Prodigal son coloring page

Upon his return, his father treats the young man with a generosity far more than he has a right to expect. He is given the best robe, a ring for his finger, and sandals for his feet (Luke 15:22). Clothing in the Bible may be symbolic of a character’s change in status (see Biblical clothing). In this instance, clothing and accessories represent his rebirth (“was dead and is alive again”) and newfound state (“was lost and is found,” Luke 15:23). Jewish philosopher Philo observes, “parents often “do not lose thought for their wastrel (asoton) children . . . In the same way, God too . . . takes thought also for those who live a misspent life, thereby giving them time for reformation, and also keeping within the bounds His own merciful nature. ” The Pesikta Rabbati has a similar story. “A king had a son who had gone astray from his father on a journey of a hundred days. His friends said to him, “Return to your father. ” He said, “I cannot. ” Then his father sent word, “Return as far as you can, and I will come the rest of the way to you. ” So God says, “Return to me, and I will return to you. ”

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