June 20, 2021
Charles Dickens called Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son, “The finest short story ever written.” Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged. (Colossians 3:21)
There are certain things in the dynamics of a family that only a father can do.
1) We are studying the ideal, and maturity is being able to hold onto the ideal while living with the real.
2) You never become better by wallowing in regret over the past.
No. 1 – Forgive him.
No. 2 – Seek that role model in your Heavenly Father.
3 unique contributions fathers can make:
While the son was still a long way off, the father saw him… (Luke 15:20)
“Give me my share of the estate.” So he divided his property between them. (Luke 15:12)
…wild living. (Luke 15:13)
…ended up feeding pigs. (Luke 15:15)
When he came to himself… (Luke 15:17)
When he left, he said, “Give me!” (Luke 15:12); and when he returns, he says, “Father, make me.” (Luke 15:19)
But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son. (Luke 15:20)
-The importance of touch.
Then his father Isaac said to him, “Come here my son and kiss me.” (Genesis 27:26)
“These are the two sons God has given me here.” Then Israel (Jacob) said, “Bring them to me so I may bless them.” …So Joseph brought his sons close to him and his father kissed them and embraced them. (Genesis 48:9-10)
-The power of words.
“Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate.” (Luke 15:22-23)
Prodigal – “Reckless extravagance; having spent everything.”
God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not reckoning to them their trespasses. (2 Corinthians 5:19 ASV)
Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” (Luke 15:1-2)
But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found. (Luke 15:23-24)
But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. (Joshua 24:15)