Fattening Swine or Homeward Bound
14 Oct

Fattening Swine or Homeward Bound

This week as I was preparing to speak at Peace Church in Durham tomorrow October 15th, (which also happens to be my 29th Wedding Anniversary to Tammy YAY!). I found my self immersed in the story of the prodigal son from Luke 15. Just camping there marinating on it I discovered something amazing; there is more than just hunger involved in the prodigal’s repentance there is much to do with purpose and calling, but my most favorite part of the story is the joy of repentance.

Yes, the JOY of repentance. Satan has stolen the joy from the word repentance, I think many folks look at repentance as something on par with having to get a spanking or getting a beat down. When this boy was on the road for home there was joy in his heart, like Dorothy he had discovered there’s no place like home and let’s face it he was headed to a giant steak dinner with all his family and friends. I’m pretty sure the Tin Woodman, Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion were there as well. “In His presence is fullness of JOY!!” Psalms 16:11

Getting back to the feeding the pigs, can you imagine this Jewish boy’s disgust at fattening these swine for the slaughter, yes he was starving, but as I studied this passage I discovered the word translated “pods” or “husks” in Luke 15:16 as what was being fed to the pigs in the Greek is actually very descriptive of what was being fed to these swine, “keration” in English “Carob Pods”. I searched for a picture of pigs eating these and found none so I photo chopped these carob pods into the picture above. Carob pods are sweet and fattening in fact many use them as cocoa substitute. Interesting  trivia the seeds inside are so uniform in weight that they were used to weigh stones hence the word ‘carat’.

Now our prodigal was working for Boss Hog, starving  to death while fattening the swine for slaughter. This reminds me all too much of my job for years in the car business. Feeding those at Pleasure Island all the sweetness and luster of fabulous paint and style and upward mobility, high tech accessories, comfort and leather at prices that left them in bondage of high debt, sometimes growing donkey tails and ears within a month or two of trying to make those payments.

Check out what our prodigal said in that light in Luke 15:

17 “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, 19 and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.”’

Note: he’s not just going home he wants to serve, “Make me like one of your hired servants”. Knowing that his father’s servants are serving the kingdom not fattening the swine for slaughter.

I am not saying that car sales is fattening swine for the slaughter, I am saying that my intent changes when I understand I don’t work for Boss Hog, I work for the Father and I can serve where ever I am to love and build the kingdom. I can help folks see what’s good for their family and what may put them in bondage.

Repentance is changing from worldly grief to God grief. Or as Charley Brown would put it “Good Grief”, it was Charley Browns beatitude… As 2 Corinthians 7:10 says 10 For the grief that God wills brings a repentance that leads to salvation, leaving no regret. But the world’s grief brings death.

Clearly our prodigal had Godly grief that brought repentance that lead to salvation, and I’m guessing he had no regrets…

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About the Author

Robby Dilmore Robby Dilmore
Robby Dilmore his radio name itself is an oxymoron (Christian Car Guy). Robby started working in car dealerships back in 1971, (over forty years ago), washing cars. He went from car washer to service, parts, sales and eventually worked up to Dealer Principle of a Chrysler Dodge Jeep Store in 1998, where he was when God called him to start The Christian Car Guy Radio Show in January 2006. One of Robby’s greatest joys is sharing devotions with the residents of Somerset Assisted Living in Mockville, NC behind his former dealership and Charing the CBMC (Christian Business Men’s Committee) there. He also has rejoiced in teaching the Special Needs Sunday School Class at Calvary Baptist Church in Winston Salem for many years. Robby has seen first hand the good the bad and the ugly of automobile service, parts, sales and finance business, and now The Lord has provided him with a chance to help folks around the world. The Christian Car Guy Radio Show is syndicated nationally on 27 radio stations with live streaming on the internet and podcasting available on ITunes and over 30 other outlets. His 30 second helpful tips feature, Stayin on The Highway is now also syndicated. Robby also hosts Kingdom Pursuits, another one hour live show on Saturdays that signed on in 2008 across the Truth Network. Robby has been interviewed for the Christian Car Guy perspective across hundreds of other radio outlets including the Fox Radio Network, Financial Life Line, The G. Gordon Liddy, and Lars Larson radio shows even a National TV appearance on Fox and Friends.The Christian Car Guy Web site provides Godly counsel with hundreds of articles on everything from gas saving tips to how to be a four stroke Christian. Robby’s articles have been quoted in blogs from the Los Angles Examiner to The Autoblog.NL Germany’s most popular Automotive Blog. Robby has been married over 25 years to his wife Tammy and has four Children, Leslie Brad, Robby III, Tess and Mariah, they are members of Calvary Baptist Church in Winston Salem Robby Loves to Speak locally in North Carolina as well as across The Country to have Robby at your event email him @ rdilmore@wtru.com or call Robby @ 336-909-2779 Mailing Address: Truth Broadcasting Attention: Robby Dilmore 4405 Providence Lane Suite D Winston Salem, NC 27106

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