Re:Verse reading–Luke 15:1-2, 11-32 (day four)
In Jesus’ parable, the older brother represented the Pharisees. The younger brother represented the tax collectors, sinners and gentiles. The Pharisees rejected those who were not ‘pure’ in their obedience to God (the father in our story). In their own eyes, the Pharisees believed they were righteous before God. Just as Saul believed that he was doing God a favor by purging the sinners from the world, the Pharisees were angry at the thought that God might show mercy to the sinners and forgive them. They were blinded to the love of God the Father.
Saul too was blinded…it took a face to face encounter with Christ to open his eyes. In His parable, Jesus pressed the Pharisees with the need to submit to the love and authority of God. They needed to recognize themselves as sinners in need of forgiveness and restoration. How about you? Do you have an accurate picture of your position before God and your need for repentance?