As we saw in yesterday’s DIG the prodigal son’s father is a picture of our heavenly Father.
In verse 22 and 23 we see the father giving his son the best that he had upon his return.
Even though the son had previously wasted what the father gave him, he still bestowed the best that he had upon him when he came back.
He gave his son the best robe, properly translated as a stole or long fitting garment and this was the mark of dignity.
Replacing the son’s dirty rags with his best robe is also a picture of God’s righteousness that we receive when we come to salvation.
The father gave his son a ring, a sign telling people that he was his son, a sign of authority.
This is a picture that we are sons, adopted into His family when we trust in Him (Ephesians 1 v 5) and given His authority on this earth.
The father got his servants to put shoes on his feet, a sign that he was an important person in the household.
This is a picture of how important we are to Father God.
But the highlight for the returning son was the provision of the fatted calf for a celebration.
I hadn’t thought about this before, but maybe the father was preparing the fatted calf for this very day!
The father gave the best thing he had for a sacrifice in order to celebrate the “salvation” of his son.
Our heavenly Father celebrated when we were saved; you see His will is for everyone to come to repentance and be saved (2 Peter 3 v 9).
In its entirety this is a wonderful picture telling us that Father God wants us to have His best, that He has provided the best for us and all we have to do to receive it is come to Him.
When we come to Him, through trust and faith in Jesus Christ, we are made righteous (2 Corinthians 5 v 21), provided with joy and peace (Galatians 5 v 22), healing (1 Peter 2 v 24) and prosperity (2 Corinthians 8 v 9).
We are given all spiritual blessings (Ephesians 1 v 3) and given all that pertains to life and godliness (2 Peter 1 v 3).
We are given the best that God has.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that through trust and faith in Jesus I have your best, available for me right here and now”.
Luke 15 v 22 and 23…..But his father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him: and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry