Topic over Luke 10
The Good Samaritan
30Jesus replied and said, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, and they stripped him and beat him, and went away leaving him half dead. 31And by chance a priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32Likewise a Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33But a Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion, 34and came to him and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35On the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I return I will repay you.‘ 36Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers’ hands?“ 37And he said, “The one who showed mercy toward him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do the same.”
First of all, we have all heard this story a million times. In Sunday school, during sermons, let’s all just say it, we get tired of reading this parable (or at least I do).
I was reading through Luke 10 and I got to the Story of The Good Samaritan. I took a deep breath and prayed a little prayer like this one,
Please help me to focus on this passage. Please give me NEW insight that I haven’t gotten from this passage before. Speak to me through is parable.
Luke 11:9 says “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Guess what, the Lord delivered! He gave ME insight that I had never thought of before!
Reading through this passage, I realized that the Samaritan was on a journey. The Samaritan was busy, he had a destination to reach, a checklist to complete and people to see. The Samaritan wasn’t just taking a stroll down a road on his way to Jericho. I am a “busy” person. Because of that “busyness”, I miss out on the opportunities that God has placed on the side of my road. The Samaritan had to LEAVE his path and take the time to help the wounded man. The Samaritan helped the man and took him to an Inn. That in and of itself is a lot. However, the Samaritan didn’t stop there, he paid for the man’s stay and continued on his journey.
What if, instead of being the Samaritan, we are the wounded man? Beaten and robbed by sin, left to die off of the path of Eternal Life. Jesus, the Samaritan comes along, being busy with His godly duties and saves us, puts us in His gracious and loving arms, and gives us life! This realization was a game changer for me! I had never realized that this story can have two totally different views. It wasn’t until I read Luke 10:37 that I realized this change in roles. This is an analogy of how Christ showed mercy on the wounded man (us) and saved our life!
XOXO, The Christian Prepster