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Like A Lost Sheep part 3

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      Luke 15:4-5, “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.” (NKJV) Shoulders is the Greek word ὤμους (ōmous) and it only appears two times in the entire Bible, both times it is used by Jesus as He preaches. It occurs here as Jesus finds the lost sheep and carries the lost sheep on His shoulders back to the wilderness…

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Like A Lost Sheep part 2

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     Luke 15:1-4, Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him. And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, “This Man receives sinners and eats with them.” So He spoke this parable to them, saying:       “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?” (NKJV) Many scholars agree the one hundred sheep are Christians where one sheep has gone astray and Jesus will search out the one…

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Like A Lost Sheep part 1

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          Luke 15:1, Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him. (NKJV) During the Roman empire these tax collectors were called tax farmers, which were part of a corrupt governmental system.      Individuals were not taxed. Instead, the tax burden fell on the entire community as a whole, mainly because census taking was too difficult of a task in a time when technology was not as advanced as it is today. Ultimately, the responsibility to collect taxes fell on the governors at the time.      Governors did…

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