HOST: Ron House
“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven. What do you think? If a man 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? And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
The Parable of the Lost Sheep will be discussed tomorrow, so today’s thought will focus on the meaning of v. 10. Jesus had earlier used a nearby child as an object lesson, and here refers back to that child as a representative of the lowliest of people in society. In their culture, children had no rights, no property of their own, and very little regard among people. Jesus uses this child to make the point that every person, regardless of their position in society, was important to God. The phrase “their angels always see the face of My Father” has caused much discussion and confusion, and has even led to the idea of each person having a “guardian angel.” This is not Jesus’ intended meaning, but using vivid imagery, He is making the point that God is interested and concerned about every person. No person or situation escapes the eye of God. No one is unimportant or unworthy of His attention. For that reason, Jesus says, we should not despise or look down on anyone. Instead, we should strive to look at others with the love and compassion that God has for them.
What are some ways that we can share God’s compassion with the world?
Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!