Parable Of The Prodigal Son Analysis

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Going to great lengths to recover what was lost and then celebrating its recovery seems to be the common theme of several of the parables. The parable of the prodigal son has three main characters, the kind and forgiving father who remains the same throughout the parable is a picture of God and Jesus. The younger son symbolizes sinners and the older brother bring the religious leaders and the Pharisees. It started off focusing the younger son who got the share of the property. “The younger son insults his father with this request” (Carson, NIV Zondervan Study Bible, 2109) because in Jewish writing explicitly discourage discussing inheritance before the person’s death. The father who could have been angry in his son actions, instead…show more content…
The other half focuses on the older brother’s angry reaction to the celebration of the younger son coming back, which parallels that of the attitude of the religious leaders and Pharisees towards the tax collector and sinners. They outwardly they lived blameless lives, but inwardly their attitudes were rotten (Matthew 23:25) Although, it is true that the older son worked hard, obeyed his father, and brought no disgrace to his family; his attitude towards his brother was out of rage and disgust. Even refuse to acknowledge the younger son as his brother. The older son focuses on the outward actions, but not inward attitude. He was to focus on himself and equality, that he fails to recognize his brother repentance. This passage probably refers to 1 john 2: 9- 11. Later the father pointed out he has always been available to ask but never utilized the blessing at his disposal.
In the parable of the lost sheep and the lost coin, is related to the parable Prodigal Son in the sense of when the sheep is brought back, the coin is found there will be a celebration, but there would also be more joy over the repentant sinner than the “ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.” (v. 15:7), like the prodigal son parable.
The underlying theme in all of them is about how we are dependent to God and although God doesn’t need us, He still goes through great
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