by Dr. Ed Young

(Transcribed from actual tape) July 7, 1985 - PM


Luke 15

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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