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The Teachings of Jesus - The Prodigal

Text: Luke 15:11-32 -

The Prodigal – Irresponsible, squanderer, wasteful, useless

Prodigal: characterized by profuse or wasteful expenditure –

LAVISH: a prodigal feast., recklessly spending: the prodigal son

yielding abundantly: LUXURIANT —often used of nature: it has

been so prodigal of her bounty

The Occasion

A dinner at the home of the Pharisee

The Pharisees grumble about Jesus

Jesus shares three parables:

The Lost Sheep: Every ‘one’ is important

The Lost Coin: Every ‘one’ is valuable

The Prodigal Son (and the Prodigal Father)

The Prodigal Son

A younger son asks for his inheritance.

He squanders his inheritance.

then..

In misery, the son comes to his senses.

The son returns home for employment.

Footnote:

The younger so’s portion would be 1/3 of the estate. (the older brother gets a double portion)

The Prodigal Father

The father saw him coming

The father had compassion on him

The father ran to him

The father embraced him and kissed him

The father called for a celebration feast

The Elder Son

Comes in from work to the sounds of a party

He is wounded and becomes angry

He confronts his father

The father replies: “Son, you have always been with me,

And all that is mine is yours.”

“But we had to celebrate that your brother

is alive and has returned.”

The Lesson

The tax collectors and sinners are as the younger son.

The Message to them: Repent and return

The Pharisees and the Scribes are as the older son.

All that the father owns will be theirs.

Yet, they are embittered toward even their own kin who return to share in the abundance of the father.

The Application

To those who continue to walk in selfishness and are wasting their life:

REPENT and RETURN To those who nurture a critical and condescending spirit: BE GRATEFUL for what you have received CELEBRATE EVERY ‘ONE’ who REPENTS

In this Season

WELCOME EVERY ‘ONE’

NURTURE COMPASSION FOR OTHERS

SHOW KINDNESS

CELEBRATE THE MOMENTS

DON’T WASTE THE OPPORTUNITIES


 

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