While he as still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him (v.20).
- Man disobeys God---The younger son overtly disobeyed his father. The older brother appeared to outwardly honor his father, while he was inwardly unhappy with him (vv.13, 29-30).
- God initiates reconciliation---The father went out to meet both of his sons (vv,20,28), His heart was "filled with love and compassion" (v.20). And he humbled himself and begged (v.28) his older son to rejoice with him in the family reunion.
- Two responses---The younger son repented, while the older brother would not rejoice with his family despite his father's pleas.