Parable of the Woman who lost the silver coin

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Franticly searching on hands and knees, the woman’s mind screams, “Where is it!” “Where did I lose it?”

Scrapping the dirt floor with her knees, she looks under blankets and rugs, bowls and baskets, but to her dismay, she can not find it. The dimly lit home offered scant light and hardly any hope of finding the coin.

Grabbing the lamp, she held it in front of her, carefully stepping to not miss the small, glimmer of silver. There! She quickly stooped down, almost dropping the lamp in her haste to grab the coin. Treasure in grasp, she squeezes tightly giving a sigh of relief. Heading toward the small door, she makes way to her friends to tell them the good news.

“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Luke 15:8-10)

According to R. Kent Hughes, Preach the Word; Luke Volume 2, the loss of the coin was very serious to the woman, for she was apparently poor. “The coin, a drachma, was about a day’s subsistence wage for a laborer – no great amount, but nevertheless a great loss for the woman.” [1]

Hughes further delves into detail as he writes, “The lost coin is of such value to the woman that she is whirlwind of organized persistence. Ancient homes were traditionally windowless and dark. Since the only light came in through a low door, a lamp was always shining. Straw that normally covered the dirt floor was swept away, and she searched every nook and cranny. Nothing was left unturned as she searched upon her knees. She must find the coin!” [1]

I want to break this parable down into what God placed in my heart. Jesus Christ is known as the Good Shepherd and we are His sheep (John 10:11). We are to know His voice and follow Him (John 10:27). If we know Christ as our Shepherd and we are to follow His voice, then we are to lead others who do not know Him into His presence.

Our examples of being Christ-followers should draw people to us and wonder what we have that they do not. We are to display the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). Our examples of loving and caring for those who can not, our example of giving to those in need, our example of joy and happiness during trial and tribulation, our example of praise and worship to our King, and our example toward those who persecute us should be drawing those from outside the faith into Christianity.

Think of the woman who lost the coin this way. She is in a dark house; the world can see VERY dark and depressing. She is searching. She is searching through darkness to find something of value. What does she grab to see into the dark? Light; a lamp. Psalm 119:105 says, “Your Word is a lamp to my feet, and a light for my path.” According to John 1:3-5, “Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.”

If Jesus Christ is the Light, then we should be filled with His light leading others to Him, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16

Those in the world who do not know Christ search for value, self-worth, titles, monetary treasures, and pleasures. The world will search and fumble in the dark until they grab a light; a lamp and look intently for Truth, something of value to their spirit. The coin represents something of value to God, you.

When one sinner repents, God rejoices in Heaven. The sinner has found something so valuable, life-changing for his heart, God cannot contain Himself. A child of His has come home, just like the prodigal son.

The parable says she carefully, diligently, or methodically searches. She does not want to miss an opportunity to overlook the coin. Think of the woman who lost the coin in another way; we are to be observant and watchful to those who are not Christians. Carefully attentive to those who we can bless and show kindness to, a small action may spark a conversation and invitation to know Christ.

We have all heard the phrase, actions speak louder than words, well, the woman’s actions spoke volumes. Let’s look at the woman who lost the coin a third way. Her actions were desperate. She probably would have loved support. She was searching and searching, while telling others she was searching. Funny, the parable does not say another came to her aid. A friend did not help her look. A family member did not crawl on bended knees to assist her quest. I am grateful for her persistence attitude, for many would have given up and left the coin to be picked up later.

We are to help those in search and need of Christ. New members come into the church weekly and as followers of Christ should be ready to pray, serve, and encourage those who are growing in the faith. I pray you are comforting and uplifting someone in need or a new believer who may be struggling. Come alongside them, help them continue in a deeper relationship with Christ.

The parable of the woman who lost her silver coin is spoken by Christ and in the Word of God for a reason. A lesson to be learned, if you will. God spoke three ways in which I could understand His parable better, He may speak a different way for which you will grow deeper in the knowledge of Him. Pray about this parable and how you can use it to spread the good news. Remember how the parable ends with “Good News”, rejoicing for she had found her “lost” coin. The Gospel means “Good News”. We are to spread the Good News, the Gospel of Jesus Christ bringing the lost into the Kingdom of God. My prayer is you are carefully observant to those who may not know Christ and rejoice with those who have accepted Christ into their hearts as new believers!


  1. Catherine

    I love this. I also love how Jesus would leave the 99 to go after the one who has strayed because He doesn’t want one to perish. How can we do any less? I am completely guilty of complacency and apathy. If it’s that important to Him it must be that important to us. Please help me with this Lord.

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