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