The longest and most elaborate parable Jesus tells is found in Luke 15. It tells the story of a son who runs away from home and squanders his fathers money. When he finally comes to his senses he decides to return home. But how will his father respond when he sees the son? How does God respond when he sees us coming home?
In Luke 15, right after telling a parable about a shepherd and a lost sheep Jesus tells another parable that's virtually identical about a women and a lost coin. Why did Jesus use two parables to basically say the same thing? Are there any notable differences between the first parable and this second one?