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The Parable Of The Lost Son. A Comparison Of The Two Brothers In The Parable Of The Lost Son. Explanation Of How The Parable Is Used To Illustrate God's Grace

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The Parable of the Lost Son"Jesus continued: There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, 'Father , give me my share of the estate.'; so he divided his property between them.""Not long after that, the younger son got together all that he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.""When he came to his senses he said 'How ...view middle of the document...

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 when this son of yours, who has squandered your property with I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!' 'My son', the father said, 'you are always with me, and everything because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' " ( Luke 15:11-32 NIV)A parable is used to teach through story telling. When reading the Gospels, it is apparent Jesus often used this teaching style. An understanding of parables is essential to understanding the teaching of Jesus. Parables comprise approximately thirty-five percent of His recorded sayings. Parables are more than just simple stories; to take them as such one would miss the whole point. They have a main point and underlying details that are significant. All have relevance to the reader."The Parable of the Lost Son" is one of the most well known parables of Jesus. Sometimes called "The Parable of the Prodigal Son", this parable features two brothers whose lives are used to illustrate the concept of grace. The two sons, one hedonistic and one judgmental, are both preoccupied with themselves to the exclusion of their forgiving father. The father is loving and full of grace. He wants a relationship with both sons. He wants his sons to have a relationship with each other as well.Jesus tells this parable to a crowd made up of two categories of people. One group was composed of overt sinners, prodigal in their relationship to God. The second group consisted of Pharisees, who held themselves separate from sinners and believed themselves to be superio. They believed themselves to be morally upright by comparison. The parable uses the differences in the brother's personalities and lifestyles to represent and reach both groups of listeners.The sons have radically different personalities. The younger son is a rebel. He asks for his inheritance early, thereby showing disrespect toward his father. After getting the money, he adds insult to injury by squandering it, and ends up employed as a hog slopper. This son thinks only of himself and lives in the moment, with no regard for his family's reputation. Conversely, the older son lives a moral and upright life. The older son waits patiently for his inheritance, as would be the expected social norm. He is a hard worker and does much for his father; the perfect picture of a good son.The younger son is a complete disgrace to his family. Working with pigs was the ultimate humiliation to a Jew, as pigs were considered the most unclean of animals. This profession brings dishonor to the family. As a result of his rebellion, the son is soon unable to support himself. He is starving and finds himself coveting the pigs' food. He hits rock bottom....

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