The question I want to present today was inspired by a discussion I’ve been having with a friend recently via an earlier post and deals with the “Parable of the Lost Son” found in Luke 15:11-32.
The question is whether or not the prodigal son was repentant when he went back home to his father?
The story Jesus tells describes how the son had wasted all of his father’s inheritance and because he was broke and starving had resorted to dining with the pigs to survive. Verses 17-20 says this:
When he came to his senses he said,
“How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.”
But is the rebellious son actually, sincerely repenting or is this just another one of his schemes fueled by the same greed that got him into the mess he was already in? Why did he go back, because he was truly sorry or because he had squandered all of his resources and found himself at a dead end?