Luke Chapter 15
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29 And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:
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Matthew Henry's Luke Chapter 15 Bible commentary...
Parables of the lost sheep, and the piece of silver. (1-10) The prodigal son, his wickedness and distress. (11-16) His repentance and pardon. (17-24) The elder brother offended. (25-32)1-10 The parable of the lost sheep is very applicable to the great work of man's redemption. The lost sheep represents the sinner as departed from God, and exposed to certain ruin if not brought back to him, yet not desirous to return. Christ is earnest in bringing sinners home. In the parable of the lost piece of silver, that which is lost, is one piece, of small value compared with the rest. Yet the woman seeks diligently till she finds it. This represents the various means and methods God makes use of to bring lost souls home to himself, and the Saviour's joy on their return to him. How careful then should we be that our repentance is unto salvation!
11-16 The parable of the prodigal son shows the nature of repentance, and the Lord's readiness to welcome and bless all who return to him. It fully sets forth the riches of gospel grace; and it has been, and will be, while the world stands, of unspeakable use to poor sinners, to direct and to encourage them in repenting and returning to God. It is bad, and the beginning of worse, when men look upon God's gifts as debts due to them. The great folly of sinners, and that which ruins them, is, being content in their life-time to receive their good things. Our first parents ruined themselves and all their race, by a foolish ambition to be independent, and this is at the bottom of sinners' persisting in their sin. We may all discern some features of our own characters in that of the prodigal son. A sinful state is of departure and distance from God. A sinful state is a spending state: wilful sinners misemploy their thoughts and the powers of their souls, mispend their time and all their opportunities. A sinful state is a wanting state. Sinners want necessaries for their souls; they have neither food nor raiment for them, nor any provision for hereafter. A sinful state is a vile, slavish state. The business of the devil's servants is to make provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof, and that is no better than feeding swine. A sinful state is a state constant discontent. The wealth of the world and the pleasures of the senses will not even satisfy our bodies; but what are they to precious souls! A sinful state is a state which cannot look for relief from any creature. In vain do we cry to the world and to the flesh; they have that which will poison a soul, but have nothing to give which will feed and nourish it. A sinful state is a state of death. A sinner is dead in trespasses and sins, destitute of spiritual life. A sinful state is a lost state. Souls that are separated from God, if his mercy prevent not, will soon be lost for ever. The prodigal's wretched state, only faintly shadows forth the awful ruin of man by sin. Yet how few are sensible of their own state and character!
17-24 Having viewed the prodigal in his abject state of misery, we are next to consider his recovery from it. This begins by his coming to himself. That is a turning point in the sinner's conversion. The Lord opens his eyes, and convinces him of sin; then he views himself and every object, in a different light from what he did before. Thus the convinced sinner perceives that the meanest servant of God is happier than he is. To look unto God as a Father, and our Father, will be of great use in our repentance and return to him. The prodigal arose, nor stopped till he reached his home. Thus the repenting sinner resolutely quits the bondage of Satan and his lusts, and returns to God by prayer, notwithstanding fears and discouragements. The Lord meets him with unexpected tokens of his forgiving love. Again; the reception of the humbled sinner is like that of the prodigal. He is clothed in the robe of the Redeemer's righteousness, made partaker of the Spirit of adoption, prepared by peace of conscience and gospel grace to walk in the ways of holiness, and feasted with Divine consolations. Principles of grace and holiness are wrought in him, to do, as well as to will.
25-32 In the latter part of this parable we have the character of the Pharisees, though not of them alone. It sets forth the kindness of the Lord, and the proud manner in which his gracious kindness is often received. The Jews, in general, showed the same spirit towards the converted Gentiles; and numbers in every age object to the gospel and its preachers, on the same ground. What must that temper be, which stirs up a man to despise and abhor those for whom the Saviour shed his precious blood, who are objects of the Father's choice, and temples of the Holy Ghost! This springs from pride, self-preference, and ignorance of a man's own heart. The mercy and grace of our God in Christ, shine almost as bright in his tender and gentle bearing with peevish saints, as his receiving prodigal sinners upon their repentance. It is the unspeakable happiness of all the children of God, who keep close to their Father's house, that they are, and shall be ever with him. Happy will it be for those who thankfully accept Christ's invitation.
Comments for Luke Chapter 15...
Martha Prince's Luke Chapter 15 comment on 4/28/2013, 9:31am...
@ Barry Pierce Luke chapter 15 doesn't tells us for certain that "in the presence of angels" refers to God Himself Luke 15:10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.
Mas's Luke Chapter 15 comment on 4/23/2013, 12:42pm...
Of course YES, because Angels always gather in the presence of God (Job 1:6).
Barry Pierce's Luke Chapter 15 comment about verse 10 on 4/23/2013, 9:43am...
Does the phrase "in the presence of the angels" refer to God Himself?
Andy's Luke Chapter 15 comment on 3/19/2013, 6:16pm...
Thank you Lord for saving me and bringing me back to my home place when I have lost my way!
Jay's Luke Chapter 15 comment on 1/22/2013, 12:27pm...
1. This is a beautiful parable of forgiveness after repentance (Romans 10:13), for a person needing salvation and (1 John 1:9) for a person who is already saved.;
2. This parable also gives Christian parents that have witness our children being saved at a young age and bringing them up in the nurture and admonition of the lord (Ephesians 6:4) and have to try to create a godly environment in the home a much needed inspiration;
3. Enrolling our children in a good Christian school and being active in a good bible believing church enhances this godly environment;
4. This is important because we as parents need to recognize our children as an investment not only for our good, but for their good future here on earth and for all eternity;
5. Proverbs 22:6 tells us to bring up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart far from it;
6. This is the advantage that believers who have created an environment as I have described above have over believers and non-believers that have not or do not participate in bringing up a child the way they should go according to God's holy word;
7. This father most obviously did bring up both boys in the nurture and admonition of the lord to get results like this;
8. A life time of being faithful to God's truth came home to roost;
9. God always honors faithfulness in being obedient to his holy scriptures, commandments, precepts, principals, and statutes;
10. It is never too late to get started, but the longer we wait the more difficult it can be;
11. Earlier is better than later, but later is better than never.
Noelle Monk's Luke Chapter 15 comment on 1/18/2013, 11:24am...
This passage has encouraged me that wayward children do return. My eyes are to not be set on the loss or going away of my child but on the feast preparation. I want to be like God the father and rejoice in the fact that my once dead child is alive and no longer lost but found.
Antione Sirmans's Luke Chapter 15 comment on 1/02/2013, 1:54pm...
I really can relate to both brothers, so many times when I have done my own thing and found myself in desperation, my father welcomes me back with open arms! I have also been jealous, when someone (man) that I thought was unrighteous, being blessed! Thank God for repentance and showing me his will!
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