“I’m mad about my flat!”
If someone made that comment to you, you would know they were talking about the flat tire on their car or bike, right?
But what if it was a friend from England? He or she might not be talking about a rubber tire at all; they could be describing how happy they are about a new apartment.
Context matters for interpretation. Culture matters for right understanding.
This Sunday, we’ll try to use context and culture to get a better understanding of one of Jesus’ most familiar parables: The Prodigal Son. For instance, why is asking for an early inheritance a grievous insult? What does it mean that the father runs out to meet his returning son? How is the behavior of the older son equally insulting to the father?
One pastor claimed that if the teaching of Jesus is likened to a lake, then this parable is one place we can see all the way to the bottom.
I hope you’ll join us!