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RETURN OF THE LOST SON (Continued)
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.
Beginning with verse 14 above, this young man has gone from a son to a servant in dire circumstance in quick time. Now without any substance and in a famine, he began to be in want. Next he joined himself to that situation. The word joined carries a strong meaning as glued or cemented together. Swine was considered unclean for the Hebrew people who are used in Scripture for example. This verse yields several valuable points. The field is a type of the world. Refocus on his current position. He left his father’s house of plenty and security and is now in what speaks to the world and forced to feed and feed on that which is unclean.
No man gave unto him. This young man’s plight must be weighed on spiritual terms alone because of what he represents. Anyone out of Father’s house, whose
house are we, is in this same situation and what it speaks to spiritually. In father’s house, he was a spirit man. He has not changed only his situation has. No man can give to
sustain in spiritual things. Remember, it was his living from his father that sustained him and when that ran out, there was a mighty famine.