Prodigal son



What is the significance of the ring and shoe in the prodigal son story?


The ring and shoe are symbolic of the complete restoration of the “prodigal” back into the family!

There must be many families world-wide who would wish for such a dramatic and sincere return to normality with their families, as usually there is no such return to grace and favour in human families as they are now in the fallen world!

Satan has a major grip on the lives and actions of so many people now, that the prophecies of Isa.5:20–22 hold firm in today’s world:

Isaiah 5:20-22:

20. They say that what is right is wrong and what is wrong is right; that black is white and white is blackbitter is sweet and sweet is bitter.

21. Woe to those who are wise and shrewd in their own eyes!

22. Woe to those who are “heroes” when it comes to drinking and boasting about the liquor they can hold.

In the context of the parable of the ‘prodigal son’ (remembering that Jesus is speaking to Israel only at that time, Matt.15:24), the son who remained with the father refers to the loyal Jews who accepted Jesus; and the ‘prodigal son’, those who were about to desert the message of Jesus, and become the “Diaspora”!

When Luke 15:22 is reached, the prodigal has returned, and it corresponds with Zech.12:10; which is the promised salvaging of “all Israel”, Rom. 11:26–27.


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