Jesus 's Parable Of The Prodigal Son

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Introduction Jesus’s Parable of the Prodigal Son, found in the book of Luke, Jesus extols the power of repentance and forgiveness, as the lost son is welcomed back by his father after he repents. Synopsis In The Parable of the Prodigal Son, there was a father with two sons. When the younger son matured, he asked for half of his father’s wealth, and he father complied. However, he went and squandered that wealth in a foreign land. After the man had depleted all his savings in irresponsible living, a famine struck his country, and he needed to find work. The son found dirty work, feeding pigs, and lived in poverty. He grew so hungry and wept because his father’s workers had food and not him. Then he cried out that he had sinned against his father and God. He believed he should not be considered his father’s son anymore. The son went looking for his father, and when his father saw him he was filled with compassion. He accepted his son with joy and provided him clothes and food and shelter. His father had rejoiced. He believed his son had died and been reborn again, and even loved his younger son more than his firstborn. Characters The characters in this parable are the father, the younger son, and the older son. The father represents God, who is always merciful to his sons, and Jesus who identified himself with God. The younger son represents the sinners of Jesus’ era, who were the tax collectors and elites in the Greco-Roman era. In Amy-Jill Levine’s The Jewish Annotated New Testament, she writes how the Jews of the day wanted to liken the younger son to Abel, Isaac, Jacob, and Ephraim because of their status.1 Although, refrained to because of the younger son’s sinful request. The elder son represented the self-righteous peop... ... middle of paper ... ...entance. Through the parable, Jesus wanted to notify the Greco-Roman world what he thought of the Pharisees, lawyers, tax collectors, and rich men. Jesus was straight forward and purposeful with his symbols in the parable. Jesus wanted the Greco-Roman world to know the Pharisees were self-righteous, thus unholy, and the tax collectors and elites were sinners, thus unholy as well. Jesus wanted this parable to reach all the families in Israel and Rome. Jesus wanted this parable to teach them that the only holy figure in this story is the father who represents an all-loving and all-merciful divine figure. Jesus didn’t intend for his parable to have relevance in the 21st century, although it does. There is a new younger son and older son today, big business and politicians. Although Jesus did not, the third character would always be the same, God the father.

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