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Greatest Stories Ever Told: Good Samaritan
April 5, 2020

Greatest Stories Ever Told: Good Samaritan

April 5, 2020



  • Jesus specifically crafted the parable of the Good Samaritan to shock and offend His audience.
  • We need to ask ourselves, “Do I see myself accurately?”

On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

He answered, “‘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, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead.  A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side.  So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.  

But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.  He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him.  The next day he took out two denarii[e] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

(Luke 10:25-37)

There are THREE LAYERS to this parable:


  • The lawyer was really asking: “Where is the line between neighbor and not neighbor? Who can I exclude without feeling guilty from my neighborly generosity?”
  1. The generosity of the Samaritan comes at .
  2. The generosity of the Samaritan comes at to him.
  3. The generosity of the Samaritan comes across a .

“The Samaritan was good because he made concern for others the first law of his life.”

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.”

-Mother Teresa

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

-Martin Luther King, Jr.


“A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, ‘Give me a drink.’ The Samaritan woman said to him, ‘How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?’”

(John 4:7-9)

  • Compassion means to suffer with.

‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me? … If I do not stop and help this man, what will happen to him?’

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • People in a , by people.
  • Skepticism can keep our , which keeps our down.

‘No longer can we engage in the luxury of passing by on the other side. … As you leave this place of worship, my friends, go out with the conviction that all [humans] are brothers [and sisters], tied in a single garment of destiny.’

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • A compassionate heart differently.
  • Sometimes we have to get off our “” to a .
  • The person the lawyer has the most in common with in this parable is the in the .



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