The Father’s Castle or The Mud Hut?
In Lucado’s book, “In the Grip of Grace,” we find a parable that flows out of biblical principle.
Specifically, the principles found within the first couple of chapters of Romans. Before I begin, I had better throw out a quick SPOILER ALERT for those who have not yet read this title.
In Lucado’s parable, we see five brothers living in their father’s castle. However, only the eldest follows the father’s wishes. Through disobedience and the unfortunate consequences of that disobedience, the youngest four brothers are pulled into a rushing river and swept away.
The four brothers finally come to rest down-river.
They find themselves in a foreign land. They are now lost; far away from their home and their father. The father, left only with his eldest son; sends the eldest brother out to find the others.
Meanwhile, back in the foreign land; one of the brothers has decided to build a hut made of sticks and mud. This will be his new home. When the eldest brother arrives in the foreign land, he finds this brother living in his mud hut.
The eldest brother asks him to return and live with the father.
Unfortunately, the brother remains in his mud hut, rejecting the possibility of ever returning to his father’s castle. Metaphorically, this is like the people Paul speaks of in Romans 1:21-32.
They remain in selfishness and immorality (a mud hut) instead of living a life with our Heavenly Father.
Back to Lucado’s parable:
Attention is now moved to the next brother who is found standing up on a hillside. This brother is looking down and scoffing in judgment, at the brother in the mud hut. The eldest brother begins climbing the hill, with the plan of asking this brother to also return to the father.
However, before the eldest reached the top, the brother on the hillside yells down,
“How good that you are here to behold the sin of our brother! Are you aware that he turned his back on the castle? Are you aware that he never speaks of home?“
Hearing this, the eldest brother replied, “‘We need to deal with your sins first.’
‘My sins?'” the brother exclaims. “‘Don’t worry about me. Let me show you who needs help,’ he said, running toward the hut. ‘Come, we’ll peek in the windows. He never sees me. Let’s go together.’ The son was at the hut before he noticed that Firstborn hadn’t followed him.” (The Parable of the River, Lucado, 1996)
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How have you rejected the Father’s castle, to live in a mud hut?