This is the third of three parables in Luke 15 that reveal God's heart for the lost.
In the first two parables, the shepherd and woman won't rest until they find the lost sheep and coin.
But in this third parable, the father doesn't chase after his son.
I think these parables shows two aspects of God's character.
1. God's business (and ours) is to diligently seek the lost (Luke 19:10). We shouldn't rest until all nations have heard the Truth (Mark 13:10). Because all who seek Him will find Him (Jeremiah 29:13).
2. Some people know about God's love--like the prodigal knew about his father's love, but they turn away. God may not chase after them physically, but He will never forget them and will eagerly wait for their return.
Are you waiting for someone to "return home"? So is God.
1. Read this verse in the story of the prodigal and ponder the kind of love your heavenly Father has for you.
Luke 15:20: But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
2. Read the parable of the lost sheep that is also found in Luke 15, and write down things it tells us about God as our Shepherd.
Luke 15: 3-7: Then Jesus told them this parable: 4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ 7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.
Find some additional thoughts in this 1-minute Bible Love Note: God is Anxious to Be Found
After working through this study, read my insights HERE.
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