8 “Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? 9 When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost!’ 10 In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
The coins in question are drachmas. They represented the average daily wage at the time. Comparatively, as of 2012, the average median daily wage in the US was about 133 dollars. So think of this in terms as the woman’s savings or perhaps her dowry. So the loss of any portion of it was grievous to her.
So she looks everywhere for it. She leaves no part of the floor unturned in her efforts to find the coin. And when she finds it, she calls together her friends and neighbors and rejoices. And they rejoice with her.
I liked Jeff’s take on these two parables as a reflection of the two sons in the final parable. I think it’s useful to remember that one can be just as lost within the church as one is outside of it.
And exactly like the last parable, this one deals with God’s response to the lost or the wayward. It reveals the heart of God to us. It’s not a heart of anger and rage, it’s a heart of compassion and a desire to see restoration.
This parable also describes the depths of God’s commitment to the lost. There is no resting, there is no giving up, there is no settling for the remaining nine coins. No, there is a systematic determination to make sure that the lost coin is found no matter how long it takes or how much effort is involved. The woman never gives up her search. God never gives up on you and me.
Consider that for a moment. He never gives up on you and me.
The love of God is greater than we can conceive. It goes beyond our expectations and beyond the limits we try to impose upon it.