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That The Stench Is Before Me (8 of 11)
Series: I Can See Clearly Now
Luke 15: 11-32
Intro: The parables of the Lord Jesus were not told to entertain us, but to educate us. And, not to educate us about others, about other parents' wayward sons, but to cut to the core of our own being. They are aimed at the heart of each individual. They are addressed so as to teach us of Christ who came to seek and save sinners. Parables are meant to be divine mirrors, upon which when we stand before them, we suddenly see ourselves. Our greatest problem is that we tend not to see ourselves clearly. The prodigal son did not see clearly until he hit rock bottom in the hog pen. Many times, we operate in the same condition as he was in. Charles Bridges once said, "It is tragic enough that one should find himself in the hog pen, but the tragedy multiplies many times over when he decides to stay there". The pivotal point in this parable, as well as in our lives, is found in verse 17 "and when he came to himself". As we exposit this text, may we be willing to "come to ourself" and take a good, hard look at who we are, what we are and where we are. We will view three different scenes for this text. They are:
I. I'm Headed for the Party Place
II. I'm Headed for the Pig Pen
III. I'm Headed for the Parent's Palace
We further see:
I. I'M HEADED FOR THE PARTY PLACE
A) His Hands were full (vs 13 "give me the portion of goods that falleth to me") In our society, a handful full of money is thought to be a blessing, but many times, just as it did for this young man, it turns out to be a curse. A hand fattened with money tends to make one's head fat as well. The tragic mistake, in the very beginning, was that he couldn't recognize the fact that his father was not giving him anything that he didn't already have. He accepted a portion to hold in his hand, and gave up the plenty that he already had in the house.
B) His Head was fascinated (vs ...
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