The Prodigal Son

Author Frank Nic. Bazsika 2010 ©

\ A look at the Biblical parable of Jesus Jesus told his disciples a parable contained in Luke 15:11-32. It is one of the longest of the parables of the four Gospels. It is the story of a wealthy landowner and his two sons. Both of the sons knew their father’s will for their lives,-the eldest son being loyal to his father’s wishes but the youngest wanting to have his inheritance prior to qualifying for it. He wanted to fit in with the world and ‘let the good times roll’! Life was too short in his perspective to waste ‘toiling’ on his father’s estate! So he approached his father and demanded his inheritance with the intent of leaving his father’s presence and indulging in worldly passions and sumptuous living. His father obliged him. The eldest son continued in his father’s good graces by exhibiting his steadfast loyalty to his father’s estate;-however he did allow a bit of resentment and jealousy to enter into his heart towards his brother. Now this parable is a teaching tool and while it certainly can be employed to represent human relationships between parent and child it is elevated to teach the spiritual plane; - The Father is God, the estate is the Kingdom of God and the sons represent those that God has called in this life to His inheritance in the Kingdom. Some continue in the calling,-as the eldest son portrayed here, and some return to the world as the youngest son in this parable. Before we get to the parable itself, let us look at the 5th Commandment which contains sagacious advice for children (Deut.5:16);“Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, so that your days may be long and that it may go well with you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you”. This commandment provides a promise,-that you may live a long life and the spiritual intent is eternal life! If children would heed the advice of their parents who have ‘been there, done that’,-they would avoid many of the pitfalls and snares of youthful exaltation. And on the spiritual aspect if one honors their Heavenly Father by heeding His Word they would be saved from many hardships and disappointments. Now the parable of The Prodigal son;-

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15 So he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country. who sent him into his fields to feed swine.11 And He said. the younger son gathered all he had and took his journey into a far country. and no one gave him anything. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son. and there he squandered his property in loose living. `Father. `How many of my father's hired servants have bread enough and to spare. 12 and the younger of them said to his father. 17 But when he came to himself he said. and I will say to him. I have sinned against heaven and before you. treat me as one of your hired servants. "There was a man who had two sons. 16 And he would gladly have fed on the pods that the swine ate. a great famine arose in that country. and he began to be in want. 13 Not many days later. 14 And when he had spent everything.' And he divided his living between them. but I perish here with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father. "Father."' 2 . give me the share of property that falls to me.

`Father. 21 And the son said to him.20 And he arose and came to his father.' 22 3 . I am no longer worthy to be called your son. But while he was yet at a distance. I have sinned against heaven and before you. his father saw him and had compassion. and ran and embraced him and kissed him.

But the father said to his servants. and shoes on his feet. and all that is mine is yours. His father came out and entreated him. these many years I have served you. and I never disobeyed your command. and is alive again. 26 And he called one of the servants and asked what this meant. who has devoured your living with harlots. and put it on him. `Your brother has come. yet you never gave me a kid. 29 but he answered his father. 27 And he said to him. 24 for this my son was dead. 23 and bring the fatted calf and kill it.- 4 . `Bring quickly the best robe.' 28 But he was angry and refused to go in. and is found. 30 but when this son of yours came. you killed for him the fatted calf!' 31 And he said to him. that I might make merry with my friends. `Son. he was lost. and let us eat and make merry. you are always with me. because he has received him safe and sound.' And they began to make merry. 32 It was fitting to make merry and be glad. `Lo. he heard music and dancing. and your father has killed the fatted calf. and as he came and drew near to the house. and put a ring on his hand. 25 "Now his elder son was in the field.

For this your brother was dead.-he was lost and is found”! Frank Nic. and is found.'" “He was dead and is alive. Bazsika 2010 © 5 . and is alive. he was lost.