The Parable of The Prodigal Son
- Read the scripture text of the parable.
- This Parable follows the Parables of the Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin.
- Re-read Luke 15:1-10 and consider the situation that prompted these parables.
- Consider these questions about the parable.
- Who is represented by the younger brother?
- Who is represented by the older brother?
- Why is this ironic? Have any of us truly been continually faithful?
- What finally caused the son to come to his senses and return home? Why does it often have to come to this point?
- What was the significance of the father watching for the son? (Ezekiel 18:21-23, 30-32)
- Why did the father have to come out to get the older son? (Verse 28) What does the fact that he did this indicate?
- What did the father say belonged to the older son? (Verse 31)
- How does the older brother refer to the younger brother in verse 30? Why do you think he does this?
- Do we sometimes “distance” ourselves from others when we are angry or envious of them?
- What are your thoughts on the older son’s comment that his brother had “devoured your livelihood with harlots”?
How did he know this? Did he know this?
- Do you think the older son ended up going into the celebration? Why do you think Jesus ended the parable without saying?
- Other Questions
- How does the fact that the son’s money ran out correspond to a life of sin?
- Are people usually deceived by sin? (Jeremiah 2:13) How does sin usually leave a person?
- What is the difference between a faithful Christian and a repentant sinner? Why is the latter worthy of a celebration?
- What part did repentance play in the story?
- Would the reconciliation between the father and son have happened if the son had not chosen to return?
- Consider these questions after reading the parable.
- Why didn’t the father just stop the younger son before he left home?
- What is significant about a Jewish boy feeding pigs? (Leviticus 11:7)
- Why do you think no one would give the prodigal son anything after his money ran out?
- What is repentance? Is it more than being sorry?
- When did the son truly repent? When his money ran out? When he was starving? When he turned and went home?
- Why do you think the father saw the son returning while he was still a long way away?
- Activities for Youth Group Members
- Find out what the word “Prodigal” means.
- This word is only used in the scriptures in 1 English translation of the Bible (Verse 13). Can you find which translation?
- Look up Luke 15:13 in different translations to see what other words are used.
- Work the Puzzle included in this week’s bulletin.
- Pray for a friend or family member who has not been faithful.
- Work this online jigsaw puzzle about the Prodigal son. http://www.dltk-bible.com/jesus/parables_3-puzzle.htm
- Activities for Kids and Parents
- Read the Parable with your family.
- Work the Kid’s Puzzle included with the bulletin.
- Watch this YouTube video about The Prodigal Son. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJgROx4wFKM