And he said, A certain man had two sons:…
There is room for all. Sometimes, when a little babe has been born in a house, the elder child is jealous. The two-year-old envier has been seen using its, happily not very forcible, fists against the tiny occupant of the cradle, because its arrival had deprived him of customary attention, and of that monopoly of love which he had enjoyed before. Then the concerned parent has taken the sulking pugilist on her knee and, with a tear in her eye, has said, "You are mother's pet still. She has room in her heart for you and your baby brother too. You will always be mother's child, although baby has come home — only you have been here many days, but he is only newly arrived. Therefore, wonder not at our joy, and grieve not, if for a time, you seem to be overlooked." This is exactly the argument of the text, with the element of prodigality left out.
(F. Ferguson, D. D.)
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