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Jesus used parables when teaching Parables are earthly stories that have a heavenly meaning In using parables the Lord was able to teach a spiritual concept in such a way that even the most illiterate person would be able to understand Therefore the parables are filled with symbolism The parable of the Prodigal Son is an earthly story that shows how pleased God is when a sinner repents and comes back to Him The father of this parable represents God who is the Father of all mankind This certain man provides for his two sons however the younger son the prodigal is impatient with the restraints placed upon him He therefore wants his inheritance now to spend as he pleases to be free from the household rule of his father This prodigal son represents the sinner who wants to go his own way without being accountable to anyone or even God This younger son took a journey into a far country In this journey he spent all that was given to him in a wasteful manner This shows that a sinner is fare from God and doing whatever he wants without any thought to the consequences that might come After spending everything there arose a famine in the land This famin symbolizes how worldly pleasures cannot satisfy the spirit The prodigal was then thrown into degradation and the only means of earning a living was feeding pigs which is the lowest job a Jew could perform Finally this young man remembers how well his fathers servants are treated and fed He decides to return to his fathers house and beg forgiveness Upon returning home his father who has been watching and waiting for him welcomes him back with a great feast The return of the prodigal shows that a sinner who comes to God in faith and repentance is welcomed back with love and mercy However the older son
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