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Why Did He Call the People?
Sometimes people will call others together to mock, deride them, to show them how powerful he is, but this is not the reason why he has called the people, some of the reasons for calling the people as could be deduced from what Jesus says in verse six that, “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.” (Luk 15:6) are as follow:
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1. They Were in The Loop Before
We can see from what Jesus states here that before the man leaves, he has informed others about the missing sheep, thence this phrase, “rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.” You cannot call me to rejoice with you for finding what you have lost if you have not kept me in the loop before. It was because they have been kept in the loop before that gave him the audacity to call them to rejoice with him.
2. They May Have Assisted In The Search
Since they may have been kept in the loop before, it is certain that they would have assisted one way or another in the search, and those who could not be of help would have shown some measures of sympathy for the terrible incident that has befallen the man.
3. To Stop Their Search or Else They Will Continue
He perhaps calls them together to notify that since he has found the missing sheep, they therefore need to stop their search for the missing sheep. If he has not called them, there would be people who will still continue with the search.
4. To Stop Their Commiseration
He again would have called them together so that they will stop their commiseration with him because some of them if they are not told like that would continue to sympathize with him.
5. To Show Them They Are Important
He has called them to let them know that he valued their support or contributions to the search.
Having seen some things about verse six, I will want us to see some things about verse seven of the book of Luke chapter fifteen.
“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.” (Luk 15:7)
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What This Story Does Not Imply (Mean)
a) It Does Not Imply That God Is Not Happy On The Ninety-Nine Righteous: As the shepherd was not sad with the ninety-nine sheep that he left behind and went in search of the missing one, in the same wise do we have to know that God is not angry with the “ninety-nine just persons which need no repentance”. This is important because some people may be thinking that God is not happy with those who are righteous and would be thinking the focus of God is on those who are sinning alone. Without the just, the sinner would not know they are sinners, it is the righteous ones who bring checks and balances, it is the righteous ones who make it known to sinners that being righteous or just is possible.
b) Does not mean that he wants us to go to sin before he would be happy with us and or celebrate us: We should not misconstrue this place to mean that we need to go sinning, backslide before we can be celebrated by God. God is happy with the just ones as the shepherd is happy with the ninety-nine sheep that he will not labor on again and he wants us to continue in our righteousness to promoting his kingdom and pulling down the kingdom of the devil.
In the next article, I shall write on some of what the story implies...
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