This long parable story about the prodigal son can only be found in Luke, not in any of the other gospel stories. Luke indicated that Jesus said that the son said to his father (εἶπεν δὲ ὁ υἱὸς αὐτῷ Πάτερ) that he had sinned (ἥμαρτον) against heaven (εἰς τὸν οὐρανὸν) and his own father (καὶ ἐνώπιόν σου). He was no longer worthy to be called his son (οὐκέτι εἰμὶ ἄξιος κληθῆναι υἱός σου). Some of the Greek texts have the ending sentence of verse 19, where he wanted to be treated like one of his hired hands (ποίησόν με ὡς ἕνα τῶν μισθίων σου). This seems to be a very true contrite statement, since the words are exactly what he was thinking when he decided to return home. Thus, this prodigal son confessed his sins and asked for repentance, after his father had already accepted him back. Have you ever confessed that you are a sinner?
Luke indicated that Jesus said with a solemn pronouncement (λέγω δὲ ὑμῖν) that everyone who acknowledges Jesus before other men (πᾶς ὃς ἂν ὁμολογήσῃ ἐν ἐμοὶ ἔμπροσθεν τῶν ἀνθρώπων), the Son of Man (καὶ ὁ Υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου) would also acknowledge them before (ὁμολογήσει ἐν αὐτῷ ἔμπροσθεν) the angels of God (τῶν ἀγγέλων τοῦ Θεοῦ). This verse is similar to Matthew, chapter 10:32. There was also something similar in Mark, chapter 8:38 and earlier in Luke, chapter 9:26, where it was more about not being ashamed of Jesus. Matthew said that everyone who acknowledged or confessed Jesus before other men, Jesus was also going to acknowledge them before his Father in heaven, not the angels of God as here. Mark reported that Jesus said that those who were ashamed of him and his words, the Son of Man would also be ashamed of them when he comes. The Son of Man was going to come in the glory of his Father, with the holy angels, a clear indication of the end times. Then the Son of Man would repay or judge everyone for what they had done on that judgment day. Luke earlier indicated that Jesus said that those who were ashamed of him and his words, the Son of Man would be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and his holy angels. Jesus said that he would be ashamed of those who were ashamed of him at the judgment end times. Are you ashamed of Jesus?
This verse of Matthew is similar to Luke, chapter 12:8-9, indicating a Q source. There is also something similar in Mark, chapter 8:38 and Luke, chapter 9:26, where it was more about being ashamed of Jesus. Everyone who acknowledged or confessed Jesus before other men (Πᾶς οὖν ὅστις ὁμολογήσει ἐν ἐμοὶ ἔμπροσθεν τῶν ἀνθρώπων), Jesus was also going to acknowledge or confess them before his Father in the heavens (ὁμολογήσω κἀγὼ ἐν αὐτῷ ἔμπροσθεν τοῦ Πατρός μου τοῦ ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς). However, anyone who denied or repudiated Jesus before other men (ὅστις δ’ ἂν ἀρνήσηταί με ἔμπροσθεν τῶν ἀνθρώπων), he was going to deny or repudiate them before his Father in the heavens (ἀρνήσομαι κἀγὼ αὐτὸν ἔμπροσθεν τοῦ Πατρός μου τοῦ ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς). Jesus wanted loyalty to him, no matter what the circumstances. If they were loyal here on earth, he would intercede with his Father for them in heaven, as their mediator.
One day, as these two elder judges said good bye to each other, they parted for lunch. However, both of them came back. Then they asked each other why they had come back. Finally, they each confessed their lust for Susanna. Then, they decided to work together to get Susanna alone sometime. The plot was falling into place.
David said he was ready to fall because the pain was all over him. He confessed his iniquity and was sorry for his sins. However, his foes and haters were strong and would render him evil for good. Notice that he says “foes without cause” or “hate me wrongfully.” This seems to indicate it would not be wrong to be his foe or hater if they had a reason to do so. Anyway, his adversaries brought evil for good, while David always followed the good. Once again, even in his confession of sinfulness, there was self-righteousness to it.
Once David acknowledged his sins he had no more problems. He did not hide his iniquity. He confessed his transgressions to Yahweh. Then Yahweh forgave him the guilt of his sins. Once again, there is a pause for a musical interlude with the Selah. There will be a lot of pauses or interludes in this psalm of wisdom.
“Now Mordecai took his rest in the courtyard with Gabatha and Tharra, the two eunuchs of the king who kept watch in the courtyard. He overheard their conversation. He inquired into their purposes. He learned that they were preparing to lay hands upon King Artaxerxes. He informed the king concerning them. Then the king examined the two eunuchs. After they had confessed it, they were led away to execution. The king made a permanent record of these things. Mordecai also wrote an account of them. The king ordered Mordecai to serve in the court. He rewarded him for these things. However, Haman, son of Hammedatha, a Bougaean, was in great honor with the king. He sought to injure Mordecai and his people because of the two eunuchs of the king.”
Once again, a eunuch was a castrated man who personally served the king. It is not clear why Mordecai was sleeping with these 2 men in the courtyard. Nevertheless, Mordecai heard their conversation where they were plotting to overthrow and kill the king. He turned on the 2 eunuchs and told the Persian King Artaxerxes what he had heard. The king examined the situation, as the 2 eunuchs confessed their plot. Then the king had them executed. He ordered Mordecai to write an account of the affair, and serve in his court. All looks well for Mordecai. However, Haman comes on the scene. He may have been behind the plot of the 2 eunuchs because he does not seem happy that Mordecai uncovered it. He was a man of high honor but he was also against Mordecai’s people, the Jews.