In continuation of my last piece, “The Irony of the ‘Prodigal Son’ (II)”, I’ll continue on the tangent that’s been laid
Now the Transverse.
Having dwelt so much on the younger son, let’s take a look at the older son and we will know if there is a prodigal son, and who the prodigal son is.
Observe that when he returned, he refused coming in because of the good news of his brother’s return. That’s pretty strange.
The first question is; where was he returning from? From the field; his father’s farm. Who would let his servants and workers be at home, while his only son, the heir and the show of his strength labour in the field? This is an error. It’s similitude to servants riding on horses while prince’s thread on foot. Totally abnormal.
Observe again when his father asked why his countenance was down, he said……. “29 And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: 30 But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf”
I have often heard a saying that ignorance is a disease; but I think it’s a plague.
Imagine the son of a rich man, the only heir and had absolute and unlimited access to all that the father had, yet he was waiting for the father to give him permission and instruction to spend. This is weird, absurd and abnormal.
The son probably was waiting for the father to die before he could go ahead and make use of what he actually needed not to wait for anyone’s permission.
Finally, rather than being happy that his one and only brother who was dead and now is alive; was lost but now is found was now back, he was offended probably because he might have to share what was left.
This is a show of immaturity, childish and myopic comprehension. He was not a son although he may be pretty advanced in age, yet he was a child at heart.
Obviously the father had much more than enough for share between his two sons over again, but the first son was a greedy one. One question yet to be answered was, what right does the elder son have peradventure the father decided to split all that he had over again?
Now The Practical Application.
As believers, if we are waiting for our father to die, well I got good news, He is the ancient of days, He does not live but is life personified, all things were created by Him and He gave life to them all, so this means that God our father will NEVRE die. It is impossible for God to die.
We must learn to come before God and table our request on what we need and the level to which we will get quick answers will be predicated on how aligned our requests are to his will. Recall that the bible says seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all other things shall be added to us, Matt. 6: 33. This is scripture that cannot be broken. Priorities are important and this was set by the King and monarch of the universe.
I’ll drop a few scriptures here that point us to the fact that we need to go to God our loving father and make demands on what we need per time.
“24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full” John 16: 24.
“7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened” Matt. 7: 7- 8
“13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it” John 14: 13- 14
“16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you” John 15: 16
“23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you” John 16: 23
“ 26 At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you” John 16: 26
Now, having gotten what we have requested, we should never navigate outside the confines of God’s will for us. God’s blessings are not to be used for personal desires only, for everything God does, His kingdom is at the centre. God will bless you because he loves you and desires you to use what he has blessed you with for kingdom advancement (be it money, influence, beauty, virtue, utterance, whatsoever one may have as a gift from God, whatsoever ability one was born with). For by prosperity shall my kingdom be established. Zach. 1: 17.
Recall what Psalm 91 says, all blessings and promises are premised on dwelling in the secret place of the Most high and abiding under the shadow of the Almighty. “When is it Rightly the word of God or Sorcery (III)” does good justice to that.
Recall the parable of the talent,
When God releases virtues and gifts into a believer’s custody, He desires increase and expansion, a reproduction and not redundancy.
A prodigal son is one who does not know what is his, cannot walk up to his father, is angry at the slightest and unreasonable cause, lacks sense of reasoning, thinks like a child, and does not know his place in the home/ kingdom.
If there was any prodigal son in the parable, then the elder son is the prodigal son, not the younger.
Believers must drop religion and doctrine aside and become real in our daily communal life relationship with God our father all ramifications. God is not a tyrant.
He is a consuming fire and that’s true, however, He is a merciful and loving father. He may punish evil to the third and fourth generation but shows His love and mercy to a thousand generations.
Lets walk with and then experientially know God as Lord, King, Savior, Redeemer, Lover, Father, Mother, brother, and best friend.
May the eyes of our understanding be flooded with light in Jesus name, Amen.