The Parable of the Good Samaritan

During the 17th century, Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England, sentenced a soldier to be shot for his crimes. The execution was to take place at the ringing of the evening curfew bell. However, the bell did not sound. The soldier’s fiancee had climbed into the belfry and … More

Love

 

A certain lawyer, who was an expert  in the law, asked Jesus “What  shall I do to inherit eternal life?"  (v. 25). It was a good question asked with a bad motive, because the lawyer wanted to trap our Lord. Jesus, as He often did, simply answered him by asking another question; “What is written in the law?” (v. 26). The lawyer gave the right answer but he refused to apply it to himself (vv. 27-29).

Jesus then told this man a story which may have been a true story or it could have been a parable  (vv. 30-37). He told how a certain man (probably a Jew) went down from Jerusalem to Jericho. It was a dangerous road to travel, for robbers hid along its steep and winding way. This man was attacked, beaten, robbed, and stripped of his clothes. Two Jews, a priest, and a Levite passed by, doing nothing to help this poor man. Then a Samaritan came along, who was hated by the Jews. He risked his own life and spent his own money to help this robbed and beaten victim.

This story reveals three types of people:

  1. The thief who said - “What’s yours is mine, I’ll take it.”
  2. The priest and Levite who said - “What is mine is mine and I’ll keep it.”
  3. The Samaritan who said - “What is mine is yours and I’ll share it."

Application

 

Lack of love is often easy to justify. I need to have a heart of love for anyone in need that the Lord brings to my attention, and do something to help them physically and spiritually if I can. I need to introduce them to the love of Christ, who is the only one who can give them eternal life.

Luke 10:25-37 (English Standard Version)

And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" He said to him, "What is written in the Law? How do you read it?" And he answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself." And he said to him, "You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live." But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Jesus replied, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, 'Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.' Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?" He said, "The one who showed him mercy." And Jesus said to him, "You go, and do likewise."

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