Like I said in an earlier post we are going to review the story of the prodigal son for just a couple of days… Now for me my understanding has changed forever… The meaning is now clear, the audience is so important in this parable. Who was Christ talking to? Luke 15:1, 2 It’s clear that it just wasn’t the tax collectors and sinners… But also the Pharisees, mostly the Pharisees, the religious legalistic hypocrites… They are righteous in their own eyes, full of pretenses and they wanted Jesus dead. That was so important to understand… Context was key here. They said Jesus did the things He did because He was from the devil. But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “This man casts out demons only by Beelzebul the ruler of the demons.” Matthew 12:24 But the Pharisees said, “It is by the prince of demons that he drives out demons.” Matthew 9:34 They are pictured in Isaiah 65:5 “Who say, ‘Keep to yourself, do not come near me, For I am holier than you!’ These are smoke in My nostrils, A fire that burns all the day. Have you ever gotten something in your nostrils that was foreign, that didn’t belong there… you just want it gone. They are like irritating bugs to God and He will oppose them.
They couldn’t stand to be around these sinners. Remember Luke 18:9-14 The Pharisee and tax collector Luke 18:11 “The Pharisee stood and was praying this to himself: ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. They said “For I am holier than you!“ … God’s going to cut them down… He opposes the proud and gives grace to the humble look at verse 14 Luke 18:14 “I tell you, this man went to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.” The tax collector was justified ( SAVED) he was humble and full of repentance with an awe and fear of a holy God… reminds me of Isaiah 66:1, 2 Thus says the Lord, “Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool. Where then is a house you could build for Me? And where is a place that I may rest? “For My hand made all these things, Thus all these things came into being,” declares the Lord. “But to this one I will look, To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word. This brings us to the younger son… Who was lost, depraved and wretched. But that’s for tomorrow… As we continue to take a look back at the parable of the lost son.