The Parable of The Prodigal Son

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Hi again L____,

Your feeling that seeking the Truth “has consumed you too much” is typical of all who have been given eyes to see that they have been starving to death spiritually. It is only natural for a starved man to overindulge to begin with. It will level out with time, and you will become a liitle more balanced in the use of your time. Try not to sacrifice your family, and above all don’t become an overnight teacher of the uninformed and the uninterested. Let God do the calling and the dragging. He is quite capable. Perhaps none of this applies to you, but I suspect that some of it might be good advice even for you.

You asked about the prodigal Son? The prodigal, just like the woman who was “caught in the very act of adultery,” and just like “the woman at the well,” all typify God’s elect. We have all been prodigal sons who have “lost our first love.” We all “come to ourselves” after we have spent our substance on harlots and then come to realize that we are eating husks with swine when we could be eating T- bone steak with our Father. We have all been “caught in the very act of adultery” because all of God’s elect “come out of ” that great system of harlotry know as Babylon the Great. We have all found that “the man we are with now is not our husband”. So all of these things the orthodox Christian church disdains are really necessary steps to becoming God’s elect.

I do not disdain my years first in the Pentecostal church, followed by ten years in the Armstrong orgaization, and then my affiliation with the Concordant Bible Conferences; all this before I was given eyes to see the “hidden things of the spirit.” I am grateful that God has opened my eyes to see my need for repentance for my association with these “daughters of Babylon” and has seen fit to give to me “eyes that can see… the hidden things of the spirit.” Nevertheless, the time I spent with different daughters of Babylon was as much a part of “working all things after the counsel of His own will” as was my repentance and withdrawal from Babylon. It is, from the beginning to the end, all the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Now if there is anything to what I have just said, then the other principles and the other characters in each of these stories and the parable of the prodigal, will typify the multitudes who came to Christ, who followed Him around and who listened intently to His teaching and yet did not understand a word He said. Christ called them the “many called but not chosen.”

Mat 13:2 And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.
Mat 13:3 And he spake many things unto them in parables,
Mat 13:10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
Mat 13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
Mat 13:12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
Mat 13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
Mat 13:14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
Mat 13:15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
Mat 13:16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
Mat 13:17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.</</ blockquote>

So the ‘elder son’ who claims to have served his Father faithfully, but hates the prodigal, equates to the “many called but not chosen.” Those who drug the adulterous woman before Christ to be stoned, represent those who are still under the law of Moses to this day. They represent the “many called but not chosen.” And all of the husbands and the man who is not the husband of the woman at the well, typify our wanderings in Babylon, before God in his sovereign love meets us “at the well” of His Word and opens our eyes and shows us “all we ever did” was all empty and meaningless, because we were married to the wrong ‘husbands.’ The fact that “the man you are now with is not your husband” shows us that by the time we are made aware of who and what ‘Babylon’ is, we are already made to be weary of our bondage to husbands who only take from us and give us no nourishment in return.

I know you didn’t ask about the two women, but I had to bring them into this to make the point that everything that Christ said and did was to make the point that he had come at this time to “call many and to choose few.” But He will not have a wife of the Egyptians or of the Canaanites. His first love will come from ‘Babylon.’ “Come out of her MY PEOPLE.” Christ’s ‘bride’ must come from out of Babylon, yet the elect themselves are never to return to Babylon. Abraham ‘came out of Babylon’. he wanted Isaac to marry a “daughter of my people” who were all Babylonians. Yet He instructed his servant, “Beware thou that thou bring not my son thither [ back to Babylon] again.”

Gen 24:2 And Abraham said unto his eldest servant of his house, that ruled over all that he had…
Gen 24:3 … I will make thee swear by the LORD, the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, that thou shalt not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell:
Gen 24:4 But thou shalt go unto my country [“the other side of the flood”- the land of Babylon], and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac.
Gen 24:5 And the servant said unto him, Peradventure the woman will not be willing to follow me unto this land: must I needs bring thy son again unto the land from whence thou camest? [ there is no ‘going back,’ with God]
Gen 24:6 And Abraham said unto him, Beware thou that thou bring not my son thither again.

Your question about Christ being “driven of the Spirit into the wilderness’ is right on target. Our time of trial in the harlot system is as much a part of “the Revelation of Jesus Christ as is our repenting of that association. “All is of God.” He works ALL things after the counsel of His own will.” “I am the first [ Adam] and the last [ Adam]. Truly:

Rom 11:36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

Being given an appreciation of the depth both of the love and the sovereignty of God elicits the exclamation that precedes verse 36:

Rom 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
Rom 11:34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?
Rom 11:35 Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?

I hope this has helped you to see what is the message behind all of the parables and behind the ‘gospel of the kingdom of God.’ It is a message that will “separate you from your brothers.” This separation is not the result of what your brothers do. It is the result of what God is doing through your brothers and through you.

Deu 33:16 And for the precious things of the earth and fulness thereof, and for the good will of him that dwelt in the bush: let the blessing come upon the head of Joseph, and upon the top of the head of him that was separated from his brethren.

God separated Joseph from his brothers for the purpose of making him the “ruler of all Egypt;” for the purpose of making all of his brothers to “bow before Joseph.” The very thought of the evil deed of selling Joseph into slavery in Egypt was not the work of his brothers, though they would never admit to that. It was all “the first and the last,” the “working of all things after the counsel of His own will:”

Gen 45:5 Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.

And to make sure we don’t fail to get the point, this fact is reiterated just a few chapters later:

Gen 50:20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

Mike

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