Have you ever heard about the 'Kezazah' ceremony'? This ceremony was perfomed when a Jewish man left the community, went and lived with the Gentiles, and lost his wealth. When he came back, he would go to the city gates and the older men would throw down a pot in front of the young man - symbolising the broken relationship that now existed between the community and this 'sinner.' This separated him from his family, his community, and his faith.
When you know the background behind the story of the prodigal son, this story and the role of the father take on a complete new meaning. In the video below we explain what the kezazah ceremony entailed and how you can use this when you preach about the grace of God and/or tell the story of the prodigal son.
Kezazah ceremony of shame, rejecting sinners, God's grace, the prodigal son