by David Cook
Have you ever felt like you’re on the run, chasing an illusive dream? Running after a mirage in the desert, only to be left with your face down drinking the sand?
Or perhaps running from something in your past. Have you ever compromised your soul for pleasures, that in the end only robbed you? The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life can be alluring.
For everything in the world–
the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–
comes not from the Father but from the world.
1 John 2:16 NIV
Since the fall of Adam and Eve in the garden the Serpent has continued to lie and deceive Adam’s children down to this very day. The Serpent offers us the kingdom of this world and all that goes with it, the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes and the pride of life. Yet like the prodigal, when we chase these pleasures of the world that are not from our Father in heaven; we end up empty.
Yeshua taught a most amazing story to reveal the heart of our Father who is in heaven.
“There was a man who had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them. 13 Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living. 14 And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. 16 And he was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything.
17 “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.”’ 20 And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22 But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. 23 And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate.
25 “Now his older son was in the field, and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. 27 And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and sound.’ 28 But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, 29 but he answered his father, ‘Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!’ 31 And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. Luke 15:11-31 ESV
No doubt, our sinful choices hurt us and those around us who love us. Perhaps a friend or family member has been praying for you. Praying, perhaps even shedding tears that you would come back home to your Father in heaven who loves you.
Is there anything too difficult for God? Is there a person so messed up and sinful that God cannot save them? Or is God all-powerful? Is the Almighty God really omnipotent?
Do you know a prodigal son or daughter? Pray for them and extend to them the mercy and love God has given to you. Perhaps you are a prodigal son or daughter? Come to Yeshua the Messiah, He is Mighty to Save!
God seeks us out, His lost children. He sent His Son Yeshua to earth to bring us back to Himself. To bring us home to heaven. Yeshua explained;
14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. 16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. 21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” John 3:15-21 ESV
Yeshua is the Son of God and the Son of Man. What does this mean? The Son of God lived with His Father in heaven before His incarnation; before He was born in Bethlehem.
“But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Too little to be among the clans of Judah,
From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel.
His goings forth are from long ago,
From the days of eternity.”
Micah 5:2 NASB
Long ago, from days of eternity Yeshua existed with His Father, the King of the Universe.of eternity. Yeshua was there in Genesis 1:1, in the beginning; and created the heavens and the earth with God His Father and the Spirit of the Lord. Moses wrote about this in Genesis chapter one. We also read in the Torah where Moses lifted up a bronze serpent and all who looked to it were healed of the deadly venom of a snake bite.
So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived. Numbers 21:9 NIV
Why did Yeshua compare His death on the cross to Moses lifting up the serpent in the wilderness?
Because when Yeshua was lifted up on the cross to pay for all our sin, He took all our sin upon Himself. Messiah Yeshua is the propitiation for our sins. God’s just wrath was poured out on His Son so that we might be justified before God.
He is the propitiation for our sins,
and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.
1 John 2:2 ESV
When we in faith look to Messiah who died on the cross for our sins, then we are healed from the deadly bite of the serpent. The same crafty Serpent who tempted Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden–the Devil. 
Our Father who is in heaven seeks to have a relationship with you, now and forevermore. If you hear His voice calling you today, then call on the Lord in faith. Have a heart to heart conversation with your Father in Heaven through prayer. Wherever you are, He is there; He is omnipresent. If you call on Him in faith, He can hear you.
Who is a God like You, who pardons iniquity
And passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of His possession?
He does not retain His anger forever,
Because He delights in unchanging love.
19 He will again have compassion on us;
He will tread our iniquities under foot.
Yes, You will cast all their sins
Into the depths of the sea.
20 You will give truth to Jacob
And unchanging love to Abraham,
Which You swore to our forefathers
From the days of old.
Micah 7;18-20 NASB
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 The fall of man, Genesis 3:1-22.