Friday – Luke 15: 28-32
The Parable of the Prodigal Son (Continued)
“But (the older son) was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, but he answered his father, ‘Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!’ And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.’”
Discussion Questions: What jumps out at you at this, the conclusion of the parable of the prodigal son? Do you think that it is significant that the father first ran to his younger son, and now goes out to his older son, inviting them both to the celebration in his house? Yesterday we looked at the angry response of the older son to the celebration for his brother’s return. He actually seems jealous! Is jealousy rational or is it emotional? Does this celebration have anything to do with the older brother? If not, why is he taking it so personally? Has he actually lost anything with this celebration? Does the rest of the father’s inheritance belong to the older son (..all that is mine is yours)? Could the older son throw a party for himself at any point, since everything belongs to him now? Besides that, who has lived the qualitatively better life: the one who stayed close to the father or the one who wandered away, lost everything, and was starving? Does God want us to engage our minds instead of reacting out of emotion? What does the enemy, Satan, want? What do you think of the father’s response? Is the father emotional, or does he simply state facts? Is true love emotion-based, or is it the unconditional commitment to do what is best for the other person? Is the father loving his younger son? Is he also loving his older son, helping him move beyond anger to compassion? How has our Heavenly Father helped you move beyond emotion-based anger to love, compassion, forgiveness, understanding and peace? Praise the Lord that although once we may have been lost, now we are found, at home with him forever! Prayer
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