Treat me as one of your hired servants.”’ 20 And he arose and came to his father. Or are you one of the servants in the household, rejoicing with the father when a lost son finds his way home? Take notes, highlights, and favorites to share or document personal thoughts. 23 And bring (Q)the fattened calf and kill it, and (R)let us eat and celebrate. 17 But when he came to [f]his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired laborers have more than enough bread, but I am dying here [g]from hunger! 11 And He said, “A man had two sons. 11 And he said, “There was a man who had two sons. Jesus shares the parable with his disciples, the Pharisees and others. 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. Psalms, ESV Illuminated Scripture Journal, ESV Study Bible, Large Print, Genuine Leather, Black, ESV My Creative Bible for Girls, Flexcover, Pink, ESV Illuminated Scripture Journal: 27-Volume Old Testament Boxed Set. Who are you in this story? Are you the rebellious son, lost and far from God? So he divided his property between them13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. I have often felt this way, and so has my wife. The father is a picture of our Heavenly Father. Mary Fairchild is a full-time Christian minister, writer, and editor of two Christian anthologies, including "Stories of Cavalry. Typically, a son would receive his inheritance at the time of his father's death. Today’s Bible story from Luke 15:11-24 about the prodigal son can help your students consider God’s unconditional love. 16 And he (D)was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything. Learn more. Matt 8:22; Luke 9:60; 15:32; Rom 11:15; Eph 2:1, 5; 5:14; Col 2:13; 1 Tim 5:6, NASB, MacArthur Study Bible, Large Print: Holy Bible, New American Standard Bible, NASB, Single-Column Reference Bible, Wide Margin, 1995 Text, Comfort Print, NASB, Life Application Study Bible, Second Edition, NASB, Zondervan NASB Study Bible, Red Letter Edition. 11 And he said, “There was a man who had two sons. Create or log in to your Bible Gateway account. You can cancel anytime during the trial period. Reading from the beginning of chapter 15, we see that the older son is clearly a picture of the pharisees. Prodigal Son Story Summary The story of the Prodigal Son, also known as the Parable of the Lost Son, follows immediately after the parables of the Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin. New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995, 2020 by The Lockman Foundation. The main character in the parable, the forgiving father, whose character remains constant throughout the story, is a picture of God. The parable of the Prodigal Son is found in Luke 15:11-32. All rights reserved. 11:15; Eph. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and (J)ran and (K)embraced him and (L)kissed him. Bitterness and resentment keep the older son from forgiving his younger brother. The parable of the Prodigal Son is found in Luke 15:11-32. What are the benefits of creating an account? 30 But when this son of yours came, (U)who has devoured (V)your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!’ 31 And he said to him, ‘Son, (W)you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. 12 The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the estate that [a]is coming to me.’ And so he divided his [b]wealth between them. 11 And He said, “A man had two sons. Deep down inside, they know when they have done wrong. 32 But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has begun to live, and was lost and has been found.’”. Earlier this week, I met someone else online who felt the same way. With these three parables, Jesus demonstrated what it means to be lost, how heaven celebrates with joy when the lost are found, and how the loving Father longs to save people. We are studying Luke 15:11-24 for Sunday, March 17 – the first part of the story of “the prodigal son.” [Study notes for the text are here.] Try it for 30 days FREE. The story of the Prodigal Son, also known as the Parable of the Lost Son, follows immediately after the parables of the Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin. 32; [Rom. This section of Luke's Gospel is dedicated to the lost. Jesus loved hanging out with sinners because he knew they would see their need of salvation and respond, flooding heaven with joy. 2 And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them. He takes a job feeding pigs. Are you the self-righteous pharisee, no longer capable of rejoicing when a sinner returns to God? In humility, he recognizes his foolishness and decides to return to his father and ask for forgiveness and mercy. Upgrade, and get the most out of your new account. To subscribe at our regular subscription rate, click the button below. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Advance your knowledge of Scripture with this resource library of over 40 reference books, including commentaries and Study Bible notes. English Standard Version (ESV), ver. It blinds him to the treasure he freely enjoys through constant relationship with the father. Maybe you've hit rock-bottom, come to your senses, and decided to run to God's open arms of compassion and mercy?

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