RETURN OF THE LOST SON
Scripture Reading: Luke 15:11 – 21
11 And he said, A certain man had two sons:
12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.
13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.
14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.
15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.
17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,
19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.
This parable commonly called "The Prodigal Son" is perhaps one of the most famous parables of all in Scripture. To help better understand the distribution of the portion of goods by inheritance according to custom, Ellicott’s Commentary for English Readers states, "The elder son would have as his portion two-thirds of the personal, and possibly also of the real, property, the younger the remainder." On the surface, there appears to be a most generous amount of goods distributed considering an estate large enough to require hired servants.
Notice the father in this parable divided each their living even though the elder son asked not. Their "living" in this case points to something much higher than material possessions. It is not strange to one spiritually tuned that a mighty famine arose immediately after the younger son spent all. Then and now one can be sure that when Father’s supply is exhausted, famine is imminent.