

    expressed or formal comparison using phrases such as “like” or “as.” Jeremiah 23:29 “Is not my word like a hammer” Psalm 42:1 “As the deer pants for the streams of water” 1 Peter 1:24 “All flesh are like grass” • Metaphor: an unexpressed or implied comparison describing one thing in terms of something else. Luke 12:32 The disciples are a “little flock” Psalm 23:1 “The Lord is my shepherd” Isaiah 40:6 “All flesh is grass” • Look for the single authorial-intended meaning in the comparison by…

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