The Realm Where God Doesn’t Dwell – Notes/Study Sheet

(Luke 15:11-16)

 

Introduction:

   * Jesus is a friend to all (Lk. 7:34).

   * Parables in Luke 15: 1)_________________________2)_______________________ 3)________________________

   * Masses murmured against Jesus.

   * Parable of Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32):

 

     

 

 

 

1. The tragedy of departure.

   * Young son asked for his inheritance share (Dt. 21:17).

      - Contemplation (Jas. 1:14-15; Prov. 4:23; Prov. 23:7).

 

      - Immaturity – Young people often too immature to think ahead & weigh consequences.

 

      - Selfishness – Prodigal wanted his portion to spend now! Didn’t think of how his actions would affect others.

 

   * Human existence should center on God (Isa. 43:7; Eccl. 12:13).

  

2. Disaster!

   * Sometimes, the wicked prosper and won’t be punished until Judgment Day (Job 12:6; Psa. 73:17).

   * Prov. 13:15 –

 

   * Estrangement from God puts us in a distant land.

   * Prodigal son in destitution – feeding hogs for meager income & wishing to eat with them!

   * Belly was empty, but soul emptier.

   * Sometimes, we need to eat with the hogs to realize the need for repentance.

   * Thankfully, the Prodigal came to himself & decided to make his way homeward.

 

3. Determination – “I will...”

   * He had a choice to make, and he made the correct one!

   * Engaged in honest self-examination (Jas. 1:23-24).

   * Confessed sin. Meant it. Some don’t: Pharaoh (Ex. 9:27), Baalam (Num. 22:34), Saul (I Sam. 15:24); Judas (Mt. 27:4).

   * Prodigal saw a need and responded immediately! Didn’t wait! Delay causes hearts to be hardened (Heb. 3:15).

 

  

4. Deliverance.

   * Wickedness of the ancient world grieved God (Gen. 6:6; Jud. 10:16).

   * Father saw son – moved w/compassion. God is compassionate (Ex. 34:6; Psa. 78:38; Mt. 18:27) & wants the lost back.

   * Father ran, fell, & kissed.

 

 

   * True forgiveness runs ahead; doesn’t hesitate/act grudgingly. Kiss a sign of forgiveness (Gen. 33:4; II Sam. 14:33; Psa.

      2:12).

   * Notice the son’s acceptance: not on probation, but received robe, ring, shoes, and celebration.

   * Genuine penitence all that was required.

   * I Jn. 4:19 –

 

 

Come back to God or come for the first time. Do it today while there’s still time!

 

                                                                                                                                                                                               R.W. McAlister 5/31/09 a.m.