As 1 John 2:19 reads, “They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. You might not be expecting to get anything for your effort. I believe you qualify. The religious leaders saw their rewards due for their works. John 10:16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. The youngest son had nothing to bring, no good works, and came back with barely the shabby cloths on his back. But your younger sibling finally got a C!”. And yes, I would be fine with her living under our roof as long as she contributed with the chores and expenses. I would take my own son, who is also a prodigal of sorts although he is in his 30’s, a thousand times. Bad fruit? John 3); he was lost (unsaved) and is found (now saved)” (Luke 15:32). I just struggle with wondering when someone who has been living for God for a while and begins to backslide if be or she was ever saved in the first place. I thought we were working through them when she, in my mind, slapped us and our beliefs in the face and moved out with another family. 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. The way I see it is that the new covenant became fully operational in 30AD… at the cross and Pentecost… What Does The Bible Say About Our Thoughts? That is why Yeshua prayed for us to be one as He and Father is one. 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. Hello Mrs. Pike. Thank you Pastor very insightful message. Rev. 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. Parables in the bible always have a bibilical meaning or moral to the story. 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! That it was so unbecoming behaviour to ask for part of estate from your father while still alive. What is the meaning of the Parable of the Prodigal Son? 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). My father believes but does not allow show in his actions. Thank you Ashcon for your question. 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. If this makes Any sense at all please let me Meaning and Symbolism of the Parable of the Prodigal Son Jesus narrates this story when he was accused by the Pharisees of keeping the company of the sinners. What does the parable of the prodical son teach! Once in a while I’ll get a C, and then maybe someone’ll appreciate me”? 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. 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! Tank u very much sir, u ve given me an insight of this passage of d scripture, is there any atom of restitution process in this story of d prodigal son, pls Sir, I need a reply. Please explain GOD. 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. Thank you so much Chy for your encouraging comment. I believe that he is also teaching us about the older son who refused to welcome his lost brother back and refused to go the celebration. You will read in the Bible verses below about a father and two sons. He then took the inheritance and ran away to spend it all on having a good time. The context of the whole of chapter 15 concerns the attitude of the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law. It fully sets forth the riches of gospel grace; and it has been, and will be, while the world stands, of unspeakable use to poor sinners, to direct and to encourage them in repenting and returning to God. I was just wondering what you though about this. Greetings to you there in Nigeria my friend. Thanks in advance for your response. Hello Mmakan. Just right before the party begins, TYB announced that he would like to bring HIS GIRLFRIEND THAT WE DON’T APPROVE AND LIKE to crash the party. Never did I wish ill to my parents or family. All glory to God Asawa and please do come back and visit us again soon my friend. Sorry I am responding so late. 3-7), the Parable of the Lost Coin (vv. Thank you my friend. “Now his older son was in the field, and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. Dear Wellman, I wished i feel Well like a Man, but I am not and i can’t. I remained dutiful and responsible. The pursuit is relentless, it is effectual, and it is with great intensity that God the Father seeks those to whom will be His children for now and for eternity. I can’t allow her to live the devils life under my roof. What resource do you recommend to find out more about the times in which the Bible was written? Sooner. But a simple “you did well”, or “good job, kiddo” would have meant the world. Yes Chris…the difference is that they, the backsliden one, will not STAY backsliden. 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. I am angry because unlike the parable, my parents did not extend me grace. Here are the times when we need to trust in what God is doing. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate. ) 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!] I hope my answer gave you some hope. Isn’t our God an awesome Father God and only because Jesus the Son of God died for us. Finally, the father says to bring the fattened calf and kill it (representative of Jesus’ giving up His life as a sacrifice that satisfies the Father?). but this doesn’t stop the father from commanding the servants to bring a robe for the son (does this represent being clothed in the righteousness of Christ or does it symbolize the wedding garment at the wedding feast of the bride of Christ during the marriage supper in Revelation 19:9? Showing them that the Heavenly Most Merciful the God the Father has much LOVE and so MERCIFUL. I can not wait for that great day and will get to meet all my lost loved ones…and to meet you to my friend. All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Later TYB he was sitting around the family sofa and all of my father’s grandchildren (2nd and 3rd brother’s children 4 boys and 1 girl…because only me and him are not married yet) all gather around HIM and gave him a HUG and compassion….my sisiter in law looking at me and said, “Look so beautiful…you wanna take a picture”. God bless. I and the Father are one.”, Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”, Romans 8:38-39 “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”. Here the Father gives the son what he does not deserve (called grace) and withholds what he actually did deserve (called mercy). No, I believe that God withheld His due punishment that the prodigal and we all deserved and that is what mercy is; God withholding what we deserve, His punishment but instead giving us what we don’t deserve, called grace. I get what the parable is meant to teach, but what’s stopping anyone from interpreting it as “well, I can always come back later and be good”? 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. After a week of prayer about this, I’ve realized that I simply have to see my parents for their assets and flaws. The youngest son would only receive one-third of the father’s inheritance in accord to the Old Testament laws in Deuteronomy 21:17. My thoughts: I would never wish her ill and in fact tried to help her in the past. It is people like you that make this website a wonderful thing to be involved with. Like if he would he would have died during his parting stages do you believe be would have gone to heaven? Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.”. He must have hited them so hard. It is bad, and the beginning of worse, when men look upon God's gifts … We will not always get the “why” in this life my friend. Thank you again! It is very possible for people to go through a ritual that is called baptism without it being the baptism commanded by Jesus. I know this story is condensed and may not make a lot of sense, but I feel like maybe by enforcing our rules so strictly and not letting her be who she wanted to be in our home that I was not acting as the father in the story did. It is a story of His unconditional love and forgiveness. Here are three ways in which God has grown my understanding of this famous story from Scripture. Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren church in Mulvane Kansas. Suffering is that which proves one’s character and integrity along with both the object and quality of one’s faith. I totally agree. but not ...". Thank you very much! They are of their father the Devil. If you are reading this, He has either sought you and bought you or He is seeking you now, you who are lost. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, What Did Jesus Really Look Like: A Look at the Bible Facts. o The answer is found in vs. 1-2: the tax collectors and sinners were now all gathering around to hear Him. I too loved that section of Father looking for us and that you said, to get a glimpse of God would be unbelievable for sure. People regularly ask about the meaning of the parable of the prodigal son that is recorded in Luke 15. 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). Please come back to visit and to comment again my friend. “Son… This is essentially like telling the Prodigal Father to “drop dead…I want my inheritance now!” This is because the inheritance was never given until after the father had died so the Prodigal Son was basically insulting his father and asking for the money now and saying I don’t ever want you to be my father again. And he was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything.”. The parable of the Prodigal Son is a story about God’s redemptive grace and mercy. Efrem-Fred Njau-A PhD scholar at University of Saskatchewan, originally from Tanzania. It does make sense to me. 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”. They are now Followers of Christ and love The Lord. The parable of the prodigal son begins by introducing three characters: a father and his two sons. The son acknowledges that he is unworthy to be called a son of his (aren’t we all?) If she says she will follow the rules and after a while chooses not to and leaves again for a while how will she ever learn if I just allow her back? Based off the statement that was made “This can not be a picture of the lost because they would never have been a child of the father in the first place” lead me to believe that this article supported that the son was simply a backslidden believer. May the Lord continue to enlighten you so that you will continually be a blessing to others in Jesus name. We are the prodigal son. Sheep, as used by Jesus, always meant followers of God, goats being the designation for the sinful and rebellious. 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. 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. Does the son represent a Christian that has fell into sin and wants to ask for forgiveness?