Last night as I was trying to sleep when the lord brought to mind “The Parable of the Lost Son” or “The Prodigal Son”. You can click the link to read the full scripture and change the version if you wish. “The Prodigal Son” Over the years I have heard many perspectives or teachings on this Parable and I’ll place those in parenthesis so you can see this is not what the Lord was giving me during the night.
Looking at the Parable that Jesus told, it brought to mind what was not there. First, where is the mother in this tale? A father (God) and older son (Hebrews or Jews) and a younger son (Gentiles). The younger son ask for his inheritance (In the Hebrew culture the older son would get the major or all of the inheritance or blessing). The father divides up the inheritance and the younger son leaves to sew his wild oats. You notice that the father does not refuse or tries to convince the son to rethink his actions. During the time in which the son is away the father does not go after or pursues the son. It is not until the younger son comes to the end of himself and realizes that he can not make it without his fathers help then he returns home. The father gives the example of “tough love”. If there was a mother in the story she would have pursued the younger son and convinced him to return before he reached bottom. Sometimes the Father allows us to reach bottom allowing us to recognize that we need Him more than we need the things of this world.
The second half of the story with the older brother is still baffling to me. The older son is angry because he has been there all this time and feels he has not been treaty fairly. Unfortunately sometimes we all feel we have been in service to Him and left out of the blessings or promises. But not so! We have the protection and provision only He can provide. If you have not it’s only because you have asked not.
Let us celebrate when the lost sheep or son returns into God’s bosom and back into our churches!
The Parable of the Lost Son
11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his propertybetween 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. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He 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 servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So 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. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For 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. 26 So 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. 29 But 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. 30 But 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. 32 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.’”