Some Good Samaritan Insights,

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

25 On 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?”

27 He 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’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.”

28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii 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?”

37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

Who is my neighbor? Am I expected to do THAT for someone I don’t even know?

The story of the Good Samaritan is rich with meaning.

0) The Samaritans were Jewish ‘half-breeds’ despised by the Jews for ‘selling out’. But they were still blood.
1) The Samaritan pointed to the Mission of Christ to save all people, to Judea, to Samaria, to the Ends of the Earth,
2) People often dismiss this parable, b/c they find GOD’s standards impossible. But it is not impossible to help someone like that. Often we have the means, we just don’t have the heart. Or we don’t want to spend for good, trusting that GOD will replenish and fill us again, AND reward us for our good acts.
3) It is a parable, so it is meant to be confusing.
4) The teacher of the Law is being tested in this. He felt guilt for not being good to someone or some people.
5) The story, like many stories, shows the LORD’s prophetic power. Just as He read the many sins of the Pharisees ready to stone Mary of Magdala, here, He knows that this teacher of the Law was beat up and left for dead. A Samaritan found him and nursed him back to health. He wouldn’t say, b/c then Jews hated Samaritans. Also, the LORD was saying such grace was shown to you, you must in turn show such GREAT mercy and grace to others.
6) The Samaritan was a picture of Christ Himself, Christ was not a pure, pure person. He was sinless, and made obedient, and was GOD. But looking at His genealogy, it was not a who’s who of holiness. BUT.
That made Him also the perfect person, a fourth Anointed character (think Phineas of the Old Testament). Christians talk of Priest, Prophets, and Kings. There is another character – (check the Dead Sea Scrolls) – the War Messiah. He is a Priest, of the Priestly family, but once anointed for war/dirt, He was not allowed to serve IN the temple. Why? Because Priests are sort of Aloof. They must remain clean, holy, light, and life. They are not allowed to touch unclean things. And that’s why the Priest and the Levite by passed the hurt person. Not because they lacked compassion, but because of the Law. They were not allowed to touch dead things. But there is a person, character the priest anointed for war, that usually accompanied the troops to battle. He could also touch dead things. So He would touch them for the High Priest and Priests and Levites. The LORD was like this, He was able to touch unclean things. And in some ways, He would seem more effective. Because the ‘dirty work’ of cleaning up the lost, and working with ‘sinners’ would be His.

7) Lastly, not about the good samaritan, but I confess, I have a lot of burden and responsibility, and although I complain. Please tell me to suck it up, b/c I was left for dead on the streets of Los Angeles ten years ago, and a Good Samaritan named James Algae, got off his motorcycle, stayed with me and road with me in the ambulance to the hospital. I’ve never seen his face, maybe He was my angel, maybe not (he), but whoever he is/was – a big THANK YOU! May GOD bless you, and if I have the chance to return the favor, i will. Thank you, thank you,

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