MARRIAGE - CHILDREN
Text: Luke 15:11 (The Prodigal Son -Vodcast 5 min)
Marriage between and man and women is the product of their love for each other. As a result, a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh or will produce children (Genesis 2:24). God orders are clear - to be fruitful and multiply (Genesis 1:28). Children are a gift from God (Psalm 127:3-5).
However, our children are soon grown. They pretend to dress in a manner of adulthood by their actions. Little do they know that life is brutal and unkind. We, as adults, are keenly aware of what the world contains. Consequently, we are highly protective of our children…to a fault. Soon the young adults will begin to fight you for their ‘freedom’. In today’s lesson, we discover one young man who fits the bill. Only after his inheritance has run out via ‘riotous living’ does he return from whence he came in humbleness and submission.
God’s Special Care
The picture of the father receiving the son back into a relationship is a picture of how we should respond to repentant sinners as well (1 John 4:20-21; Luke 17:3; Galatians 6:1; James 5:19-20). “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). We are included in that “all,” and we must remember that “all our righteous acts are like filthy rags” apart from Christ (Isaiah 64:6; John 15:1-6). It is only by God’s grace that we are saved, not by works that we may boast of (Ephesians 2:9; Romans 9:16; Psalm 51:5). That is the core message of the Parable of the Prodigal Son.
Luke 9:46-48 Whosoever shall receive this child in my name receiveth me…
Matthew 19:13 “Suffer the little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for such is the kingdom of Heaven”
Psalm 127:3-5 Children are a gift from God.
Proverbs 10:1 “A wise son maketh a glad father but a foolish son Is the heaviness of his mother”
Proverbs 13:24 He that spareth the rod hateth his son
Proverbs 17:6 “Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers”
Proverbs 19:18 “Chasten thy son while there is still hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying”.
Proverbs 20:12 “Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work is pure, and whether it be right”.
Proverbs 22:15 “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.”
Proverbs 29:15 “The rod of reproof give wisdom: but a child left to counsel himself bringeth his mother to shame”.
Failure to Correct
Exodus 20:15,17 “He that smiteth his father/mother shall be put to death
2 Kings 2:23-25 Elisha mocked by children and forty-two children killed.
Ephesians 5:8 “For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: 9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) 10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
1 Thessolonians 5:5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. 6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
I Corinthians 13:11 When I was child a spake as a child…”
Ephesians 6:1 “Children obey your parents in the Lord…”John 12:36 Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.
Revelations 3:19 “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent”.
Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God”.