Did you know there was a time when it was common practice for a shepherd to break a lost sheep’s leg? It may still be practiced, I am not sure.
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 it’s wanderings would be over: the sheep would be safe, the rest of the flock would be safe, and the shepherd would be safe too. A happy ending.
The scribes and pharisee’s were in study of The Law of Scripture. We can see that it most likely seemed to most that they were found and righteouss as their M.O. was to appear that way; however, in the story of the lost sheep and the story of the missing coin, it was the cunning, racalcitrant pharisees that were part of those lost from the flock. They were rebuking their own shepherd while He was trying to bring them to salvation. When they should have been coming to Him to learn, they came with this in their hearts: slander, entrapment, correction.
<Then drew near unto Him all the publicans and sinners for to hear Him. And the pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, “this Man receives sinners, and eats with them.” And He spake this parable unto them, saying, “What man of you, having a 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 lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, 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 repents, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.”>