by Curt Dodd

The Tragedy of An Offended Spirit

Let me ask you a personal question; Have you ever angry at God? I mean really
angry at God for something that He has done in somebody else's life and you
don't really like it. It doesn't seem fair, it's not right. At least from your
perspective. Well, if you have ever been there you can relate to the story that
we're going to focus in on this morning. In fact, last week we, as you remember
we looked at three parables that were a trilogy; a lost sheep, a lost coin and a
lost son. But we can't leave this chapter out of Luke 15 without focusing in
on another lost son. You can either call this lost son parable either the
Prodigal Who Stayed at Home or what I would call it, the Tragedy of An Offended
Spirit. Why don't you focus with me as we look a Luke 15 there at the very end
of that chapter. Here's what the Bible says:

"Jesus continued: 'There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to
his father, " Father, give me my share of the estate." So he divided his
property between them.'
"Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a
distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. After he had
spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began
to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to be a citizen of that country,
who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the
pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything."
"When he came to his senses, he said, 'How many of my father's hired me have
food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to
my father and say to him: "Father , I have sinned against heaven and against
you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son."' So he got up and went to
his father."
"But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with
compassion for him; h ...

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