Summary: The qualities found in the prodigal’s father
Of all the fathers in the Bible, the father in our text is probably spoken
of more than the others combined. We know very little of him or the names
of his sons. The wife and mother is not mentioned at all. It would seem that
perhaps she had passed away and the father is left alone to rear his two
All too often we gather truth from the far land and we fail to gather
treasure from the father’s lodging. We have no problem imaging what
happened in the far country.
The convictions which swayed him (12-13)
authority he was determined to discard
ability he was determined to display
The confusion which swamped him (14-16)
unexpected failure which shattered him
unexplored future which frightened him
The conversion which saved him (17–19)
truth he faced
failure he was
father he had
path he found
However, this morning I want us to contemplate the father’s house
instead of the far country. What was going on in the father’s house while
the son was in the far country?. What was the father doing while the son
was away? Encourage fathers today.
I. He continued working on the farm
You never gain ground with your prodigal if you sell the farm before
they have a chance to come home. The father did not sell out, give in, give
up – he just stayed with the farm. Children are counting on you and I to be
A. Father did not change to accommodate the son.
He just stayed with the stuff.
Parents we need to stay with the stuff even when the kids leave
home. Don’t relax your standards them. It is always too soon to quit.
When children leave the nest to go to college or get married,
don’t you change.
Stayed with the farm
1. Labour did not change.
2. Love did not change
B. Father did care . (20)
Father saw him long before the son saw him. Father was looking
for him. He love him.
No anger was in his heart towards the son; he had nothing but
pity for his poor boy who had got into such a pitiable condition. It was true
that it was the son’s own fault, but that did not come into the father’s mind.
He cared for and loved his son deeply.
C. Father was consistent.
He stayed at the farm and kept working for the day. What day
was that? The day his son would come home.
1. Stalled calf
Was fed daily in anticipation of the son’s return
2. Special robe
Was prepared for the day of the son’s welcome
3. Signet ring
Was cleaned and made ready for the day the son would
If the father had not been faithful, there would have been no fatted
calf, nor robe, and nor ring for the days of festivity when the son came
"Be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding."
II. He commenced waiting at the farm
Doing all he knew to do at the farm, he waited and watched. When
the son topped the last, he father spotted him. Spotted him because he was
waiting and watching for his son.
The hardest part of the Christian life is waiting. Love suffereth long.
Love endureth all things. Love holds on and holds out. Love cannot be
conquered. Love never gives in.
Ps 27:14 "Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall
strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD."