2021_09_06 Insight Post- Kim Feld
This week's reading- Luke 15-16
Luke chapters 15 and 16 are rich with Jesus’ teaching. Luke chapter 15 is one of my favorite chapters of the Bible because it gives such a vivid picture of God’s heart. Each of the three parables in this chapter refers to something lost and then found: a sheep, a coin, and a son. Let’s look closer.
The shepherd has 99 other sheep, but he goes in search of the one that’s lost. Luke 15:7 gives a spiritual connection to this: “I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” Next, the woman has ten silver coins but loses one. Again, Jesus makes a spiritual connection in verse 10: “In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Finally, we see the heart of God the Father on full display in verse 20: “So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” Heaven is rejoicing, the angels are rejoicing, and God the Father runs to reclaim what was lost to Him. That’s the heart of God for those that are far from Him.
The Greek word for compassion in Luke 15:20 is splanchnizomai, and it means to be moved and yearn deeply in your inward parts, which were thought to be the seat of emotions. This word is used multiple times in the New Testament in reference to Jesus’ heart toward others. In Matthew 9:36, He is moved with compassion for the crowds; in Matthew 14:14, He has compassion for the large group and heals their sick; Mark 1:41, He healed the leper; Luke 7:13, He saw the funeral procession of the widow’s only son. These are just a few. My point is this, God’s heart is for us as His unique creation. He searches and pursues the lost, and even when we’ve been found, His compassion for us does not end.
You are deeply loved by the One who created you today. And you are seen. He knows your joys and your pain and desires to be present with you in both. Even when your circumstances seem to tell you something different, God’s heart is full of compassion for you.
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