Let us know that you came to Jesus on our contact page here: Contact Us. The way I see it is that the new covenant became fully operational in 30AD… at the cross and Pentecost… The Parable of the Prodigal Son follows two shorter parables in which something that was lost is searched for and found, followed by a celebration. Chris, you must understand that Jesus Supreme sacrifice was so precious and so costly that there is nothing that a person could ever do to not have this sacrifice be enough to cover. 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. Thanks Chris. For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God: But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.”. Why did Jesus feel the need to tell this parable to the Jewish leaders? I have read the prodigal son many times. Ephesians 6 10-20 (NIV) They lost fellowship but never did they lose their relationship. Your younger sibling, however, constant gets detentions, even gets suspended, and never manages above an F. But one day, he got a C, and your parents buy him an Xbox and takes him out to an expensive restaurant. The parable of the prodigal son begins by introducing three characters: a father and his two sons. What’s stopping me from going out, having sex with whomever I want, doing drugs, stealing, hurting people? The setting for this parable is provided in Luke 15:1-2, where we find the Pharisees and scribes deriding Jesus for receiving and eating with sinners. This parable is so true that it is a great picture of salvation in that the Father is willing to give us an inheritance and that the Father runs out to greet us, indicating that salvation is fully a work of God and that He draws men and women to Himself (John 6:44). Dear Jack, your work on the prodical son is awesome and profoundly revealing espcially Jesus opting to say it before the jewish leaders on purpose. Keep praying and read Psalm 37 for comfort in this waiting. The lesson I’m tempted to take home from this parable is “slack off, and when you do put in the effort, once in a blue moon, you’ll get rewarded for your rare efforts”. I am making a play about the prodigal son for our Christmas cantata I found this very helpful. I totally agree. Hello Severino and thank you. Yes Chris…the difference is that they, the backsliden one, will not STAY backsliden. My name is Denise and I was raised in the church. Thanks a million! Does the son represent a Christian that has fell into sin and wants to ask for forgiveness? We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.”. When God chastises those Who He has redeemed, as any loving father would, He brings them to their knees and they see their need for repentance and return to God and ask for His forgiveness. It was a shock to him. I am glad this blessed you and as a pastor myself, your own words have blessed me too and I get this feeling that you are going to bless a lot of people with your humble attitude and that of a servant mindset. His father came out and entreated him, but he answered his father, ‘Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might celebrate with my friends. God bless you pastor. 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. We hope that this reflection on the parable of the Prodigal Son helps you in your personal prayer and that it serves as a resource that you can share with your apostolate. Chris, I may not be able to respond again for I am a bi-vocational pastor and have to go to work soon. “And the younger said… Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. I think…no I KNOW that we would be blown away if we could see even a glimpse of what God does in our lives to try and get our attention. Thank you so much for this wonderful article, it helped me tremendously in a school project that I had to do on this parable. In deed you have had a holistic approach to the Jesus Teaching in regard to prodigal son. But a simple “you did well”, or “good job, kiddo” would have meant the world. You most certainly understand the story like few do. As 1 John 2:19 reads, “They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. Dear Jack, could you pls answer this question for me? Thanks. Thanks for stopping by! Never did I wish ill to my parents or family. It is important to know not only what the parable means but to whom it was spoken to. He is a grown man and does not live at home but his behavior and lifestyle is that of a prodigal. I enjoy your posts… was reading the one about the misquoted verses just now… ha ha ha… how true.. One thing I have learnt is to measure everything against what our Rabbi taught us. God bless. Bible Verses, Quotes, Christian Answers, Songs and More. Take about undignified! The Jews considered this highly undignified in their culture. “God loves each of us as if there were only one of us"- Augustine, Copyright © 2010-2021 Telling Ministries LLC. Luke doesn't actually call his character the "prodigal son," but we modern peeps just love us some titles. What resource do you recommend to find out more about the times in which the Bible was written? 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 . But your younger sibling finally got a C!”. This is the most useful piece of writing ever written in the history of Christian article writing. Hi Elaine. Thank you so much Mr. Spruill. Jesus shares the parable with his disciples, the Pharisees and others.. My father was happy and as it is written he gave him GRACE that TYB did not deserve and MERCY that TYB did not earned. Today I am repenting for recently straying from God because of my pride. So he divided his property between them13 “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. I suppose I just feel guilt because I feel I’ve failed her. May God richly bless your ministry. What are these bends in the road that God puts in the path of life that we are to carefully consider? So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. Thank you Gregorio. Is this teaching then that all people are God’s children and just astray in their hearts and will come home to God sometime? Many godly praying mothers have never given up and saw their children come to Christ but it was in GOD’S timing that it was perfect, not in our timeframe. I also believe that your daughter must live by your rules because she needs to be responsible. This is what happens sometimes in our churches. I am from Jamaica and that is my affiliation. I was just wondering what you though about this. I would take her back because if you don’t, what worse thing would or could or might she do? Today... Is it already Friday? I will have to forgive the past and be careful not to be bitter towards my sister. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” (Matt 25:21). How will she learn anything? I hope your sermon goes well. Thank you Donk. Jesus begins the parable of the prodigal son by telling of a father who has two sons. This is what the Jewish leaders understood and in their minds, they would not have received the young son back into the family. Efrem-Fred Njau-A PhD scholar at University of Saskatchewan, originally from Tanzania. Have. You could call it the Parable of the Loving Father because that’s what it is about. The reaction of the crowd was most likely extreme upset and outrage, similar to that of the eldest son. The Holy Bible, New International Version, Jack Wellman is a father and grandfather and a Christian author and pastor of Heritage Evangelical Free Church in Udall, KS & also a Prison Minister. The question we must each face is not, ‘if’ we are going to have trials in life, but how will we respond to them? Simply stated, suffering is anything which hurts or irritates. I was baptized when I was younger and fell into sin for several years. Why is this happening to our family just like in the bible? That was so touching and you are right. If you know someone who is presently living a life not bearing fruit but are saying “well, I’ve just backslidden or am a carnal Christian” you must warn them that they are in danger of judgment and are not saved at all. Yeshua: Mat 3:7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his He takes the money and foolishly squanders it. I always feel that the elder son’s efforts were grossly undervalued. Thankyou, Notify me of followup comments via e-mail, Previous post: Words of Jesus: 15 Amazing Bible Quotes, Next post: Bible Verses About Pain:10 Comforting Scriptures. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. I say this because the father gives the son what he does not deserve (called grace) and withholds what he actually did deserve (called mercy). 11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. Thank you. Does that help? Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living. I just want him in my life. Here are three ways in which God has grown my understanding of this famous story from Scripture. I talked to someone from my church about it and he said that a Christian no matter how long he has fallen into sin will eventually come back to God, hate his sin (godly sorrow) and that will show that he is saved. If he did move back home, he would have to abide by the rules, contribute by doing dishes, taking out trash, etc and work to pay part of the expenses. We reap what we sow (Gal. Be blessed! This can not be a picture of the lost because they would never have been a child of the father in the first place. and is found (saved). “Testing” in this same verse is dokimion which has a similar idea. He comes back with nothing to offer, yet the father receives him with joy and celebration. With these three parables, Jesus demonstrated what it means to be lost, how heaven celebrates with joy when the lost are found, and how the loving Father longs to save people. The Parable of the Prodigal Son An excerpt from "The Nazareth Jesus Knew" DVD produced by Nazareth Village. They did help me financially intermittently when I needed it and I am grateful for that. Sorry I am responding so late. Of course she is not there yet but I pray that in the future she will see this light shining through me because of Him. In the Bible, there are three parables that talk about loss and redemption including the Parable of the Prodigal Son, which is the last of the three. And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need. They are of their father the Devil. He was not just asking for his inheritance, which is normally divided after the father dies, he was basically telling his father to drop dead, I am done with you and I’m outta here. Thank you Ashcon for your comment and question. This is a first time event. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I know that God has placed me here today because He wants me to help other parents of prodigal kids — just like you are doing here! The parable of the prodigal son is one of the greatest love stories ever told - a story filled with mercy and grace. The younger son tells his father to give him his inheritance. Just take a glance at their terrible fate (Rev 20:11-15) compared to yours (Rev 21 & 22). I know that even St. Augustine had a praying mother who prayed for years and years for her “prodigal” to put his trust in God and God will hear our prayers. The Parable of the Prodigal Son illustrates this (Luke 15:14-19). Thank you very much! Paul. How about me? This is evidenced by your comment. 11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. After what you have done. Church and ministry leadership resources to better equip, train and provide ideas for today's church and ministry leaders, like you. Does it mean that God gave him grace but did not forgive him? Answer: The Parable of the Prodigal Son is found in Luke chapter 15, verses 11-32. I so love the story because it shows that God runs to meet us and is so eager to save us that He sent the One and only Unique Son to die in our place (John 3:16-17, 2 Cor 5:21) and that’s why they call it the Good news sir. Like if he would he would have died during his parting stages do you believe be would have gone to heaven? Great point and lesson about receiving those who return to church. So can a Christian who has fallen into sin come back to God? I have sinned very badly and I know deep in my heart that I need Jesus in my life but do not know how to receive him. 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.". Hello Mrs. Pike. She was raised in a Christian home, but we have had our problems. Please come back to visit and to comment again my friend. They didn’t understand that they can bring nothing to the plan of salvation and if they try to earn it, they do not understand how God saves and that it is Jesus’ righteousness alone that accounts them worthy. 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. This give reason for Jesus eating and welcoming sinners. So, I personally believe the second statement the author made to you (February 23, 2013 at 11:14 am) is right. God has Mercy on US. Question: "What is the meaning of the Parable of the Prodigal Son?" I read your writeups and they are spiritually, educationally and otherwise. Suffering is that which proves one’s character and integrity along with both the object and quality of one’s faith. The parable is called the Prodigal son. I don’t see any problem with getting baptized again but it is not anything to do with putting Christ to public shame again. Hello Mr. Lane. Is the farmland itself of any significance to the parable? Please come back again. The Parable of the Lost Son. I was thinking, “You TYB…liar (because you had an agenda to introduce your grilfriend) and not honoring your father and mother, destroyer of birthday party, son who throw away the lobster and trash the birthday cake into the ground (he bought the cake), a sinner and a fake and one who cause the unbearable pain that for the first time in my 45 years old life that I saw my father cried……why you deserve the gift of sympathy, why you deserve the gift of hugs from our grandchildren? I should have been more clear about my own son. Appreciate your wonderful insight as I make reference to your teachings during my youth group. Thank you kindly for your time and dedication to Our Father. Sorry I misread that. His unwelcoming spirit could have led the younger brother right back into the world. This is why it appears that this pictures a person coming to faith and not one that fell away and came back. After the younger son had finally spent all that he had, a severe famine occurs, and he becomes very poor. Please explain GOD. He made a change of direction, which is the root meaning of the word repentance. We will not always get the “why” in this life my friend. Last week was my mom’s birthday, TYB (The Youngest Brother) orcistratate elabrate birthday celebration and planning for my mom’s 67th birthday. Another interesting point is that the father runs to greet him. We all need SOME incentive to not succumb to temptation – “you should always be good, but NO ONE will even acknowledge your effort, even God, but you’re good, so you should be happy” won’t fly in the face of a dire temptation – but the elder son never gets any. 8-10), and the Parable of the Loving Father (vv. Well said that you can’t allow her to live under devils rules under your house. Treat me as one of your hired servants.”  The son rehearsed what he would say to his father long before he would arrive and so he arose to go to his father (Luke 11:20). Also, send me the Evangelical Newsletter and special offers. He was dead (in his sins) and that he was lost (unsaved) but now was found (saved). In fact the father had been watching and waiting for his son to return. Thanks you! I believe God can never fix what is first not broken and God must break our pride before He can even give us grace. And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!’  Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents” (Luke 15:8-10). The elder son must obviously be those who has been serving our Father all this time… She was given many things that I didn’t have and my parents were less strict. He is the Word of God… and in Him we shall find the truth. The Parable of the Prodigal Son. He is whom Jesus emphasizes in the parable. In the bible they always illustrate something God wants the people to hear, but if a person was to read one without knowning it was biblical they could get I too am currently studying this text to prepare my first sermon as a minister in training. God did forgive Him as the prodigal returning home shows…He threw a celebration for this son was once lost but now saved as your read at the end of the story. On the Fourth Sunday of Lent, the gospel reading is the famous parable of the "prodigal son." WHY. Ricardo, thank you sir for your wonderful comment. The parable of the prodigal son is about a young man who demands his father’s inheritance while he is still living. Yet this shows that God the Father sought us and called us and that we never initiate our own calling into the Kingdom of Heaven (John 6:44). Compare 1 Peter 1:6-7 where the same Greek words are used along with the verb dokimazo which means, “put to the test,” “prove by testing as with gold.” Suffering is a purifier. It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.’”. I got through my problems, but mainly because I developed a social circle outside of my family and depended on them because my parents did not show compassion for me. What Does The Bible Say About Our Thoughts? Jack: Thank you so much for this article and for your clear and detailed responses to your readers!! 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. Does that mean they were never saved or that because they eventually came back that they were really saved? God’s children, repenting and returning to their Father? He loves us. Remember that none of these religious leaders were saved…at least yet. A brief background on our family. The old hymn didn’t say that God was found but “I was lost but now am found.” The truth is “no one un… They give no evidence of being saved, therefore I suggest you pray for their salvation for if God can change a pagan king’s heart, He can change theirs (Prov 21:1). The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. If you don’t take this advice, you are destined to always feel this way I am afraid to say. 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). i have missed out on so many blessings that God was trying to give me. I agree, she cannot believe that you will accept her back every time if she isn’t going to be allowed to live with discipline. My thoughts: I would never wish her ill and in fact tried to help her in the past. Considering the background of a biblical passage often helps us to better understand its meaning, and this is indeed the case with this parable of the prodigal son. Are they saved? 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. Would this person need to be baptized again? I want to live my life according to Gods Word … there really is no continuation of what to do if the prodigal child goes back to their old ways and how we deal with a habitual abuser of a parents love. It’s a picture of our salvation. Jesus needed to tell this parable to the Jewish leaders because Jesus came to fulfill the law, thereby making Jewish tradition of a works-based salvation unnecessary (Matthew 5:15-18). It is bad, and the beginning … “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.” (John 5:24). It was the pigstye that was important but not the farm, I don’t believe so Donk. 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). Were these Hebrew Christians in our letter any different from those James mentioned? A great way of doing this is using the “Lectio Divina”; this is a powerful method which we explain here. So he divided his property between them13 “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. Wow thanks. She is currently struggling in life and has entered a very dark place and has problems of a “greater magnitude” that have a potential legal consequence. My brother then have a long talk with this Jenny then he came in and cry and bring down his face and then say sorry to mom and dad. This is the true demonstration of love by a true loving father. 1 Chronicles 16:11 Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually! [14] took his journey: By this action, the younger son severs himself from the duty to honor and care for his … God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people [NOTE: HIS people they are still!] 1 Pet. In fact he would have been disinherited or even stoned as was done in the ancient Jewish culture in the Old Testament. Again, the Father tells the eldest son, “…this brother of yours was dead (in his sins) and is alive again (born again, i.e. I sent her away for a year to an out of state residential program — it was torture in my head and heart but I knew this was the right thing as it was God that lead me to that program. People regularly ask about the meaning of the parable of the prodigal son that is recorded in Luke 15. In fact, even Who Jesus Christ is was nothing that I deserve to brag about but was the result of God the Father alone Who showed me the Savior (Matt 16:17) because spiritual knowledge does not come by flesh and blood but is revealed only by God so to Him goes all the glory Asawa. After a couple of weeks it was back to the same attitudes that separated us the first time. I don’t think the farmland is much about anything. The prodigal son is believed to be, by many, a Christian who falls away from the truth and then later returns after repentance but this doesn’t seem to fit to whom this was written too or the story itself. Please know that all parents, me included, could have all done better jobs but in the end, we must leave these things out of our control in the sovereign hands of our God and trust in Him and wait upon HIS timing, which is always perfect. I have read and heard the parable of the prodigal son several times and it’s only now that i fully vision the representation of the 3 important characters especially the eldest son. The parable also has utility as a warning. My past clearly shows that I haven’t been living for him. Yes that makes perfect sense. Thank you Tim…great point about what God may be teaching us. Hello Stella. Don’t we all sometimes deny Him like Peter does? And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. Thank you Chris for your question. In Luke 15, Jesus tells about the youngest son coming to his father to ask for his inheritance ahead of time. I would read the book by John MacArthur “Twelve Ordinary Men” or if you want, the Jewish Historian Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews. The patriarch never ran or never made the first move in such a situation. 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. Of course, he did come back home, repented, and the Prodigal Father was waiting and watching for him and welcomed him with open arms and a kiss. 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. Amen. In a most beloved parable, the Savior paints a portrait of a family. Although it has become well-known by this title, it would be better described as the parable of the forgiving father. “To the Father’s own, does He give “the right to become children of God” (John 1:12). 10 months later, after bouncing on to another house, she was asked to leave that house. She didn’t change ANYTHing, just became more defiant. If you still have doubts, please talk to your pastor or do you have a church home? No fruit? How sad that some Christians do not act very Christian. He then took the inheritance and ran away to spend it all on having a good time. It is good to know that God love for us never change that there is still hope for the back sliders out there. Thank you very much, it is crystal clear now. Who do the characters represent and what is there that we can learn from this parable? The Jews of the day believed that they were entitled because of their heritage as Abraham’s children. 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