Have you fallen among thieves? Has the world knocked you down, kicked you around, stripped you of your self-worth and left you half-dead? Have religious people looked upon your misery and spurned you? Have they judged you and taken no pity on you? If this is where you find yourself there is only one option. It is time to be your own Good Samaritan.
Part 1 of 3
Background of the Good Samaritan parable
The Parable of the Good Samaritan is one of the teachings of Jesus. The religious leaders of the day wanted to prove that Jesus was not the Messiah that was prophesied about in the Old Testament and so prove that His teachings did not apply to them. Some of them relied on their strict adherence to the law and some to their lineage as Abraham’s children as the means for inheriting eternal life. The law said they were required to love God and to love their neighbor. They held that they would become defiled if they touched an unclean person so an unclean person could not be their neighbor. Jesus was contradicting these beliefs. This parable is Jesus’s response to a lawyer who thought he knew the answer to his own question.
Suggested reading: Luke 10:25-37, Matthew 22:34-40 and Mark 12:28-34.
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