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The Prodigal Son (1 of 3)
Series: The Prodigals
For the next three weeks, we are going to study the parable of the prodigal son. We call it the prodigal son, but it's more than just a story about a wayward son. It's one of the richest illustrations ever told. It's about a son whose life was changed by the love of his father, and a brother who didn't understand grace.
We are going to study this story from all three perspectives, that of the son, the father, and the brother. Let's begin by reading the entire illustration from Luke 15:11-32
11 Then He said: ''A certain man had two sons.
12 ''And the younger of them said to his father, `Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.' So he divided to them his livelihood.
13 ''And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living.
14 ''But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want.
15 ''Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
16 ''And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything.
17 ''But when he came to himself, he said, `How many of my father's hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
18 `I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, ''Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you,
19 ''and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.'''
20 ''And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.
21 ''And the son said to him, `Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.'
22 ''But the father said to his servants, `Bring out the best robe and ...
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