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TWOSONS  4'2m0f The parable of the two sons

ED --   And now, sit down, put your feet up, relax and listen to 
another edition of... Parables on Parade. Tonight's parable 
comes from Matt chapter 21 beginning at verse 28.

"What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to 
the first and said, 'Son, go and work today in the vineyard.' 
"'I will not,' he answered, but later he changed his mind and 
went. "Then the father went to the other son and said the same 
thing. He answered, 'I will, sir,' but he did not go. "Which of 
the two did what his father wanted?" 

FRED -- It doesn't make any difference.

ED --   Excuse me?

FRED -- I said, it doesn't make any difference. He loves the 
other son better anyways.

ED --   What are you talking about?

FRED -- What am I talking about? I'll tell you what I'm talking 
about. I'm talking about taking out the garbage and mowing the 
lawn and then having to sit in the back seat of the car just 
because you give your father a little lip.

ED --   Wait a minute...

FRED -- I'm talking about doing the dishes all alone, wiping of 
the stove and counter top and everything and then the one son 
gets to watch what he wants on television just because the other 
son used just one little cuss word. That's what I'm talking 
about.

ED --   Are you upset about something?

FRED -- The father doesn't see everything. The father doesn't 
see the one son borrow the other son's favorite comic, without 
the permission of the other son, and then drop it in a mud 
puddle on the way to school. No, he doesn't see that. No.

ED --   You ARE upset.

FRED -- The father doesn't see the one son flush the toilet 
when other son is in the shower... on purpose. No, he doesn't 
see that. And does he see the one son break the father's drill 
bit? No! What does he see? He sees the one son blaming it on the 
other son, just like he always does. But does the father ever 
find out who REALLY broke the drill bit?

ED --   Does he?

FRED -- No, he does not! He sends the other son to his room 
until dinner and then after dinner the other son doesn't get 
dessert, which the father knows very well is the other son's 
most favorite dessert in the whole world. And why would the 
father do such a terrible thing to the other son?

ED --   Why?

FRED -- I'll tell you why. Because when the father accuses the 
other son of breaking the drill bit, the other son calls the one 
son a name, that's all. He just called the one son a name.

ED --   And what name did the other son call the one son?

FRED -- BOOGER. All he called him was booger. What's so bad 
about booger that it should cost the other son his most favorite 
dessert in all the world? I mean, boogers come from your nose. 
Everybody has them, except Mom. Do you think a son should lose 
his favorite dessert in all the world just for saying BOOGER?

ED --   I'm not sure I should...

FRED -- And that's not the worst thing.

ED --   I shudder to think.

FRED -- The worst thing is, when the other son just happened to 
put his foot out and accidentally trips the one son that night 
after dinner, do you know what the father did?

ED --   We wait with baited breath.

FRED -- Well, what do you think about a father who would just 
ASSUMED that it was retaliation for missing dessert?

ED --   He wouldn't!

FRED -- What do you think about a father who sends the other son 
to bed early without asking for an explanation?

ED --   (Gasp) Is that what happened to YOU?

FRED -- Oh, no. I was just supposing.

ED --   Tune in next time for another edition of Parables on 
Parade.

FRED -- (afar) It was just hypothetical.


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