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The Parables #45

The parable of the prodigal son, Pt7

Luke 15:11-32 – The Prodigal’s Riotousness and Ruin, 13-16.


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Remember what it says: “And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living,” verse 13.

The living that he wasted was that given him by his father. Boys and girls, men and women and young people, when they reject the gospel, waste that which God gives them! This young man would have had nothing to waste had not his father given him his inheritance!

How tragic to think upon the fact that those who defy God does so by the strength that God gives them!

As the prodigal would have had nothing to spend in the far country had not the father given him of his wealth, even so men use the lifde that God gives them to defy and reject Him.
What mercy on God’s part this is!

1. His lifestyle. ‘Riotous living’ – same root as ‘excess’, Eph 5:18. He was as  man who had lost his mind and acted drunkenly. He lived in rebellion to the highest law of all. Very wise in men’s eyes but madness in God’s! “But God said unto him, Thou fool,” Luke 12:20.  You know this world’s view is the very opposite to that of the Lord. The apostles on the day of Pentecost were considered as drunk men, Acts 2:13-15. Whereas God speaks of sinners as being ‘drunk’!

2. He wasted. The word means ‘to scatter, to winnow’. It is the origin of the phrase ‘to cast to the wind.’

The Parables #44

The parable of the prodigal son, Part  6 

Scripture: Luke 15:11-32

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The Prodigal’s Riotousness and Ruin, 13-16.

We have considered the restlessness and rebellion of the prodigal and how it lead to him leaving his father’s house for the far country. We continue our study with a look at how things fared for him in the land of his prefers before his father’s house.

1. In the far country, things did not go as expected. He became what he himself most likely never planned to be. “But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin,” Hebrews 3:13. He
desired to sin but not to spend all and decline into poverty and utter destitution. “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose (destroy) his life for my sake shall find it,” Matt 16:25.

2. But he was not his own master! And neither are you, Christ rejecter. If, instead of seeking Christ, you heed the call of sin then sin will have its way with you. It will control you and not you sin. “But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you,” Romans 6:17.

3. Notice that his father let him go. We have commented on this before but it is worth mentioning again. God lets those who would be free of Him have their way.
“So I gave them up unto their own hearts’ lust: and they walked in their own counsels,” Ps 81:12. Sin is presently restrained by God in you sinner! But if you seek after sin and God gives you up you will discover its power and your helplessness. How powerful it is that it can allure us away from God! Few have felt its full power for God in mercy shelters us.

Illustrations abound—drugs and alcohol. (Sheltered bay in Lough Erne—no wind until bay is left and open lough is reached) Beware sinner of crossing that line.

The Parables #43

The parable of the prodigal son, Pt 5

The Prodigal’s Restlessness and Rebellion, v11-13.

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2. It is a venture into the unknown. He did not know what lay over the horizon! Here is the irrational attitude that sin produces! The boozer, the drug-taker all indulge in that which is very evidently harmful and dangerous. Who knows what a day will have for us? “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow,” James 4:14.
Not so with the obedient child of God. While we may not know what a day will bring forth we have this assurance: “For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me,” Job 23:14. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose,” Romans 8:28. “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,” 1 Thess 5:9. “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way,” Ps 37:23. “Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not,” Ps 17:5.
“For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens,” 2 Corinthians 5:1. We “know” where we are going! “I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day,” 2 Timothy 1:12. “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is,” 1 John 3:2.

3. He has no intention of returning. He gathers all together. He will not leave anything behind that might cause his return. What a mind-set the sinner has. He is determined to have nothing to do with God. “But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me,” Psa 81:11 “Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? but my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit . . . .  For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water,” Jeremiah 2:11, 13 “They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof,” Pro 1:30.

4. He puts as much distance between himself and his father as he can. He went to a ‘far’ country. He wishes him out of his sight and out of his mind.
Beware that this is not the spirit that is at work in you.
May God open your eyes and cause you to see and understand the consequences of departing from the Lord.

The Parables #42

The prodigal son, Part 4

The Prodigal’s Restlessness and Rebellion, v11-13.

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Having considered the Prodigal’s ‘Discontentment’ we move on to consider his ‘Departure’! Where there is discontentment and it is not dealt with and conquered then it will lead to departure. Paul said this: “But godliness with contentment is great gain,” 1 Timothy 6:6. Only godliness can produce contentment. I mentioned at the beginning of this study that the devil was a discontent spirit and that is because of his ungodliness! There is no discontentment with God. “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure,” Isaiah 46:10. God has no reason for discontentment! All His plans and purposes will come to pass.  His perfect will shall be perfectly accomplished. It is as we are conformed to God, become more godly, short for ‘godlike’, that we enter into God’s contentment and peace and tranquillity!

The discontent son was not in harmony with his father – hence his discontentment! “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls,” Matthew 11:29.

1. The son departs as soon as he can. “And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country,” verse 13.
As soon as he receives the means of departing and makes the arrangements he goes. What a testimony of his distaste for his father his haste is. This is the spirit of fallen man at work.

“And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden,” Genesis 3:8.

The Parables #41

The parable of the Prodigal son, Pt 3 

Luke 15:11-32

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The Prodigal’s Restlessness and Rebellion, v11-13.


3. The discontentment stemmed from his desire for that which was not to be found in his father’s house. That which took man out of Paradise takes the sinner away from God and His house and His word. His lust, his sinful appetites. Natural man would live far from God. The further the better. When we see men turn their backs upon God and His house it bodes ill and shows they are controlled by sin.


1. He calls him father but does not act as a son. A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? Malachi 1:6. He is seeking to be free of his father’s rule and company. He sees no good nor any hope of good in his father’s household.
He thought that he could manage his affairs better than his father. He felt more wise than his father.

2. His desire is born of his carnal nature. Sinners would part with Heaven in order to gain the world  and gratify their sinful lusts. “Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you,” John 6:26-27.

3. His demand testifies to his blindness. “Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me. The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider,” Isa 1:2-3.

Poor foolish boy, he did not know the value of that which he cast away nor did he realise the danger he embraced. This spirit of resistance to the blessings of the gospel is what made Christ weep over Jerusalem. “And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes,” Luke 19:41-42. “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!” Matthew 23:37.