Scripture Reference: Luke 10: 25 – 37
A Jewish teacher was once talking to Jesus in order to try to catch him out with difficult questions. The man knew that in order to please God he had to serve Him with his whole life and to show concern for his neighbor. ‘Who is my neighbor?’ he asked Jesus. ‘Whom should I care for?’
Instead of telling him the answer Jesus told a parable.
This is the parable:
A man was travelling along the desert road from Jerusalem to Jericho. Suddenly, robbers jumped out on him from behind some rocks. They punched and kicked him, tearing the clothes off his body, and then they left him lying injured by the roadside. He waited and waited for someone to come by and help him.
A priest came walking by on the road, but instead of stopping to help, he gave a look and went straight past on the other side of the road.
The next to approach was a man known as a Levite, who helped at services in the Temple at Jerusalem. He did the same and took no notice of the dying man.
Soon a third person came down the road riding a donkey. He was from Samaria and no one would have expected him to help because the Jews never had anything to do with the Samaritans. He felt sorry for him.
When he saw how badly he was injured , he took some wine and a jar of olive oil and poured the soothing liquids on to the wounds. He tore up some clothing into long strips and bandaged the cuts.
Then he lifted him on to his own donkey and took him to the nearest inn, where he found him a bed and cared for him. The next day the Samaritan had to continue his journey, so he gave the innkeeper two silver coins and said Look after him. If it costs you any more to do it, I’ll pay you in a few days when I return.”
After telling this parable Jesus asked the Jewish teacher –“Which of these 3 do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?”
The Jewish teacher replied, “The one who had mercy on him”. He didn’t like to admit it was a Samaritan.
Jesus told him, “go and do the same yourself.”
Lessons to learn from this story :
1.The main theme of this story is to understand who is our neighbor? We should set aside our prejudice (status) and show love and compassion to others and treat everyone as our neighbor.
- We should love others as Christ loved us.
- Keeping the law perfectly is an impossible task, we need a Savior our Jesus Christ who is a Samaritan.
Match with the correct answers :
|1.The traveller was traveling to||Two silver coins|
|2.The first person who passed the wounded man was||Levite|
|3. The second person who passed the wounded man||Jericho|
|4. The third person who passed the wounded man was||Priest|
|5. The Samaritan paid the innkeeper||Samaritan|