Father’s Day 2020 – Prodigal Patience – Luke 15

Introduction:

Within Jesus’ parable about the prodigal son, there is a portion that states (about the father of the prodigal),…

Luke 15:20


“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.”

Transition

: The role of a father is a unique and difficult one.

Ephesians 6:4:

 “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”

Psalm 103:13:

 “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.”

Hebrews 12:7: 

“Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father?”

So a father’s place is unique and significant.

While Jesus is speaking in a parable form, I think it ok to look at the text to make some important applications.

 

2. The Reality

– Losses everything

Question

: While the father honored or at least concided to his sons portion/inheritance…

 

Question

: Isn’t it the mother’s job usually to be the comforter….the one with the unconditional love while the dad’s were the disciplinarians and strength/backbone? Maybe it’s this ‘sterotype’ that needs to change.

 

4. The Adversaries

– other brother

Application

: Don’t let him get away with it. It’s not fair/right!

5. The Response

– Father’s Gift

 

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