Actually, this morning we come to the Parable of the Prodigal Son, probably one of the more famous parables that Jesus told. It’s a fairly straightforward parable that concludes a trilogy of teachings about the heart of the Father towards his wayward and sinful children. To refresh your memory from last week, we’ve been looking at Luke chapter 15. Continue reading
This morning we approach the parable of the Great Banquet. This is a continuation of the same event that we studied last week. To refresh your memory, it is the sabbath and Jesus has been invited to the home of a ruler of the Pharisees. While there, he starts off with what is to them is a scandalous action: recall that he heals a man and then challenges them on whether or not such a healing is among the works that should be counted as a violation of God’s sabbath (as opposed to their customs). Then, after exposing their hypocrisy, he proceeds to instruct them in true humility.
I had the opportunity to teach my Sunday school class this past Sunday as we’re going through a study on the parables in the gospel of Luke. Here’s the text of my lesson if anyone would like to refer back to it.