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Summary: prod⋅i⋅gal [prod-i-guhl] - wastefully or recklessly extravagant: prodigal expenditure. You think you know the story of “The Prodigal Son”? Think again.

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prod⋅i⋅gal [prod-i-guhl] - wastefully or recklessly extravagant: prodigal expenditure.

The Father and the Older Brother

…"But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

21"The son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.' 22"But the father said to his servants, 'Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate. 24For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate.

25"Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27'Your brother has come,' he replied, 'and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.' 28"The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. Luke 15:20b-28

The father loves the older brother just as much as the younger.

29But 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. Luke 15:29

The question is not just, “Have you obeyed?” but more importantly,

“Why have you obeyed?”

30But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!' 31" 'My son,' the father said, 'you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' " Luke 15:30-32

The Father is asking the older brother to forget rights

and value relationship.

Ask Yourself: What do I really value?


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