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What is the meaning of the Parable of the Prodigal Son?


Luke 15:11 - 32

ESV - 11 And he said, "There was a man who had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.' And he divided his property between them.

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The Parable of the Prodigal Son is found in Luke chapter 15, verses 11-32. The main character in the parable, the forgiving father, whose character remains constant throughout the story, is a pictu...

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Image Thomas K M A retired Defence Scientist from Indian Defence R&D Orgn.
Out of all the Parables Jesus narrated, the parable on Prodigal son is so fascinating and gives us a learning experience in our life. Let us consider again the wonderful parable of the prodigal son which will narrate truths about our great salvation. 

When the son was in "the far country," feeding the hogs, he thought of how his father's servants had plenty of food. He determined to return to his father and to say to him,"Father, I have sinned against God and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Let me be as one of your servants." 

When the son returned, the father fell upon his neck and covered him with kisses. At that moment the son knew that he was forgiven and accepted, just as he was. But the father did not leave his son in his rags and dirt. He made him suitable to himself. The father said to his servants,"Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet." (Luke 15:22). Here the father and son relationship had never broken but only the fellowship, when the son departed from the father. 

In the same way, our relationship has not been broken, only the fellowship due to adamic sin. But that broken relationship was restored by Jesus Christ when He became the propitiation of our sin. When we come to God as a repenting sinner, God forgives us and accepts us, just as we are in our "rags and dirt.“ But God does not leaves us that way. He makes us suitable to Himself. 

The ring in Scripture signifies honor and authority. When the children of Israel were in Egypt, Pharaoh had a dream which greatly troubled him. None of Pharaoh's wise men could tell him the meaning of his dream, but Joseph, a Hebrew slave, revealed to Pharaoh the meaning.
Joseph told Pharaoh that God had revealed the meaning of the dream to him. Pharaoh was so impressed with Joseph, that he took off his ring from his hand and put it on Joseph's hand. This meant that he was giving Joseph his authority. Joseph was put in charge, under Pharaoh, of everything in Egypt. 

We are the sons of God and God has given us "the ring.“ When Pharaoh gave this ring to Joseph it was as much as to say, "You are to represent me.“ God has chosen us to be His representatives in this world. Think of the honour that has been bestowed on us— being chosen by God to represent Him!

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