Week of Feb 20th — Day Three
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A Homecoming of a Different Sort.
Just as the younger sons fleeing to the far country serves to show how poorly he regarded his father, so this one’s being out in the field is a fitting metaphor for where he stood in terms with his own family. Both sons were far away from the father. In the end they both came home – but would totally different attitudes and two very different perceptions.
Read Mark 7:6.
How would you describe your own proximity to the father?
______ I am in a far country.
______ I look close, but my heart is far away.
______ I’ve been far, but I’m headed home.
______ I’m close and intend to stay there.
As the elder son approached the house, “he heard music and dancing” (Luke 15:25). This was typical at wedding feast and other festive occasions. The smell of roasted meat would also permeate the air. The elder son would easily detect all the signs of a great celebration in the air. He was surprised and understandably curious. What could this possibly mean?
Of course there was no reason whatsoever for him to make any negative assumptions. Anyone coming upon a scene like this ought to meet it with the highest expectations and an eager heart. All the music and dancing made it perfectly obvious, after all, that he was walking into a celebration, not a funeral. He ought to have been excited to learn what spectacularly good news could possibly have unleashed an unplanned celebration of this magnitude. You would think he would run to the noise and see it for himself.
But not so. The young man was clearly in a glass-half-empty kind of mood. He was suspicious. (Legalist or almost always suspicious, particularly when they ecounter joyful people.) He was stunned, confused, and clearly less than pleased to see such a party in full swing at his house but without his knowledge. After all, when he went out to the field that morning, it was a day like any other day. He had now come home at a late hour, and with no warning whatsoever, he arrived to find the biggest celebration he has ever witnessed, already under way, and under his own roof.
The elder brother’s surprise is perfectly understandable; his extreme indignation is not so easily excused. His reaction suggest that he assumed from the get-go that whatever news had provoked such delirious joy on the part of his father was going to be something he would resent. So “he called one of the servants and ask what these things men” (v. 26).
Read Galatians 3:10.
In your opinion, why can’t legalist ever truly rejoice?
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