In the 15th chapter of Luke, the Savior taught the scribes and Pharisees a parable that illustrates the value of a human soul. Jesus gives the parable of the lost coin which is a story about a woman who has 10 coins. Due to the woman’s carelessness, she lost one of the coins, but she searches diligently, and rejoices greatly when she finds the missing piece of silver. This teaches us how though a soul can become lost, it can be found and returned to the Lord, and doing so brings great joy to God and angels.
Full text of the parable of the Lost Coin
Luke 15: 8 “Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?
9 And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.
10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.”
Lessons from the Lost Coin
“In Greek, the piece of silver is a drachma—a coin equivalent to a day’s wage. In this parable, a woman sweeps corners and cracks in an attempt to find the coin, possibly because of its sentimental value as a coin that was sewn onto her wedding costume, or possibly because she is a poor manager and has lost the coin, or perhaps even the opposite, because she is a careful manager and carefully guards her resources.
Whatever the circumstances, like the shepherd, when she finds the coin the woman calls her friends together to rejoice with her. The moral of the story is similar to that of the parable of the sheep: there is joy in heaven “over one sinner that repenteth.” (Parables of Mercy by Richard Lloyd Anderson)
- Parables of Jesus: The Lost Coin by J. Kent Jolley