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The prodigal rebel

Posted by appolus on May 11, 2015

prodigal 2prodigal 1Isa 1:2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me.

Maybe you are the parent or parents of a rebellious child? You heart has literally been broken by the path you son or daughter has taken. You have anguished long and hard and looked deep within yourself to see why such a thing has happened. Perhaps you were not the perfect parent, maybe you yourself were not raised by the perfect parent? God has seen your tears and has witnessed your many sleepless nights. He has heard your cries for forgiveness for things that may have contributed to the situation. Can I tell you that God dwells with the broken and the contrite? He does not dwell with the proud or the self-righteous. The man that could not even raise his head is the man that goes down the hill justified in the parable. Now when God has forgiven you, what entity will bring it back to you?

Does God go fishing in the sea of forgiveness and pull up your old sins or even perceived sins? Guilt has its place in the heart of the one who is not repentant, but it has no place in the one who has been forgiven. Now please do not mistake that for the false notion of the hyper grace proponents. Grace is such a wonderful thing to fall into. It lies at the heart of who our Father is. Grace is the blood that pumps through the hearts, it is the very essence of life to each and every child of God. It is why we are a child of God and it is why we can come before His throne, because grace is the antidote to the flesh. In our flesh there is no good thing and so when we inevitably fall, we have a place where we can find forgiveness. We go expecting justice and we come away having found grace.

Consider the prodigal son. Now he was a son, of that we have no doubt but he fell in a spectacular fashion did he not? Perhaps you have fallen? Perhaps you have found yourself in a place that is far away from God? Now sin, at its very core, as we saw in the garden, makes us hide from God does it not? We run from Him. Yet what is the heart of the Father? Is it not to reconcile? Surely there can be no greater act of love than the Father to allow His Son to die on the cross so that He can be reconciled to rebellious children? And so, the prodigal looks up and sees his situation. He sees how far he has fallen from his state. Could he have fallen any lower? Even the swine were eating better than he was, he was reduced to a filthy mess. He says, and we see here a broken and a contrite heart “Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.” He returned to his Father with no greater expectation than to be a hired servant. His eyes have are fully open to his sin and he cries out to his Father for forgiveness, not in presumption, but in brokenness. He did not skip into his Fathers presence and say ” Hey dad I am back, now where was I before I left.”

And what did the son find? No, he would not be a servant for he was a son. He found himself restored. His Father called for a robe to be put on him. He was covered, His Father covered him. He put a ring upon his finger, the ring signifying the authority and the legitimacy that comes with being part of this family. Now what of his brother, was his brother pleased to see him? No, no not at all. He reminded the father of all of the sins of the brother. He brings all of his sins of his brother in an effort to undo the love and the grace and the restoration that the brother had found with his father. How many people do you have in your life that will expose your sins and bring an accusation against you? It is not the Father’s work. We know who the accuser of the brethren are. The brother reminds the father how many years he had served him. Yet we are not hired servants are we brothers and sisters? God owes us nothing, for wages are for servants. God’s children are heirs, adopted children of the living God with everything that goes along with that. The heart of the Father is love. We serve Him not as the world serves, for wages, we gladly draw near to Him and yield to Him because we love Him.

And so, our Scripture above shows that God nourished and brought up children and they rebelled against Him. Adam rebelled and Israel rebelled, God the Father knows what it feels like to raise children who rebel against Him. We can have no greater advocate than Abba Father. My heart and my prayers are with every parent of prodigal children. God loves you and does no condemn you, the enemy condemns you, but not your heavenly Father. The prodigal Father must have been looking every day for his wayward son for He saw him from afar off. Everyday. Faithfully, waiting for the lost child to return. One more thing. This parable was told because Pharisees had challenged Jesus……Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him. And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.(Luk 15:1-2)
Do not listen to the murmuring pharisees, for they knew all about the word of God but they knew nothing of the Father’s heart. Jesus explains to them in one of the most beautiful stories ever told, exactly what the heart of the Father looks like and what the accuser looks like. Never listen to the voices of the pharisees but hold the words of Jesus in your heart and draw ever closer to the heart of God.

4 Responses to “The prodigal rebel”

  1. It’s incredible how much I needed to read this! I actually just wrote a post about being drawn away from God by the guilt of our sins, funny that I read this right after! Thanks so much for posting it 🙂

    • appolus said

      Amen! The answer to our sin lies in His presence, only the enemy, the author of sin would have us run and ” hide,” from God………..bro Frank

  2. Becky Johnson said

    Frank, there is a quote of Ruth Graham that reads like a prayer regarding her son Franklin: “Father, please remind them that even You have trouble with your children.” There is more to it but I am not near the Bible in which it’s shared (Women’s Devotional). It was written from a weary heart of a mother of a prodigal in the midst of those with perfect children pointing fingers.

    And…I was a prodigal rebel. Still consider myself a rebel today. A redeemed rebel unwilling by grace to conform to this world. My family prayed many prayers for me. I was in the far off country for 25 years. God pursues us in our darkest days. Guilt precedes grace in the heart of prodigal rebels. The stories of the many like me are convoluted and smothered in deep wounds. God knows these things of us runner types. He knows the whole where family and friends only see a part, and a skewed perspective at that. Be kind in love to the runners in your life.

    • appolus said

      Becky writes…………….”It was written from a weary heart of a mother of a prodigal in the midst of those with perfect children pointing fingers.”

      Yes, I see these folks just like Job’s friends. The finger pointing is an act of self-righteousness and is so far from the heart of the Father towards those that He loves. Every major move of God down through the last 2000 years, the people were villianized as rebels and those who would not conform to the authority of the day, so many of them were literally tortured and murdered by this same spirit which of course is still alive and well and beats in the hearts of the self-righteous. It wont be too long now when the religious will be openly the fiercest enemies of God’s children and will have murder in their hearts, and all along they will have deluded themselves into thinking that they are doing ” God’s work.” This is not a theory,we have 2000 years of history to look at to see this spirit exposed…………………bro Frank

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