The lost coin

Brooklyn Museum: The Lost Drachma (La drachme perdue)

This post is based on chapter 8 of Jacob and the Prodigal by Kenneth Bailey.

Jesus often paired His parables: one story from the life of men and another from that of women. In Matthew 5:14-15, He says, “You are the light of the world,” and illustrates this by using city-building (men’s work) and lamp-lighting (women’s work) metaphors. On another occasion He says, “The kingdom of God… is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his garden” (Luke 13:18-19). He goes on to compare the kingdom to “leaven  which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal” (Luke 13:20-21). The double parable of the good shepherd and the good woman is another example of communicating with both men and women.

The woman loses her coin, accepts responsibility by lighting a lamp and looking for it. The coin cannot aid in its rescue. The friends rejoice with her; they don’t judge her for her efforts. Repentance, according to this parable, is being found.

Posts in this series
1 Introduction & overview
2 Three stories, one parable
3 The parable of the lost sheep
4 The lost coin
5 To find the lost (Part 1)
6 To find the lost (Part 2)
7 To find the lost (Part 3)