Lesson 45: The Prodigal Son
In the parable of the prodigal son, there was a man who had two sons. He had promised each of these sons a part of his money and part of the fine things that he had saved during his lifetime. One day the youngest son went to his father and asked him to give him his share of things that had been promised him. This son wanted to leave his home and go out into the world and look around for himself. He might have thought that he could have a lot of fun and a real good time away from home and away from his family. The father gave the youngest son his share of the things and soon the son left for a distant city.
The young man probably had a good time at first, but he was not careful with his money and soon he spent it all foolishly. After all the son's money was gone, a famine came into the land. The son could not find a place to work and there were many days when he did not eat. No one gave him any money or food. Finally, a man said that he would let him work in his field. In the field the son fed pigs. The young son was so hungry that he said he could have eaten the pigs' food.
At last the young man began to realize how foolish he had been. He realized that he had left his good father and home and how he sinned and had spent all his money foolishly. He was sorry for having acted this way. He decided to go back to his father and tell him that he was sorry for the way he had acted.
When the father saw his son coming home he ran to meet him. He was so happy to have him back. The son told his father that he had sinned and that he was not worthy to be called his son. (Luke 15:21-24) The father forgave him and called his servants and told them to make a big feast, or dinner, and he gave his son a fine robe and a ring and shoes for his feet.
While this was happening the oldest son came home from working in the field. He was angry and jealous when he learned that his father had made a great feast for the younger son and he would not go into the feast to eat with his brother. The father had to explain to the older son that he loved him and all that he owned was also his. The father told him to come and to rejoice because his brother who was lost, was found. The father said that he should not be jealous because his brother was home after this long time when he had been missed.
- Which son wanted to go out into the world?
- Why did the son want to come home?
- Was the father glad to see the son?
- Why was the oldest son jealous and angry?