THE PARABLE OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN
The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him." Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise."
1. “Who is my neighbor?” (25-29)
An expert in the law tested Jesus by asking him what he had to do to inherit
eternal life. Rather than answer the inquiry, Jesus asked the man how he
understood the Law. The expert quoted the Law, saying that loving God with all of
one’s heart and loving one’s neighbor is how to inherit eternal life. Jesus agreed
with the response and then told the man to do it. Faith in God must result in good
works. (Ja 2:14-16) But the expert wanted to justify himself and asked, “Who is my
neighbor?” This was the wrong question.
2. How to be a merciful neighbor (30-37)
Jesus told a story about a man who was robbed, beaten and left for dead on
the road. A priest saw him but walked past. A Levite did the same thing. Then a
Samaritan saw the nearly dead man, bandaged him, put the man on his donkey
and carried him to an inn. Then the Samaritan paid the innkeeper to nurse the
man. The expert admitted that the Samaritan had been a true neighbor.
Prayer Lord Jesus, you are like the merciful Samaritan in the story. Help me to go
and do likewise.
One Word Be a merciful neighbor