A tennis player found an opportunity to play at the Wimbledon game.
He was holding the ball and the racket. The game was ready for starts. The referee blew the whistle, and he released the ball. He struck the ball very hard. He got the score. He carefully served the ball, and it reached within the legal limits of the court. His only one desire was to win the game. The player and the referee endure the rules for the game. If the server made a fault in his first serve, there would be another attempt. If there were two faults in the serve, the score would be awarded to the opponent: this is known as a double fault.
Every player likes to stay in the limit play good and win big.
Let us learn something out of this illustration. The game mentioned above is first representation of our Plans, activities, thoughts, works, Worships, Friendships, etc. All should fall within the legal limit of God. Secondly, Allegorically I say the game is the representation of our Life. The ball is like all the activities we do in life. Our ball should not wobble (dilly-dally).
Next Remember, all games have its rules. The Christian life is under God’s rules. His word gives us instruction on how to stay under His ruler-ship. The word is with us, and God in the word speaks to us. Our part is to be obedient. God decided everything about our life and its future. There are no other option or changes given. Just submit to His decision. Don’t use grace terms for to excuse and defend our sin and its nature.
Christ is defending His ministry by presenting these parables. Why was. He defending? Was he explaining all these things in parables? Was he fellow-shipping with sinners? Why was he? Was he eating with them?
1) He saw what they were.
They were sheep who had gone astray. The lost one needed a shepherd to take them home.
They were lost coins, stamped in the image of God. They need to get back into circulation once more.
They were like prodigal son who was disobedient, haughty, lofty, big-headed, conceited and arrogant son who was wasting father’s heritage. They needed to come home to the Father.
2) He saw how they got that way.
They were like lost sheep. The sheep is a foolish animal, and naturally they do not have the brain to think a right way. The Shepherd needs to go to them because they were lost and win them for the Kingdom of God. The spiritual shepherds in Israel did not faithfully a minister to the lost (Jer. 23; Ezek. 34).
Let’s turn our undivided attention to the silver coin. The woman lost the coin in the house. The coin should be Searched and found. She was searching.
Likewise, the Church should search out the lost within. Lost souls are abiding within the group. They are thinking everything okay and alright. They think that they are good worshiper. They simply go with the flow. Jesus declared a word for them, they do not know, what they are doing, Luke 23:34.
The son was gone astray because of his willfulness, stubbornness, premeditation, stubbornness, defiance. The father did not search for the boy, but let him learn his lessons the hard way and discover how well it was back home. (See Rom. 2:4.)
3) He saw what they could be.
Jesus always saw the potential in people. The lost sheep should be taken back to the fold and bring delight to the shepherd. The coin should be found. The son should return home and lovingly join to his father. There is hope for every sinner because Jesus receives them. The people who run away have always a way to return to Fathers House. The doorway opened, and the Father waited for them.
The central message of the parable of the Prodigal Son is that God loves his rebellious and naughty children and longs for them to get back to him.
*The father in the parable stands for God.
*The elder son represents the spiritual leaders who turn downward Jesus. They hate and destroy those who are outside their choice religious circle.
*The younger son represents the rebellious and Runaway Christians.
We need to understand these allegorical elements to interpret the parable in the right context of Jesus’ ministry.
In Luke 15, read about the woman who lost the coin in the house. She had ten pieces of silver, and she lost one one of them, she sought diligently until she found it.
If I use this as figuratively, she might be a representation of church.
In the so-called churches, I should say there are lots of misplaced silver coins. I would say, Hey woman thou are so called church, look for the lost one within you. Search for them until they found.
You might not think so, but it is very much appropriate to identify her like that. Real woman search for the lost one within.
The book of Revelation sums up the uncertain image as a woman. On the other hand, we have a woman as the mother of the Messiah (Rev 12:1-5) and the church (Rev 12:17). She is herself the spotless church, the bride of Christ (Rev 19:7-8; 21:2), and the queen of heaven. However, the woman is additionally an emblem of evil in the contour of the terrifying whore of Babylon, drunk from the blood of the holy men and martyrs, defiant against Christ (Rev 17-18).
*The main portion of the Bible covers a woman as mother and bride.
*She is herself the spotless church, the bride of Christ (Rev 19:7-8; 21:2)
The church (Rev 12:17)
Another woman is also an emblem of evil under the form of the terrifying Babylon, drunk from the blood of the saints and martyrs, disobedient to Christ (Rev 17-18).
She is finally called Jezebel, as a prophetess and fascinating Christ's servants to practice immorality (Rev 2:20-23).
I consider your thoughts. Your undivided attention is important.
By Rev. Abraham Zechariah