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The Parable of the Prodigal Son was told by Jesus Christ It is found in the Gospel according to Luke 1511-32 A parable is a short story with a lesson to be drawn from it There are three characters and subsequently three types of people The father represents God who forgives all sinners and welcomes them back into His Kingdom The elder son represents those that have an unforgiving heart The Pharisees felt that they were better than the common sinner was and that Jesus was wrong for being in the company of sinners harlots tax collectors and other outcasts The prodigal son represents the sinners The prodigal son can be described with different words but prodigal nave and humble are used to describe him to understand the lesson in the parable The younger son is considered prodigal The word prodigal means lavish or recklessly extravagant which perfectly describes the son in the beginning of the parable and there he wasted his substance with riotous living Initially the son does not want to be under his fathers control anymore and wants to be on his own The son does not think about conserving his resources there he spends it on frivolous things Sin poses itself as pleasures so it seems appealing Therefore he seeks out a type of living that brings him to destruction which is what sin causes Next the younger son is nave He is nave to ask for his share of his fathers estate he is supposed to receive that after his fathers death The son wastes everything his father gives him then there arose a mighty famine in that land and he began to be in want Therefore he has to get a job feeding someones swine Sin causes him to arrive at the lowest point when he longs to have the food the swine eats because he is so hungry Jews see pigs as unclean so by
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