Did you know there was a time when it was common practice for a shepherd to break a lost sheep’s leg/?
If a sheep were to wander away from the flock it would be found. Upon it being found the shepherd would break it’s leg and return with the sheep on his shoulders. The sheep would heal at the loving side of the sheep herder and would not wander again.
The scribes and pharisee’s were in study of the law of scripture. We can see that it most likely seemed not that they were lost. However, in the story of the lost sheep and the story of the missing coin it was the complaining pharisees that were part of those lost from the flock as they were rebuking their own shepherd as He was trying to bring them to salvation.
Then drew near unto Him all the publicans and sinners for to hear Him. And the pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This Man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them. And He spake this parable unto them, saying, What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.