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.
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Text of the Good Samaritan parable
And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”
But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.” (Luke 10:25-37 ESV) See also, Matthew 22:34-40 and Mark 12:28-34.
Definition of a Good Samaritan
According to Luke’s account, a Good Samaritan is someone who sees a person who has fallen among thieves and goes to him with compassion. He pours oil and wine in his wounds and bandages them. He picks him up, carries him to an inn and takes care of him. When the Good Samaritan must continue on his journey he takes of his own money and makes provision for the injured person to stay at the inn. He pays for the innkeeper to continue caring for the injured person promising to repay the innkeeper if the cost is greater than the amount he left with him.
Suggested reading: Luke 10:25-37, Matthew 22:34-40 and Mark 12:28-34.
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