Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Eldist

The Elder Brother, the oldest son...
Just the word, "elder" sounds stiff and very responsible.
The younger son had just returned home and this
is what happens. (then check out the characteristics
of the elder brother.)

"Now his older son was in the field, and as he came
and drew near to the house, he heard music and
dancing. And he called one of the servants and asked
what these things meant. And he said to him, 'Your
brother has come, and your father has killed the
fattened calf, because he has received him back safe
and sound.' But he was angry and refused to go in.
His father came out and entreated him, but he answered
his father, 'Look, these many years I have served you,
and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never
gave me a young goat, that I might celebrate with my
friends. But when this son of yours came, who has
devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the
fattened calf for him!'" (Luke 15:25-30)

Characteristics of the Elder Brother
  • Does his duty and does it well
  • He believes in justice, "Take the boy to the woodshed!"
  • He is faithfully obedient
  • Anger floats under the surface
  • He separates from his father and stands aloof
  • He is in control. The father has to come to him.
  • He is bitter. You didn't even give me goat
  • He has contempt. "THIS son of yours...."

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