The Parable of the Good Samaritan!!!
Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’ So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”……. Luke 10:30-37
In our last study, we consider how the seventy Disciples that Jesus sent on a mission returned with Joy and excitement that the Demons were subjected to them in Jesus name and the warning Jesus gave to them never to rejoice at this but instead rejoice that their names is written in the Book of Life. Teaching us never to evaluate our lives by the effects or results of our ministry. Here we read of the famous parable of the Good Samaritan.
This Parable was spoken in response to a question asked by a Lawyer. The lawyer asked, ” Who is my neighbor?”(Luke 10:29) Because Jesus said to Him,” You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.”(Luke 10:27). This Lawyer was trying to trick Jesus in His question. He was like, ” How will I treat Everyone on Earth as my neighbor, since I can’t meet everyone on Earth. So it is impossible to Love everybody.” So Jesus in this parable was trying to explain who our neighbors are. And basically, what Jesus meant as Our neighbors are those people who we come across along our pathway in Life who are in need. This is what the Lord was trying to tell this Lawyer. You don’t have to worry about that needy person who is thousand miles away. Very at times, it is easy to have compassion for a needy person far away and Yet forget that person that lies across your door. It is that person that is close to you and needy that the Lord will use to test your Compassion and Love. The Lord does not ask us to do something impossible. At times it is just one person that the Lord usually brings across our path at a time not ten thousand people. This is the point of this Parable and it is very applicable to us today. In the old Covenant, Every neighbor was a Brother because the Land of Israel comprise of the Children of Abraham. They were all Sons of Abraham. If you see anyone half dead on the Road, He is definitely your brother. Lazarus that was always sitting at the Rich Man’s gate was a Brother to the Rich Man because they are related to Abraham. In the New testament also, we are told repeatedly that if a Man sees His Brother in need and does not help Him, how can He say the Love of God dwells in Him? (1 John 3:17). How can we say we have a Living faith?(James 2:15-16). So this parable is applicable to us as Believers.
“A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.: Here was a Man who was suffering not as a result of a fault of His own. But because of unforseen circumstances which can happen to anyone of us.
Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.: Probably this priest was kin to get to the Meeting on time so He had no time to help this poor needy person lying on the road side. That sounds like a very spiritual thing to do. To get to the meeting on time. Isn’t it?
Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side: In the same way the Levite wanted to get to the Meeting on time so He could not attend to this poor needy fellow. This one even came and Looked at this man to see properly. It is very easy for Christians to have their lives revolves around the Meetings. Going from one Church Meetings to another and Jesus was trying to point out here that Religious activities which this Levite and Priest were eager to do is not a substitute for practical help to a needy Brother. We must be careful not to be taken up with so many Religious activities and never lift a finger to help a brother in need. If we live like this, we are living in deception if we can think we are following Jesus.
In a country like ours where we have a lot of poor people, if we want to begin to serve everyone we see, we may end up doing social works and never build a Church or preach the Gospel. But God’s words says our first responsibility is to the Household of Faith. Galatians 6:10 says, “As we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.”. Jesus says in John 13:35 that, ” By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another(Not if you love everybody).” Our primary responsibility is to those who are our brothers and sisters in Christ within the Church and fellowship of God’s people that He has placed us in. It is that Your brother in that Local church who is in need, it could be physical, Spiritual or Material need. Don’t turn your face away from that brother Or Sister who is in need in your Fellowship.
But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. : We read that the Samaritans were despise by the Jews. They were half breed. They were not pure Children of Abraham. The Jews has no dealing with the Samaritans. They were enemies to each other day. Interesting the Samaritan whom they despise is more acceptable to God than them. It can also happen to us that the Lord accepts those whom we despise. Those whom we despise may be more Spiritual because they believe in practically helping while we are just occupied with religious activities. Those whom you despise may be ahead of you in the Kingdom of God. This Samaritan missed a temple meeting all because He wanted to help a brother.
So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.: This Samaritan inconvenienced Himself to Help this Brother that was in need. This is a mark of love!!! When we are willing to be inconvenient because we want to Help our brother. If you are not willing to be inconvenient, if you are not willing to allow your daily program to be upset and changed because of a Brother in need who comes across your way, then you are like the priest and Levite. If you feel that a Brother in need coming along your path is a distraction to your program for the day, then you are a follower of the Priest and the Levite. The Samaritan was willing to change His program for the day and be inconvenienced. Let us therefore follow the example of the Samaritan.
On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’: This Samaritan not only Changed His plan, He spent His money also. This is another mark of Love and Godliness. Generosity!!! We must be willing to put our hands into our pocket and help those who are in need. He had a continuing concern to help this person. What an amazing story of Love!!!
This is exactly what Jesus did for us. Jesus saw us beaten and robbed by the Devil who is a thief and a Robber. He saw us lying on the way side and the Priest and the Levite which is a Picture of the Law and religious activities that could not help us left us to Die. But Jesus who is the Good Samaritan although we were enemies, stopped by and picked us up. Poured Oil and wine into our wound which was His blood and the Holy Spirit. And brought us into the Inn which is the Church to be taken care of. He that was rich became poor for our sake. Jesus has given us an example to follow. So that we can do unto others as He has done to us.
So Jesus turned round to this clever Lawyer and said, ” which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”. This is the test that we Love God. 1 John 4:20-21 says,” If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.” Let us therefore Go forth and do what this Samaritan did just as Jesus also did to us.
Dear friend, look around you and be a blessing to a Brother who is in need. Look around you and find a Brother and a Sister who is across your path. Be willing to be inconvenient to to be a blessing to the people of God. May the Lord open our eyes and our heart to be filled with compassion towards the people of God.(Amen). God bless you. Have a blessed day.
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