The Good Samaritan

Intro

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

25 And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” 27 And he answered, “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 your neighbor as yourself.” 28 And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”

29 But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 Jesus replied, “A man was 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 priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. 32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil 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 denarii 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.” ( Lk 10:25–37)

Illustration

Mind

  • According to Jesus, does being a neighbor simply mean that you live next to someone? What does Jesus mean by the word neighbor?





  • What is the difference between the way the religious leaders (Priest and Levite) understood God’s commands versus the way the Samaritan did?



Motive

  • How is it that we are to love other people?

“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 your neighbor as yourself.” 28 And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live” (Lk. 10:27-28).

  • How does Jesus teach us to view our resources when serving those in need?



Memory Verse

“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 your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27)


Mission

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.” (Lk. 10:36-37)


REMEMBER, the only true and ultimate Good Samaritan is Jesus. There is no one who has loved God with all their heart, mind, strength and loved their neighbor as them self except for Jesus. He it is who has looked with compassion upon you. He it is who has bandaged our wounds and paid the price necessary to see us whole through his own life. And it is his example of love that we rejoice in and aim to follow.

Worship

Prayer

Ask God to give you eyes to see and hearts to feel compassion for those around you. Ask God to forgive you if you have walked past the needs of others in your life.


Further Study