The Heart of the Father
父親的心 The Heart of the Father
My Sermon Notes from June 14, 2020 Full Text:
路加福音 Luke 15:11-24
11 耶穌又說：「一個人有兩個兒子。 12 小兒子對父親說：『父親，請你把我應得的家業分給我。』他父親就把產業分給他們。 13 過了不多幾日，小兒子就把他一切所有的都收拾起來，往遠方去了。在那裡任意放蕩，浪費資財。 14 既耗盡了一切所有的，又遇著那地方大遭饑荒，就窮苦起來。 15 於是去投靠那地方的一個人，那人打發他到田裡去放豬。 16 他恨不得拿豬所吃的豆莢充飢，也沒有人給他。 17 他醒悟過來，就說：『我父親有多少的雇工，口糧有餘，我倒在這裡餓死嗎？ 18 我要起來，到我父親那裡去，向他說：「父親，我得罪了天，又得罪了你。 19 從今以後，我不配稱為你的兒子，把我當做一個雇工吧！」』 20 於是起來，往他父親那裡去。相離還遠，他父親看見，就動了慈心，跑去抱著他的頸項，連連與他親嘴。 21 兒子說：『父親，我得罪了天，又得罪了你。從今以後，我不配稱為你的兒子。』 22 父親卻吩咐僕人說：『把那上好的袍子快拿出來給他穿，把戒指戴在他指頭上，把鞋穿在他腳上， 23 把那肥牛犢牽來宰了，我們可以吃喝快樂！ 24 因為我這個兒子是死而復活，失而又得的。』他們就快樂起來。
11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them. 13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything. 17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. 21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.
1. Why is a father’s role so very important in his son’s and daughter’s life?
2. Name three characteristics of the prodigal’s father and discuss each characteristic.
3. What walls have we built that blocks our deeper relationship with each other? How can we break down the walls and build bridges instead?
4. What is the heart of the Father?