Parable of the Rebellious Prince: The Son Refuses the Father’s Offer.

This is one path in a previous story. If you have not read the story, please start from the beginning.

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The son inclined his ear to his father’s words. He recognised that the good king’s law was good. He recognised that the good king ruled by right. He also recognised that his rebellion was unjustified and foolish. He saw he was going to die.

Yet the prince became angry, and said:

“You old fool! I do not recognise your rule, nor do I respect your law. Therefore, I will fight against you so that I can be free to rule myself. And although it has led me to this place, where I must die, know this: I will never submit to your rule.”

With great regret, and deep sadness, the good king turned his rebellious son over to the jailer, and the jailer to the judge, who handed him over to the executioner, who, with one, swift slash of an axe, ended the son’s life forever.

~ The end.

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Psalm 2:10-12:

Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
    be warned, O rulers of the earth.
 Serve the Lord with fear,
    and rejoice with trembling.
Kiss the Lord Messiah,
    lest he be angry, and you perish in your way,
    for his wrath is quickly kindled.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

John 3:36:

Whoever believes in Jesus Christ has eternal life; whoever does not obey Jesus Christ shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.

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Parable of the Rebellious Prince: The Son Accepts the Father’s Offer.

This is one path in a previous story. If you have not read the story, please start from the beginning.

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The son inclined his ear to the fathers words. He recognised that the good king’s law was good. He recognised that the good king ruled by right. He also recognised that his rebellion was unjustified and foolish. He also saw he was going to die.

So the prince regretted the error of his ways and confessed to his father:

“My Lord the King, I know how you ruled most justly, and how your law prospered all people everywhere. Yet I rebelled against you and attempted to establish my own law to this day — a new law, to rival your own and to usurp your rightful rule. I attempted to establish my own rule by force, but it has only led to my own ruin, and I have been suffering and bound in this place to this very day. I confess to you that I am at fault and will pledge myself to your rule and guidance once again.”

Overjoyed, the good king ordered the prince to be released from his chains. He brought the royal decree to the prince. And in the presence of many witnesses, both prince and king marked the decree with their own signet rings. The prince was reinstated in his royal dignity with full honours and privileges of inheritance as a son.

Thus did the son give up his foolish rebellion and his wicked plots, and served the king with joy all the rest of his days.

~ The end.

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1 John 1:8-9: 

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Parable of the Rebellious Prince

knights83437429043542There was once a prince of a kingdom who lived and served in the courts of his father, the good king.

But the prince became rebellious and waged war against the good king. Yet he failed and was captured, bound, and was cast into the royal prison. Furthermore, he was sentenced by law to death in 80 days.

There, the prince’s hatred for the good king darkened. His bitterness intensified, and he grew feverish from the poor conditions inside the cold, dank prison outside the courts of the good king. He even began to plot further plans in his mind against the good king.

Yet ever since the first day of his imprisonment, the good king saw his son suffering in chains and had compassion on him. Even though he had been rebellious, the father desired the release of his son.

So the father signed a decree that if the rebellious prince should recognise the wrongness of his rebellion and pledge himself to serve the kingdom once more, he would be released, and reinstated in his royal dignity with full honours and privileges of inheritance as a son.

Every day the good king sent his servants and messengers  to the prince in the dungeon. But each day for 79 days the prince, in his pride, refused to confess his fault.

Finally came the 80th day. Even as the executioner sharpened his axe, the father himself came to his son one last time, to plead with him to repent.

“My son,” said the good king, “You know how I ruled most justly, and how my law prospered all people everywhere. Yet you rebelled against me and attempted to establish your own law to this day — a new law, to rival my own and to usurp my rightful rule. You attempted to establish your own rule by force, but it has only led to your own ruin, and you have been suffering and bound this very day. Will you not confess your fault and pledge yourself to me once again?”

The son inclined his ear to his father, and began to speak.

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The choice is now yours:

Option A: The son accepts the father’s offer.

Option B: The son refuses the father’s offer.