The Parable of the Lost Son

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‘My son,’ the father said,
‘you are always with me,
and everything I have is yours.
But we had to celebrate and be glad,
because this brother of yours
was dead and is alive again;
he was lost and is found.



The Parable of the Lost Son

Luke 15:11-32 NIV

11Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them. 13”Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

17”When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.’ 20So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

21”The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son’

22”But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

25”Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27’Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’

28”The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’

31” ‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.

32But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' " 



Lissette Reeve Commentary:
The prodigal didn't break the law
he broke his father's heart,
that's why he got fixed by love not law!
Extravagant love!
 





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· ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’
This is bluntly saying, “I don’t love you, give me my money, and drop dead I don’t care if I ever see you again!”

· So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed his pigs.
Remember by Jewish Law he could not eat pork! He had a job feeding an animal that he could not eat and the pig was treated and fed better than he was.

· – He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
God gives to those who hunger and thrist.

· But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him.
God is always watching for your return no matter how far you wander.

· he ran to his son,
Children ran, slaves ran, but in the Middle East at this time it would have been humiliating, beneath the dignity of a wealthy landowner to run to his son or subordinate. God will stop at nothing to come to you!

· ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.
YOU are an Adopted Child of God and God Loves YOU! No matter what you have done; the Father welcomes you back.

· But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.
Parable of the Lost Son may have well been an inspiration John Newton’s Amazing Grace. 


I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven
over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous
persons who do not need to repent.

Luke 15:7
Parable of the Lost Sheep Luke 15:1-7



· The older brother became angry and refused to go in.
The older brother was acting very self-righteous, indignant, and judgmental. The older brother was unhappy that the father was giving forgiveness that wasn’t earned or deserved especially without his brother suffering for it. 

How often are well-meaning Christians standing in the way of people seeking God?  Are YOU standing in the way of people seeking God?

Are YOU an obstruction to others seeking God?



‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders.
The brother is now being self-righteous!
The older brother now is now exaggerating his righteousness! 

30But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’ 

“But when this son of yours”

The older brother does not even claim his younger brother. How often do we deny that all people are our brothers and sisters? How often do we deny that we are our brother’s keeper?

“squandered your property with prostitutes”
The older brother is now exaggerating the sins of his younger brother! There was no mention of “prostitutes!” The older brother has embellished the story! Whenever we exaggerate the sins of others (consciously or subconsciously) we are exaggerating our own righteousness. The more we try to lower someone else – the higher we are try to raise ourselves up on a pedestal so we can look down upon others. This is an easy trap to get caught into!

The Father answers: ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.’

If you have been a faithful servant to God; you have already received God’s blessing.

‘But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ 


We are the “Workers”
which God is seeking.
We are the Lost Coin, the Lost Sheep
that God is so patiently looking for.
We are the ones ‘cast adrift on the sea,’
we are the ones caught in the middle if the Storm.
We are the “Lost” that God is looking for!


Matthew Henry's Bible Commentary: Parable of the Prodigal Son



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