Welcome to our online Bible study on Luke!
Read: Luke 15:11-32
A lot of metaphors are used in the Bible. They help communicate hard-to-understand concepts. For instance, how can we really grasp the infinite measure of a matchless God when all we know is this earth we’re on and this body we’re in?
Our vocabulary isn’t sufficient enough. Because God is greater — beyond human comprehension. His thoughts are so much higher than our thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9).
But He’s still a knowable God. We can know Him. In fact, He wants us to know Him. That’s why He created us! To be in relationship with Him.
He’s a relational God. So He reveals Himself to us.
God has revealed Himself through prophets. And He’s revealed Himself through Scripture. The Holy Spirit inspired writers to inscribe God’s Word on scrolls, so it could be read by future generations. But His final and complete revelation was through His Son, Jesus Christ.
The most predominate metaphor throughout Scripture is that of God as a Father, relating to us as His children.
Through faith in Jesus, we become a part of the family of God. So whenever we read a story in the Bible about a father and a son, we want to take notice.
And the parable Jesus told about a prodigal son is really the crux of the gospel message. We’re all like the son. At some point in our lives, we turned away from God to do life our own way.
Our hearts’ rebellion will look differently for each of us. Maybe we didn’t end up in a pig pen, wishing for some of the pigs’ food, but we probably ended up somewhere similar. That’s what sin does. It leaves us in a pig heap of scraps.
Not everyone hits “rock bottom” in a dramatic way like the son in the parable, but sin destroys lives when left unchecked.
But when the son decided to return, the father embraced him, rather than scold him. The father loved him, rather than chide him. The father accepted him, rather than refuse him.
That is the picture of our Father in heaven. That is what He does with every one of His children. He wants us to come home. No matter where we’ve been or what we’ve done. We have a Father in heaven who throws a party in heaven whenever one of His kids decides to come home.
So whenever we see someone walk into church, who maybe looks new, like they’ve never been there before . . . we should be like our Father and welcome others with arms open wide. May our hearts be filled with joy when someone who has been far from God has decided to come home.