The Older Brother
* His whole attitude shows that his years of obedience to his father had been years of grim duty and not of loving service.
* His whole attitude is one of utter lack of sympathy. He refers to his brother, not as my brother but as your son.
What if God had written off Moses for being too old or David for being too young? What if Jesus had not seen the potential in a group of fisherman or if Boaz had discriminated against Rachel for being a foreigner? What if Jesus had not given Peter a second chance after denying him three times or Paul a second chance after he brutally persecuted Christians?
There are those who are lost as was this elder son:
* His type is seldom counted as lost, either by himself or others.
* He is not away in the distant land among swine as is the case with his prodigal brother, although he is just as lost.
* He is in an environment that is wholesome and clean.
* He was a worker.
The elder brother did have respectable virtues. Socially he had not brought reproach upon his father. He had resisted all temptation to physical dissipation.
* He was industrious and thrifty.
* He despised slothfulness. He was the enemy of extravagance.
* His conduct created no scandal.
* He was the enemy of moral laxity.
* He did not gamble.
* He condemned lawlessness.
* He required himself to abhor immorality.
* He was entitled to all the credit that was due him.
The Older Brother's Inquiry