I don’t know quite how to respond to that because I had never seen that approach. And yes, I would be fine with her living under our roof as long as she contributed with the chores and expenses. I’m thinking of doing a sermon “my first” for fathers day,and yes I’ll include The Prodigal Son story for some of it. His books are include: “Teaching Children The Gospel/How to Raise Godly Children,“ “Do Babies Go To Heaven?/Why Does God Allow Suffering?,“ "The Great Omission; Reaching the Lost for Christ," and “Blind Chance or Intelligent Design?, Empirical Methodologies & the Bible.". The part I value the most is where you pointed out this story is about believers who have strayed, because unbelievers were never “sons.” This gave me great comfort in knowing as I return through repentance, He “runs” to meet me. That is why we (lost sheep) can relate to YHWH’s word… it is planted deep inside of us and we long to serve in our rightful position…as priests and kings. Suffering is not without meaning in spite of its mystery. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book  Blind Chance or Intelligent Design available on Amazon, Please also opt me in for Exclusive Offers from Patheos’s Partners, Parable of the Good Samaritan: Meaning, Summary and Commentary, "Sondergaard is a member of the New Apostolic Reformation cult. It is amazing how Jesus Christ imparted life’s most crucial lessons to us through these wonderful stories, stories that were easy to associate with, not only then, but even today, 2,000 years after they were told! It is bad, and the beginning … And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need. The same rules applied and she agreed to them. 2Pe 3:16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. You are NOT to blame. Please come back again soon. You may certainly use it. whose servants had it better than he did and so he “came to himself” (Luke 11:12) and said “How many of my father’s hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! Why We Can Expect Persecution To Grow Worse This Year, How To Have Godly Patience In An Impatient World, Questions To Ask Before Someone Is Baptized, Ice Dragon: Legend of the Blue Daisies – Movie Review, Phoenix Wilder And The Great Elephant Adventure – Movie Review, The Boxcar Children: Surprise Island – Movie Review. Paul. I have taken my daughter to stake and I am trusting God that when He allows her to hit rock bottom, down to the devils pit, He will call on me to bring her home! It is true, however, that rarely does suffering not reveal areas of need, areas of weakness, and wrong attitudes that need to be removed like dross in the gold-refining process (cf. Hello Terri. If you still have doubts, please talk to your pastor or do you have a church home? I am so sorry you are going through this hard time right now but the story of the Prodigal Son can be read as the story of the Prodigal Daughter because if you have repented and put your trust in Christ, He says that He will never cast any one away or turn any one away once they are His. To summarize, the youngest of the two sons demands his share of his father’s estate which the father gives him. Come. In fact the father had been watching and waiting for his son to return. Thank you my friend. Especially Paul’s letters… It seems to me that the stories are always interpreted to a “you and God” end point, which is great. And longs to see us come into view on the horizon so that he can run to us. God is NEVER closer to us than in our pain, suffering, and trials and ultimately, justice will be served. The elder brother thought that he had a right to his inheritance (the inheritance is really the Kingdom of Heaven) due to His being a son of Abraham or a Jew. I may just get started to doing a church plant here in Tucson Az I know that God can not use us until we are broken and He is more glorified the more difficult the circumstances. She is responsible for her own actions. Hi Elaine. Our family has four sons, me and 2nd and 3rd and 4th. Thank you kindly for your time and dedication to Our Father. Suffering is Purposeful. It’s like you always study and are a good student, constantly getting A’s. They are now Followers of Christ and love The Lord. Thanks again Mrs. Pike. I trust the Lord has a perfect plan for her and that that plan may not be what I am hoping for…. The elder brother claimed that he had done all of these good things and was serving his father all these years but this shows that he tried to get his inheritance by works and no one is saved by works (Eph 2:8-9). I was always told that the Lord do things for a reason and right now, I truly believe that it is time for me to turn my life around and except Jesus in my life but I do not know where to start. I believe that this will realize very soon… every knee will bow and every tongue confess Yeshua as Messiah and King. The Parable of the Prodigal Son. and is found (saved). I seem to remember another Paul who turned the world upside down once! The painting captures a broad swath of time, portraying tones and textures of family interaction whose first hues are splashed on the canvas by a younger son who not only seeks his fortune but goes off to spend it frivolously. I do not believe that prior to this son returning that he was ever saved. 6:7-9). 2 Cor 5:21 should say it all. What does the parable of the prodical son teach! The Parable of the Prodigal Son illustrates this (Luke 15:14-19). My name is Denise and I was raised in the church. What is the meaning of the Parable of the Prodigal Son? I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. The Second, the reaction of the Jews pharisee, whom Jesus had targeted. This was disgraceful in that culture because a father never ran, especially to a son because the son was to honor the father. I do know that the younger son is like anyone who has never know Jesus as the Messiah and the Savior because he was once blind and lost but now he can see and is saved and the father running to him seems to indicate that this is a divine calling for the father came running to him showing a predestining, an election, of all were lost but now are saved (e.g. The Father celebrates as he tells the eldest son, “…this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found” (Luke 15:32). 11-32). I can help you find your way back to the Lord if you will do these things. I remember Charles Swindoll once saying that “God can not use a man greatly until He has hurt him badly…” and you can tell us a few things about that. Hey jack! I have applied this to the fact that this is how I would like my daughter to trust in what I say — if I can’t trust what my Father says then how could I trust her to trust me? How about me? I was that prodigal…and agian, thank you for your comment and we do hope you will come back again my friend. In Jesus name. The youngest son had nothing to bring, no good works, and came back with barely the shabby cloths on his back. The Father draws us (John 6:44) so it is about those of us who were once blind, but now can see, so since we were blind, this could not be about a child who wanders away because they were once lost and blind, but then the Prodigal Son was found and can see. (2) We suffer because of our own foolishness. Older Son (15:25-32). The end of the Prodigal Son Parable shows this that the son was saved in Luke 15:32 “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.’”. We reap what we sow (Gal. What is amazing here is that the father had been waiting and watching for the son to come back home because he saw him and recognized his son, “while he was still a long way off.”  Is this not like God the Father desires that none should perish but that all would come to Him through Christ (2 Pet 3:9)? I completely understand that He has a reason for everything and that His reason (even though it may not be what I think I want at that time) is enough for me (I do wish I knew what the reason was so that I could understand better). I am seeking more in the things of God, and would appreciate a response regarding my comment, thanks and God bless your online ministry. It hurts me that i hurt God. As stated in the opening of this commentary, the Jewish people would have disinherited the son or even stoned him to death. These Jewish religious leaders of the first century did not think it was appropriate for a godly person to interact in such ways with t… Yes that makes perfect sense. However, when we look at who Jesus was speaking to, the elder son character stands out. Our family is not exactly peaceful, we have our challenges and difficulties but all the years my father is strong and able to keep it together. That is the ONLY way to confront our DISAGREEMENT AND DISSATISFACTION WITH HIS girlfriend for reason I don’t get into. Wow, what an encouragement you are Romeo…thank you so much my friend…you made my day. Thank you!! My youngest sibling never had the responsibilities that I had. Thanks you! I believe that the main message of this parable is to show us that the Father is calling us and that He waits with open arms, ready to receive us into the Kingdom. Thanks for Your deep sense of understanding and Biblical Exposition. The son had come to the end of himself and was in desperate need. Never did I wish ill to my parents or family. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.”. Ashcon, I appreciate your response because I was wondering the exact same thing and read it exactly the way you read it. I do not remember or can not find where I said that this Prodigal Son had one foot in the world and one foot in with God. As for Hebrews 6:6 let’s look at the entire chapter first but first verses 4-8 which is what the context is: “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. i have missed out on so many blessings that God was trying to give me. http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/10-ways-to-know-you-are-a-christian/. Sorry I am responding so late. Today... Is it already Friday? Have. Hello to you Austine Iraoya in Nigeria. What is more amazing is that the father runs to great him and when he reaches him, he kisses and embraces him (read Psalm 2:12). May you be fruitful and over productive . We must therefore be careful tot accept “new” doctrine… Yeshua taught us everything we need to know… and the rest must build on His foundation. It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.’”. “Trials” in James 1:2 is the Greek peirasmos and refers to that which examines, tests, and proves the character or integrity of something. Now about my brother the younggest one, he is loving and yet INTENSE. What a productive week of prayer you have had and this sounds exactly like the will of God. He made a change of direction, which is the root meaning of the word repentance. If not, they will face a judgment so terrible that your sufferings will seem like a tear drop in all the oceans of the world. I had no reply. What’s stopping “you” from going “all-right, fine, I’ll just slack off from now on. If you are seeking more about knowing God, this website has over 300 article and simply type up a question or topic in the Google Search box and you will find many to grow in grace and knowledge. Dear Wellman, I wished i feel Well like a Man, but I am not and i can’t. Great point and lesson about receiving those who return to church. 11 … I don’t see any problem with getting baptized again but it is not anything to do with putting Christ to public shame again. Does the son represent a Christian that has fell into sin and wants to ask for forgiveness? Bad fruit? Dear Jack, could you pls answer this question for me? A person who continues in sin but says that they are a “carnal Christian” or they are just “backslidden” is deceiving themselves and are not of God. It may picture a person that is saved but that is not as important as what the parable is teaching us. Such interpretations not only yank the … It is a parable of how God views us and how we can choose to repent and turn to God or reject him. I suppose I just feel guilt because I feel I’ve failed her. Do Colors Have Special Meaning In The Bible? I got this from Hebrews 6:6. Were these Hebrew Christians in our letter any different from those James mentioned? I pray that has happened to you but if not, you are still in your sins and presently you have no peace at all with the Father (Rom 5:1). When the father sees the son approaching, indicating that he had been watching for him, he runs to him and embraces him with open arms. The older brother is filled with anger saying in Luke 15:29-30, “Look! Make sense Mrs. Pike? And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them. The reaction of the crowd was most likely extreme upset and outrage, similar to that of the eldest son. It took a lot for the prodigal son to return and thank God he made his way back to the father. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. If he had died in his “partying” life, he would have been eternally lost but the point is that the father was looking for him and the son returned (repented) of his own accord. Please come back again. This give reason for Jesus eating and welcoming sinners. You said the youngest son represents someone with one foot in the world and the other foot in the church. This sense of need is a gift of God's grace working on a person's mind and is initially given when God summons the individual to approach Him. They shunned me, expressed their disapproval of my need to seek psychiatric help for depression and an eating disorder and I felt lesser. Thank you so much Mr. Spruill. Greetings to you there in Nigeria my friend. That is why Yeshua prayed for us to be one as He and Father is one. A great way of doing this is using the “Lectio Divina”; this is a powerful method which we explain here. Then he was reduced to working in a pig pen and the pigs ate better than he. If you don’t take this advice, you are destined to always feel this way I am afraid to say. WHY. Thank you my friend for your comment and question. I see the theme all throughout the Bible about love, forgiveness, mercy, and redemption. Where is my solace? I thank God that you left such a powerful response to this. I’m proud that they can do this for my sister, but a part of me is still hurt by their prior action. It is people like you that make this website a wonderful thing to be involved with. Positioned together in Luke’s Gospel, the parable of the lost sheep, the parable of the lost coin, and the parable of the Prodigal Son are traditionally interpreted to be about sinners repenting and God graciously offering forgiveness and reconciliation. I never left my church. All the times I have heard it preached or taught, it was always the prodigal son at the center, and rightfully so because of God’s grace and mercy. Why did Jesus feel the need to tell this parable to the Jewish leaders? May the Lord continue to enlighten you so that you will continually be a blessing to others in Jesus name. painful for the Prodigal son. I had never noticed this until reading the entire text and grasping the “Pharisee” religious spirit in the elder son. 3:12). The parable of the prodigal son is about a young man who demands his father’s inheritance while he is still living. Please come back to visit and to comment again my friend. The Parable of the Prodigal Son (also known as the parable of the Two Brothers, Lost Son, Loving Father, or of the Forgiving Father) is one of the parables of Jesus in the Bible, appearing in Luke 15:11–32. Because you are unable to hear what I say. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.” (Ephesians 1:4-6). Ephesians 6 10-20 (NIV) The youngest son did not only knew sin but he is ready and willing to ask forgiveness to his father, even though he was not sure because he is willing to work as servant and not son to his father (verse 19),But the loving father still accepted him as his loving son . She didn’t crawl home repenting. Just like with Job, God allowed Satan to test him! One of the best ways to enrich your experience at Sunday Mass is to pray the gospel reading personally. What resource do you recommend to find out more about the times in which the Bible was written? What would there reaction have been? “Baptism” that is not “for the forgiveness of sins” is not this one baptism. Yes that does help!! 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