The Good Samaritan

The Story #24

Luke 10:25-37

Luke 10:25-37 And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”

26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?”

27 So he answered and said, “ ‘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.’”

28 And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.”

29 But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

30 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. 31 Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. 33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 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. 35 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.’ 36 So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?”

37 And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.”

Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

The Story

The lawyer asked the most important question that we can ever ask, “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?”

In order to justify himself the lawyer asked, “Who is my neighbor?”

The priest saw him and went to the other side of the road

The Levite looked at him and then went to the other side of the road

Excuses:

  • It’s too dangerous to stop and help
  • This might be a trap
  • I’m too busy
  • I need to get home and see my family
  • Someone really should help the man
  • I may get blood on my clothes and become ceremonially unclean
  • I don’t know first aid
  • It’s a hopeless case
  • I am only one person and the job is too big
  • I can pray for him
  • He brought this on himself
  • He never asked for help

“I never knew a man refuse to help the poor who failed to give at least one admirable excuse.” C.H. Spurgeon

The Samaritan stopped and helped the wounded man

He paid an amount that would have covered the man’s room and board for somewhere between three weeks and two months – he also volunteered to cover any expenses not covered by the two denari

Views of the traveler:

The thieves – A victim to exploit, so they attacked him

The priest and Levite – A nuisance to avoid so they ignored him

The Samaritan – A neighbor to help so he took care of him

The Primary Principle and its Eternal Effect

We can’t obtain eternal life through our own efforts and need God’s help

Jesus pointed the lawyer to the law – not because the law saves us but because the law shows us we need to be saved

The Secondary Principle and its Lifelong Importance

As followers of Jesus Christ we are called to reach out to those around us

The Samaritan sacrificed his time, possible safety, clothing, ride, and resources to help an enemy that he did not know

Just like the “Good Samaritan”, our actions toward our neighbors can impact the world around us

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