The older son thinks the Father is rewarding his younger brother's wicked behavior for throwing a party when he returned after insulting him and squandering his wealth. What the older son lacks is the compassion for his brother that would delight in his welfare and safe return and what the son neglects to see is that this is an act of mercy on his father's part, not a reward for his brother's wickedness. The older son needs to empathize with his Father's happiness in finding his lost son--that is the reason for the party, not the actions of the prodigal.
The older son feels like his obedience has gone unrewarded, that his father never gave him a party for obeying him and never took pleasure in his obedience. Far from it, the Father is always with him and that is of utmost significance, for the older son has always enjoyed the all that the Father is and has.
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