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The Parties of the Prodigal
November 25, 2018

The Parties of the Prodigal

Passage: Luke 15:11-32, Psalm 107:1-3
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Luke 15 begins with Pharisees and scribes grumbling about the people Jesus entertains. They accuse him of eating with "sinners," and they have trouble understanding why Jesus, a rabbi, a holy man, would do this. As Jesus so often does, he tells them a series of stories concluding with the famous parable of the prodigal son where a son demands his inheritance ahead of time, leaves for a far-off country with no plans to return and then squanders it all. When the son returns, the father is faced with a  dilemma, Do I accept my son's return or not? Only, there's never any question in the father's mind. Instead, as soon as he sees him from a far-off distance, he runs to meet him and welcome him home because, in his words, "my son was dead, and is alive again."


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