Bear with me. The title was in fact designed to grab your attention but not to coin a phrase I’m trying to monetize. You’ve no doubt heard of or participated in topical bible studies, thematic bible studies, perhaps Hebraic bible studies, etc. This could have been in mid-week studies held in your church’s auditorium or sanctuary, or the study your small group does wherever you’re meeting these days. For purposes of this article, I will refer to those as “group” bible studies. And that’s not what I’m suggesting.
Are you familiar with this painting? It’s a classic. If you wanted to see the original, you would need to visit the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia, where the giant painting resides. It was painted by Rembrandt, a famous and really the last of the great renaissance painters. This painting depicts a pretty famous story, the prodigal son.