The Parable of the Good Samaritan
And behold, a plawyer stood up to qput him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to rinherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” 27 And he answered, s“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 tyour neighbor as yourself.” 28 And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; udo this, and you will live.”
29 But he, vdesiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 Jesus replied, “A man wwas going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a xpriest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. 32 So likewise xa Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a ySamaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 He went to him and zbound up his wounds, pouring on zoil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 And the next day he took out two adenarii3 and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ 36 Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” 37 He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise”. Luke 10:25-37
The lessons here are bountiful. Jesus shows us that the Priest looked the other way as did the Levite. Levites are the descendants of the Tribe of Levi.
One of the twelve tribes of Israel and are of distinguished status. It was a Samaritan, a member of the ordinary common community that actually helped the person in need.
We do not have to be extraordinary, of religious identity or of a certain bloodline to be effective. Actually, the lesson in this parable is that those type did not help, but it was the commoner led by compassion and grace that took care of a person in need.
Holy Week Revelations
Holy week is a time of reflection for some Believers with focus being given to the last week of Jesus’s earthly ministry. A study of scripture shows that during this time, Jesus cleared the temple by overthrowing the tables of the money changers and re-establishing order. He aggressively reminded the priests and temple worshipers that the temple is to be a place of prayer and the selling of goods and merchandise is forbidden in the temple.
During this time, we see Jesus praying and in mediation. There is the last supper, his trial, crucifixion, death, burial and resurrection. We see several elements of today’s time during this biblical time. There is the bystander affect occurring within the crowd as they accuse the Master of crimes he did not commit. We see leaders in the temple taking advantage of society with greed and manipulation. We see normative conformity and destructive disobedience when Roman soldiers carry out horrific orders in their punishment of the Messiah.
We must have the courage and confidence to go against the grain and speak up when we need to speak up. We cannot cower in the face of the crowds; neither can we submit to immoral authority. Everyone in a robe and carrying a bible is not a representative of God. We are to follow the lead of our Savior who fought against injustice in the temple and outside of it. Jesus stood for those who could not stand for themselves, defending women, the poor, the sick, foreigners and the oppressed. He served with grace and humility.
We have absolutely everything we need to live a powerful, abundant and effective life. Following Jesus’s example, we learn how to submit to holy authority and defy and stand against destructive leadership and societal forces that are immoral. We see the difference one truly can make and why we must be the body that carries out the Lord’s work…going against the grain is not optional. It will be required.
The Budding Professor