Luke 15:11, “And he said, A certain man had two sons:
12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.
13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.”
Their baby boy runs away from home.
- He shows little respect for his Father. (vs. 12, “Father, give me…”) Proverbs 30:11, “There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother.
12 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.
13 There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up.
14 There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.
15 ¶The horseleach hath two daughters, crying, Give, give. There are three things that are never satisfied, yea, four things say not, It is enough:”
2. He exhibits much boldness in his sin. The boldness of our younger generation is astounding. Things that were once hid or done behind their parent’s back, is now accomplished without blushing.
2 Peter 2:13, “And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you;”
Proverbs 30:20, “Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.”
Jeremiah 8:12, “Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore shall they fall among them that fall: in the time of their visitation they shall be cast down, saith the LORD.”
3. He leaves while boasting that he has it all together. (Vs. 13, “And not many days after the younger son gathered all together,…”) Many parents report that it is hard to impart truth to their teen who is acting out in rebellion and defiance. They say, “he thinks he has it all together. That he knows what he is doing”
4. He takes off on his “adventure” (13…”and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.”) Some teens do not think ahead. They are not truly prepared for what they will face. They have been enamored by Television Shows and Movies thinking that they are “Ten foot tall and bullet proof”.
As we read the rest of this account, we read the sad testimony of many youth who runaway, only to find themselves broke, bewildered, begging, and too prideful to go back home before they hit rock bottom. This young man finds himself in a hog pen, desirous to eat the same slop that the hogs were eating. The young man is Jewish. He has been taught all his life that pigs are an unclean animal. His journey brought him to a place in his life that he began to do things that were unclean, dirty, vile, and forbidden.
It has been aptly said, “Sin will take you further than you want to go…keep you longer than you want to stay…and cost you far more than you thought you would pay.”
This account turns out well for the young man. He comes to himself, he thinks rationally, and he chooses to go back home and ask forgiveness and submit to what ever his Father wants.
The Father brings him back into the family with mercy and merriment. Luke 15:24, “For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.”
Truths about this young man:
- Although he made it back, he had been affected by sin
- He had experienced things that was demeaning and degrading
- He had the smell and marks of the world upon and in him
Young people, you may make it back home, but you will not return the same way.
Let us stay close and have open communication with our children, and pray that our children do not make this same mistake in their lives. It can affect them for the rest of their lives. Many teens have come back home with an incurable disease, or a incessant addiction, or an indescribable memory of sin and degradation that they struggle with continually.
Young person, if you have your eyes upon the far country, I beseech you to turn your eyes upon Jesus, for He cares for you!