(Transcribed from actual tape) July 7, 1985 - PM
HOW SINFUL IS SIN?
Hope you already have your Bibles open to Luke, Chapter 15. We've been
studying for several services now the parable of the prodigal son, and
we've bumped into other great stories here in Luke, Chapter 15, which
indeed is one of the terrific chapters in all of God's Word. Let's bow
for prayer as we begin tonight.
"Father, we thank You for Thy presence and for Thy power and for the won-
derful way music stirs us. For these who are gifted in singing, we praise
You.because they prepare us so magnificently for yet a further word from
Thee. Lord, You speak. Let me get out of the way so that Thy Word and
Thy holy and divine message might not only be heard, but may it be received,
and understood, and incorporated into our living. For we make this prayer
in the strong, holy, saving name of this same Jesus. Amen."
I want you to look at Luke, Chapter 15, Verse Number 13, those first four
words. In the King James translation we read:
"And not many days after..."
"And not many days..." those are the four words. The young son had demanded
his portion of the inheritance. One-third of his father's estate by law.
He had made up his mind to leave the home place, leave the older brother,
leave his father, and now we read, "Not many days after..." In other words,
he did not leave imediately, He didn't go right that moment to the bank
and cash the check and say, "I've got the money; I'm leaving on the after-
noon bus." But he waited awhile. "Not many days after.." Now, think about
that. I wonder what he was doing all that time. He'd made up his mind to
leave. He was tired of all this. What was he doing those days? I think
he was dreaniing. In his mind, wonderful dreams ...
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