18:1-14 & Luke
Parable of the Prodigal Son is for us to understanding our Heavenly
Father's longing for the lost to be redeemed. You wonder how
often the father must have looked out and down the road to see if
his son was coming home. It is a picture of our Heavenly
Father's love for the lost.
the changes that accompany the son's decision to return home.
First of all he came to his senses and his eyes were opened.
Upon returning home notice what he said to his earthly father.
I have sinned against heaven and you. His repentance was in
correct order; first to God and then to his father. It is a
reminder of the story in Genesis 39:9 where Joseph says how can I
sin against God.
father's response to the lost son coming home was to celebrate his
return. It is a reminder of the angels in heaven rejoicing
over one sinner who repents. The Eldest son's reaction was so
much like the world's reaction to someone becoming a Christian;
rejection. The Eldest son's excuse of not having a party was
lame. At any time he wanted to he could have.
who was the real Prodigal Son? Who do you and I identify
with: the one who comes home or the one who refused to rejoice
with the father at the younger son returning home?