The Parable of  the Good Samaritan

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Introduction. One of the best known parablesThe main character has become part of our lives and cultureHospitals, Medical Centers, Cancer Centers, Birth CentersHotels, Inns, LodgesClubs, Societies, OrdersChurches, Libraries, Orphanages, Fitness Centers. Setting. Lk 10:25A

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1. The Parable of the Good Samaritan Luke 10:25-37

2. Introduction One of the best known parables The main character has become part of our lives and culture Hospitals, Medical Centers, Cancer Centers, Birth Centers Hotels, Inns, Lodges Clubs, Societies, Orders Churches, Libraries, Orphanages, Fitness Centers

3. Setting Lk 10:25 A “lawyer” – one well-learned in the Law of Moses “test” could be a trick or an honest desire to learn Jesus’ understanding of the Law Since he later seeks to “justify himself” the probability is that it was a trick question

4. The question & answer “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” Same question as the rich, young ruler (Lk 18:18) Lk 10:26 Jesus points back to OT for answer (Lk 18:20) Lk 10:27-28 Lawyer correctly summarizes the Law Same summary as Jesus gave (Mt 22:34-40)

5. The second question Lk 10:29 Seeking to “justify himself” By having the lawyer answer his own question, Jesus showed he already knew the answer Therefore, he didn’t really have an honest question “Who is my neighbor?” A question that he hoped could trick Jesus Would Jesus interpret “neighbor” too strictly or too loosely?

6. The Parable Lk 10:30 A man travels from Jerusalem to Jericho The man’s race, religion, etc. is not mentioned The distance is about 20 miles Sometimes called “The Way of Blood” He is robbed, stripped, beaten, and left to die

7. The Parable Lk 10:31-32 A priest and Levite each come upon the man Each chooses to pass “on the other side” Might have claimed not wanting to be “unclean” But were “going down” so “uncleanness” would have only been an inconvenience They were the religious / spiritual leaders of Israel Willing to “love God” by going to Jerusalem Unwilling to love a stranger

8. The Parable Lk 10:33-35 A Samaritan Despised by the Jews Felt compassion for the wounded man Bandages the wounds with oil and wine (cost) Puts him on his own donkey (inconvenience) Takes him to an inn and tended him (time) Pays for food, lodging, treatment (2+ denarii) Doesn’t make any effort to be repaid by the wounded man

9. The Follow-up Lk 10:36 “Who proved to be a neighbor?” The answer is obvious But the Lawyer wouldn’t say “Samaritan” “Neighbor” isn’t what someone else “is” “Neighbor” is what you yourself “are and do”

10. Lessons from the parable A neighbor is one in need whom we can help Not same race, same nationality, same religion Samaritans were a different race, nationality and religion from the Jews Jews hated them, considered them unclean Christians are taught to show hospitality Rom 12:13; Heb 13:2 “Hospitality” Grk philonexia “love strangers”

11. Lessons from the parable Religion and “neighborliness” are intertwined The Law taught love for strangers Lev 19:18, 33-34 The priest and Levite should have been the first to help By teaching one thing, but not doing it, they were hypocrites We are also taught to love strangers James 1:22, 26-27 What kind of religion do we have?

12. Lessons from the parable The cost of compassion A willingness to cross social barriers A willingness to take risks A willingness to make time A willingness to make sacrifices Are we willing to be be compassionate?

13. Conclusion The parable challenges us To “be a neighbor”, not just look for a neighbor To be compassionate, not just talk about loving others “Go and do likewise.”

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