Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is your brother Able?” “I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Genesis 4:9
The first question God’s creation asks Him in the Bible seems to me to be answered in an exceeding “YES!” throughout the rest of the Bible. God did not loose track of Able He was asking Cain if he had.
If you notice in Luke 15 the parable of the lost sheep follows the parable of the lost coin which then follows the lost son parable…. whats the difference between the three? The lost sheep is searched for, the lost coin is searched for but the lost son, not so much. The older brother seems to look at the situation with his lost younger brother as if he deserves what he gets, after all he brought it on himself right?!
How often does the world look at others and react the same way as that older brother in Luke 15:11-32? It’s almost acceptable to isn’t it? However we have a God that is faithful even when we are not (2 Tim. 2:13) For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost Luke 19:10 Maybe that’s why so many more sinners and outcasts “the lost” flocked to Jesus than the religious when He came to earth. No one here was seeking their brother; no one was acting like their brothers keeper.
Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, through for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:7-8 Amazing love!
Jesus today give me a heart to seek my “brother” whoever and wherever that may be – Send me! I know you have not lost track of them but you are calling me to seek them out. Jesus conform my heart to Yours in that it might join in the purpose of Your prayer in John 17:26 And I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.
Where’s your “brother”?
Independent Read: Ephesians 6:19, 1 Peter 2:12