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Parable Of The Prodical Son

Is the parable of the prodical son more about the father or the son?

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Mima re-read the story again the man was eating with the pigs/swine when he suddenly realised that the position he had before was to feed them.......not eat with them.

He would come to himself meaning he realises what state he's in. It so happens that in life when people seem to be rebellious and go their own way, until they work it out,simple for onlookers but a lesson to the rebellious... it's pointless trying to change them because they have to see where their coming from was far better than where they ended up.
---Carla3939 on 2/28/09


I always took the expression "come to himself" as meaning coming to see the truth about himself. Is there some other interpretation but this?
---Donna66 on 2/26/09


The s0n did not "come to himself" he went home with full intentions of being like one of his father's servants(he was desperately hungry) but the father, who had kept watch, saw him a far off coming and ran to him. This is one of the greatest stories in the world telling of a loving father(my God and your God) awaiting the opportunity to show his mercies and love for us! The son had wondered far and sinned much, but his father never gave up, his father remained ready, willing, and able to restore his son to his rightful position.
O precious heavenly Father thank you for this story, thank you for your mercies, which are renewed day by day. Thank you for revealing yourself to us. Praise your holy name!!!!!
---mima on 2/26/09


What I got from this parable is the situation where a person needs to come to themself before They can really change, I often believe that the story is really depicting God and us as sinners, just how much God is always waiting with a lovely gift for us, just as long as we to remember where were once we repent and come on home. Israel is in this position right now.
---Carla3939 on 2/25/09


What I got from this parable is the situation where a person needs to come to themselves before They can really change, I often believe that the story is really depicting God and us as sinners, just how much God is always waiting with a lovely gift for us, just as long as we to remember where we once were repent and come on home. Israel is in this position right now.
---Carla3939 on 2/25/09




I've always put the emphasis on the son because that was the part I related to, but I'm sure others have at times put emphasis on the Father, or even the second son, depending on what the Lord was revealing to them at the time. That's what is so great about God's Word, it never tires, never gets old, there is always a nugget of truth to pull out of the scripture that you hadn't found the first or even seventh time through it.
---Kady on 9/13/08


parable= a short simple story,usually of a occurance of a familiar kind,from which a moral or religious lesson is learned.LOVE AND JOY ,BUT MORE ABOUT REPENTENCE is what this parable is about,
---tom2 on 8/11/07


B.) The Father was of course, God. The youngest son was NOT the future gentile church(as many pastors have taught), but those Jews who were considered too bad to worship with and befriend. Tax gatherers (Roman lap dogs) and sinners (everything from gamblers, piimps, and thieves to those Jews married to gentiles)were not a desireous crowd if you were an aspiring upwardly mobile rabbi.
---Rabbi_Dean on 7/20/07


D.) The younger brother left the house of his Father and wandered out into the world (just like the sinners that was crowding around Yeshua listening to His every word). The young son did the worst thing he could possibly do- be with pigs. Not only was he with pigs he ate their food and slept with them. The idea is, he squandered the teachings and blessings of walking in the glory of his Father. In doing so, he became debased- just like these Jewish sinners.
---Rabbi_Dean on 7/20/07


E.) The son returned back to his Father (the God of Avraham, Yikshak, and Ya'akov). God, being the covenant maker was waiting for His wayward son to to come home, and what a reunion!. In many Sunday School lessons and sermons this is the emphasis, but was not the point of the Rabbinical Parable.
---Rabbi_Dean on 7/20/07




It was begins in verse 25. Verse 28 says, "...So his Father came out and pleaded with him. 'Look, the son answered. ' have worked for you all these years, and I have never disobeyed your orders.." Sounds just like what the P'rushim and Torah teachers had said, doesn't it?
---Rabbi_Dean on 7/20/07


(...cont..) The Rabbinical point, the moment of thruth that sums up the parable is in verse 31: 'Son, you are always with me,' said the father, 'and everything I have is yours. We had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead (the wayward Jews), but have come back to life (by listening to Yeshua and turning back to God)- he was lost (dead to the Covenant, lost to the world), but has come back to life, he was lost but has been found.
---Rabbi_Dean on 7/20/07


(..conclussion..[phew!])THE QUESTION FOR US TODAY IS: HAS THE BODY OF MESSIAH IN THE U.S. BECOME THE OLDER BROTHER? ARE WE HAPPY AND CONTENTED WITH OUR TV SHOWS AND WAY OF LIFE? DO WE LOOK DOWN ON THE UNREGENRATED OF OUR COUNTRY IN SCORN? DO WE STAND AT THE ROAD AND PRAY FOR THEM TO COME BACK?
---Rabbi_Dean on 7/20/07


A.) Jack- you win first prize. Luke 15:1 states that the tax-collectors and sinners kept gathering around to hear Yeshua. The P'rushim (Pharasees) and the Torah-teachers (Scribes) were grumbling and this parable was directly meant for these religious leaders. Because the audience knew Rabbinical Parables they knew how to break it down.
---Rabbi_Dean on 7/20/07


It explains how God is with His children who have a season of sin & finally return to Him.
---a_servant on 7/19/07


It is more about the son. When a child of God, slowly lets sin in their life and falls back into sin and becomes a backslider, God still loves them. He tells us that he is married to the backslider. This son, came back to his father. Just as some backsliders come back to God.
---Rebecca_D on 7/19/07


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Well, if you read my blog, Linda's and Jack's, you'll see that we all said someone different, and they weren't wrong, just different perspectives. It just goes to show the depth of God's Word, and how it can bring life to everyone in whatever circumstance they are in.
---Kady on 7/19/07


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---JIM on 7/19/07


Teaching of the prodigal son screams eternal security to me. I found what Jack said about it being about the older brother very interesting. In fact I consider the older brother to be what I imagined Jack to be like.
---Mima on 7/19/07


There are three aspects to the parable:
1. The actions of the son who left. [this is wishing the father dead in that culture to get an inheritance.]
2. The Father who still longed for is missing son.
3. The other Son who stayed for his his father and faithfully served him.
---notlaw99 on 7/19/07


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Yeah...that older brother....he was the one with the real problem. All that self-righteousness, right there in the house with no relationship with the father...and the same inheritance given to him. So focused on himself he couldn't even rejoice with his father and enjoy the real treasure of being in the house and having a face to face father/son relationship.
---Linda on 7/18/07


greetings.The father will take us back even if we sup with the swine.
---earl on 7/18/07


It is more about the father. The father who waits expectantly even while his son sits in the hog pen, the father who pays no attention to the sons list of sins but instead issues a command to his servants to bring the best, the father who is willing to risk releasing the inheritance even though it may mean the son leaves the house (oh what a truth there), the father who was willing to be as dead to his son so that the love would be the true treasure.
---Linda on 7/18/07


So much there that thousands upon thousands of words could never do it justice. Only one word does: Jesus.
---Linda on 7/18/07


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It is about the relationship between the two, and how the father did not sever the love he had for the son in spite of the son's behavior.
---Madison1101 on 7/18/07


It shows grace, forgiveness and love of the Father.
It shows foolishness on the younger (unlearned son) who squanders all and only has a portion in this life. (Many will be surprised when the Lord returns and they found they only had something here.)
It shows the eternal blessing of salvation for the mature son that stayed to labour in the Father's field, so to speak. He who in a sense endured unto the end.
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---Frank on 7/18/07


I think it's about the elder brother.

If you meditate on this parable, you'll see my point.
---Jack on 7/18/07


The parable of the "prodigal" son is about forgiveness and second chances. It tells us that you can never go so far away from God that you can't come back and be restored to HIS full righteousness.
---Susie on 7/18/07


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It is about the son wanting to do his own thing in life, and ending up in the pig pen because of it. When he returns home, he again steps into the covering of protection and provision. When we go our own way, and do things against God, we end up in the pig pen away from God's covering of protection and provision.
---Leslie on 7/18/07


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