Is there anything better than new revelation? When something becomes clear and so very understandable. I sure do. This epiphany came this past Sunday morning as we streamed church. Right here in tiny house, Holy Spirit delivered a wollop! Ready?
The Prodigal Son
I have always loved the story of the lost son – probably because I was the lost daughter for years. But, thanks to a praying grandmother and mother, I came back and have never, ever looked back. The Bible story of the prodigal son is found in Luke 15.
I think most of us know the story so I’m going to cut right to the remarkable.
And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. Luke 15.20
Why did he run?
I know the Father was thrilled to see his son walking down the path – I get that. Did he wait every single day for his son to come home? Was his faith that strong he knew his son would return? I mean, he was waiting with a royal robe and a signet ring. THAT is faith, amen?
This is a Jewish man with Jewish kids – the son knew how deplorable it was for him to be eating in the pig pen – I mean, Jews and pigs? Never in a million.
The Law and the Jews
Here is where the revelation, the epiphany, the a-ha moment comes. Let’s look back on Hebraic law in Deuteronomy.
18 “If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey the voice of his father or the voice of his mother, and, though they discipline him, will not listen to them, 19 then his father and his mother shall take hold of him and bring him out to the elders of his city at the gate of the place where he lives, 20 and they shall say to the elders of his city, ‘This our son is stubborn and rebellious; he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton and a drunkard.’ 21 Then all the men of the city shall stone him to death with stones. So you shall purge the evil from your midst, and all Israel shall hear, and fear. Deuteronomy 21.18-21
Hebrew law did not mess around. If you had a rebellious child? One who did the things the son did in Luke? It was the duty of the elders of the city to stone him to death.
The Father was protecting his son
His prodigal son. He ran to him, threw the robe on him – to (perhaps) hide him from the elders and get him home quickly – yes, because he was thrilled to see him, but, also, to save his son from being stoned.
Does this not make perfect sense? It sure did to me.
When I came to my senses, slopping in the world’s pigpen, my heavenly Father ran to me, with a royal robe and His signet ring to protect me from the onslaught of the world. He wrapped me up and got me home to Him – He had a plan and a purpose for me and He was going to see me through it.
That causes me to shout, sing, and do the happy, hallelujah dance! I love Him so!
Now, it’s your turn…
What causes you to shout, sing, and do a happy, hallelujah dance?