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Matthew 18:10-14 – The Parable of the Lost Sheep

Summary

Jesus' parable of the lost sheep makes the point that the Father's will is that not one of the "little ones" be lost to the kingdom.

Analysis

Jesus' parable of the lost sheep continues the theme of greatness in the kingdom by likening the "little ones" of concern in 18:1-9 to "lost sheep," who are the central concern of the Father in heaven. Matthew's story parallels the motif of searching for and rejoicing over the one lost sheep out of ninety-nine of Luke's version (see Luke 15:3-7), but here the parable is directed more pointedly to the theme of Matthew's context: the assertion that it is the Father's will that not one "little one" will be lost to the kingdom.

Matthew 18:10-14

The Parable of the Lost Sheep

10 ‘Take care that you do not despise one of these little ones; for, I tell you, in heaven their angels continually see the face of my Father in heaven.* 12What do you think? If a shepherd has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? 13And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. 14So it is not the will of your* Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost.

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