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A Certain Man that Held a Party (8 of 11)
Ken D. Trivette
The story before us is the familiar parable that is often referred to as ''The Parable of the Prodigal Son.'' It has been called the greatest short story in the world. Waldo Emerson said, ''It is the greatest short story in the Bible and out of the Bible.'' It is no doubt one of the most widely known parables in all the Bible. Ivor Powell calls it, ''A Gospel within a Gospel.''
Whereas, the story is most often considered in reference to the wayward son, it is more a story of the wonderful father. It is really ''The Parable of the Fathers Heart.'' It tells more of the fathers love than it does of the son's sin.
The ''certain one'' of our story is simply identified as man with two sons. It is our aim to focus on the father rather than the sons. Thus in our study we will confine ourselves to a certain portion of the parable. Instead of looking at the two sons, we will only look at one grievous son as his story relates to the glorious father.
1. WE SEE A WILLING FATHER!
The story begins with the primary focus on the rebellious son that is known as the prodigal son. In this son's waywardness we learn a great lesson about the Heavenly Fathers willingness.
First we see THE SONS DEMAND. ''And the younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me.' And he divided unto them his living'' (Vs.12). The son was simply telling his father that he wanted his portion of the inheritance before he died. It was not unusual for a father to distribute his wealth to his heirs before his death. In most cases, the children would not receive it until after his death, but occasionally there were exceptions. In the case of two sons, the older by law would receive two thirds and the younger one third. This son was wanting his portion of the inheritance now.
This demand in essence was saying, ''Dad, I don't want to live at home anymore. I don't want to live i ...
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