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05/21/2010

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Headed To The Lost And Found


Luke 15: 11-32...The Prodigal Son....

Do you have a lost and found where you work? It was a really interesting place in our schools. Some of the strangest things would show up. The lost and found was usually the last resort when someone had exhausted all their options in trying to find something they had lost or misplaced. Today's verses revolve around a lost and found scenario. I shared with you previously that Jesus often used metaphors or parables to enrich his teaching, much like the writer of Ecclesiastes did. We all love this parable. It involves a dad and his two sons. The older one seems to be the responsible one, doing all the work expected of him on the family farm. He would, by Jewish law, inherit 2/3 of the farm when his dad died. Then there is the younger son...He did not want to wait until his dad died to get his part of the inheritance. Though it was highly unusual in those days, the dad gives him his portion and off he goes. You know the story of how he cut all ties and went off to a distant place and squandered all that he had. While all of this was going on, the older continued to work.

When the younger son decided to come home, in an extremely humbled state and expecting to be treated as a servant, the dad was elated. He made a really big deal out of the return while the older son was chagrined to say the least. When he heard all the festivities going on at the return, he was jealous and hurt. 1/3 of the family fortune had been squandered and no celebration like this had ever happened for him, the son who did what he was supposed to. Dad says to him; "My son, you are always with me, and everything I have is yours....But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and he is found." (Vs 31 & 32).

The parable is not about a dad and his two sons...They are fictional characters in a story. But the story brings so much to the table...It isn't that God loves the prodigals (means "wasteful") more than the steady and dependable. But he does want the steady and dependable to be like Him in their compassion. He wants those who have not wasted their inheritance to look with pity and mercy on those who have. Sin contains its own punishments. There is reason for celebration when one of God's children wants to pull himself out the muck and mire of sin and be restored to the family. To claim our God as the Father is to share in the celebration..It is a lost and found story with a happy ending...

Have a wonderful day....Finish your week with a RAK or two... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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