Luke 10:30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
Luke 10:31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
Luke 10:32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
Luke 10:33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
Luke 10:34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him
.Luke 10:35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.
Luke 10:36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?
Luke 10:37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
Brothers, we as children of God are not walking as Christ Jesus taught us to walk if we see someone in need, and walk around them, or pass by on the other side, without offering help to meet their needs.
We, in all probability see someone in need most everyday of our lives. We may be at our jobs or on our way to or from our jobs. Let’s say, their automobile is broken down on the side of the roadway. How easy is it for us to pass by on the other side and continue on our way. We can certainly justify our actions by saying to ourselves these words. I will be late for work if I stop to offer help. Perhaps someone who is not going to their job will have time to help the poor man or woman.
It is probably easier in this day to pass by on the other side we simply say, well I guess they have called for help on their cell phone. Do we not assume that everyone now has a cell phone. That statement gives us comfort in justifying our actions. We can make ourselves feel ok by thinking or speaking these thoughts. In most cases like this that we see while traveling, the person in need may not be waving his or her arms in a gesture to stop and help. Especially women, they will seldom let people know that they are in need for the world has taught our wives and daughters to be fearful when they are out and alone.
I will bet that if you think back about the last time that you saw this very example of someone in need, it will probably be within the last week or so. We are all in such a hurry, not just to work and back, but in most every hour of every day.
In verses 31 & 32 above, Jesus says that both a certain priest and a Levite crossed over to the other side and passed by the man in need. Jesus does not tell us here that they were in a hurry to be some where, perhaps they were late for something that they deemed to important to stop and offer assistance to the man that Jesus described as having been left half dead by thieves.
When a certain lawyer had stood up and tempted Jesus with the question of, ‘Who is our neighbor’ ? Jesus gave the above parable of who our neighbor is. When Jesus after giving this parable to the lawyer, asked him ‘who do you think acted as a neighbor to the man in need of help’? The lawyer said, ‘He that showed mercy on him’. Jesus then said to the lawyer, ‘Go and do likewise’. We are to show mercy to those in need, if we are expecting mercy to be shown to us by God the Father.
Brothers, how many times have you asked God to show mercy on you? I will bet that you can not count the times that you have requested mercy from God. I know that I can not.
Brothers, there is one more thing that God would have me show you here, and that is who your neighbor is!
The Samaritan is the man in needs neighbor. That is obvious you will say, and that would be true. But, there is no indication that the Samaritan who was passing by had ever in his life laid eyes upon the wounded man. In fact, I am sure that the Samaritan had never saw this man before in his life. However, that did not keep him from doing what the certain priest, and the Levite did, by passing by the man in need. Do you see that the Samaritan only became a neighbor to the man by stopping and treating the mans wounds, taking him to shelter that he might have time and the care that he needed to recover. The Samaritan also offered payment for the man to be cared for by the host which the Samaritan had delivered him too. He also told the host that when he returned he would pay him any amount over, that was spent in caring for the man.
Here we are shown that the Samaritan also had business to do in some other place. This did not stop him from being the wounded mans neighbor. The Samaritan stopped, he treated the wounds of the man, he then found shelter for both him and the man, and he stayed with the man over night and continued treating the wounded man. The next morning the Samaritan paid the host in advance for both lodging and treatment of any kind, and promised the host payment for all that he spent on the man until his return.
Mark 12:30And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
Mark 12:31And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
Jesus says here plainly that we are to love the Lord our God, and our neighbor as ourselves. We are to be a neighbor, and if we are not a neighbor to those who we come upon who are in need, then we have not done the commandments of loving God, and our neighbor.
Jesus tells us plainly here that there is no greater commandment than these.
God Bless you my brothers,
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