The Two Prodigals (A Parable) (Luke 15:13-24, 2 Peter 3:9, 1 John 1:9, Luke 15:25-32, Galatians 3:19)Jack Graham, 06/25/2017
Part of the Various Sermons series, preached at a Midweek Meeting service
The Two Prodigals (A Parable)
Sunday (AM), June 25, 2017
Definition: a parable is "a short, simple story, usually of an occurrence of a familiar kind, from which a moral or religious lesson may be drawn." "A prodigal is one who is exceedingly or recklessly wasteful," Webster's New World College Dictionary
Luke 15:13-24 (the first prodigal).
Luke 15:25-32 (the second prodigal)
The older son had to be a Pharisee. Why? The Pharisees:
1. Worked hard to please God.
2. Obeyed most of God's Laws and some they had added.
3. Were critical of Jesus for associating with sinners.
4. And they refused to have anything to do with those who had converted.
(Verses 29-30) The older son resented his wayward brother.
Look how the Father responded. (verses 31-32) This is a picture of grace, salvation through Jesus Christ.
Quote: "Grace is created by God and given to man... Max Lucado
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13 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. 14 And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. 16 And he was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything.
17 “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! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.”’ 20 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. 21 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.’ 22 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. 23 And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate. (ESV)
2 Peter 3:9
9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. (ESV)
1 John 1:9
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (ESV)
25 “Now his older son was in the field, and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. 27 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.’ 28 But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, 29 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. 30 But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!’ 31 And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32 It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.’” (ESV)
19 Why then the law? It was added because of transgressions, until the offspring should come to whom the promise had been made, and it was put in place through angels by an intermediary. (ESV)