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(Eccl 12:7) Then shall the dust [Gen 2:7] [of our bodies] return to the earth as it was: and the spirit [the angel (Psa 104:4; Heb 1:7); of our thoughts] shall return unto God [in Heaven] who gave it. 

1.    return = Heb: (with the idea of return to the starting point); again: bring (again, back, home again), fetch home again, go again (back, home), restore, (be) retrieved, (cause to, make to) return.



(Luke 15:1-7) Then drew near unto him all the publicans [Gk: tax collectors] and sinners [Gk: to miss the mark (and so not share in the prize): offend, trespass (God)] for to hear him. And the Pharisees and scribes [the religious leaders] murmured [Gk: complained throughout the crowd], saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them. And he spake this parable unto them, saying, What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth [Gk: to think differently, reconsiders], more than over ninety and nine just persons [Gk: innocent, holy: righteous], which need no repentance [Why not?]



(Luke 15:8-10) Either what woman having ten pieces of silver [a Bible symbol of redemption (salvation)], if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently [Gk: carefully] till she find it? And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God [in heaven] over one sinner that repenteth [Gk: to think differently, reconsiders]



(Luke 15:11-13) And he said, A certain man [in heaven, a metaphor for Father God] had two sons [the Old Testament (declared by angels, spirits) and the New Testament (declared by angels, spirits)]: And the younger of them said to his father, Father [the Creator, God], give me the portion of goods [Gk: substance; property, possessions] that falleth to me. And he divided [Gk: separated] unto them his living [Gk: life, livelihood: good] [God is Thought. God’s thought goods, having value to increase the Kingdom of God] [1]. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country [an allusion to the earth] [2], and there wasted [Gk: dissipated, separated (from himself); winnowed; fig. squandered: dispersed, scattered, wasted] his substance [Gk: property, possessions: goods] with riotous [Gk: dissolute /// unsavedness: excess, riot] living

1.    Commentary: In Mosiac law, the elder son is to receive two parts (a double portion) of the father’s estate. In this case, there being only two sons, the eldest son received two thirds (2/3) part of the estate and the younger son received one third (1/3) part of the estate.

2.    (Rev 12:3,4) And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon [Gk: a fabulous kind of serpent] [Lucifer-Satan], having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part [1/3] of the stars [angels] of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman [the church] which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child [“a man child” v.5] as soon as it was born. 


(Luke 15:14-16) And when he had spent all [his goods], there arose a mighty famine in that land [1]; and he began to be in want [Gk: be destitute, lack, suffer need]. And he went and joined [Gk: glued: cleaved, kept company] himself to a citizen of that country; and he [the citizen] sent him into his fields to feed swine [hogs, pigs, unclean animals; in Mosiac Law forbidden to touch]. And he would fain [Gk: he longed to] have filled his belly with the husks [empty seed pods] [2] that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him

1.    (Amos 8:11) Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD

2.    (Luke 8:11) Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God


(Luke 15:17-20) And when he came to himself [when he was finally “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, and I perish with hungerI will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran [to him], and fell on his neck, and kissed him


(Luke 15:21-24) 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, and put it on him; and put a ring [of authority] on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry



(Gen 6:2) That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.

(Gen 6:4) There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

(Job 1:6) Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.

(Job 2:1) Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD.

(Job 38:7) When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?



(John 1:12) But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

(Rom 8:14) For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

(Rom 8:19) For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

(Php 2:15) That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

(1 John 3:1) Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

(1 John 3:2) Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.






Ps. The final eight verses of this chapter (Luke 15:25-32) deal with the Old Testament Son