🖊️Did the prodigal son’s father know beforehand the outcome of allowing his son to depart?
🖊️If yes, why did he allow him to go?
📍If the father in this parable represents God, (that Jesus meant him to be), then the answer to the first question is YES.
📍The answer to the second question is “the father respected the choice of his prodigal son.” It was his son’s choice.
📌 Do not forget: God created us to make our choices in life. You can choose to obey Him; you can equally choose to disobey. The choice is your but you cannot control the consequences of your choice.
🖊️Let us analyze the prodigal son’s father’s action in this parable.
📌In Jesus’ day, three Greek words were used to express
love namely, eros (physical intimacy), philia (friendship), and agape (fruit produced by the Holy Spirit, as listed in Galatians 5:22-23.
📌Our heavenly Father cares for us with agape, and to bring us into a right relationship with Him, He sacrificed His Son (1 John 4:10).
📌The parable of the prodigal son gives us a good example of this type of love. Agape is evident in our life when we:
🔹 Respond calmly to difficulties.
To the son’s untimely demand for his share of the inheritance, the father did not reply with angry words about ungrateful children. Though the prodigal’s attitude must have caused pain, the man held his tongue and did not retaliate. In calmness, he could think more clearly and chose to love (1 Corinthians 13:4-5).
🔹 Sacrifice without complaint.
Though he knew his son was committed to a ruinous course, the father quietly fulfilled the request. In doing so, he chose the way of love, directing his efforts towards preserving their relationship.
🔹 Wait patiently. Out of deep affection, the father let his son leave and stay away. What heartache the man must have felt! Yet he remained hopeful and waited for the young man to recognize that sin cannot deliver what it has promised. This patient response is possible only through the power of agape (1 Cor. 13:4).
📌The Holy Spirit’s work in our life empowers us to show selfless and sacrificial devotion to the development of another person. In that way, we become people who respond calmly, patiently, and without complaint.
📌Which kind of emotion do you offer to others— human or divine?
📌We all (humanity) are represented by the prodigal son. The Father (God) is awaiting our return to Him. When humanity comes to it’s senses, it would say like the prodigal son: I will arise and go back to my father …
📌Have you already gone back to the Father or are you still battling with the consequences of your choice? Think about that.
Shalom & Maranatha!