Sermon:
The Parable of the Pouting Son
Luke 15:25-32
by David O. Dykes

INTRODUCTION

Over the last three weeks we have been looking at what has been called the Parable of the Prodigal Son. In this masterpiece, Jesus communicates several lessons. I believe the main point of this story is to show us what God is really like; He not some impersonal tyrant who is too busy to care about you. He is a loving Heavenly Father who has numbered the hairs on your head. He will forgive you when you return to Him. We also learn that if you wander away from God, you can repent and return to His open arms. Today, as we look at the older brother, we learn another important lesson.

Let’s review the first part of the parable. A man had two sons and the younger son demanded his inheritance and took the money and ran. He went away and wasted all the money on wild living. He ended up broke, hungry and miserable in the mud and mess of a hog pen. When he came to his senses, he confessed to God that he had sinned and he headed home. He wasn’t sure how his father would receive him, so he was prepared to take the job of a servant. But when the daddy saw him, he ran to meet him. The Father embraced his son and showered him with kisses. The father dressed his son in a new robe, gave him a family ring, put shoes on his feet and killed the fattened calf. They had a wonderful celebration. It would be nice if the story ended there, but Jesus had a message for the religious Pharisees who were listening. Let’s pick up with verse 25:

Meanwhile the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music [sun phone–from which we get our word “symphony”] and dancing. [choron–from which we get the word “choreography”] So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. “Your brother has come,” He replied, “and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.”
The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his father, “Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But this son of yours [he’s so mad he can’t even call him “my brother”] who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!”
“My son,” the father said, “you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.”

There are a couple of famous pieces of art that portray this parable. The most famous is the one done by Rembrandt, but I personally prefer the one painted by the 17th Century Spanish artist, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo. Cindy and I saw the original oil this summer when it was part of a special Murillo exhibit at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth. I stood before the picture and stared at it for a
Jim Ressegieu
March 8, 2013
Thank you David for one of the most beautiful sermons I''ve ever read in Sermon Central--wonderful stories and thoughts! Thank you.
Very enjoyable, several items and concepts I was looking for.
David Rees-thomas
June 21, 2007
Three parables depicting the loving way the Trinty works together bringing "the lost back" to the Father. Well presented with practical application.