As the story goes, a traveller is robbed and left half dead beaten up on the side of the road. First, a priest comes by and then a Levite. They both avoid helping the poor soul. Yet, a Samaritan stops and takes care of him. This is unheard of culturally. It is preposterous. How could Jesus expect the hated rival to help as Jews and samaritans despised one another with a vengeance.
Jesus told this parable in response to the question: “Who is my neighbour?” And the obvious answer is the man who gave of his time, money, and showed mercy. Wouldn’t you want to be known as a Good Samaritan?
This concept can be seen all over the world in all art forms including sculptures, paintings, films, and photographs. Many businesses as hospitals and charitable organizations are named after the Good Samaritan.
How about you? Again I ask are you looked upon as a Good Samaritan?
A Good Samaritan is willing to help a stranger. I would even go beyond that by saying a Good Samaritan is willing to stick up for justice and oppose racial discrimination, ethnic cleansing, any form of slavery or prejudice.
Yes, we are to be our neighbours’ keepers. It may just take one of us to keep the peace and stand up for what is right. Be willing to be a difference maker.
Be a Good Samaritan so you can…
to a sin-sick world needing Christians to be merciful.
*According to the Dictionary of Classical, Biblical, & Literary Allusions the term “good Samaritan” is used as a common metaphor: “The word now applies to any charitable person, especially one who, like the man in the parable, rescues or helps out a needy stranger.”
Be a Good Samaritan and help out or rescue those who need it that God has put directly in your path. That way you will..
If you are unfamiliar with the gospel account of the parable of the Good Samaritan told by Jesus, stop now and take a read in Luke 10.25-37.
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