Luke 10:25-37 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
25 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,’[a] 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.”
"Love your neighbor," is the Eleventh Commandment.
--Like the lad who bought his whole class cards that all read, "To my favorite Valentine!"
--At Valentine's and all time, let's practice love.
The Bible teaches, as this lawyer replies, we are to "Love the Lord your God with all your heart .. soul, strength .. mind, and your neighbor as yourself" (27).
--To show love to everybody, as Jesus said.
--God does. Jesus did, for he died for sins of all.
--We see that God sent the first Valentine - Jesus!
We all know we are to love God. Do we all do it?
--The lawyer asked, "Who is my neighbor?" (v 29).
--Is it next door? Where? It is anyone, anywhere.
--Because everyone can use some kindness and cheer!
Jesus tells how we are to love others, "as ourself."
--Or better still, love others as Jesus loves us.
--Our world is a neighborhood, with many crises.
--Physical, geographical, political, financial, all.
--As we are able to help, let us do our part.
"A certain lawyer.. tested Jesus .. wanting to justify himself, said, 'Who is my neighbor?"
-—After he asked, "What shall I do to inherit eternal life?" So Jesus answers both his questions.
--To "love the Lord God with all your heart," we all need a Savior, to help us. We can't do it alone.
--Jesus tells him, and us, who is our neighbor.
--He gives the true story of the Good Samaritan.
--A man with a message of love, we all can use.
"A certain man.. fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead" (v 30). It is a picture of humanity!
--The devil robs us, strips us, as "dead in sin," as we read in Ephesians 2. Satan shows no love!
--We can "fall among thieves" of all kinds, friend.
--Those who injure us, take away health and joy.
--Who may rob us of precious possessions, or soul.
--Better to be robbed, than to rob.
So many back then in Jesus' day, and ours, unsaved.
--Some sadly may feel robbed of so many blessings.
--So many who know not God. Nor Jesus, as Savior.
--Jesus, the kindest, holiest, of all who ever lived.
Listen to Jesus' answer to the lawyer's question.
--Our Lord gives us three philosophies people have.
First, people as "thieves," who think, "What's yours is mine, I'll take it!" These are thieves, robbers!
--They are terrorists! Disillusioned. Destructive!
--They are enemies of all that is holy and good.
--Who think nothing of taking lives, destroying properties of others, as well as dreams and hopes.
--Who say, "What's yours is mine, I'll take it."
--They have the wrong religion or none - not Jesus.
There is the one who "robs God," of worship, His day.
--Or who "steals, lies, covets, or commits adultery."
--0r the abortionist, defying God's command as 'You shall not murder" (Ex. 20:13). Hear ye the Lord!
Or the despicable dope dealer and his devilish crowd.
--Hooking addicts. Ruining lives. Making prisoners!
--Or the one teaching youth to become alcoholics!
--My dear friends, flee from such; they're "thieves!"
--God says, "Love your neighbor" - not rob him!
Second, the attitude, "What's mine is mine, I'll keep it." Jesus tells of two who illustrate this idea.
--"A certain priest came, passed on the other side."
--"When he saw him (wounded), he passed by on the other side" (v 31). Saw him there. Left him there.
In verse 32, "Likewise a Levite .. came and looked and passed by on the other side," as had the priest.
--Two religious people, passed up a dying man.
Isn't it interesting that Jesus identifies with those who are hurting, and in need? Shows "compassion."
--Don't you think He would like to see that in us?
--Most everyone these days could use a lot of it.
--These religious folk then seemed too busy, as much as to say, "What's mine is mine, I will keep it."
These two failed a fellow-man. We all can, at times.
--For them, not much love shown, if any. That's sad.
--We see it today. Beat them up. Or, pass them up.
Thirdly, there is a better way - God's way - of love.
--Jesus gives it in the deeds of a Good Samaritan.
--In effect he says, "What's mine, if I can, is yours and I will share it." His motto, Help them up!
--And the Samaritan so despised did that, for a Jew.
--He shows compassion, without hypocrisy.
--He shows love, without counting the cost.
--He does deeds in need, without looking for reward.
--He was ready to help, without respect of person.
--Such qualities set people apart, like unto Jesus.
Although despised, a Samaritan did this out of love.
--Why? Well, there was lots of pride and prejudice.
--"Jews have no dealings with Samaritans" (John 4:9).
--Samaritans were originally half-Jews; and tensions, and avoidance, existed - Jesus came to resolve.
Listen to Jesus, "A certain Samaritan, as he journeyed came where he was. And when he saw him (the man robbed, wounded, and half-dead), he had compassion."
--Remember what he did. "He went to him." He cared.
--He "bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine."
--To help heal, and comfort. "Set him on his animal, brought him to an inn, and he took care of him."
--A stranger, did all this, "he took care of him."
--Isn't that the way God has compassion on us?
--How the Lord Jesus has taken care of fallen men?
We've stopped at the Good Samaritan Inn several times and visitors may still see, where many have rested.
--Now somewhat in ruins; but his example must live on.
--It is: "What's mine is yours," to help them up!
So next Jesus asks the lawyer, "Which of these three was neighbor to him who fell among thieves? (v 36).
--The lawyer replied, "He who showed mercy on him."
--Right! Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."
Jesus is saying that to me. Perhaps, also to you.
--That's why we have missions. Aid. And sharing.
--That kind of compassionate one has mercy on anyone!
Friend, the "world, flesh and the devil," have beaten us, wounded, and robbed us, spiritually, as this man.
--But like the Good Samaritan, Jesus comes to us.
--Look! Jesus "pours in oil" of the Holy Spirit.
--"Brings us to an inn" - the Father's House.
--"Takes care" of us - what Jesus is doing now.
--"Paid the bill" - what Jesus did on the cross.
--Paid a debt he didn't owe, and we couldn't pay.
--Because we have been robbed by Satan, and the world.
So I say, what Jesus says, "Love your neighbor .. as yourself." Especially praying for his salvation.
When the Catholic Church and School near my church in Mt. Clemens, MI, caught fire, I ran to help.
--Carried out altar furnishings, statues, whatever.
--These were our neighbors! The media publicized it.
--"I was just doing my duty," I said, "to my neighbor in need." Was on radio, TV, and papers, all over.
--Our church opened our, facility for classes, several months without rental, while repairing their school.
--In a bitter world, we all can be better neighbors!
--There are many heavenly ways to show them love.
In Hersey, MI, near the shores of Lake Superior, is a Christian summer camp, with a plaque in its Chapel.
--It is between two pictures of 12-year old campers.
--Fine youth, who lost their lives one summer there.
--The plaque reads: "Rick who loved enough to give his life for another. Rosy who was loved enough to have another pay that price, for her."
—Sudden strong winds capsized Rosy's canoe, and Rick did all he could to try to rescue her; both drowned.
--Rosy, a black girl. Her attempted rescuer, white.
--They did not know each other. They do, in heaven.
This lawyer asked, "What shall I do to inherit life?"
--My dear one, it is already done! Jesus did it!
--He did it for you and me, on a cross, and arose!
--Our part is to believe, receive; trust, obey, Him!
--Let's trust Him! "Love the Lord .. and neighbor."
--Come, let's begin now!
Wilbert D. Gough, ThD., DD. 439