Sunday Morning Podcast March 14, 2021. Bro. Dave Goble.

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In chapters 11,12,13,14, Jesus primarily talked with both His disciples, multitudes, including the Pharisees.  Chapter 11 tells us God desires to give good gifts to His children. But He also pronounces a woe to the Pharisees, who required one thing, and lived themselves otherwise. In chapter 12, more people show up and it becomes one long sermon. speaking about true religion and that of the Pharisees.  In chapter 13 he teaches how to escape the condition people find themselves in, and so starts to teach them about repentance, and the kingdom of God. But then in chapter 15, “then drew near to Him, all the publicans and sinners.”  (We are taught not to love the world, but those in the world, so to have great love for the publicans and sinners.)  We need to know who Jesus is speaking to in these parables.

TEXT: LUKE 15: 1-2, 11-17 

1 Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him.

2 And the Pharisees and scribes murmured saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.

(God help us not to have a Pharisaical spirit! For God has great love for the publican and sinners.)

11 And he said, A certain man had two sons. 

12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. 

13 And not many days after the younger gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.

14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. 

( In the Psalm 23:5 “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.   Sometimes we can go without allowing God to refill our heart cup with His grace. We can spend all we have on the vanity of life!  Our prayer,  worship, and joy can become shallow! Then we become graceless as did this Son. God desires to fill our cup, to overflow! Otherwise we have not enough to help someone else. Graceless!  Verse 15-17 the son begins to spend his time in repentance)

15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.

16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.

17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 

2 CORINTHIANS 7:8- 10

8 For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, though it were but for a season.

9 Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.

10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

Penance is performing some deed to pay for your perceived wrong toward another, making something right, but that requires no forgiveness.  Repentance results in conversion!  Repentance is a beautiful thing, for both sinner and saint!  Repentance is partly to examine myself and not blaming someone else. Repentance is willingness to change, to let God work on me!

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Luke 15:11-32