The Prodigal Son and His Pit

Yesterday I preached a sermon based on the story of the Prodigal Son (which I’ll assume everyone knows but it wouldn’t hurt to go back and read it as a refresher, see Luke 15:11-32).  The story is an exact fit for all that I wrote about last week.  When I read the story in the morning, what jumped out at me was how deep the boy had fallen and how amazing his deliverance was.  He went from the deepest pit to the highest palace in no time.

How deep did he sink?  We often have this picture of the Prodigal Son eating pig’s food with dirty animals in a pen.  But actually that is NOT what the Bible says.  The Bible doesn’t say he ate food with the pigs; what the Bible says is actually that it was even worse than that.

“And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything.”  Luke 15:16

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