Archive for May, 2015

Luke 15:11

The Parable of the Lost Sons

Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons.

If the story stopped here what would me know?  That there was a family, a father and two sons. Not an older man and two younger males, but a Father and his sons.  They were in the same family, related by blood, genetically related.  These were not friends of the family or nephews, or foster children residing in the home.  They were SONS of the Father. 

Luke 15:12

The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.

What do we know now?  Besides the disrespect we know that the younger son knows who his father is, and that he has an inheritance. 

Luke 15:13

“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.

The father allowed his son the freedom to abuse the wealth he had giver him. There were obviously no strings attached, no trusty to make sure the son invested wisely till he grew up. It was his inheritance to do with as he wished, even to squander it. Do you think he learned that from his father?  If not where did it come from?

Luke 15:14

After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need.

Uhoh, shouda been more prudent, maybe put some back for a rainy day. Really f****d that up. 

Luke 15:15

So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

Got himself into it, gonna get himself out. Pull yourself up by the old bootstraps. That’s the “American way”!! “You reap what you sow.”  You think the father wanted it that way? Was happy to see the ungrateful little prick learn a lesson?

Luke 15:17

“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! Luke 15:18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 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. “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

He has his story together and is sticking with it. Do you think he really knows his father? If not where did he get this view of his father?

Luke 15:22

“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. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

That’s the end of Act I, scenes 1,2,3,&4

What did we learn? The Father, who is obviously God, is generous to His children, He gives them the freedom to mess up and loves them anyway. The son was not lost to the Father, the son had lost sight of who the father was. While the son was loving the world, the Father was still loving the son. Even after giving everything to His children the Father still has more to give. 

ACT II

Luke 15:25

“Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 

Whoops, just about forgot about him. 

Luke 15:26-27

So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’

Wait a minute here. I’m in and he’s out. 

Luke 15:28

“The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him.

The Father pursues the older son, he doesn’t wait him out or get angry. 

Luke 15:29-30

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. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’

The older brother says ” faith without works is dead” and ” show me the fruit”, “you reap what you sow”. Where is the justice. Let me see your wrath

Luke 15:31-32

“‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 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.’”

The Father did not say this son of mine was dead, he said this brother of yours was dead. A child of the Father is never dead to Him. 

“And they all lived happily ever after” NOT.