THE FAR COUNTRY WAS NOT MEASURED BY DISTANCE
Anywhere a man is away from God
A world without God or forgetful of God
Wherever you are not in fellowship with God your life is a far country. You do not belong there.
They both sought to please themselves -- that is essence of far country.
Descriptive phrases of these two prodigals:
* "He said, Father give me…" v. 12
* He gathered all he had and traveled to distant country. v. 13
* He squandered his estate in foolish living. v. 13
* He spent everything. v. 14
* A severe famine struck. v. 14
* He had nothing. v. 14
* He went to work ... to feed pigs. v 15
* He longed to eat his fill from the carob pods the pigs were eating: v. 16
* No one would give him any. v. 16
* He became angry. v. 28
* He did not want to go in. v.28
* His father pleaded with him. v. 29
* He replied to his father, I have been slaving ... I never disobeyed your orders ... yet you never gave me a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. v.
* This son of yours (not my brother ... your son!). v.30
* Has devoured your assets with prostitutes. v. 31
Although the older brother in the parable had bitterness and hatred in his heart, he only saw the error in his brother’s actions. He blamed everything on his brother.
We have all been prodigal of the Father's gifts. We have all received of Him; yet we have lived as though Christ had never died, we have lived with self at the center, away from the compassionate loving heart and home of the Father.