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Parable of the Prodigal Son.

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Luke 15:11-32
11And He said, A certain man had two sons. 12And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that is coming to me. And he divided his living to them. 13And not many days afterward, the younger son gathered all together and went away into a far country. And there he wasted his property, living dissolutely. 14And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land. And he began to be in want. 15And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country. And he sent him into his fields to feed pigs. 16And he was longing to fill his belly with the husks that the pigs ate, and no one gave to him. 17And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father abound in loaves, and I perish with hunger! 18I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, Father, I have sinned against Heaven and before you 19and am no more worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants. 20And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. 21And the son said to him, Father, I have sinned against Heaven and before you, and am no more worthy to be called your son. 22But the father said to his servants, Bring the best robe and put it on him. And put a ring on his hand and shoes on his feet. 23And bring the fattened calf here and kill it. And let us eat and be merry, 24for this my son was dead and is alive again, he was lost and is found. And they began to be merry. 25And his elder son was in the field. And as he came and drew near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. 27And he said to him, Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has received him safe and sound. 28And he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and entreated him. 29And answering he said to his father, Lo, these many years I have served you, neither did I transgress your commandment at any time. And yet you never gave me a kid so that I might make merry with my friends. 30But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your living with harlots, you have killed for him the fattened calf. 31And he said to him, Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. 32It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.
  • While his father was still living, the son asked for his inheritance, this could also be taken as the son saying; "father, I wish you were dead".
  • The father divided his living to them, implying that both sons got their portion of the inheritance.
  • After the son was in want, he developed a plan to return to the father, he turned his course around, (he repented).
  • While he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion. The Father is patiently waiting for us to return to Him.
  • The son's request was to be made like one of the hired servants, the father could not fulfill this, for he was a son by birth and will always be a son. To those who are in Christ Jesus, we are sons and daughters of God, we were made in His image, And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness, Genesis 1:26.
  • The son was immediately dressed in spender, brought back into the family and they began to be merry.
  • Then the other son heard of his brother's return, and he resented it. He could have done the same, for he had the same resources, the father said to him, all I have is yours. We all have all the resources of the Father, but we often fail to use them for whatever reason, fear that we might waste them, hesitant because we feel unworthy, etc.
  • The older brother was not being a good brother. The father called both of his sons, sons, but the older brother refereed to his brother as, "this son of yours". The church today needs to take a lesson from this, refer to the parable of the Forgiving Master and the Wicked Servant. There needs to be unity in the church rather than division, for the Father calls all of us sons, should we not therefore call each other brothers? Jesus called us to be united in the common faith, He did not necessary call us to be united in the common doctrine.
  • The father said the younger son, "was dead and is now alive again". Physically, he was never dead, so this parable is also talking of his spiritual life. The new birth, Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God, John 3:3.