Party Time (by Carley Evans)

Jesus speaks to the Pharisees and scribes on the subject of eating with sinners. The Pharisees are particularly critical of this practice by the Lord. Jesus tells them three stories related to rejoicing over repenting sinners — the first is about a man with 100 sheep who leaves the 99 in the open pasture to search out and reclaim the one who has strayed. The second story is about the woman who has 10 coins, loses 1 coin, stops worrying over the 9 she still has in her possession, and searches her house until she locates the lost coin. The third story is about the father with 2 sons; he loses 1 to the world. Thankfully, this son comes to his senses and returns home.

In each story, the man, the woman, and the father throw a party. The man who finds his sheep calls his neighbors together, saying, “Rejoice with me, because I’ve found my lost sheep!” (Luke 15:6, HCSB) The woman who locates her coin calls her women friends and neighbors together, saying, “Rejoice with me, because I’ve found the silver coin I lost!” (Luke 15:9) The father who regains his lost son calls his slaves together and commands them to “bring out the best robe,” a ring, and “the fattened calf” and “let’s celebrate with a feast, because this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!” (Luke 15:22,23-24)

Jesus tells the Pharisees and scribes, “Why should I worry over the ‘righteous’? The ‘righteous’ have no need of Me. Instead, I rejoice with sinners who come to their senses. Don’t be like the son who stayed at his father’s side, bitter and resentful that his dad threw a party for his reclaimed son. Everything I have already belongs to you. And there’s plenty more partying to do.”

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5 thoughts on “Party Time (by Carley Evans)

  1. […] Party Time (via obsecrations) Jesus speaks to the Pharisees and scribes on the subject of eating with sinners. The Pharisees are particularly critical of this practice by the Lord. Jesus tells them three stories related to rejoicing over repenting sinners — the first is about a man with 100 sheep who leaves the 99 in the open pasture to search out and reclaim the one who has strayed. The second story is about the woman who has 10 coins, loses 1 coin, stops worrying over the … Read More […]

  2. Dan & Carrie says:

    Excellent word Carley! We very much appreciate it as it helps debunk the statement we have seen floating around on FB espousing the idea that “it is wrong to tell sinners God loves them.” Clearly those who applaud such a statement have not cross checked it with God’s Word and such verses as John 3:16 or Romans 5:8 which state, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life….“God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Your reference to the pharisees who condemned Jesus’ “partying” with sinners is apropos, because when we first read the aforementioned statement, we commented that someone should write a book about the resurgence of modern day pharisees. Thanks for writing Carley and for sharing! Let the “partying” continue and
    “Let the poor man say I am rich again
    Let the lost man said I am found again
    Whoa, let the river flow
    Let the blind man say I can see again
    Let the dead man say I am born again….”
    🙂

  3. lambskinny says:

    Thank you, Patricia.

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