Uprising – 2.22.22

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“The parable of the prodigal son”
When reading and interpreting a parable, it’s important for you to understand who you are in the parable.
3 main options for the parable of the prodigal son:
Father of the two sons
Older responsible son who was continuously faithful to his father
Younger son (The prodigal son) who packs up his stuff and leaves the father’s house and wastes his money on lavish living and prostitutes.
It’s possible to have been all 3 of these people in the parable at different times in your life.
Be thinking of which one you identify with the most at this moment in time.
This particular parable of Jesus was being spoken to a mixed crowd of Pharisees (self-righteous religious leaders) and “tax collectors and sinners.”
“And he said, “There was a man who had two sons. 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. 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. And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. And he was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything. “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.”’ And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. 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. And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate. “Now his older son was in the field, and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and sound.’ But he was angry and refused to go in. 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. But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!’ And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.’”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭15:11-32‬ ‭ESV‬‬
Main lessons for each (Peewee’s opinion):
Father: If you have a child who is a “prodigal” be ready in your heart to “throw a party” in celebration if/when your child comes to their senses. Don’t hold a grudge. Run to meet your child. Don’t allow your child back in half-heartedly.
Older son: Don’t expect or require a party or recognition for the responsible good person you’ve been. Don’t get jealous when an irresponsible person is praised for positive progress. Keep serving the father faithfully and help throw the party for the younger brother. Be excited about it! It’s not about you!
Younger “Prodigal” son: You are never too far gone that the Father has given up on you. No matter what stupid things you’ve done, are doing, or will do, can ever change the way the good Father feels about his son. The Father doesn’t hold grudges. He’s watching the road leading up to the house, expectantly hoping and waiting for his son to come home. And the moment he does, he runs to him with joy. He doesn’t allow his son to take the walk of shame. He’s not going to beat him up over what a reckless prodigal he’s been. He’s going to throw the party he’s been making preparations for while he was eagerly waiting for this moment.
@Peewee (TRAPP) out!

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