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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Concerning the biblical account of first human disobedience, which of the following statement is false?

  • A. The snake began its temptation by asking the woman: 'Did God really tell you not to eat fruit from any tree in the garden?'

  • B. The snake lied to the woman that she won't die when she eats the fruit

  • C. The woman ate the fruit because she she saw how beautiful the tree was and how good its fruit would be to eat

  • D. The woman ate the fruit and gave some to her husband, after which they were given understanding

  • E. The fruit eaten by the woman was an apple and it looked pleasing to the eye

  • F. The snake was the most cunning animal that the Lord God had made

That same evening when Adam and Eve ate the fruit in middle of the garden, What was God's first action?

  • A. God called out to Adam and Eve

  • B. God cursed the serpent, Adam and Eve respectively

  • C. God called out to man and asked him: 'Where are you?'

  • D. God expressed his disappointed to Adam

  • E. God declared his anger to man

  • F. God called out to Adam and Eve and punished them immediately

The snake in the garden of Eden began it's temptation on Eve by _____.

  • A. Telling her she would be wise

  • B. Telling her she won't die when she eats the fruit

  • C. Telling her she will be like God

  • D. Asking her a simple question

  • E. Showing her the beauty of the fruit

  • F. Suggesting that she doesn't know what she's missing

God knows all things, even your secret and deepest thoughts. This attribute of God is termed _____.

  • A. Omniscient

  • B. Self existence

  • C. Omnipotent

  • D. Wisdom

  • E. Omnipresent

  • F. Omniknowledge

The following are attributes of God except _____.

  • A. Jealousy

  • B. Asiety

  • C. Incomprehensibility

  • D. Immutability

  • E. Impeccability

  • F. Options A through E are correct

_____ is the first son of Jacob.

  • A. Benjamin

  • B. Reuben

  • C. Gideon

  • D. Joseph

  • E. Seth

  • F. Absalom

What was Joseph's interpretation of the chief baker's dream?

  • A. He will be restored to his former position

  • B. He will be hung to death and birds will eat his remains

  • C. He will see his family again

  • D. He will remain the chief baker of the prison

  • E. He will die in prison

  • F. He will be shown mercy by the king

Joseph is the _____ son of Jacob.

  • A. 3rd

  • B. 5th

  • C. 7th

  • D. 9th

  • E. 11th

  • F. 12th



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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.

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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?

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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).

Please read on Scale of Preference and Opportunity Cost here.

The prodigal son did not give up like some other people would do. (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 decision(s) 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.

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Note: 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.

Note: All Bible quotations were taken from the Good News Bible.

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Amazing facts in CRS

There are a total of 188 named women in the Bible

Mahershalalhashbaz is the longest word in the Bible

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

Jesus wept


The longest verse in the bible is Esther 8:9. It reads:

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

Revelation 22:21

The shortest verse in the bible is found in John chapter 11 verse 35. It reads:

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


Joseph (in the old testament of the bible) is the 11th son of Jacob out of 12 brothers. He is so loved by his father because he was born when his father was in his old age. When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated the young innocent boy (Joseph). Meanwhile, his dad made a special coat for him.

According to the Bible (Genesis 37), Joseph is a dreamer boy (and also an excellent interpreter of dreams). This gift of his further made him an object of envy and hate among his brothers.

Out of envy, his brothers decided to kill him but God saved his life through one of them named Reuben. Reuben is the firstborn of Jacob's 12 children.

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By looks, Joseph is a handsome young man and Potipher’s wife could not take her seductive eyes off him. She made a series of sexual advances to Joseph but he clearly refused her in all the attempts she had made. Joseph showed discipline and fear of the Lord during this period of temptation.

After failed attempts to seduce Joseph, she finally got hold of a piece of Joseph’s garment when Joseph ran away from her sexual seduction. She became furious, perhaps afraid that Joseph might report her to Potipher, her husband. She therefore lied to Potipher that Joseph attempted to seduce her and she ran away grabbing a piece of Joseph’s clothing. She showed Potipher the cloth as a proof of her lies. For this reason, Potipher imprisoned Joseph.

Joseph had always prospered every where he found himself, and the prison is not an exception. Even in the prison, the warden promoted him by putting him in charge of all the prisoners.

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Below are some qualities of Joseph that made him a great leader in Egypt:

  • Discipline: Joseph had every chance to commit sin with the King’s wife when he was tempted. However, because he had discipline over his body, he said no and eventually had himself imprisoned.

  • Faithfulness: Joseph is a man of great faith. He believed completely in God and would rather suffer his body than to gratify it in adultery.
    He also proved his faith in Potipher’s business, showing that he can be trusted.
    You can read on the consequences of Adam and Eve's unfaithfulness here

  • Humility: Even though he was the 11th child of his father’s old age, he remained humble to his brothers when they hated him. His humility is one virtue that made him a great leader in Egypt.

  • Gracious: Joseph was gracious to his brothers who betrayed him. He showed compassion and mercy in their time of greatest need. He gave them food and forgave them during the time of severe famine.

  • Selfless: He gave his time to the service of others, interpreting dreams and helping them to successfully manage their affairs. This made him promoted in every situation he found himself, whether as a slave, a prisoner or a free man.

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Our world will change for the better the moment we start accepting suffering; while also practically assisting and praying for those who suffer.

The beauty of Jesus' suffering is the many that will be saved by his blood.

Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb.

I don't believe I have special talents, I have persistence. After the first failure, second failure, third failure, I kept trying.

Carlo Rubbia, Nobel price winning physicist

Great success is built on failure, frustration, even catastrophy.

Sumner Redstone

Think about the suffering a woman in labour would pass through but after that comes the bigger joy of seeing her baby.

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Beauty of Suffering - Len AcademyAccording to the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP);

Pain is defined as an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage.

Pain is a sign that something unpleasant is about to happen, is happening or had happened. It creates a memory to avoid facing another future (similar) danger. For instance, think of 'a baby and a fire'. The baby touched the fire previously and got hurt. Now when he encounters the fire, he won’t touch it.

As we grow, we experience different forms of suffering, some of which will define our destiny. Consider this instance of a legendary footballer below:

  • Christiano Ronaldo is a footballer who had achieved greatness because he spent extra hours on trainings, fitness and hard-work. We can see the efforts of his work on the pitch. If he had gone about drinking, trying to avoid the stress and suffering of trainings, he may not have become what he is.

  • Also, students suffer sleepless nights to get good grades.

Without suffering and pains, we would not properly understand the true meanings of love, joy, faith, hope, contentment, perseverance and victory. All of these things happen because of suffering.

Please read more on the beauty of suffering here