Who is my neighbor?

lk 10As we end week two of studying the book of Luke,we come across the Parable of the Good Samaritan.

This parable always excites me; I remember clearly how I learnt about it many years ago as a child in Sunday School.It was a very dramatic story thanks to my Sunday School teachers,it has stayed in my mind all these years.

Jesus narrated this creative parable to a lawyer who wanted to know what he could do to inherit eternal life.

The lawyer in his mind thought he was the best neighbor on earth.

In Luke chapter 10:25-37,

We see Jesus using three types of people to demonstrate who a neighbor is,when a man was attacked by thieves and left for death by the roadside.

Join me on this video as we discuss the parable of the Good Samaritan from Luke 10:25-37.  Who is my neighbor?

We are going to see the three types of people that Jesus described.

1. A Priest

31 Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.

2.A Levite

32 Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side.

3.A Samaritan

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,j]”>[j] 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.’ 

Jesus then asked the lawyer,

36 So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?”

The lawyer replied,

 “He who showed mercy on him.”

Wow!

The Samaritan is the one who was neighbor to the man who was attacked.

Let us look at what disqualified the first two characters and what qualified the last character.

The Priest

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary,

A priest is one authorized to perform the sacred rites of a religion especially as a mediatory agent between humans and God; specifically :  an Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, or Roman Catholic clergyman ranking below a bishop and above a deacon.

With regard to the above definition,it is obvious that the priest was aware of the commandments since he was a servant of God,nevertheless,his actions were contrary to what he knew.

Instead of doing what was expected of him,he just saw the wounded man from a distance,and changed his route.

The Levite

A member of the priestly Hebrew tribe of Levi; specifically :  a Levite of non-Aaronic descent assigned to lesser ceremonial offices under the Levitical priests of the family of Aaron.  Merriam-Webster dictionary.

Although the Levite was assigned to lesser duties than the priest,he was still expected to be aware of the commandments.However,he acted like an ignorant man.

He acted a little bit better than the priest,by moving closer to the wounded man and looking at him.But he did not do what was expected of him.Instead of acting,he changed his route.

The Samaritan

Was  a native or inhabitant of Samaria,Merriam-Webster dictionary.

This was a common man from a nearby region called Samaria.Most probably he didn’t know the commandments,or if he knew,maybe slightly,but not thoroughly as the priest and the levite.The Samaritans were not respected by the Jews because they did not know /follow the law and the commandments.

He was the best actor.

When he saw the wounded man,he moved closer to him,felt sympathy for him,and cared for him.He took time with him,did some first aid,then took him to a better place to be taken care of.He spent money on him,and was even willing to spend more on him.He sacrificed his time and money on the needy stranger.

This makes me to ask you this questions;

What kind of person are you?

Are you like the Priest who sees someone in trouble,but instead of taking a step closer,you take a different direction.You see the problem but you do not solve the problem.I think  this type of a person is one who breaks the news to villagers when he reaches his destination.

Are you like the Levite who when you see someone in trouble,you move a little closer to see the extent of the trouble(in this case,is the man still breathing,which parts of the body were cut,where does this man come from?,etc),but you do not help the person.Instead you leave the man suffering,you abandon him,you take a different path so that no one will know that you saw the man.I think this type of a person breaks the news to villagers when he reaches his destination,moreover,he describes what he saw to detail.

Are you like the Samaritan?,you notice that a wounded man is a needy person who  is within your reach and whom you can help?When you meet such a person,you feel sympathy for him,you are moved by what you see.You act fast,you help the person,you spend time with him,you spend money on him,you accomodate him.I think this type of a person gives his all to the needy people around him,but when he gets home,he tells no one about it.

This brings us to this question,

Who is my neighbor?

Answer

My neighbor is someone who is needy and is within my reach.

People who are needy are everywhere,from family,Church,social media friends,physical neighbors,you can’t miss a needy person to help.

Let us emulate the Samaritan,when we do so we will be called good people,just as Jesus called the third person a Good Samaritan.

God bless you.

Stella.


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