Hebrews 4:12 For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power making it active, operative, energizing, and effective; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life soul and the immortal spirit, and of joints and marrow of the deepest parts of our nature, exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.
Wow, I’ve seen this verse plenty of times and this is probably the first time I’ve read it from the amplified version. This verse is translated beautifully and explains almost at a kindergarten level what effects God’s Word has when it is sent forth. It not only affects the soul, but edifies the spirit and benefits our very nature. It judges our intent and people are always going to look at you physically, meaning through their senses but we should be very glad that all God is concern with is our heart.
The prodigal son goes up to his father and demanded his inheritance, that his part of the estate be given to him now. He didn’t do it with humility, he didn’t do it with simplicity but in an almost boneheaded and very ungrateful way he demanded what he thought was owed to him. We know an inheritance is something given only when someone dies. So the young man decides that he couldn’t wait until his father dies, he couldn’t wait until the appropriate time, the blessing was ready, it had been ready before he was even born but he wasn’t ready and he showed his father this through his insensitive and unappreciative way of asking. No good morning sir and no ritualistic form of respect given. He proudly walks up to his dad and said “I cannot wait for you to die, I want what I want and I want it now.” Sounds like some of us, the way we approach prayer. Remember what I said in my last post that the shepherd in the first parable is literally a shepherd watching over his sheep, caring for them and keeping them, making sure they are well fed. I also pointed out that the woman represents the church and the coin represents the Christian lost but still in the household. It’s the church’s job to seek this person out and restore them. Now in the parable of the prodigal son, the father represents God almighty, the younger son represents the younger Christian who has not quite learned humility and has not quite taken on the character of Christ as yet. The older son represents the older meat eating mature Christian but we will soon find out that even those Christians are not without faults. Remember God knows the intentions of the heart and couldn’t care less about your physical attributes or abilities. The younger son comes up to a father with a life changing request but wasn’t ready for what was really his. If God looks at the heart and the father represents God, then the question is; what did the father see when he saw his son? He saw a young man filled with pride and if given what he requested would spend the true blessing God had for him on loose and wild living. The bible says that he divided his estate amongst the two, the problem is that the younger son cannot take property with him, he cannot take land or his father’s servants. All he can take with him are animals, small items and money. His true inheritance included animals, small items, money, property, land and servants but he couldn’t take all this with him, some things you just have to enjoy at home. Someday the father has to die and the inheritance will have to be divided amongst the two but with a heart full of pride and the intentions wrong if given the full inheritance then it would be wasted. Remember this, your process is not your inheritance it just takes the filth out of you so that you can appreciate your inheritance. The father could afford to let some money go, he could afford to let his son go because self had not been crucified and selfishness still reigned and instead of worrying about how loose he was gonna live, he cared more about the intentions of the heart. So the father invested something in his son that will eventually lead him back home. There’s something in you that God wants and when it wants God, it doesn’t care what it puts you through it belongs to the father and wants to return to the father it just means if it goes to the father then so do you. That’s why grace is given because sometimes you’re gonna have to learn your lessons through your mistakes. A few days later, he left with all he could but not with the full inheritance but just enough to run out at an appointed time, to uproot the pride from his heart and will eventually lead him back home. The question I’m answering for you is “why did the father give him part of his inheritance if he knew he was gonna waste it?” Simple, it had to be wasted so he could know what the true source was and where to get it after he ran out. I’m gonna stop here and continue in another post. I am not leaving Luke 15 until God instructs me to. This is for somebody, this is for me, this is for you. If you’ve ever prayed to God for something you know you’re not ready for. Sometimes He’ll just give it to you for you to realize that there’s more growing up to do. Learn from it because if your story is anything like Luke chapter 15, then you know how it ends, you know that the real deal is next if you can humble yourself and allow yourself to be patient until God gives you what He has for you. All hearts involved has to be prepared, not just your heart. God Bless and I love you all.