Luke 15 (really from week 17)
- Verses 1-7 parable of the lost sheep
- Verses 8-10 parable of the lost coin
- Verses 11-32 parable of the Prodigal Son.
- The father did more than just provide his son's needs. The gifts symbolized how he accepted his son back into the family. The robe signified honor, the ring symbolized power, sandals set the son apart from the bare-footed servants, a fatted calf was only for special occasions.
- God rejoices when sinners repent and come to know Him. He accepts them into the family and treats the sinner like the prodigal son.
The parable of the shrewd manager and the parable of the rich man and the beggar teach about being faithful and being good stewards of what God gives us. We should be good stewards of our money, our time and our talents.
Here's a test of faithful stewardship:
- Are you faithful in the little things? Little promises? Small amounts of time, talent and responsibility? See verse 10.
- Are you faithful with money? God's word has much to say about money matters. It's important, a tool to use to serve God. See verse 11.
- Are you faithful with others? Do you treat their possessions and reputations as you treat your own? See verse 12.
Next week we'll be in John 8