Sunday, October 11, 2009

What is the Point Of The Good Samaritan Parable? Luke 10: 25 – 37



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We have heard it since childhood and we tell it to our kids; yet with a lifetime of exposure to this parable do we still miss the point?

BACKGROUND
It is in response to a question that Jesus tells a parable of how a man fell among robbers who beat him and left him half dead.  A priest ignored him as he walked by, as did a religious leader.  Then a socially low cast Samaritan stops and helps the man by treating his wounds, taking him to an inn, and paying for his care, including a promise to return and make good any other cost.  Jesus then asks the question, “Who was the neighbor to the man?” It begs the answer- the Samaritan. (See Luke 10:25 -37.)

WHAT WE DON'T HEAR
Often we are so focused on the illustration that we miss the point, or we know the story so well it has no effect on us.  Instead of being moved by God’s spirit we are inoculated against action.

THE END IS THE BEGINNING
Jesus concluded the parable with; “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?"  The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him "Go and do likewise.”

WHAT WE SHOULD HEAR
How many sermons have we ever heard on the last four words of that verse? “Go and do likewise.”  That is the point of it all.  It is not just a story about a guy who did a good dead- but it is a mandate.  When we read this passage and all others in God’s Word, it should affect us as if we are hearing His voice directed to us; as if you hear Jesus commanding you to personally “Go and do likewise.”  He is telling us to be the Good Samaritan.  If only we did! It would make such a change in our lives and the lives of those around us.

Jesus words are a call to a lifestyle, one that responds to the needs of others.  The Christian life is a relationship with God, as such we will need to be aware of opportunities He has set in our paths to be a “Good Samaritan.”

May you find great blessings as you “go and do likewise.”

(c) Adron Dozat


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