Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011
The Younger Son is not the only one to turn his back on father and home. The Elder Brother finds reason and opportunity to withdraw in his own way. Matching the Younger’s folly and irresponsibility in the inverse, the Elder does what’s right and good and expected for a son to do. He stays. He works hard. He holds things together. It is only his father and the servant’s daughter, whose comfort he seeks, who see and feel his lostness. Like the rain, famine falls on the bad and the good alike, impacting Egypt and Provision. And both sons land in prisons of their own contrivance – for the younger, as slave labor to the wicked uncle, and for the elder, as slave labor to a cruel God. Their only hope, and a fragile one at best, seems to lie with their father. How will this man with two sons navigate the pain of his own great loss? How might he act to bring about their deliverance or, if he so pleases, their deserved demise?
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