As we continue with this picture we see here in Genesis and unfold the spiritual points that can be seen here, something caught my spiritual eye as I read through the account of Rebekah making the decision to follow the servant and leaver her family. We’ll start with that simple little word in this segment of our story. ( Genesis 24:55 ) And her brother and her mother said, let the damsel abide with us a few days,( AT LEAST TEN ); after that she shall go.
If you will notice here, they are speaking to the servant and not to Rebekah. This point is made to show that she is yielded to him and not her own will. He gives his answer in the very next verse ( 56 ) And he said unto them, hinder me not, seeing the Lord hath prospered my way; send me away that I may go to my master.
As a man with grey hair and old bones, one that realizes that it’s the spirit of God that teaches and not just the people I’ve known in my spiritual walk, I want to pause here and make a point that I see. While this point is taught in scripture, I see it very vividly in our world today.
Our spiritual eyes are so dimmed and, in more cases than not, blinded by the world today that we are simply not led by the spirit of God. We like to think we are, tell people we are but weare so far from spiritual reality that I wonder sometimes if salvation is present in them that spiritually lead us. I know that’s a hard saying but I make it with all gravity to make the reader pause and look at themselves. Is it the spirit of God that is leading, teaching you?
Are you yielded to the spirit of God or are you still hanging around with your family? As I read this and noticed that it referred to ( ten days ). The spirit of God reminded me of a verse of scripture with a phrase found in it( Revelation 2: 10 ). It says, and ye shall have tribulation ( TEN DAYS ). Can you see the connection here?
As a man with grey hair and old bones I have wondered about that ( ten days ) for years. I believe that the spirit of God has just revealed something to me as his servant. In Bible numeric the number ( 10 ) stands for: testimony, law and responsibility. In other words ( our total lives ). So if we compare these two verses it will be saying the same thing in the two different aspects of our lives. In ( Revelation 2: 10 ) he is saying that they will suffer tribulation for their testimony, law and responsibility their whole spiritual lives.
In Rebekah’s case the ( ten days ) they were referring to was her whole life as well. They didn’t mind the choice she had made but physically they wanted her to stay the same. If you will notice, she didn’t answer, the servant did. Who’s answering the questions in your life, you or the spirit of God?
We can physically see a change in Rebekah’s life from this point on can’t we? Where she lives, to whom see is subject too, even her desires. ( Old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new ).
As a man with grey hair and old bones I am forever spiritually learning. I’m fascinated by God’s ability to teach if I’m only willing to study and continue to search. I’ll say this and we’ll move on to ( Genesis 25 ).
I noticed a few days ago while writing something else that God made this statement after he had finished his work each day as he was creating this earth. ( And the evening and the morning ) and that of each day, except the seventh day. He says on the seventh day that he ended his work, but the day has no end.
Here in ( Genesis 24 ) we see that Rebekah and the elder servant make the journey back to Abraham and Isaac but starting in ( Genesis 25 ) to talk about Isaac and his bride and their Children. We also that very quickly here Abraham dies, leaves everything to he has to Isaac.
We’ll get back to this, but they journey from Rebekah’s family back to Abraham is somewhat the same way we see as God speaks of the seventh day. Within the journey that she makes with the elder servant is the picture of the journey of the Church as it continues toward meeting Jesus in the clouds. The things we’ll be talking about within the lives of Isaac, Rebekah and their Children is reflective of that journey. The picture of the Church.
The mention of the seventh day is typically a picture of God finishing his work and on the seventh day he is now watching things as they unfold until the end of this journey on earth.
In the beginning of ( Genesis 25 ) we see a few things as they unfold. Abraham remarries and has other children. Notice in ( verse 5 ) he gives everything he had to Isaac. Also notice that he gave gifts to the sons of his concubines and sent them away from Isaac, ( while he yet lived ).This line is very powerful and make a tremendous point. After we die we cannot do anything for the glory of God. We, like Abraham must ( work while it is day ). ( John 9:4 ) I must do the work of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. We must teach the spiritual aspects above all to the people we love and make sure what we teach our children is led by the spirit and not our flesh.
Abraham was sure that he made a distinction between the spiritual aspect of life and the physical aspect. This, to the point that he sent all the physical away from Isaac. That one point needs to be made here is that our Churches, in this present day needs to stress that point more. While we still live in our flesh and the battle with our own selves is tremendous it’s a battle that can be won with proper Holy Ghost filledpreaching and teaching. That’s the responsibility of the leaders in our Churches. That’s what God calls them, each of us to do. Wehear people use the term ( being filled with the Spirit ). That’s what they are talking about. The ability for us t die to ourselves and continually seek t do God’s will in our lives. The Bible calls it separation or sanctified. Most Church people today are afraid of those terms.
If we look at Abraham and consider what would have happened if he hadn’t created separation in this picture; what would he been saying? He would have been saying that calling yourself spiritual and still living in the flesh is fine. Very contrary to what God through and by his Holy Spirit teaches. This is true, we just don’t hear it today.
Do you realize that we, in our Church today have the same mindset as the members of the Church of Galatia? The pastor at that Church was preaching ( legal separation ). What is meant by that statement? It means that they were expecting the member to separate themselves from certain sins and, if so, that made them right with God. This is now, nor has it ever been true. When a pastor preaches as the spirit leadsall sin will be look at as a need to separate from. The point is that, as messages go out, filled with God’s spirit people will look at themselves as never measuring up to the standards set by God. It will always be something else to lay aside as taught by his spirit.
How would be the best way to explain this? Do you realize that there are people that say they believe but use curse words every day? However, they never use them in front of their pastor or certain Church members. The reason for this is they have never been taught holy ghost spiritual separation, they just know what is expected by certain members. Most Churches don’t have a dress code. And, in reality, they don’t need one. However if the word of God is preached in its entirety, he, the spirit will set a dress code for his children. You might say ( God doesn’t care how I dress. When is the last time you ask him? Again,it’s not up to the Church to decide for anyone. The choices come from the convicting power of the Holy Spirit through and by the preaching of God’s word powered by the Holy Spirit.
Abraham could, in his flesh separate members of his family and make choices between that which was sent by God and the things he done in his flesh. We cannot as Churches do that. We just like to think we can. More than likely, if the word of God is being preached as led by the Holy Spirit God, that spirit is trying his best to make you, as a person that is judging someone else, see something in your own life.It’s
very possible he is not even speaking to the one you might see as needing to change. He, the spirit might be dealing with that person but not about what you think he or she needs to change.
We have tried to streamline our Churches. In our mind we think that if people live a certain way, that makes them right with God.We think and truly believe that the absentsof sin in our lives is what pleases God. In reality it is not. Actually, the only true spiritual attribute it is to living a godly life is causing people around you to see you in a different light which is pleasing to God. God’s true desire for you is for you to hear his voice and yield to his will.Now you might be saying that I’m saying sin is alright as long as we do what he asks. That’s not what I’m saying but I will argue that seeing yourself as a person that sins not is a far cry from being right with God.
The point is that what we see physically here with Abraham separating the God man from the physical part of his family is an inward change that happens to each of us by the spirit of God.
( 2 Timothy 3:16-17 ) All scripture is given by inspiration of god, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteous: ( 17 ) That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
This is the responsibility of a pastor or teacher.When we use scripture, as led by God’s spirit then the Holy Ghost can do his job. If we try to correct people own our own it might clean a man up, but he is still no closer to God until the spirit of God cleans him up.
We could say more about biblical separation, but we do see that spiritual mindset here in Genesis. Before we move on to Abraham giving Isaac and giving gifts to others I’d like to make another point about Abraham and Sarah.
In a biblical sense, Abraham and Sarah are the spiritual aspect we are looking for in scripture. They together had one son, Isaac. This son is the continuation of that spiritual line. We see a lot of things that these two people done in their lives. Abraham remarried, had more children. He and Sarah both made choices that are recorded in scripture that did not represent the things that God would have directed them to do. They also, in their lives chose to seek God’s will and created or lay a spiritual trail that is easily identified and followed. However, they each died ending the trail of their lives whether good or bad. After their death the mantle was placed on Isaac’s shoulders to carry on. He and his with Rebekah were responsible for the same spiritual things that Abraham and Sarah were responsible for. What did they do with that spiritual responsibility?
Ever since Adam and Eve its been the same way. One generation gives way to another. Right now, the burden of setting spiritual guidelines is upon my shoulders. Not only mine but ever person that is born into God’s family in this generation. I often wonder about the job I’ve done in the continuation of spiritual growth with my children and beyond? Just as Abraham and Sarah could only do the things they did and could not control what happened with the decisions Isaac and Rebekah made, aren’t we the same way?
Just as Abraham gave all he had to his spiritual son, Isaac so did God the father do the same to me. I have the word of God in my hand, what am I doing with it? In my physical flesh, God gave my gifts, things, we might even say treasures. All those things will decay with time and come to naught. However the one true blessing he gave to me as his son is himself and all that he has. How am I using that tremendous treasure?
Every pastor, every born again believer has that same treasure. What are we placing in the hands of our children or the next generation? If I have within myself the spirit of God, the truth and I do not allow that truth to come out of my mouth, what have I done to my children, my people, the people I say I love?
I realize my ignorance of some things in scripture. I still have a lot to learn and might not be able to explain many things as well as I should, but I want to share this thought with you. Nehemiah was a man that had an opportunity to go back to his homeland and look around after the people of Israel had been in captivity for some years. As he stood there and looked over the city, what he seen drew him to his knees. He knew all God had given Israel and how God’s people had wasted and destroyed it. Look at this verse of scripture.
( Nehemiah 4:17 ) They which built on the wall, and they that bare burdens, with those that laded, everyone with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon.
What passion, what determination. We could build another message on that thought alone. For instance; what tools are we leaving our children? What weapons?
I believe that within each born again believer there is a power that we fail to unleash. Far too often we listen to our flesh and stay the hand of God, the power within us. The power of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob was weakened because of their flesh. Are we guilty of the same to even to a more powerful level?
Now we move on to Isaac. If you notice in ( Genesis 25 ) it gives the names of the sons of Ishmael. It also tells us he died and was buried with his people. However that’s all that it tells us. As we continue we will see the life of Isaac and his family. This represents the two aspects of our own lives. Ishmael is a type of our flesh, Isaac is a type of the spiritual man that lives within each born again believer. That is the only aspect of our lives that is important to God. We have already seen that Abraham, being a type of God the father did give gifts to the people of the flesh. We know that God does bless us in our flesh, he does that every day. He even blesses people that does not know him or honor him in any way. But, we also must remember that those blessings end at the end of our life here. If we have not fed the spirit or, in the case of those that are lost, excepted God through Jesus Christ his son, we or they have nothing. I believe there is a powerful point to be made after that statement. What is the spiritual difference in a person that says they are saved bur never does anything through or by God’s spirit and a person that is simply not saved at all? If we go by to Abraham we see he had a true passion to separate the fleshly from the spiritual, do you?
At any rate, we see that Biblically we follow the life of Isaac and his family and not the life of Ishmael. I also want to point out that everything that even Abraham did was not noticed, that is no more than a mention. We quickly began to talk about Isaac and his wife in ( Genesis 25 ).
Notice one of the first things mentioned. ( Genesis 25:21 ) And Isaac entreated the Lord for his wife, because she was barren: and the Lord we entreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived.
Can you see a picture here of Jesus Christ and his desire for his bride to bare children in the spiritual sense? That is the picture we see here. If you’ll notice, Rebekah is with child or, should I say children. She will be having twins, two boys. I also point out here that those two boys ( struggled together ) within her. We see another picture. These two boys will be a type of our flesh and the spirit man the lives within each of us.
Before we go forward with this I want to mention another woman in Genesis that bare twins ( Genesis 38 ) You can read the whole account if you like but my desire is to show a simple point about this. Reading through this chapter we see how important it is that the woman, the wife gives birth. These wives are all types of the Church. The spiritual lesson is how important it is for a Church to bring about spiritual birth, born again experience. At the end of this chapter we see that the woman had twins. When she was in hard labor one of the babes put forth his hand. The midwife tied a scarlet thread around it saying that child came forth first. But, in reality the other son was born first. Although this was true the one with the scarlet thread around his hand was recognized as being the first born. If you study the names of these two boys, we see something significant. The child that was born first is named ( Pharez ). that name means ( breach or burst forth ). The babe that was actually born second but had the scarlet thread around his has is named ( Zerah ) This name means ( east; brightness ). Can you see the spiritual importance there? Our flesh which is always born first desires to breach or burst forth. It’s desire to always be first. But what part of us truly needs to have control of our flesh?I look at the word ( east ) as a type of the sun coming up, the brightness of the day. This is a picture of the Holy Spirit and his desire to shine through our flesh. I just thought I’d mention that since the spirit of God brought it to my remembrance as I was going through the birth of Esau and Jacob.
Now, getting back to Rebekah. ( Verse 22 ) We have seen where the two children within her and made to point about our fleshly and spiritual struggle. If you’ll notice also in this verse she questions God the father. She says ( if it be so, why am I this )? She is having a problem understsndingwhy she is having so much trouble if this is an answered prayer of Isaac’s. It this be of God it shouldn’t be this bad.
Never forget that Rebekah is a type of the Church. How long should I stay here? Would you agree with me here that one of the biggest reasons Rebekah is having this problem is that she is submissive to her husband? Isaac’s desire to have children and, her desire to please him is the only reason she has this problem at all. If we bring this same picture to a normal, spirit filled Church setting there is never a spiritual birth within a true Church that is not twins. It will always be a battle to be fought with the spirit man and the fleshly man.
Let’s go back to another point I’ve made earlier. When any person is born again, that very experience is ( at conception ) and the journey last until the day we cease to exist on this earth. If we attempt to do away with the spiritual and fleshly struggles within a Church are we not creating ( spiritual abortion )?
I’m going to insert something here. You have the right to agree or disagree with me, but I see a point that needs to be made. The leaders in our Churches must have enough spiritual wisdom to discern the battle between the spirit and flesh.We must learn to do the job as spiritual leaders and all others to take care of the physical problems. Let’s look at this verse:
( Acts 6: 1-3 ) And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. ( 2 ) Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, it is not reason that we should leave the word of God and serve tables. ( 3 ) Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the holy ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.
The dispute between the Grecians and the Hebrews had nothing to do with spiritual things. In the average Church today we make nodistinction between the two. Our pastors are so tied up trying to take care of physical things they don’t have time even to hear God if he does speak. The Church members are whining about the physical, things that would more than likely take care of themselves if they would grow up spiritually. Because of this the spirit man is to some degree aborted and dies within the heart of the believer.
What is meant by allowing the spirit man to die? One of the first questions you need to ask yourself is; are you truly born again? Does the spirit of God live within you? In the pictures we are seeing both boys are alive and well. Once you see yourself as born again and you know that God’s spirit lives within you then it becomes a question of who are you going to allow to win? The battle to allow the Spirit of God to control your flesh and cause your flesh to do the things that is within his will. When we face physical challenges we need to ask God to teach us a spiritual lesson from that challenge. We need to learn that spiritual lesson and day by day die to self that the spirit of God might control us.
This struggle that began in the womb of Rebekah. Do you realize that it will be years after these two boys are born before this struggle is settled? There’s a lesson we need to learn here and, in time we will.
As she inquires of God, God gave her an answer. ( verse 23 ) Look at this answer. ( Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.
We know that Rebekah had two children in her womb. Here, God explained to her how this world would unfold. These two nations are still struggling today and always will until Jesus returns to conquer the world and establish Israel here on this earth and be King of Kings and Lord of Lords. If you study scripture you will notice that there are other people other than just the descendants of Esau and Jacob which are her two sons. However, it’s always been and still is the spiritual lineage and the worldly lineage. The picture here is one of our flesh battling the spirit man that live within us. Where it is still two nations the spiritual battle is the same.
Now let’s look at ( the elder shall serve the younger ). If you remember the two sons of Adam, Cain and Seth. Cain had killed Abel and Seth was, we might say, his replacement in a spiritual sense. The main point is that the second born, being the younger is the spirit man. Just as we see in Esau and Jacob.As we see in the next few verses these twins were born, Esau being born first and then Jacob. The elder shall serve the younger. The flesh shall serve the spirit. Again, we see the struggle. The Bible says in ( verse 26 ) that during the birth, although Esau was born first, Jacob took hold to his heel. I hadn’t put a lot of thought into this, but I can see how the spirit man is already trying to take control of the physical or fleshly part of this birth. That’s the same way the spirit inside of each born again believer attempts to control our flesh. It’s not that it’s a controlling grip but rather a gentle tug to go in the spiritual direction.
We also see in ( verse 28 ) that Isaac loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob. This is another point that I haven’t put much time in but just on the surface I can see a spiritual lesson. Jacob being a type of Jesus Christ and, saying he loved Esau which is the physical or fleshly side of us, I can see that God loves our flesh to as a vessel of his service. In other words we have Church that we, in our flesh can attend that we might be saved by his Spirit. God’s desire is for our flesh to be used for his glory, but he also knows that in our flesh, without his spirit we are no good to him. The Bible says in ( Romans 8:7-8 ) Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither can it be, ( 8 ) So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
When we see both of the boys we see both aspects of our own personal lives. God loves us, in our flesh so much that he sent his son Jesus to die for us in our flesh, just as we are that his spirit might take abode up in out hearts, and his spirit might direct our flesh. In that sense I see why Isaac loved the fleshly man, Esau. However, once we are a part of his Church, Rebekah, being a type of that Church she is more concerned about the spiritual aspect of the same body. Therefore, she loved Jacob, the second born, more. The second born being a type of each of us after we are born again.
As a man with grey hair and old bones I realize that these are hidden things that are seen in scripture.We spoke about themas seen in ( I Corinthians 2:7 ) But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto his glory:
These things are not for the world or worldly people to see but we as believers can see them if we seek after the spirit of God. Let’s look at the next three verses. ( I Corinthians 2:8-10 ) Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. ( 9 ) But it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear not heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. ( 10 ) But God hath revealed them unto us by his spirit: for the spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
The believers that seek that understanding will strengthen their spiritual maturity and give you great confidence in the Lord we walk with.
As we finish out this chapter, looking expressly at the last five verses it’s my prayer that we will be able to see somethings relative to what we see in our Churches today and set a course to change the direction they are headed. Of course, as we study scripture we also know that certain things are going to unfold as we near the day of the coming of Jesus Christ for the true Church which is his bride.
As always I point out the we are individuals. Our walk in this world, even in a time of a humanistic Church. it’s up to individuals to know truth and grow thereby.
THE SELLING OF THE BIRTHRIGHT
( Genesis 25:29 )
And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came in from the field and he was faint:
It’s my personal belief that it’s nothing in God’s word just to fill up space. Every paragraph, every sentence and every word are there to tell or teach a spiritual lesson. As Bible students it’s up to us to pray and seek spiritual answers. The Bible says to Ask,and it shall be given unto you; seek, and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you: ( Matthew 7:7 ). To whom do we ask,seek and knock? It’s none other than the Holy Spirit. Now, as I make that statement, it’s more to it than that. I say often to people that have a desire to learn to play the guitar, you can’t learn to play it with it laying under the bed. Is it not the same way with scripture? You can’t simply sit in Church, hold your Bible and see all the things God has in store for you. We need to pray, seek his face and allow him to teach us the spiritual facts of life.
People are in their flesh. The spiritual aspect of our lives must be awakened. Even with things I might teach it still takes the spirit of God to reveal it to you. If we are not willing to open our spiritual eyes we never will see the hidden things or understand the mysteries in God’s word.Neither God or his spiritual knowledge is something you can buy with money. The Bible says Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. ( James 4:8 ) It also says in that same verse to ( Cleanse yourhands, ye sinners, and purify your heart, ye doubleminded.
If we, as being in our flesh truly desire to know God, draw nigh to him, don’t you think these two things would be first and foremost in our hearts and minds? Don’t you think that ( the sin that so easily besets you ) and, ( the things in this life that weigh you down ) would be things that you would turn away from? We see this in ( Hebrews 12:1 ) Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Not to do so is being doubleminded. Our hearts are full of self and not filled with the power of God so therefore he cannot teach us. In other words, not to do so is saying you are a child of God bit continuing to live ( Just as you always have been.
As we go through this segment of ( Genesis 25 ) we will see the unfolding of how the flesh yields to the spirit man. It’s not an easy task and it takes time even to grow a little. God is not necessarily concerned about how much you yield to the spirit, but his desire is to at least ( a willing mind ) to yield to his voice.
( 2 Corinthians 8:12 )
For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to what he hath not.
If you will notice in this chapter he’s not only speaking of monetary giving, but he mentions in ( verse 7 ) abound in everything, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in diligence, and in your love toward us, see that ye abound in this grace also.
We’ll get back to Jacob sodding pottage and Esau being faint in a moment. Do you realize that I, or any other person can only teach you what I or they know? In most cases that can be very limited. We depend on people to teach us and that apart from the spirit of God that we truly need to listen to.
There is no such thing as ( the greatest spiritual or Biblical teacher ). The word of God has no top, nor bottom, nor sides.No man can teach or even learn it all. That means every person or any person that is born of thespirit can learn and teach any other person things that they did not know. We limit ourselves when we neglect to seek our wisdom from the spirit of God and only allow man to teach us. Again, I stand on the fact that it’s the hidden wisdom and mysteries of God that strengthens our eternal security as far as our faith is concerned. I declare that I know I’m going to heaven when I leave this world. Many people will argue that point with me.They say that no man or person can know for sure they have eternal life. They, in most cases will admit also their lack of study in God’s word.
Again. I say, It’s simply you and God. His desire is to reason with you. What are you going to do with the opportunity you have to seek his wisdom?
In ( Genesis 25:29 ) we see the start of a conversation between Jacob and Esau. At this point we are forgetting about Isaac and Rebekah. It becomes between the two sons. It says here that Jacob sod pottage. It also days that Esau came from the field and was faint. So, who do we see as the strongest here? The second born is the one with strength and, the first born is asking for help. Let’s think about this a little. Can you see that on a normal day, everything being as it should be that Esau would never ask Jacob for anything? He was a cunning hunter, a man of the field. He didn’t need help from anyone, he was self-sufficient. We see ourselves the same way in our flesh don’t we? We think we’ll be fine. We don’t need any spiritual help, we think we can fix our own spiritual problems.
When Esau came to a place that his way didn’t work is when he asksJacob for help.We can compare this to the story of the prodigal son in ( Luke 15 ). We’ll be looking at ( verse 14& 17 ). I just want you to notice these two parts of those verses,( Verse 14 ) says ( when he had spent all. ( Verse 17 ) says when he came to himself.
All three of these attributes are pictures of where we have to come to in order to recognize our need for the spirit of God in our lives. Esau was at a weak point in his life. He actually made the statement that (I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright be to me )?( Mark 8:36 ) says: For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
In both of these pictures we see a younger son and an older son. In ( Luke 15:20 ) we see immediately the younger son submitted to the father. ( 21 ) And the son said unto him, father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no longer worthy to be called thy son. We also see again that it’s the oldest son that is struggling with the father’s decision. We see that in ( verse 28 ) And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and entreated him. Look at what he says to his father. ( Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends.
It’s a couple of things to point out here. First, the spirit, being a thy always of the youngest son is always willing to quickly submit to the father, it’s always the flesh, the first born that is stubborn, even within ourselves. The second, many people, in their flesh are convinced they are pleasing God with their good works, they are very deceived in that mindset. If we live our whole lives living a, what we call, clean life and that without asking the spirit of God to come into our hearts to direct out footsteps then we actually do nothing for the glory of God.
So we see the two sons in Luke are exactly like the two sons of Isaac; in both case the eldest has to come alongside the youngest and his mindset which is the born again, spiritual mindset.
We actually see this unfold in ( Genesis ) with the two sons of Isaac, being Esau and Jacob. In ( Luke 15 ) we see the picture of the youngest be the spiritual man and the eldest being angry with him but here we’ll see it unfold and the flesh and spirit come together in the end.
So we move on.