The Parable of the Prodigal Son
The Parable of the Prodigal Son is about a father and his two sons. When his
youngest son leaves home, he is very sad, but finds joy again when he returns and asks for forgiveness. We learn that we should never be afraid to ask for forgiveness. God is kind, forgiving and holds no grudges. God will never give up on us, no matter what we have done as long as we ask for His forgiveness.
- A father had two sons. The youngest one asked for his part of the inheritance.
- He left home and spent all his money. He was in trouble and could only find a job feeding pigs.
- He wanted to repent for his sins and ask for his father’s forgiveness.
- His father saw him and ran to him in happiness because he had missed him so much. They had a celebration to welcome him back home.
- 5. When his brother heard he had come back, he was unhappy about the party, but his father explained that they should all rejoice together because his son had returned.
- 6. God always receives us with joy and will always forgive us our sins.
The Prodigal Son – Summary
The story of the Prodigal Son, also known as the Parable of the Lost Son, follows the parables of the Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin. Jesus is responding to the Pharisees’ complaint: “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
Jesus tells the story of a man who has two sons. The younger son asks his father to give him his portion of the family estate as an early inheritance. Once received, the son promptly sets off on a long journey to a distant land and begins to waste his fortune on wild living. When the money runs out, a severe famine hits the country and the son finds himself in dire circumstances. He takes a job feeding pigs. Eventually, he grows so destitute that he even longs to eat the food assigned to the pigs.
The young man finally comes to his senses, remembering his father. In humility, he recognizes his foolishness, decides to return to his father and ask for forgiveness and mercy.
The father who had been watching and waiting, receives his son back with open arms of compassion. He is overjoyed by the return of his lost son. Immediately the father turns to his servants and asks them to prepare a giant feast in celebration.
Meanwhile, the older son becomes enraged when he comes in from working the fields and discovers a party with music and dancing being celebrated for his younger brother’s return. The father tries to dissuade the older brother from his jealous rage explaining, “You are always with me, and everything I have is yours.”
Thinking about the Text
(A) Answer these questions:
Question 1. Why did the man divide his wealth between his two sons?
Ans. The man divided his wealth between his two sons because his younger son demanded him a share of wealth as an early inheritance. The father agreed to the division as well because he knew his son would abandon him and squander all of his wealth.
Question 2. Why did the younger son hire himself to someone?
Ans. The younger son hired himself to someone because he had no money, no place to live, and nothing to eat. He had finished all of his wealth on gambling.
Question 3. What did the younger son decide to tell his father?
Ans. The younger son made the decision to confess to his father that he had sinned against Heaven and in front of him. He didn’t deserve to be his son anymore. He also decided to tell his father to treat him like one of his servants in order for him to work for him.
Question 4. How was the prodigal son received by his father?
Ans. The father was overjoyed to see his prodigal son. He ordered his servants to bring him a dress, a shoe, and a ring. He made him a delicious feast of a fat goat.
Question 5. Why was the elder son angry?
Ans. The elder son was enraged when he learned that his father had joyfully welcomed the son who had deceived him because he had been a slave to his father all these years.
Question 6. Why was the family bound to make merry?
Ans. The family was bound to rejoice because their prodigal son had completely changed after repenting of his sins and becoming a good member.
(B) Match the following:
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