1. wastefully or recklessly extravagant;
2. giving or yielding profusely;
3. lavishly abundant;
Sometimes when long held perceptions give way to new perspectives, you gain new ways of appreciating old truths. I was first drawn to look into the meaning of the word when the title of a book by Tim Keller (The Prodigal God) caught my attention. Although I haven't yet read the intriguingly titled book, I find myself pondering the ways in which God might be considered "prodigal"
How has God revealed Himself to be "recklessly extravagant"?
Chiefly, I'm thinking of how God exhausted the treasure-house of heaven by sending the True Treasure, Jesus Christ on a rescue mission to redeem a world lost in rebellion.
He exhausted His wealth to make us rich (2 Corinthians 8:9)
He extravagantly loved those who loved Him not (Isaiah 53:3)
He laid aside His cosmic kingship to be the lowliest servant so as to rescue a race of rebels (Philippians 2:5-8)
He suffered immeasurable injustice to set the guilty free. (Luke 23:46-48)
He, the Perfect Righteous One became sin in order to make sinful men, perfectly righteous (2 Corinthians 5:21)
It turns out that the story of the Bible is more about the Prodigal God than the prodigal son. Just thought you should know.