Sunday School Prep - NT3
We see in this parable a warning against two attitudes both of which are sinful. On the one hand the sinful, wanton wastefulness of the younger son which indulges in sin is contrary to God’s word. On the other hand the puritanical attitude of the elder which despises all fun and even despises other sinners.
The beatitudes are not a blessing we earn by being meek, or poor in spirit. Rather these are blessings that God has promised us in Christ. Therefore when we are poor, hungry, meek or persecuted in these times we can find comfort in these blessings which God has promised and which are ours in Chirst.