The Parable of the Good Samaritan
25On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
26”What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
27He answered: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]”
28”You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
29But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.
33But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. 35The next day he took out two silver coins[c] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
36”Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
37The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
Luke 10:25-37 NIV
Luke 10:27 Deut. 6:5
Luke 10:27 Lev. 19:18
Luke 10:35 Greek two denarii
The Good Samaritan
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 and Matthew 25:40
Artwork: "The Good Samaritan" by Vincent van Gogh.
Bible Basics Video Presentation
Eternal life is a present day reality
as we love our neighbors as ourselves.
· It is significant that the person Jesus commended was neither a religious leader nor the lay associate, but a hated foreigner (Samaritan). Jews viewed Samaritans as half-breeds, (untrustworthy) both physically and spiritually. Jews practiced open hostility but Jesus asserted that love knows no national boundaries. NIV Notes 10:31-33
The Samairitan would have been the last person expected to help. (To the Jews) Receiving goodwill, compassion from a Samaritan would have been the most surprising, unexpected person to have helped the beaten man.
Sometimes our help, our blessings
will come unexpectedly from a stranger
whom we do not know or trust!
· The priest and the Levite who both passed on the other side did so because of strict laws. Blood or a dead person was considered ceremonially unclean. If the priest or the Levite had touched the beaten man they would have been unclean and could not have entered the synagogue for worship until extensive washing ceremonies and offerings had been made.
We are NOT to vilify and judge harshly the Priest and the Levite; they were dutifully on their way to Worship to serve others.
BUT... They did Not hold fast to the Law (Torah):
16 - Thou shall not stand aside when mischief befalls your neighbor.
The Torah commands one to save someone who is in danger. As the Torah also obligates one to return lost items to a neighbor "and you shall return it to him" (Dvarim 22,2), even more so is it a mitzvah to save another person’s life. The Talmud in Sanhedrim (73, a) asks a question "From where do we know that if your neighbor is drowning, or some wild beast is about to devour him, or he is about to be murdered by bandits that one is obligated to save him? The Torah says "Neither shalt thou stand aside when mischief befalls thy neighbor" (Vayyiqra 19,16).
Remember... that Jesus was challenged by doing good on the Sabbath.
9 Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy it?” Mark 3:1-6 Jesus Heals on the Sabbath
9 Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy it?” Luke 6:1-11 Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath
Lessons learned from The Good Samaritan:
LOOK, See, Recognize!
Nobody should seek his own good,
but the good of others.
1 Corinthians 10:24
SYMPATHIZE Empathy with people’s pain!
3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. 4 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 5 For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ.
6 Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer. 7 We are confident that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in the comfort God gives us. 2 Corinthians 1:3-7 NLT
Do not withhold good from those who deserve it
when it’s in your power to help them.
If you can help your neighbor now, don’t say,
“Come back tomorrow, and then I’ll help you.”
DO WHATEVER IT TAKES!
10Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
Good Samaritan Edit 11/15/2015
Please don’t misunderstand this story as self-righteous because I do not always listen to God nor do I always obey; in fact I am an Imperfect Christian at best! But this was a practical lesson for me the other day: I was on my way to the Meals on Wheels Distribution at a church about 6-miles away. As I turned at a busy intersection I noticed a young black man crossing the service road with a car tire over his shoulder, struggling to get to the gas station to air up his tire (I supposed.) As I rounded the corner it hit me, “Should I help him?”
It made we think of the Good Samaritan, Luke 10:25-37. Both a Levite and a priest stepped around the man who had been beaten and robbed; left for dead. Both the Levite and the priest were both Men of God that were both on their way to serve God by serving God’s people.
Now again it hit me, “Should I help him?” Should I stop and help him?" After all, I too was on my way to serve God by serving God’s people; Meals on Wheels. If the recipients of Meals on Wheels don’t get their meals they may go hungry.
So I had two Good Choices, (But what was the better choice?) continue on to Wheels on Wheels or stop and help the young man with the tire! Well I continued to think that I should help him! I didn’t want to walk around or walk over someone in need; "Love Your Neighbor."
So I made a U-Turn and went to the gas station where I found him. His name was Joshua, he loaded the tire in the back of the car and off we went to his car--- not too far away, but far away when you’re carrying a tire. Joshua was very nice and appreciative. But the best part... was he told me that the day before he had helped a broken down motorist; and then here he was the very next day broken down and received help!
He offered to pay me, but I don’t him just to pay it forward; just help another person in need. And all I can say, “Giving is its own reward.” It felt good to help the young man.
Also when I got to the Meals on Wheels pickup center, the truck was just unloading the coolers from the truck. I wasn’t late at all; in fact it was Perfect Timing!
God has whispered in my ear several times to help the young man and I was almost too busy, too busy with my plans to help someone. “Love Your Neighbor.” This reminded me of the Calling of Samuel from 1 Samuel 3, where God repeatedly called Samuel and Samuel was not aware that it was God calling him. With Eli’s help Samuel realized that God was speaking to him, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” – 1 Samuel 3:10 How often is God calling us and we are too busy to listen?!?