Synopsis: When Pastor Jay and Lady Christy’s troubled son comes home, the family must decide whether they can really let bygones be bygones. Pastor Wayne makes a big decision that doesn’t sit well with Myesha, and Deitrick puts unwelcome pressure on Dominique.
Luke 15: 11-12
11 And he said, “There was a man who had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them. 13 Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living. 14 And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs.16 And he was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything.
17 “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.”’ 20 And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’[b] 22 But the father said to his servants.‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. 23 And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate.
25 “Now his older son was in the field, and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. 27 And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and sound.’ 28 But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, 29 but he answered his father, ‘Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!’ 31 And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32 It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.’”
This story teaches us the depths to which our own misuse of freedom will bring us. If we are bent on leaving God, things will go badly for us. We will be humiliated in the uncaring world. The farther we get from the Father’s loving care, the worse off we will be, and our best course is to return to God and his forgiveness.
Who are you in this story? Are you a prodigal, a pharisee or a servant? Are you the rebellious son, lost and far from God? Are you the self-righteous pharisee, no longer capable of rejoicing when a sinner returns to God? Maybe you’ve hit rock-bottom, come to your senses and decided to run to God’s open arms of compassion and mercy? Or are you one of the servants in the household, rejoicing with the father when a lost son finds his way home?
Tonight the Haizlips dealt with their son’s return while the Chaneys gave safe haven.
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1. Noel Jones1 of 22
2. Clarence McClendon2 of 22
3. Preachers Of L.A.3 of 22
4. Jay Haizlip4 of 22
5. Deitrick Haddon5 of 22
6. Wayne Chaney6 of 22
7. Jay Haizlip And Deitrick Haddon7 of 22
8. Noel Jones and Loretta8 of 22
9. Deitrick Haddon and Dominique Haddon9 of 22
10. Deitrick Haddon and Bishop Ron Gibson10 of 22
11. Bishop Clarence McClendon and Priscilla11 of 22
12. Pastor Jay and Christy Haizlip12 of 22
13. Bishop Ron and Lavette Gisbson13 of 22
14. Pastor Wayne and Myesha Chaney14 of 22
15. Celebration Of God As A Woman In The Real World15 of 22
16. Celebration Of Men of God In The Real World16 of 22
17. You Can Always Have Swag And Keep It Real17 of 22
18. Deitrick Haddon With His Father18 of 22
19. Channeys and Haizlips19 of 22
20. Noel Jones and Family20 of 22
21. Jay Haizlip21 of 22
22. Redemption22 of 22
Preachers Of L.A. Episode 5 ‘Prodigal Son’ Recap And Lesson was originally published on elev8.com