Re:Verse passage – Luke 15:11-24 (day six)
When Israel was a child, I loved him, and I called my son out of Egypt.-God, Hosea 11:1
Both sons were prodigals. One son squandered his inheritance, only to return after he hit rock bottom, the second had forgotten what it meant to be a son altogether.
Jesus told this beloved parable to remind the religious leaders of what it means to be a son. They had exchanged the covenant relationship with God for something he never intended. Rather than sons, they had become slaves to their own self-righteousness.
Jesus beckons them, “Why live as a slave, when I have called you to be my son.”