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In Luke 15, we find one of the most well-known stories of the Bible. We usually call this story the Parable of the Prodigal Son. I have preferred over the years to refer to the story as “The Parable of the Lost Boy” because it comes in a sequence of three stories—the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost boy. In each parable, something is lost, and then found. In each story, when the “something that is lost” is found, there is great rejoicing. Jesus uses these stories to show the Pharisees that rejoicing should take place over the salvation of every lost sinner. Beyond that application, I have often found that in particular with the third parable, there are several important ways that we can apply this story to illustrate the importance of grace in our lives. This morning, specifically, with the grace of God being our backdrop, I want to use this parable to give us a pointed application in regards to the grace we need in families. Let’s face it—being a part of a family—whether your physical family or your spiritual family of the church—is hard.
Non-participation in God's kingdom is disobedience...
King David had crossed over the Jordan with the help of the people from Judah. This created anger in the men of Israel because they felt belittled or believed that they are being igorned in David's kingdom. Sheba, an Israelite, led a new revolt against the Davidic kingdom by leading the Israelites into a civil war. the narraitve has david, firing Joab and appointing Amasa to be Military general, until he is unable to round up the men. David then appoints Abishai to lead a group of men into battle - one of them being Joab. Joab take charge and kills Amasa when they meet and chases Sheba all the way north to Abel of Beth-maacah. One the wisdom of a women from Abel save this town by throwing Sheba's head over the wall. We can all learn from this narative that only God can hold a kingdom together and that those who oppose Israel's king (or Messiah) will lead miserable lives now and die horrable deaths.
With the approval of the religious authorities forty men vowed to kill Paul. The plan was divulged to the military authorities, who escorted Paul safely to Caesarea for trial. In all of this God was using people who were both willing and unwilling to follow Him to bring about His good plan of bringing the truth about Jesus to the highest seats of power in the Roman Empire. God will use us like tools for His purposes whether we want to participate or not, and rather than rebel against His plans and commands like a rebellious teenager we should understand that like a good father God genuinely loves us, wants to protect us from our own stupidity, and wants to include us in His great works so that we can build a stronger relationship with Him. In response we should repent of our rebellion, respect Him for His goodness and power, and offer up our lives to Him to be a part of His great plan for spreading His Gospel to people everywhere.