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Summary: A man had two sons... Luke 15 tells us the powerful salvation story of two sons. This is Act One - The younger son!

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The Prodigal God

Act One: The Younger Son

Parts and concept Inspired by Tim Kellers book “The Prodigal God”

The choice of the younger son…

• Tell the story

Luke 15: 11 Jesus continued: "There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ’Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.

This first steps is the slap in the face:

What is the younger son saying… when he tells his father he wants the shares of the property and wealth?

He is saying I would rather you be dead…

You didn’t receive your inheritance until the father had died…

Now remember the audience listening to this story… Luke 15:1 tells us sinners, tax-collectors, Pharisees and teachers are all listening… and in this culture it is very patriarchal in nature. In other words the Father ruled the roost, and what he said went…

So when they hear the younger son say he wants the inheritance … they expect the father’s reaction to be anger, fury… he had every right to throw the son out with nothing… to even beat the son in disgrace… he is the father… and the son is not in line for anything without the blessing of the father… all control is in the fathers hands… and the son slaps the father in the face… I want my inheritance…

Now to receive your inheritance… it was not cash… this is an agricultural society… it was land, maybe animals, slaves, etc… so the idea of receiving your inheritance is not an easy task… it’s not a safe in the back behind the camel barn… it’s not in the local bank in town…

The father sells his property to give inheritance to his son…

The audience… would have all gasped. .’ So he divided his property between them. Now also catch… between them… the two sons have it divided between them…

He did what!

The Fathers reaction here shows He is the prodigal…

Recklessly spendthrift, extravagant grace… the father shows his heart for his son…

Let me tell you the end of this story right here… EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US IN THIS ROOM AND IN THIS WORLD… WE NEED GOD’S EXTRAVAGENT GRACE…

None of us deserve eternal life with Him… we all need Him to be a Prodigal Father…

This moment is … the first sin!

THE FIRST SIN OCCURS RIGHT HERE IN THE STORY… AND IS THE MAIN SIN THEME throughout…

The son is telling the father… “I don’t need you!” I will do it on my own…

I will go my own way… give me what you owe me… as if you were dead…

I loved my father… I was fortunate in life… I had a good one. No, a great one… I remember being in the car with a friend one time, he was arguing with his parents, and finally he says, very loudly… I hate you! To his dad…

I choked up… no matter how much I ever would have argued with my dad… I would never have said those words… I may not have always listened to my parents, but I did desire to honor them…

This son looks his father in the eyes and tells him I don’t have need of you, I wish you were dead, give me my inheritance.

THIS IS WHERE THE SON IS DIRECTIONALLY CHALLENGED: first outcome of sin!

13 "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. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.


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