“I am no longer worthy
To be called
Of your hired hands.”
οὐκέτι εἰμὶ ἄξιος κληθῆναι υἱός σου· ποίησόν με ὡς ἕνα τῶν μισθίων σου.
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 prodigal son was going to say to his father that he was no longer worthy to be called his son (οὐκέτι εἰμὶ ἄξιος κληθῆναι υἱός σου). Instead, he wanted to be treated like one of his hired hands (ποίησόν με ὡς ἕνα τῶν μισθίων σου). Luke was the only writer in the biblical literature to use this term μισθίων 3 times within this story. μισθίων means a paid worker, a hired servant, or a hireling, but certainly not a slave. This unique term indicated that his father had hired people to work on his farm. Apparently, he did not use slaves. Have you ever disgraced your parents?
The son of Neriah.
On a scroll,
At Jeremiah’s dictation,
All the words
That he had spoken to him.”
Jeremiah then called his secretary Baruch to write things down on this scroll, although Yahweh had asked Jeremiah to do it himself. However, Jeremiah was going to dictate to Baruch all the words that Yahweh had spoken to him. This is the same Baruch from chapter 32, who took the deed from Jeremiah. Thus, he was a disciple, friend, and secretary of Jeremiah. He has been considered the writer of the Book of Baruch, one of the lesser prophets. He was also the son of Neriah, whose father was Mahseiah.
“These people are little to be blamed.
Perhaps they go astray.
But they were seeking God.
They desired to find him.
As they live among his works,
They keep searching.
They trust in what they see.
Because the things that are seen are beautiful.
Not even they are to be excused.
If they had the power to know so much
That they could investigate the world,
How did they fail to find sooner
the Lord of these things?”
This writer seems to give these nature idol worshipers a pass. They were at least seeking God (πλανῶνται Θεὸν). They were trying to find him in his works (τοῖς ἔργοις). They kept searching in this beautiful world. However, since they were so smart, they should have investigated further to find the creator of all this beauty. They are not to be totally excused because they should have found the maker and creator (δεσπότην) of all these things. This is an argument against nature worshippers who fail to see through to the divine maker of nature.