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Lost, and is Found - Part 8

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Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing. And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him. Luke 15:25-28

He will bring you into His banqueting house, and His banner over you shall be love. (Song of Solomon 2:4)

'If thou wilt walk in My ways,' He declares, 'I will give thee places to walk among these that stand by'--even among the holy angels that surround His throne. (Zech. 3:7.)

'As the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.' Isa. 62:5. 'He will save, He will rejoice over thee with joy; He will rest in His love; He will joy over thee with singing.' Zeph. 3:17. And heaven and earth shall unite in the Father's song of rejoicing: 'For this My son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.'

Thus far in the Saviour's parable there is no discordant note to jar the harmony of the scene of joy; but now Christ introduces another element. When the prodigal came home, the elder son 'was in the field; and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. And he was angry, and would not go in.' This elder brother has not been sharing in his father's anxiety and watching for the one that was lost. He shares not, therefore, in the father's joy at the wanderer's return. The sounds of rejoicing kindle no gladness in his heart. He inquires of a servant the reason of the festivity, and the answer excites his jealousy. He will not go in to welcome his lost brother. The favor shown the prodigal he regards as an insult to himself.



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