The Prodigal Son
Jesus tells the parables of “The Lost Sheep” and “The Lost Coin” as he was eating with the tax collectors and sinners. He tells the parables because he hears the Pharisees and the scribes murmuring about him accepting and eating with the sinners. The parable of the lost sheep is about a shepherd who has 100 sheep. When he loses one he leaves the 99 to look for the one that is lost. When he finds it he calls his neighbors and friends and tells them to rejoice for the return of his sheep. In the parable of the lost coin, Jesus tells a story of a woman who has 10 silver coins and when she loses one she does everything she can do find the coin. When she finds the coin she calls her friends and neighbors and tells them to “rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost” (Luke 15.9).
When the younger son asked for his share of the property his father “divided his living between them” (Luke 15.12). When the son returned the father ran up to him, hugged him, and kissed him. The father ignored the son when he began to say “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” (Luke 15.18-19). His father was so excited that he called to his servants and had his son dressed in the most lavish clothes and had his best calf killed so they could feast.
The elder son is mad that his father is celebrating his son that has disobeyed him. The elder son believes that the father should be celebrating him because he has always obeyed him and has never left. The father tells the son that he appreciates that he has been obedient but that they need to celebrate “for your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found” (Luke 15.32). The father is staying calm and telling his son that no matter what has happened they need to rejoice that their family member has returned safe and sound.
If I were the elder son I would stay angry and take time...
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