Gideon

Chapter 11

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AN ALLEGORICAL TREATMENT OF THE TWO SONS: LAW AND GRACE

05-27-12

Dictionary: “allegory” = 1. the figurative treatment of one subject under the guise of another; a presentation of an abstract or spiritual meaning under concrete or material forms. 2. a symbolic narrative.

 

(Luke 15:10)  Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

1.      joy = Gk: cheerfulness, i.e. delight: gladness, X greatly, (X be exceeding) joy (-ful, -fully, -fulness).

2.      repenteth = Gk: to think differently; to reconsider /// to exercise the mind (observe), i.e. (fig.) to comprehend, heed: consider, perceive, think, understand.

 

(Luke 15:11,12)  And he said, A certain man had two sons [Law and Grace]: And the younger of them [Grace] said to his father, Father [God], give me the portion of goods that falleth to me [his birthright legacy, his inheritance]. And he divided unto them his living.

1.      Commentary: It was permissable to divide the family inheritance while the father was still living. Every eldest son was to receive two parts of the inheritance rather than one part, which was the portion due to each other younger son. In the case of only two sons, the eldest would receive two parts and the younger one part of the inheritance.

2.      “his living” = Gk: life, i.e. (lit.) the present state of existence; by impl. the means of livelihood: good, life, living.

 

WASTED GIFTS, ENDOWMENTS

(Luke 15:13)  And not many days after the younger son [but why not the elder son too? Because he could not.] gathered all together [of his inheritance], and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance [Gk: goods] with riotous living.

1.      wasted = Gk: to dissipate, i.e. (gen.) to rout or separate; spec. to winnow; fig. to squander: disperse, scatter (abroad), strew, waste.

2.      Commentary: “his substance” = What did this young man’s “substance” consist of; what were the gifts that his Father had given to him? What talents, what abilities, aptitudes, capacities, had been imparted from the Father to the Son? What talents, abilities, etc., have been given to you by Father God?

3.      riotous = Gk: dissolutely /// unsavedness, i.e. (by impl.) profligacy:--excess, riot.

a.       Dictionary: dissolute = indifferent to moral restraints; licentious.

b.      Dictionary: licentious = 1. sensually unbridled; libertine; lewd. 2. unrestrained by law or morality; lawless; immoral. 3. going beyond customary or proper bounds or limits.

c.       Dictionary: profligacy = 1. shameless dissoluteness. 2. reckless extravagance.

           

GREAT TRIBULATION

(Luke 15:14-16)  And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine [of food, but more importantly and significantly of God-based morality] in that land [as in our land]; and he began to be in want. And he went [Gk: travelled; removed: departed] [moving farther and farther away from the Father] and joined himself [Gk: ("glue"); to glue, to stick (fig.): cleave, join (self), keep company] to a citizen of that country [i.e., to an unbeliever, as in companion or business deal]; and he sent him [legally employed him as a servant in bondage] into his fields to feed swine [pigs, unclean animals characterising unsaved humanity; the “husks” being the empty (unnourishing unfruitful) doctrines of this world]. And he would fain have [Dict: gladly; willingly] [Gk: to put the mind upon] [i.e., thought about] filled his belly with the husks [empty seed pods (seedless pods)] that the swine did eat [but did he himself eat of those delusional empty husks? Nope, and that is exactly why“he came to himself” (v.17), he did not feed on delusion. “And Adam was not deceived” 1 Tim 2:14]: and no man gave unto him.

1.      Dictionary: husks = 1. the dry external covering of certain fruits or seeds, esp. an ear of corn. 2. the enveloping or outer part of anything, esp. when dry or worthless.

2.      Commentary: Why were the empty seed coverings or pods delusional? Because the eater was led to believe that he was receiving life-giving nourishment from them, and he was not. The delusional nature of the “husks” finds its ultimate fulfillment in this present world application of “Obama-land.”

a.       (2 Thes 2:11) And for this cause [“because they received not the love of the truth” 2 Thes 2:10] God shall send them strong delusion [i.e., Obama], that they should believe a lie:

3.      Commentary: Irrevocably established upon the precepts of God, he who is “chosen” (John 15:16) from “the foundation of the world” (Eph 1:4,5) is always victorious.

a.       (John 15:16)  Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you [“I have appointed you [I have planted you]” Amplified Bible], that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

b.      (Eph 1:4,5)  According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us [Gk: predetermined: ordained] unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

 

THE YOUNGER SON’S ASCENDING “RAPTURE”

Dictionary: “rapture” = 1. ecstatic joy or delight. 2. the carrying of a person to another place or sphere of existence.

 

(Luke 15:17-19)  And when he came to himself [“and in his right mind” Mark 5:15; Luke 8:35], he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare [“for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him” Mat 6:8], and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father [a declaration of good intent], and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned [a confession] against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy [humility] to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.

1.      Commentary: “as one of thy hired servants” = The younger son said please forgive me and take me back into the sheepfold as the lowest worker, which is a plea for forgiveness and an expression of deep humility.

 

(Luke 15:20-24)  And he arose, and came to his father [he did what he said he would do; the pathway to hell is paved with “good intentions”]. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe [signifying the Father’s covering], and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand [signifying the Father’s authority], and shoes on his feet [signifying that he was not a servant]: And bring hither the fatted calf [here, symbolic of Jesus Christ, reserved for festivities of great celebration], and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry [for “there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth” Luke 15:10]: For this my son was dead [i.e., separated from God by sin], and is alive again [is born-again]; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry [Gk: rejoice].

 

(Luke 15:25-32)  Now his elder son [Law] was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. And he was angry, and would not go in [for according to his make-up, he could not join in the festivities]: therefore came his father out, and entreated him. And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid [Gk: a young goat] [a type and shadow of Jesus Christ], that I might make merry with my friends: But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots [Gk: strumpets, whores], thou hast killed for him the fatted calf [the ultimate sacrifice]. And he said unto him [to Law], Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. It was meet [good and fitting] that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.

1.      Commentary: “and asked what these things meant” = literally, because as Law, and being rigid, unbending, inflexible, stiff, and unyielding, he neither played nor enjoyed music or dance.

2.      Commentary: “that I might make merry with my friends” = and few friends there are and they mostly unconverted Jews for the Law kills, whereas Grace gives life. High atop mount Sinai, the Law, the elder son, the Ten Commandments, that kills (that takes life) was given, and then the Grace, the younger son, the Tabernacle (that gives life) that saves was given.

 

Amen