The Parable of The Prodigal Son: Discover The Real Meaning Behind The Story!
By Stephen J. Spykerman
The following is an excerpt from the above book...
Remember the parable of the Prodigal son?
Most Christians are familiar with the parable of the ‘Prodigal Son,’ which is seen as a wonderful illustration of the mercy and forgiveness of God, Our Father in Heaven. Yeshua in His parable of the ‘Prodigal Son’ in Luke 15:11-32 speaks of a certain man who had two sons. His younger son asks to be given his inheritance, only to go away to a far country and waste his inherited fortune on riotous living. After living a lifestyle of self-indulgent idolatry and the pursuit of personal pleasure and abandon, he ends up totally destitute. This is the very moment a mighty famine arises in his land of exile and he is forced to take a job looking after another man’s pigs! His hunger is so acute that he would have gladly filled his stomach with the husks that are fed to the swine, but no one gives him anything to eat. As he is literally perishing with hunger the prodigal son remembers how good things were when he was still in his father’s house and his heart turns toward home. Overwhelmed with remorse, he becomes convicted of his sin. Utterly humbled by his dire circumstances, he repents of his wayward lifestyle and decides to return to his father’s house. His heart is filled with shame, as he recognizes that he has rejected his father and disgraced his family name. As he takes the first steps on his journey home, he decides that he is not worthy to bear his father’s name any longer or to be called his son. Instead, he resolves to ask his father if he can forgive him and take him on as one of his hired workers. As he approaches his father’s land, his father sees him coming from some considerable distance and runs towards him, falling on his neck and kisses him. The son then exclaims:
“21 …Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son. 22 But the father said to his servants, Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. 23 And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; 24 for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found…” (Luke 15:21-24, NKJV)
His father orders the fatted calf to be slaughtered and makes a great feast for his prodigal son. The story then goes on to relate that the faithful son, who had remained faithful and stayed at home with his father, was upset and he would not join the party. The parable goes on to relate the father’s words to the older son:
“31 …Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. 32 It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.” (Luke 15:31-32, NKJV)