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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Older, Better Brother

May 3

(Luke 15:22-32 NIV) ""But the father said to his servants, 'Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. {23} Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate. {24} For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate. {25} "Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. {26} So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. {27} 'Your brother has come,' he replied, 'and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.' {28} "The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. {29} But he answered his father, 'Look! All these years I've been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. {30} But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!' {31} "'My son,' the father said, 'you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. {32} But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.'""

In the parable of the “Prodigal Son”, the merciful father had two sons. The younger was the wandering prodigal. The older was proud of his loyalty. The younger was a worldly sinner. The older looked good on the surface, but he represents religion at its worst. When the younger brother came staggering home, instead of appreciating his father's mercy, the older brother resented it. Many “older sons” inhabit the church today. Their God is harsh, except with them. Their God has a short fuse, except with them. Their God punishes sin to the max, except with them. They actually worship two Gods -- their God, and the God who judges “those other people”. Beware Christians! We can ruin our walk with the Father when we spend too much time sitting on our “high horse”, or on our “pity pot”. The older brother was sitting on both at the same time. Where are you sitting today? -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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