Luke 15:11-24 (The Prodigal Son)
And He said, “A certain man had two sons, and the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods falling to me.’ And he divided his livelihood between them. And not many days after, the younger son, having gathered all together, went away to a distant country, and there wasted his goods with loose living. And when he had spent all, there arose a severe scarcity of food throughout that land, and he began to be in need. And he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him to his fields to feed pigs. And he was longing to fill his stomach with the pods which the pigs were eating, and no one gave to him. But having come to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I am perishing with hunger! Having risen, I shall go to my father and say to him, “Father, I have sinned against the heaven, and before you;and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.” And having risen, he went to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was moved with compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against the heaven, and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fattened calf here and slaughter it, and let us eat and rejoice, because this son of mine was dead and is alive again, and he was lost and is found.’ And they began to rejoice.”
Who among you, especially parents, had rules for your children to live by? Did your parents also have rules for you to live by? Did you have penalties for breaking the rules? Now the more important question, whether you broke the rules or not, did you ever stop loving your parents when they “corrected” you for breaking the rules? Did your children stop loving you?
Did you focus on the rules only? Or did you know them and live by them the best you could? Did you experience grace from the penalty of breaking a rule from time to time when you expressed genuine sorrow for breaking any of your parents rules? Did you continue to break that same rule expecting grace each time and were disappointed when you didn’t get it and paid the penalty?
You see we all are stiff necked and rebellious to a point. Do we think the rules don’t apply to us because we “know what’s right” and the we are “good people”? I am here to tell you knowing Fathers rules to live by and “intending” to live by them are two different things. Also no one, and I mean NO ONE, has ever, ever been saved by keeping a set of rules alone. We show our love and respect by being obedient to our parents rules. We bring honor and glory to our Father when we obey His rules. We obey through and in faith in Yeshua Messiah knowing that it will go better for us in That Day of Judgement.
Many try to say that Fathers rules are impossible to follow. And they are if you are stiff necked and haven’t realized its the spirit of the law that needs to be followed. Sacrifice is done away with through the last sacrifice needed for sin through our Messiah Yeshua. The rules pertaining to the temple and its priest don’t apply to those it is not given to. (that’s you and me). There are rules for women and rules that apply to men.
We are to live a Holy (set apart) life. What does that look like to you? Father gives you the only way He wants you to live. If we do what we want, when we want, the way we want are we then making ourselves a god? Are we not likened to the prodigal son in the beginning? Doing all he wanted, the way he wanted?
Therefore Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is drawing closer. Once you die there are no other chances to repent. Father desires all to be saved, as it says many are called, yet few are chosen.
The story of Lot before the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, shows that only 4 were saved, yet 1 turned away from that salvation. The story before that of Noah and the Ark shows that only 8 people were saved from global destruction. If you can truly grasp this will you love Father enough to be obedient as best as you can? Do you truly fear Him that can destroy both body and soul enough to obey Him. Or will you continue to be the rebellious child of perdition you have chosen to be because you listened to and believe what a preacher says rather what Father says through His Word and Spirit?
May the eye and ears of your heart be opened to His wonderful and and beautiful Word!