What is your view of the Father’s house?
The third parable Jesus tells in answer to the Pharisees grumbling of him welcoming sinners. The parable of the lost sheep, the lost coin and now the lost son. In this parable Jesus turns his attention back to the religious, to those who do not think they are lost. We know nothing of the 99 sheep or the 9 coins that are not lost but here Jesus describes the son who wasn’t lost in detail and the finger is definitely pointed to the religious in answering who is the eldest son? More importantly, if the Pharisees are grumbling because heaven rejoices over the ‘sinners’ coming to Jesus, what is the relationship like between the Pharisees and heaven?
- He has a faulty relationship with the Father based on works.
v11,v25 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons…Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing.”
He was the greatest servant on the farm. Why was this wrong? He was a son.
All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders.
He makes it sound like hard work. He was living in the Father’s love at the beginning, he knew the Father loved him, but he had never received that love for himself. He was too busy. A great servant makes for a lousy son.
Jesus loves me this I know
For the Bible tells me so
Little ones do Him belong
They are weak but He is strong.
The Pharisees needed to become children again, not workers.
We also need to learn how to embrace the Father’s love without working for it.
- He is in the Father’s house but he is not experiencing it.
v25-26. “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on.”
He heard people having a great time. As a son why didn’t he just go in? Why did he go and call a servant to find out?
He wasn’t relaxed in his own home.
The Pharisees did not understand that in the Father’s house there is rejoicing.
The Church should be free to party. In the Father’s house are emotions, sometimes tears of love and comfort, sometimes joy and laughter, sometimes dancing and celebrations.
- His hurt keeps him from experiencing the Father’s love, v
“But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends.”
You may long for a blessing from your Father but deep and unresolved hurts are preventing that.
The Pharisees hearts had become hardened like a fortress, but these defensive walls prevented the Father’s love being experienced.
Are you hurt?
- His expectations of his Father’s love are way low so he refuses to ask.
v30-31. “But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’ “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”
How sad that the Pharisees could have experienced all that the ‘sinners’ were experiencing and more!
They had the attitude that still exists today in that ‘If the Father is going to bless me, heal me, touch me then He’ll do it’.
No He won’t.
The Father is saying you never asked, you never put yourself in the position to receive.
What a waste of a life to have been religious, believing you are better than most, keeping some rules, going to Church, singing songs, saying some prayers and yet never knowing the Father and his love and his house of joy!