Luke 15:11-15

Luke 15:11 (KJB)
And he said, A certain man had two sons:

Then Jesus begins, probably His most famous parable. The Parable of the Prodigal Son. The word “prodigal” means “recklessly extravagant, wasteful, not frugal.” This is probably one of the finest teachings in Scripture because we can all identify with it in some fashion. Over the years, there have been many applications made along with many good understandings. Jesus begins by stating that a certain man had two sons.

Luke 15:12 (KJB)
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.

The younger son would only receive on third of the inheritance because the oldest son would receive two thirds. This boy wanted his inheritance now because he could not wait for his father to die plus he had the spirit of the age which we see today. I want it now! This is why credit cards were invented to give people who suffer from impulse buying the ability to instantly satisfy that lust. The father did not put up an argument so he doled out the inheritance to the young man. This is what sinners have done throughout history, they will enjoy the bounty of God’s blessings of the earth but will deny Him or turn their backs on Him. It is also interesting to note that this young man did not ask his father for the inheritance but commanded him to give it. The words “give me” are in the Imperative Mood making it a command. At this point, this boy did not have any respect for his father and only saw him as his bank.

Luke 15:13 (KJB)
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.

As soon as the young man received his inheritance, it did not take long for him to gather his belongings together. I remember the first credit card I received in 1972, Bank Americard. As soon as I received it and it was valid, I went to the department store and purchased four albums at $32 and that began my slide into fiscal irresponsibility for 9 years until I became saved. For those 9 years, I worked for my creditors because I had no respect for the principle of compounded interest. It was not until I became saved that the Lord cleared up my thinking in the area of finances. I tell you, salvation not only brings one into eternal life but while we are here on earth, it grants us extremely clear thinking and when we act on those things the Lord shows us, it will save us much heartache.

As soon as this young man gathered his belongings, he no doubt thought that life was now going to be nothing but fun and work was a thing of the past. So he took all that he had and went into a far country. It does not say what country but we can easily say that he threw himself on the mercy of this world but the problem is that the world does not know what mercy is. So he entered the dark side of the world system. He then began to waste all his inheritance on riotous living. The Greek word behind “riotous” is used only once in the New Testament and it means a debauched lifestyle. His new life was devoid of any morals because he thought that since he was away from home and the rules that came with living there, he figured that he would just let loose and live any way he pleased. The word behind “wasted” also carries with it the meaning of “scattered, dispersed, or winnowed.” It is interesting that this word can also be understood as winnowed since winnowing is throwing the wheat up in the air and the chaff would be taken by the wind. Living for the world is like taking your life and winnowing it, except the good part of your life is taken by the wind and all you garner is the chaff until you finally come to your senses, if it is not too late.

Luke 15:14 (KJB)
And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.

Now reality has set in. He had squandered his entire inheritance and was now broke. Now the fact that he was broke was now coupled with a major situation. There was now a big famine in the land and since he did not have any money to even buy a meal, he would now starve because the verse tells us that he was now in want. I remember seeing this principle at work in my life when I was younger. I would work up big credit card bills and then when I lost a job, the income had dried up, there was a famine for funds but those bills continued to come in. In the 1970’s, interest rates for credit cards were in the range of 18-22%. Once those bills came in and you had no job, you were definitely in want.

Luke 15:15 (KJB)
And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.

So here was a young man who had a tremendous future in his father’s business but threw it all away for a season of riotous living. Now he was far from home and was able to find some kind of employment. It was not the type of employment which was commensurate with someone who manages a large estate. He was now reduced to feeding swine. He had no choice in the matter since he was broke. He had to take what was available and his past skills did not matter to his new employer. Isn’t it something, this man leaves his home and goes out into the world, no doubt believing the lies of Satan that all was going to be great and here was the latest chapter. Since he chose to walk with the world, Satan became his employer and threw him out into the fields to feed pigs. This is what Satan does, he gets people to believe that all will be well but there end is to feed pigs.