Luk 15:1-7; Rom 3:21-26; Psa 25:7-11; Isa 48:8-11; Eze 36:22-38
ROMANS-71-100226 - length: 58:49 - taught on Feb, 26 2010
February 26, 2010
God’s plan throughout all the ages is that He might be glorified by the grace that He dispenses to undeserving creatures.
the lost sheep, LUK 15:4-7,
the lost coin, LUK 15:8-10,
the lost sons, LUK 15:11-32.
Why does He recklessly go out and risk it all to rescue this one lost sheep?
Jewish culture in the first century was a shame/honor driven society.
The primary motivation for what and how things were done was based on seeking honor for oneself and avoiding shame.
His integrity as a shepherd is critical to him.
He has standards that he will not compromise.
When he returns to his village having succeeded in restoring his sheep, he does something.
He calls in his friends.
He wants them to know the kind of shepherd that he is.
Jesus wants the Pharisees and scribes to know the kind of shepherd He and His Father are.
He has a party to celebrate His joy at preserving His integrity!
This is exactly what the Pharisees and the scribes should have learned from David, PSA 23:3, PSA 25:7-11.
This is exactly what the Pharisees and scribes should have realized from Isaiah, ISA 37:35; ISA 43:25; ISA 48:8-11 .
The Pharisees and scribes were blind to Ezekiel, EZE 20:9; EZE 20:21-22; EZE 20:25-26; EZE 20:35-44, EZE 36:22-38.
Ezekiel combines (1) the fact of the Lord acting for His name’s sake with (2) the imagery of the shepherd and the sheep.
And the whole context is (3) the rebellious history of Israel and its leaders.