The story of the deep which means of the nice Samaritan

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The parable of the good Samaritan raises many questions. How do we relate to people who differ from us? What is our responsibility to the many injured people in our world? Who is our neighbor

"Which of these three do you think was a neighbor of the man who fell into the hands of robbers?" The legal expert replied: "The one who was gracious to him." Jesus said to him, "Go and do it" (Luke 10: 36-37).

"The word is alive and active, sharper than any double-edged sword" (Hebrews 4:12). Christ often cuts deeply into the heart of what we believe in. His truth often threatens our comfort.

Who were the samaritans?

Samaritans seem to have emerged from the mixed marriage of Jews and Gentiles. As "Assyria 722 BC. Chr. Israel conquered "," they took most of its people in captivity "and" settled (d) the country "with foreigners; "There were also mixed marriages."

This group did not follow the Jewish law – God's law – as strictly as the Pharisees. The Samaritans were influenced by pagan traditions. "They were the despised enemies of the Jews."

In Luke 10, Jesus spoke to a Jewish lawyer who was familiar with the history of Israel and this longstanding hostility between the two groups. He and the rest of the audience were aware of the fact that Jews and Samaritans hated each other. They would surely have crossed the street to avoid each other.

Jesus' simple message

In the Beatitudes, Christ had declared: "Blessed are the merciful, because they are shown mercy" (Matthew 5: 7). Christ's message was: If we want to be reconciled with the Father, we must show love to all people regardless of race, religion or social position.

Love is active, uncomfortable, risky and may not be returned. What if in Jesus' parable of the good Samaritan the wounded traveler had died or could not repay the Samaritan?

This parable suggests the sacrifice of Christ on the cross and the free gift of grace that he offers to repentant sinners. Jesus took a risk: "When we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5: 8). He paid everything so that those who believed in him to be saved were saved while knowing that many would decline the gift. God asks us to meet lost people in their painful mess and lead them to the cross. We risk rejection, but hope to witness their salvation.

Why a Samaritan?

Like an anthem that is roboticly sung to an ancient melody in the familiar rhythm, singers often forget the meaning of the song. The lawyer had learned a lot about God, but he had no relationship with him or no mercy for the broken.

Well-trained lawyers ask questions that they already know the answer to, and what do I have to do to inherit eternal life? "Reveal (ed) that he had insight into the issue of redemption." He was "familiar with Hebrew law" and "a scholar of Jewish literature". The lawyer knew that he had to love God and his neighbor completely, but the words hadn't affected his heart.

The parable of Jesus and the choice of a Samaritan as a hero was like a new arrangement for these old words, which were set to a different melody and a different tempo. "The master instructor," writes Wayne Jackson, invited the lawyer to "question his own stance (if that is honest enough) and perhaps better understand his creator's expectations of appropriate social attitudes."

Christ seems to be saying that even someone with a distorted understanding of the law could reflect the heart of the father more accurately than a law-abiding Jew. "Love thy neighbor as thyself:" The words fell lifeless from the lawyer's mouth, but Christ filled them with meaning and power by illustrating how to live after them. "Be doers of the Word and not just listeners and deceive yourself" (James 1:22).

Natural enemies, unnatural love

Christ does not indicate that the victim "attacked by robbers" and left "half dead" was Jewish, Samaritan, or otherwise. He is someone. He is everyone. Jesus wants us to be moved by extraordinary compassion. Love that ignores racial, religious or socio-economic categories.

The original Greek says that the Samaritan did more than look after this man but offered him care and devotion, like the way parents and nurses showed children. The man's emotional and financial investment in caring for a stranger, his generosity, was "stunning". What the Samaritan paid the landlord was "the equivalent of over $ 1,500" or enough for "just over three weeks of lodging." His love was extravagant.

He preached no sympathy to the landlord and did not return for payment to the beaten man. The Samaritan assumed financial and personal responsibility and lived the belief that your neighbor is the person who needs to be saved.

The word "splagma" used in the original Greek means "pity from your deepest soul". The heart of the Samaritan was broken and reflected a heart for God and the heart that we receive from God for others when we accept salvation through the mercy of Christ.

God invites us to look beyond the exterior of lifestyle, color and even religious affiliation with Imago Dei in everyone. He reminds us in Luke 10 that we were once the same as this broken, bleeding man. "You used to be alienated from God" and were even his "enemy", but you were "reconciled to death by the physical body of Christ (…)" and are now "flawless and free from accusations" (Colossians 1:21 -) 22).

Our sin nailed Christ to the cross, and the Father has every right to despise us, and yet he made us "heirs with Christ" (Romans 8:17). This extravagant love should inspire us to love others extravagantly. His “radical grace” gives us a new identity that we would like to share.

In this new identity, the father also gives us dignity. Like the man who was beaten and robbed in Jesus' parable, we were once naked and needed cover. The father clothed us with the blood of his son. God saved us from death for eternity, but he has brought us back into communion with and with him again today. He gives value and dignity to those who love him, including those who are rejected by the world.

Kingdom roles

Ideally, kings serve their kingdom first. God had expectations of the kings of Israel. "The king must not consider himself better than his brothers and turn to the right or left of the law" (Deuteronomy 17:20).

Colin Smith explains: “The most powerful man in the country must be the first to model commitment to God's law. Others looked at him and would follow his example. “The expectations of leaders in the new church were the same. In 1 Peter 5: 3 it says: "Pastors and elders should be" role models for the flock "of God."

All Christians inherit the kingdom of God. We are "heirs of God and joint heirs of Christ if we actually share in His sufferings so that we can share in His glory" (Romans 8:17). Therefore, these royal expectations apply to all believers. We don't just inherit the kingdom; We inherit responsibility.

The Good Samaritan represents Jesus, who paid all the costs for healing the broken man. Like innkeepers, we have a duty to care for certain people who come into our lives and are broken by sin. alienated from God.

The merciful Samaritan gave instructions to the host, and we have no idea what followed: how long did it take for the man to recover? whether there were more bills to pay; if the man ever recovered. The story lacks a proper ending and many questions remain unanswered. Why should the host simply trust the Samaritan?

And who are we in this scenario? We were once the broken man. Our hearts and actions should now emulate those of the Samaritan. But maybe we really are the host who follows the instructions of the Samaritan (Christ) because we know by his example that we can trust him.

We want to serve him by serving others. "Truly, I tell you whatever you have done for one of the least of my brothers and sisters, you have done for me" (Matthew 25:40). Our means are limited, but Christ paid the price.

We are weak, but his spirit enables and equips us to do his work. "Now may the God of Peace, who brought our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, back from the dead through the blood of the everlasting covenant, provide you with all good things so that you can do his will and work in us" (Hebrews ) 13: 20-21).

Messy for Christ

The Samaritan is an example of risky love, and those who love Christ are inspired to follow it. Imagine that the Samaritan treats this stranger's wounds, pours expensive oil and the wine that would have quenched his thirst.

Imagine tearing a clean, expensive cloth, perhaps from the clothes he wore to tie the bleeding man. Then he lifts this dirty, bloody stranger onto his donkey, whose skin and clothing are stained with blood and dirt. He is full of splagma, ignores the position of the sun and does not care about the inconvenience of this break.

Christ shows the expectation that we as disciples “will be prepared in the season and out of the season” (2 Timothy 4: 2) to use His power to lead people out of their sins toward safety, healing, and forgiveness. "As you sent me into the world, I sent you into the world." (John 17:18) "You" are now "we".

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Candice Lucey love Christ and you will enjoy writing about his promises. She lives with her family in the mountains of BC, Canada.

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