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The Prodigal Son, Moral lessons learnt

len Alfred Ajibola - Sat, 07th September, 2019 @ 03:17 PM

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Academic Questions in CRS

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The feeding of five thousand men with five loaves of bread and two fishes paved way for Jesus' teaching on _____.

  • A. The sermon on the mount

  • B. The living bread

  • C. Prayer, fasting and almsgiving

  • D. The prodigal son

  • E. The good samaritan

  • F. Giving

According to Christianity, Jesus Christ suffered for us all. As a result, Christians do not have to suffer on earth.

  • A. True

  • B. False

In the gospel of Matthew chapter 18 verse 21-35, Jesus tells what story?

  • A. The story of the prodigal son

  • B. The story of the good Samaritan

  • C. The story of the fig tree

  • D. The beatitudes

  • E. The story of the vineyard

  • F. The story of the unforgiving servant

What is Jesus' last word on the cross?

  • A. Father, forgive them, for they know not what they are doing

  • B. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me

  • C. I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise

  • D. I am thirsty

  • E. It is finished

  • F. Father, into your hands I commit my spirit

With regards to giving, Jesus made the statement below:

Do your acts of righteousness before men, to be seen by them. If you do this, you will have a reward from your Father in heaven.

  • A. True

  • B. False

At last, he came to his senses and said, 'All my father’s hired workers have more than they can eat, and here am I about to starve! I will get up and go back to my father and say, Father, I have sinned against God and against you. I am no longer fit to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired workers'. So he got up and started back to his father.

The above statement was made by the prodigal son when he took up a job in a distant country. What job was that?

  • A. Care of cattle

  • B. Care of sheep

  • C. Care of goats

  • D. Care of pigs

  • E. Care of cattle and sheep

  • F. Care of cattle and sheep and goats

The parable of the prodigal son is found in which of the following bible passages?

  • A. Matthew 15: 11-32

  • B. Mark 15: 11-32

  • C. Luke 15: 11-32

  • D. John 15: 11-32

  • E. None of the above

  • F. All of the above

Jesus was born specifically in _____.

  • A. Jerusalem

  • B. Bethlehem

  • C. Nazareth

  • D. Israel

  • E. Capernaum

  • F. Calvary



The Prodigal Son:

The parable of the prodigal son; sometimes termed the lost son as narrated by Jesus himself (Luke 15: 11-32); is one that shows God's incomprehensible mercy and love.

Jesus began by saying:

There was once a man who had two sons. The younger one said to him, 'Father, give me my share of the property now'. So the man divided his properties between his two sons.

Luke 15: 11-12

From the above passage, it is quite clear that the younger brother had lost interest in the family's affairs. He must have pondered in his heart the sweetness of complete independence on a life of financial abundance.

 

To actualize his thoughts, he had the effrontery to go to his father to request for his inheritance even though his father is fully alive and active.

That singular act of 'inheritance request' is an utter disrespect on the father and even his elder brother.

This act of the younger son is even worse in the sense that: 'If his father had died (before he made his selfish request), he probably would have been happy because what he desired most would have come to him without making an effort'.

 

Moral Lesson

Greed, selfishness and excessive love for material things can make us betray those who have shown much love and care towards us.

Please read on the disadvantages of money here.

Although no one is perfect, we may have heard or seen people do crazy and unbelievable stuffs for the sake of trivial things; for instance; a mobile phone. To this end, some people may choose to steal or kill in order to achieve this purpose. In another instance, others may prefer to indulge in fornication, cheating, lying or another immoral act for the love of money or even something less.

The point is: whenever we commit sin, we become like the younger son who decided to part away with his father.

Please read on the consequences of Adam and Eve's disobedience here.

Note: The younger brother never lacked anything while he was living with his father.

 

After a few days, the younger son sold his part of the property and left home with the money. He went to a country far away, where he wasted his money on reckless living. He spent everything he had. Then there was a severe famine over that country, and he was left without a thing. So he worked for one of the citizens of that country, who sent him out to take care of the pigs. He wished he could feed himself with the bean pods the pigs ate, but no one gave him anything to eat.

Luke 15: 13-16

From the above passage, it is quite clear that the younger son further hurt his father by selling his properties in his very eyes.

Note: The truth is: 'the father have got the right not to have given him his property in the first place'.

Please read on your fundamental human rights here.

One of the reasons why the father gave him the properties is because he wanted him to learn some lessons from his very actions.

 

According to the above bible passage, the younger son was reckless and extravagant with his spendings. In fact, this is why he's called the prodigal son; (because prodigal means wasteful or extravagant). He must have expressed a lot of financial showoff, while also lavishing some money on the ladies around; without any thought of the rainy days. To cut short the long story; he spent everything he had and was faced with reality.

However, one good attitude of the prodigal son was his willingness to never lose hope.

Please read on some motivational quotes here.

 

He decided to work; and not just that; he took up the most degrading job with regards to the village where he came from (since he was a Jew and the Jewish people had nothing to do with pigs according to their tradition).

You can imagine it in the context below:

Can the son of a king in UAE do a very degrading job in Afghanistan in order to survive?

Please read on the attributes of citizens and residents here.

 

The painful part of this is the fact that he wasn't even appreciated by whoever hired him. His state was so bad that he was willing to eat the pigs’ food; but unfortunately, no one offered him anything.

Recall that during his time of wealth in this foreign land, he must have made so many friends? Now, the question is:

Where are his friends in his time of greatest need?

Well, as you may have imagined, all his friends deserted him in his time of nothingness. He must have pondered about all of these pain, hurt, disgrace and shame in his heart but that did not deter him to stop working like a slave in a foreign land.

 

Moral Lesson

We must be very careful in choosing our friends especially when all is rosy and good. Reckless and extravagant spendings are good examples of ways to live a meaningless life.

Please read on the leadership qualities of Joseph that has transfomed lives here.

When everything seem to be good around you, all sort of people will flock on you 'like ants does on sugar'. Many will pretend to be your friends by saying things that would make you feel good; and for this reason, an unwise person will spend all his has on such false friends. This was exactly what happened to the prodigal son until he was penniless (left without a thing).

You can read on scale of preference and opportunity cost here.

 

The prodigal son did not give up like some other people would do. As an instance, some may have committed suicide as a result of betrayal, disgrace, pain and a state of being in nothingness. We must emulate this action of the prodigal son (not giving up) regardless the sorrow and bitterness we may be passing through; even if it had or hadn’t been caused by our mistakes.

Note: We must never lose hope. In fact, it was hope that made the prodigal son take an abominable and the most embarrassing work of his entire life in a foreign land. He accepted his mistakes and embraced reality. He was even willing to feed himself with the bean pods the pigs ate, but no one gave him anything to eat.

Please read on the beauty of suffering here.

 

At last, he came to his senses and said, 'All my father’s hired workers have more than they can eat, and here am I about to starve! I will get up and go back to my father and say, Father, I have sinned against God and against you. I am no longer fit to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired workers'. So he got up and started back to his father.

Luke 15: 17-20

One important truth about life is the fact that we have all made mistakes. In addition, we may have made some unwise decisions that brought us pain, disgrace and trouble.

The parable of the prodigal son makes a perfect example of the appropriate and immediate reaction we should take at the realization of our mistakes. This is because; as soon as he came to his senses, he realized that he had sinned against God and his father.

He immediately picked himself up and started back to his father.

 

Moral Lesson

No one is perfect. At some point in our lives, we will make terrible and unwise mistakes. Making such mistake isn’t the most important thing.

The most important thing is:

As soon as we come to the realization of our mistakes, we must immediately start on our path towards making corrections.

Making corrections could take any of the following forms:

  • Immediate exit from the evil act which we have found ourselves and a resolution to never go back to it.

  • Apologizing and begging for forgiveness from those we have offended or hurt.

  • Remuneration or paying back whatever we have taken from our victim.

  • Presenting ourselves for appropriate punishment if an innocent person is already suffering (or is being punished) for our evil act.

  • Making immediate and positive moves to write off our wrong.

  • Begging the merciful God for forgiveness.

Please read on values here.

 

Notice that the prodigal son condemned his actions as soon as he came back to his senses. He showed remorse for his foolishness and evil actions by saying:

Father, I have sinned against God and against you. I am no longer fit to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired workers.

Please read on the concluding part of this article here.

All Bible quotations were taken from the Good News Bible.

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Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci is the most expensive painting in the world. It is valued at 450.3 Million Dollars.

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The shortest verse of the Bible is John 11:35. It reads:

Jesus wept

 

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Then were the king’s scribes called at that time in the third month, that is, the month Sivan, on the three and twentieth day thereof; and it was written according to all that Mordecai commanded unto the Jews, and to the lieutenants, and the deputies and rulers of the provinces which are from India unto Ethiopia, an hundred twenty and seven provinces, unto every province according to the writing thereof, and unto every people after their language, and to the Jews according to their writing, and according to their language

The last word in the Bible is 'Amen'.

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen

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Jesus wept

If you translate 'Jesus' from Hebrew directly to English, the correct translation will be 'Joshua'. The name Jesus was actually a translation from Hebrew, to Greek, to Latin and finally, English


Notable points in CRS

The parable of the prodigal son as narrated by Jesus himself is one that shows God's incomprehensible mercy and love. This parable is present in the gospel of Luke 15: 11-32.

Jesus began by saying:

There was once a man who had two sons. The younger one said to him, 'Father, give me my share of the property now'. So the man divided his properties between his two sons.

Luke 15: 11-12

From the above passage, it is quite clear that the younger brother had lost interest in the family's affairs. He must have pondered in his heart the sweetness of complete independence on a life of financial abundance.

To actualize his thoughts, he had the effrontery to go to his father to request for his inheritance even though his father is fully alive and active.

Please read a detailed explanation of the parable of the prodigal son and its moral lessons here

Adam and Eve disobeyed God while in the Garden of Eden. Below are the consequences of Adam and Eve's disobedience:

  • All God's creature became guilty of original sin.

  • Human perfection was lost.

  • God's judgement was pronounced on the snake, woman and man.

  • Chaos and disorderliness came upon earth.

  • Suffering, pain and death was introduced into the world.

  • The first prophesy was made. 

  • Clothing was made.

  • Paradise was temporarily lost.

  • Their disobedience brought about the relevation of Jesus Christ.

  • Please read a detailed explanation on the consequences of Adam and Eve's disobedience here

Wise men from the east came to visit the infant king. Upon their arrival, they saw the child with his mother Mary. They knelt down and worshiped the infant (Jesus).

Notice that the bible recorded that the wise men knelt down and worshipped the infant (Jesus), according to Matthew 2:11.

Only God can be worshiped. Jesus is always God, even as a baby.

It is important to state that Jesus remained God at every point in his physical existence, even when he was in the womb of the virgin; throughout his life on earth, death on the cross and eventual resurrection.

The wise men from the east opened their treasures and presented the infant Jesus with three significant gifts. These are gold, frankincense and myrrh.

  • Gold represents a symbol of Jesus' kingship. Jesus is the King of kings, even at birth and throughout eternity.

  • Frankincense represents a symbol of Jesus' divinity and a sign of worship. Only God can be worshipped; and as such, Jesus is fully God.

  • Myrrh represents a symbol of Jesus' death. Jesus is truly man, and this is why he was able to suffer and die on the cross.

Please read on the early years of Jesus here.

God created human beings for the following reasons:

  1. To know Him

  2. To love Him

  3. To serve Him

  4. To be happy with Him forever

Our first parent, Adam and Eve enjoyed a life of complete happiness before they committed sin. They never knew what pain nor sorrow was until they disobeyed God. In short, both were perfect beings until they committed the sin of disobedience against God.

Disobedience may simple be defined as the failure to obey rules, command or someone in authority.

Adam and Eve were the first human beings to disobey God.

Please read more on the biblical account of first human disobedience here