Who makes God happy? (podcast) (Luke 15)

Who makes God happy? The sinners? The righteous? What do you think?

Jesus answered that question with three stories. We love the parables: the lost sheep, the lost coin, the lost (prodigal) son. But did we hear the answer he gave?

This 25-minute podcast was recorded at Riverview Joondalup 2022-04-10.

So, who makes God happy? His children, of course! Since we tend to have a limited view of who that is, the Son gives us a better revelation of the Father.

Texts

The reason for the parables: Luke 15:1-3 (NIV)
1
Drawing close to Jesus were all the tax collectors and sinners to hear him. 2 The Pharisees and Bible scholars were complaining, saying, “He receives sinners, and eats with them.” 3 He responded to them with this parable.

Farmer’s joy: Luke 15:7
I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one ‘sinner’ who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

Finder’s joy: Luke 15:10
In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one ‘sinner’ who repents.

Father’s joy: Luke 15:32
We had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.

This non-Biblical document shows what the Pharisees expected the Messiah to do: Psalms of Solomon 17
21 See, Lord, and raise up for them their king, the son of David, to rule over your servant Israel in the time known to you, O God. 22 Undergird him with the strength to destroy the unrighteous rulers, to purge Jerusalem from gentiles who trample her to destruction; 23 in wisdom and in righteousness to drive out the sinners from the inheritance; to smash the arrogance of sinners like a potter’s jar. …
36 And he himself will be free from sin, in order to rule a great people. He will expose officials and drive out sinners by the strength of his word.

The Lord’s Prayer (paraphrase)
Our Father in heaven,
May your name be honoured.
May your caring governance arrive,
so your will is done on earth as in Heaven.
Provide for us all the bread we have to share each day.
Forgive us our failed obligations to you,
as we forgive our failed obligations to each other.
Lead us away from testing times,
and rescue us from evil, into your eternal reign. Amen.

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Author: Allen Browne

Seeking to understand Jesus in the terms he chose to describe himself: son of man (his identity), and kingdom of God (his mission). Riverview Church, Perth, Western Australia

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