Jesus And The Parable Of The Good Samaritan
The Parable of The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37)
The situation building up to the Parable of The Good Samaritan is Jesus being tested (trapped) by an attorney. He wanted to see if Jesus would stumble in answering about how one inherits eternal life. Jesus asked him to state what the law says. The attorney replied as follows,
- “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.”
- “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Jesus’ reply surprised the attorney. “You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.” The attorney still tried to trap Jesus. Luke tells us the attorney wanted to “justify himself.” He asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied with The Parable of The Good Samaritan.
Only the love of Jesus can motivate the Good Samaritan (one whom the nation of Israel was not to associate with) on the road to Jericho, to reach down and help the beaten Jew. He went the extra mile to ensure the Jew was restored to health. He even covered all his expenses. The Jewish teacher and the Jewish scribe purposely avoided the beaten Jew. The Jews were God’s chosen people. Yet, these two religious scholars would not even lift a finger to help their fallen countryman. (Hypocrisy is at its finest.)
It took a Samaritan to help. It took an enemy of Israel. Jesus says, “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” Clearly everyone is our neighbor. Jesus shows that a genuine servant is the one who showed mercy to the beaten Jew. Jesus tells us then, “Go and do the same.”
Help They Neighbor or Shun Thy Neighbor. Jesus’ directive is clear, but too often we shun our neighbor – justifying our actions. Lord, help us.
Luke 10:25-37 – The Good Samaritan
And a lawyer stood up and put Him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” And He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How does it read to you?” 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 wishing to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
Jesus replied and said, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, and they stripped him and beat him, and went away leaving him half dead. And by chance a priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.Likewise a Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.
But a Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion, and came to him and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn and took care of him.
On the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I return I will repay you.’ 36 Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers’ hands?” And he said, “The one who showed mercy toward him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do the same.”