The other brother
I just read a message that really got me thinking.
Remember the prodigal son?
He said moreover, A certain man had two sons,
Luke 15:20-21 (GenevaBible)
So he arose and came to his father, and when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.
Luke 15:28-31 (GenevaBible)
Then he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and entreated him.
But he answered, and said to his father, Lo, these many years have I done thee service, neither brake I at anytime thy commandment, and yet thou never gavest me a kid that I might make merry with my friends. But when this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy goods with harlots, thou hast for his sake killed the fat calf. And he said unto him, Son thou art ever with me, and all that I have, is thine. It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again: and he was lost, but he is found.
Remember the other brother who was jealous? His father said you have always been with me. What I have is yours. Why was he jealous? Because the errant brother got the attention.
Draw a parallel with the two sons the father told to do something…one says yes sir and does nothing, the other balks at the order but does it anyway. Jesus asked them which son was obedient? Should be obvious.
Matthew 21:28-31 (GenevaBible)
But what think ye? A certain man had two sons, and came to the elder, and said, Son, go and work today in my vineyard. But he answered, and said, I will not: yet afterward he repented himself, and went. Then came he to the second, and said likewise. And he answered, and said, I will, Sir: yet he went not. Whether of them twain did the will of the father? They said unto him, The first. Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, that the Publicans and the harlots go before you into the kingdom of God.