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The Forlorn Son-The Prodigal

The Forlorn Son-The Prodigal

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BY SAMUEL RUTHERFORD



" And he said, A certain man had two sons : and the younger of
them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that
falleth to me. And lie divided unto them his living." LUKE xv.
11, 12.
BY SAMUEL RUTHERFORD



" And he said, A certain man had two sons : and the younger of
them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that
falleth to me. And lie divided unto them his living." LUKE xv.
11, 12.

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THE FORLOR SO-THE PRODIGALBY SAMUEL RUTHERFORD" And he said, A certain man had two sons : and the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods thatfalleth to me. And lie divided unto them his living." LUKE xv.11, 12."Forlorn" in the sense Eutherford here uses it occurs inShakspere, Henry VI. part iii, iii, 3. Henry, Is of a king, becomea banish d man, And forced to live in Scotland a, forlorn.I this parable, beloved in our Lord, we haveto consider these particulars, the meaningof the parable, and then Christ s scopetherein. All parables in the Word of Godthey are no other but only continued similitudes andmetaphors illustrating some spiritual thing. In thisparable there is a man and a householder spoken of, afather who has two sort of sons. For the meaning of the text, we have to understand, first, what is meant bya house here ; second, [who is the father] ; and third,what is meant by the two sons.198 SERMOS BY SAMUEL RUTHERFORD.ow for the first. Ye know it is ordinary for the Lordin His word to resemble His Kirk or the kingdom of grace to a house or a family ; for Christ our Lord Heholds a house here wherein all the bairns T of the houseare free to the table, for there is a difference even herebetween the bairns of the house, and those who are only
 
servants, and goers and comers as it were.Then, secondly, what is meant by the father ? Thereis greater difficulty in that to know what is meantthereby, because the Word of God it does ordinarily callthe first Person of the Trinity, the Father, distinct fromthe other two persons. And yet there are three goodreasons wherefore this is to be understood of Christ, thesecond person of the Trinity.First : If we will look unto the scope and drift of theparable, it will say this much to us, for the text tells usthat the Scribes and Pharisees murmured at Him saying, " This man receiveth sinners, and He eateth withthem," and so they thought He could not be the Messiahand the Saviour of the world, who used 2 such companythat haunted among godless and profane persons. owto take away this scruple and objection, Christ our Lorduses this parable that now we have read, and so laboursto let them see how welcome such are to Him, who havebeen runaways, who have been lewd and lasciviouspersons, if so be they will come home, and will indeedacknowledge that they have need of Christ. He willshow that He has the mind of a father towards such,and welcomes them home again as kindly as the fatherdoes his lost bairn, 3 who has spent all that his father1 Children. 2 Frequented. 3 Child.fHE FORLOR SO. 199gave him to live upon, and, having spent all, repents of hismisspending, and comes home again to his father in asubmissive and humble manner. AgainSecondly, to prove that it is Christ that is here meantis clear by this : This parable in substance is all onewith the former two parables in this chapter, concerning
 
the lost and wandered sheep, and the lost piece of silver.If a shepherd be careful, having lost a sheep, to seek it in again to the flock, and will receive it in gladly,meikle more will He, who is the Good Shepherd, have acare of those who are His sheep, to seek those who arelost, and welcome them when they come. In John x. 11Christ says, " I am the Good Shepherd, the goodshepherd giveth his life for his sheep." If, then, thisparable be one in substance with the other two parables,and these be spoken of Christ, that it is He who losesthe groat, and from whom the sheep wanders, and Heseeks them in again, and will not rest till He find them,then it cannot be another father who receives a prodigalwaster, runaway child, than Christ. AndThirdly, thus to call Christ Father is not againstScripture neither, but is agreeable to divers placestherein. And to leave all the rest, and take to this oneplace it makes it clear Heb. ii. 13 ; it is said there thatChrist has many bairns 2 and sons for glory, and therefore having many bairns He must be a father. That isbrought out in the words cited out of Isaiah, " Behold Iand the children whom the Lord hath given Me." Andthis style 3 it is also given unto Christ, Isa. ix. 6 : " TheEverlasting Father," so that both the scope of the1 Much. 2 Children. 3 Title.200 SERMOS B~Y SAMUEL RUTHERFORD.parable itself and of the parable going before, and otherplaces of Scripture clear unto us, that here, by the father,is meant the Son of God.ow, the third word is, we are to consider, what ismeant by the two sons. The younger son some havetaken to be the Kirk of the Gentiles, and the other sonto be the Kirk of the Jews. And there is reason for

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