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LUKE 15:22-24

‘That robe stands for honour; the ring stands for authority, for if a man gave to another his signet ring it was the same as giving him the power of attorney; the shoes stand for a son as opposed to a slave, for children of the family were shod and slaves were not. The slave’s dream in the negro spiritual is of the time when “all God’s chillun got shoes,” for shoes were the sign of freedom. And a feast was made that all might rejoice at the wanderer’s return’. (William Barclay, The Daily Bible Study, The Gospel of Luke).

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