Spiritual Disciplines (04) - Evangelism and the Prodigal Son


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Luke 15:1–3, 11–32 - Now all the tax collectors and the sinners were coming near Him to listen to Him. 2 Both the Pharisees and the scribes began to grumble, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” 3 So He told them this parable, saying, 11 And He said, “A man had two sons. 12 “The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the estate that falls to me.’ So he divided his wealth (bios) between them....

1) Evangelistic Compassion - The “prodigal son” parable is well known, though many people miss the point. Four observations about this marvelous, unresolved parable: a) It is actually the parable of “The Two Sons.” b) Though, we often identify with the profligate son, rather than the elder son, the plain purpose of the story is that the elder brother will be convicted of a lack of compassion for the lost, the “dead” and rejoice with the father. (Often the “coda” in a parable is the point.) c) “Prodigal” means “wasteful, extravagant, excessive.” In the story we see the wayward son is prodigal in a sense, but the father is also accused of being prodigal by the older brother: “you killed the fattened calf for him.” d) The younger son rejected the father by only wanting his “wealth.” The older brother rejected the father by rejecting his compassionate character (e.g., “Look!”...

  • Date: 3/31/2019

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