The well-known parable of the Prodigal Son is a beautiful example of the unfailing, forgiving love of God the Father. Read this parable as it is recorded in Luke 15:11-24:
And He said, A certain man had two sons:
And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.
And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.
And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.
And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,
And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.
But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet;
And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:
For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
Prodigal - One who foolishly spends his possessions; a great waster
How can we observe the father's great love in the following expressions:
- "his father saw him"
- "and had compassion"
- "and ran"
- "and kissed him"
- "the best robe, a ring, and shoes"
- "killed the fatted calf"
- "let us eat and be merry"
How is the prodigal son a picture of a lost sinner, and the father a type of God the Father, in this parable? Why is the love of God the Father so unbelievable when experienced by a lost sinner? Why is the sinner's departure from God so foolish and terrible?