A closer look at the Older Prodigal/Wasteful son. #1.How he Viewed his Father: he saw him as demanding and himself as a slave with no intimate relationship. #2. How he viewed Himself: as a worker and nothing more. He is not serving because he loves his dad, but for what he is going to get. #3. how he Viewed his Brother: he talks as he don't have a brother. He should have gone to him. The Older Brother resembles the Pharisees and Scribes who were "grumbling" Verse 2 and the brother "was angry" Verse 28. We can grumble when a very worldly person gets saved and look down at them because we never did all those terrible things! But Jesus accepts the irreligious and so should we!
Randall Grossman has served as a Bible Fellowship pastor for 31 years, the last 21 as the Senior Pastor of Grace Bible Fellowship Church in Reading, Pennsylvania. He is married to Nancy and has two grown daughters. He is a 1980 graduate (M.Div.) of Biblical Theological Seminary.