Two sons, two different lives

Luke Bible Background

04.16.2016 New Testament: Luke 15.11

To read the Bible in a year, read Luke 15.11–32 on April 16, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

Jesus began His parable of the prodigal son by telling us of something quite common,

Then He said: “A certain man had two sons” (Luke 15.11).

As you know, although two children have the same parents, those children will each have his own will, making them quite different, although they will have some traits in common.

In this case, Jesus will show two sons who lived different lives. When you read the rest of the narrative, how do you see your life? Are you more like one than the other, or do you have a little of both in you?


  • Do you fault the father in this parable for the behavior of his sons?
  • If not, do you fault the behavior of people you know on their parents?

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