The Prodigal Son and His Father!!!
Then He said: “A certain man had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them His livelihood. And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything.
“But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.”’ “And 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. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry……. Luke 15:11-24
In our previous Study, we were considering the Parable of the Lost sheep and the coin. Showing us the the joy that is in Heaven over one soul who repents. Here Jesus continues with another parable to depict the love of God towards a Sinner who repents. This is a popular Parable of a Man who had two Sons. And we can learn from both Sons. The Father is a picture of God and the Younger Son is a picture of us.
A certain man had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them His livelihood. : First of all, God gives when His Children ask. This younger son knew His right and privileges as a Son. This is a picture of a Believer who knew God as a Father. There was nothing wrong that He ask for from the Father. The Father himself had said, “Ask and it shall be given unto You”. Many Believer need to learn from this younger Son to know how to approach God in prayer and ask for what rightfully belong to them in Christ Jesus. So this Son asked and He received. James 4:2-4 says, ” You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.” Let us therefore approach God in prayer that we may get what belongs to us into Christ Jesus.
And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living: This is the beginning of the this Son problem. His problem started the moment He journeyed away from the Father. As long as He was with the Father, there was no problem but the moment He left the Home. He began to face difficulties. He gathered everything He has and walked away. Many at times, God gives us something and the end result is that we journey away from Him after receiving it. There are many believers who have received God healthy from the Lord and instead of using the health for the Lord, they journeyed away from him and spend it on themselves. If you have received anything from God and use it to serve Yourself and seek your own Glory then you are a Prodigal Son.
But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. : The moment we break our fellowship or Devotion with the Father, we will face famine and be in need. No wonder John 15:4-6 says, ” Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered”. This is the place God wants us to come to finally. A place of need. To be in “need”. This is another story where we don’t see that Father going after the Son. In the first two Parables, we see the sheep that has gone astray and the Shepherd going after the sheep. That’s one aspect of the Lord’s ministry, or the coin that is lost and the woman looking for it and finding it. This is one aspect of the church ministry. But here we see a self willed stubborn son who has gone and the father did not go after Him because the Father wants him to come to an end of Himself, to be broken and allows Him to Suffer need and face difficulties and suffering. This is another way God brings people back to Himself by allowing them to face difficulties and trials and to be in need. It could be financial need or physical need like Sickness.
Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything.: Notice when He comes to Need, He doesn’t think about His Father first. And this is exactly what a lot of believers always do when they come to need. They don’t think of God first, they don’t think of Repentance. They try to seek for help from worldly people. He attached Himself to the Citizens of another country. And the results is that His condition became worse!!! He was sent to be with the Pigs. Anyone will not serve the Father with what they have will end up serving pigs. Those who find the Father boring and hard will be brought to the level of the Pigs. And He longed for the Pigs food!!! What a terrible condition the Life of a backslider. Even the pig food, no one gave Him anything.
“But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.”’ : All those who have backslider are out of their senses. It was when the senses of their Son came back that He thought of returning to the Father. This is one of the clearest pictures of Repentance in the whole Bible. Where a person comes to need and recognizes that He has taken advantage of God and His Goodness and gift and used it on Himself and decides to go back. He never justified Himself. He had a sense of unworthiness to come to God. A willingness to take the lowest place in God’s Kingdom. All these are involved in Repentance. And anything less than these is not Repentance. Those who have really repented are willing to become nothing important in the Kingdom of God because they see how much they disappointed God. Notice that He came back to His sense because He was hungry and no one gave Him anything. Imagine there were people who always gives Him something to eat, I guess He may never remember the Father’s house so quick. There are times we hinder God’s plan by giving things out to those whom God wants to bring to a place of need. This is why we must be sensitive to the voice of the year Holy Spirit so that we can know who to help and who not to help.
“And 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. And the son said to him, : Finally, He arose and came to His father’s. These are many who say in their heart that they want to repent and return to the Father but never did. But this son returned. And behold, the Father saw Him from afar and recognized Him. I was wondering how the Father knew Him from afar? It seems to me that every time, the Father is always looking hoping and praying that His Son will return. Here is a warm embrace and a warm feeling that express itself joyfully because He saw His Son . This is to he heart of God. The only place in the Bible where God is pictured as running. And it is to save a a Sinner that is repenting. When we have cross our boundaries and have Sin again and again, yet God’s love towards us is so great that He runs to us to welcome us. This is an encouragement for all who have sinned and coming back to Him. The Pharisees were not like this, they would say, ” “This Man receives sinners and eats with them.”. But God runs towards a repenting Sinner to welcome Him Home. What a great love!!!
And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’: This is His confession. I am not worthy to be called Your son again. But notice, the father did not allow Him to finish all that He planned to say. Once you have acknowledge your Sins, that’s enough. God is willing to receive You back.
“But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry: Here we see not only Forgiveness , but a Love that is seeks the Best for a repented Sinner. If the father had just Forgiven Him, that would have been a great thing. But here we see something greater. The Father not only forgive Him but gave Him the best robe. I was thinking the Son had collected all the best things but yet, the father had the best in store. This is a picture of how we have been clothed with the the Righteousness of Christ. It is the by this Righteousness that we can stand before the Almighty God in Heaven.
The ring is a picture of authority of a relationship with God. With the help authority God has given us, we can use it to stand before she. It is the seal God put upon us which is the anointing of the Holy Spirit that gives us boldness. He was also given a sandals. The Bible says, ” shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace”. God not only forgives us, but He prepares our feet for the Gospel to others. Telling others what the Lord has done for us. Imagine a repented Sinner is not placed for six months to be under probation to see if he is really repented. This is the tremendous Love of God towards us. There is Joy and feast when a Sinner repents. Because In God’s eyes, there are no memories of all the wrongs we have done if we have confessed it to the Lord. Hebrews 8:12 says, “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of Grace that we might obtain mercy and Grace to Help us in our time of need.
Dear friend, our Father is a good God who receives even those who come to Him because they are hungry. The Son did not return to Him because He loved the Father, He repented because He was hungry. This is how large the heart of God is. I am sure that the Son who change by the time He sees the way the Father treated Him when He sold get nothing. Return to the Lord today my friend, you have dwelt enough with the Pigs. The father still has the best in for You. The Father is Longing and hoping for your return. He looks up afar every day hoping to see You coming back to Him. Return to Him. May the Lord quicken our Spirit and give us Grace to find our own way back to God. (Amen). God bless you. Have a blessed day.
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