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Lesson 91: The Son Who Seethed (Luke 15:25-32)

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It’s always been the case that some people are good at looking like good people while others seem to wear their badness on their sleeves and so automatically get the label of “sinner.” But what is said of beauty could also be said of goodness—certain kinds of it are only skin deep. The older son of this story is the “good” one from the start. He plays by the rules outwardly and looks a lot different than the younger and rebellious brother. When the younger son turns around, however, we find out just how proud the good boy was of his goodness and how miffed he became when the repentant sinner came home. He was the son who, as Pastor Daniel puts it, “seethed.” Daniel takes note of the great irony we find in this story because “the son who stayed ends up more distant from the father than the son who strayed.” In this message, we see several signs that indicate the older brother is distant from the father—signs that force us to ask, “How am I like the older brother in this parable?”

Summary by Seth Kempf, Bethany Community Church Staff

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