Ancient Methods of searching Scripture has changed my life. I love being part of a bible study with many different authors and study materials in different groups settings, but it appears the Holy Spirit has led me into personal bible studies of my own now. When I have questions about things going on in my life, I go to scripture and use my ancient methods to see what God says about the matter.
Recently in church our pastor had us turn to Luke Chapter 15 and began reading scripture. As he read, I immediately began to see a pattern emerge concerning our value to the Father in heaven. In this chapter, we are given three parables to ponder and I would not have seen this if I had not learned Ancient Methods of Searching Scripture.
In the first parable, we see a man with one hundred sheep. He leaves the ninety-nine to go find the one lost sheep and when he finds it he calls his friends and neighbors to rejoice with him. The scripture says there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just people who have no need of repentance.
The second parable talks about the woman with ten pieces of silver. If she loses one of them, she lights a candle, sweeps the house, and looks diligently until she finds it. When she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together to rejoice with her. There is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repents.
In the third parable, we see a man with two sons. The youngest son takes his father’s inheritance and leaves to a far-off country where he squanders the estate. A famine comes and the son finds himself feeding pigs for a living and would gladly have eaten what the pigs ate, as he felt he would perish with hunger. No one helped him. He finally came to himself realizing even his father’s servants had enough to eat with food to spare. He decided to return home, as a servant, and confess his sin against heaven and his father. When he was a far way off, his father saw him and ran to him, falling on his neck kissing him. Then his father called for the servants to bring the best robe and put it on him, put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. He ordered them to kill a fatted calf and eat and be merry, for his son who was dead, is alive again; he was lost, and is now found. And they began to be merry.
The first pattern seen in these parables, in the order it appears, is the value of the thing lost. The sheep was one in a hundred. The coin was one in ten and the son was one of two. I think we can all agree our possessions are least important, our money second least, but our children are the most important thing to us.
Another pattern seen, in order of appearance, is the degree of rejoicing in heaven over a sinner that repents. In the first parable, we are told there will be joy in heaven over one sinner who repents. In the second parable, we see joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repents. In the third parable we see joy in the presence of the Father, over the son who repents.
We see the value of repentance to the Father in these parables. The increased degree of rejoicing when we recognize, confess, and repent of our sin is a powerful testament. Just like the prodigal son, we are reconciled back to our Father with great joy when we repent. We are elevated into the presence of the Father once again, while willingly returning as a servant, we are accepted by Him as a son.