March 27, 2016 broadcast
The Prodigal Son (part 1 of 3)
by George Sinkie
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and welcome to the Berean Break. My name is George A. Sinkie
and I am so glad to have you with me this morning. I hope that you
have your Bible with you because I want you to check out what I say by the
word of God. I encourage you to accept the Bible and the Bible alone
as the standard by which you live and develop your relationship with God.
This morning we are going to look at the prodigal son, but first lets
go to God in prayer:
Great and Glorious God in Heaven, We thank
You again for this day and for this new week. We ask for Your help
as we study Your word today. And we thank You for Your guidance,
That You give to us through Your word. We pray, that we will be pricked
in our heart, By Your word today and that we will obey Your will. In
Jesus Name !! AMEN!!
As I mentioned
we are going to looking at the prodigal son. Today we are going to
look at six steps that he took away from God, and Lord willing next week
we will look at six steps back to God. That makes a total of twelve
Now some of you, and perhaps many of you,
when I mention twelve steps you think of programs like Alcoholic
Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous or the many other programs like these.
These programs are designed to alter a persons behavior and
in some ways they are successful at doing that. But the real problem
is that these programs cannot deal with the sin of these behaviors, because
the only way to do that is to follow the teachings of Gods will.
The twelve steps that we are going to look
at are the steps that we see in Luke 15. In the next two lessons I
would like to look at twelve steps that this young man took. The term
prodigal means to be wasteful and this young man was certainly that, with
many more things than just the inheritance that he received from the Father.
Each of these steps will begin with the letter d.
The first step that this young man took in
his departure was that he had inappropriate desire. Lets
look at two of his desires that are shown here in the parable, Luke 15:12-13,
and the younger
of them said to his father, Father, give me the share of the estate
that falls to me. And he divided his wealth between them.
And not many days later, the younger son gathered everything together
and went on a journey into a distant country, and there he squandered
his estate with loose living.
The first desire that he had was that he wanted
his inheritance and he wanted it now. The word for give
is in the imperative, which means it is a command. Then after he had
all this wealth he wanted to get away from the father and live his own life.
James shows that this is the same thing that happens to us. Check
out James 1:14-15, But
each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust.
Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin
is accomplished, it brings forth death.
Back in the book of Genesis, one of the things
that it says of Eve, after she was deceived by Satan was that she saw the
forbidden fruit as desirable.
The second desire was that he wanted to get
away from the father. Often, man wants to get away from God. We
want to do our own thing just like this young man.
The second step this young man took was to
demand his inheritance. We read this in Luke 15:12, and the younger of them said to
his father, Father, give me the share of the estate that falls
to me. And he divided his wealth between them.
As we mentioned this is a command. Even
though the son made an unreasonable demand, we should note that the father
followed through with the request. In this parable the father is used
to picture God, and we need to understand that sometimes God gives things
that his people use in the wrong way. Listen to what is written in
Psalm 106:13-15, They
quickly forgot His works; They did not wait for His counsel, But craved
intensely in the wilderness, And tempted God in the desert. So He
gave them their request, But sent a wasting disease among them.
This is why we need to seek the will of God.
We should never try to command God to do anything, but when His people
make requests of Him we need to pray like Jesus prayed in Luke 22:42, saying, Father, if Thou art willing, remove this cup from
Me; yet not My will, but Thine be done.
As the young man made each of these steps
he was distancing himself from the father and step three took him away physically.
Step three is departure and we read
about this in verse 13 again, Luke 15:13, And not many days later, the younger son gathered
everything together and went on a journey into a distant country, and there
he squandered his estate with loose living.
Even though the son feels free from the father
and is his own boss, the father does not give up on him. In verse
20 we are going to see that the father seems to be looking down the road,
waiting for the sons return. God will never force us away (in
it is our choice to leave, and the Father will look
longingly for our return.
The fourth step is also seen here in verse
13, and now it seems that the young man is going down a steep hill and each
step causes him to go faster and faster and the steps come in rapid succession.
Step four is dissipation. NASB translates it loose living,
while some other versions call it riotous.
We are called by God to be stewards of the
blessings of God. But just like this young man, many will waste the
blessings of God on a life of lustful desires. This young man was
playing with the devil because he offers fun, and pleasures and many other
attractive things. But all this glitz and glamour is a mirage because
once the devil has ruined a person, he laughs at his misery.
Very quickly after step four came step five
which is, destitution. Read Luke 15:14, Now when he had spent everything,
a severe famine occurred in that country, and he began to be in need.
Now where were his friends? All gone.
Now where was his inheritance? All gone. Now where was
the glitz and glamour, the bright lights and the parties? All gone.
Now where was Satan who deceitfully took his good home, his good wealth,
his good name? Hes laughing and saying things like, Whats
the matter, boy? Didnt you read the fine print where it said,
it will cost you everything and deliver you nothing.
Probably for the first time in his entire
life this young man has nothing. But he has not yet hit rock bottom.
Hes still racing down this steep hill faster and faster.
Finally, his feet cant keep up and he
takes that last step before falling into a pile. That final step is
This once well off young man has lost everything,
but now consider this final humiliation. Here is the Jewish lad and
first he has to get a job with a gentile. Then as if that were not
enough he had to work with pigs, which to the Jews were an unclean animal.
And not only did he have to work with them, but he had to feed them.
Now we used to call that slopping the hogs. And
there was a good reason why it was called slop, but the pigs didnt
care what it smelled or looked like.
Then down in that gutter, deep down in that
pit where the young man was he wanted to even eat what he was feeding to
the pigs. Read it for yourself in Luke 15:15-16, And he went and attached himself
to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him into his fields
to feed swine. And he was longing to fill his stomach with the
pods that the swine were eating, and no one was giving anything to him.
Today we have looked at the six steps that
this young man took that lead to his departure from the father. As
I mentioned earlier the father in this parable is God and we have all departed
from Him. No one forced us away, we left because we ourselves choose
We followed basically these same six steps
we had inappropriate desires, unreasonable demands,
we departed, and picked up speed as we lived a life of dissipation.
One day, we were spiritually destitute and in degradation.
Until we realize these things and quite denying
in ways like blaming Adam for our sin or trying to come
up with our own plan of salvation
we will never realize that we can
come back to God.
The way back to God is very simple in the
word of God. We must hear the word and based on that word develop
faith in God. Then based on that faith we need to repent
of the sin in our lives and confess Jesus. Then again based
on that faith we need to be immersed in water for the forgiveness
of our sins. This is the new birth or born again that Jesus speaks
of with Nicodemus. As Paul writes in Romans 6, this is when we start
the newness of Life that is in Christ.
As we conclude todays study lets
read through the first part of this parable and as we read, I want you to
consider each of the steps that we have seen today. Beginning in Luke
He said, A certain
man had two sons; and the younger of them said to his father, Father,
give me the share of the estate that falls to me. And he divided
his wealth between them. And not many days later, the younger son
gathered everything together and went on a journey into a distant country,
and there he squandered his estate with loose living. Now when he
had spent everything, a severe famine occurred in that country, and he began
to be in need. And he went and attached himself to one of the citizens
of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And
he was longing to fill his stomach with the pods that the swine were eating,
and no one was giving anything to him.
Next week we will consider the last six steps
in this twelve step lesson. Picking up in verse 17 we are going to
see that this young man came
to his senses, and took steps
to improve his relationship with the father. What about you? Will
you come to your senses today? Will you submit your life to the will
of God? I hope and pray that you will.
This Berean Break is brought to you, in love,
by the pre-denominational and non-denominational church of Christ that meets
at 1600 East First Avenue in Mitchell SD. You are welcome to
meet with us at 10:00 Sunday mornings for our assembly followed by a time
of Bible Study, also on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 for an additional time
to study Gods Word. If you have a comment or a sincere
Bible question, please call or text me at 605-770-5555. We want
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on KDLT-TV at 9:00 on Sunday mornings. This is George A. Sinkie
for the Lords church, here in Mitchell, good-bye for now. Remember
that we care about you and may God bless you as you do His will.
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