WEDNESDAY

MIDDAY BIBLE STUDY

1130

THE PARABLES OF JESUS

GOOD SAMARITAN

LUKE 10: 25-37

BACKGROUND

A LAWYER HAD TRIED TO TEST JESUS ASKING WHAT HE MUST DO TO INHERIT ETERNAL LIFE. JESUS REPLIED IN A MANNER CONSISTENT WITH THE UNDERSTANDING OF THE RELIGIOUS ELITE, THAT BY FOLLOWING THE SPIRIT OF THE LAW LOVING GOD WITH ALL ONE’S HEART, MIND, SOUL AND STRENGTH AND ONE’S NEIGHBOR AS ONESELF ONE WILL INHERIT ETERNAL LIFE. THIS WAS THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE LAW.

ANOTHER WAY OF LOOKING AT IT IS THAT IF ONE DOES ONLY GOOD AND NEVER SINS, NATURALLY ONE INHERITS ETERNAL LIFE, THERE BEING NO BASIS OF CONDEMNATION.

NO ONE ACTUALLY ACHIEVES THIS, WHICH IS THE REASON CHRIST HAD TO PROVIDE A DIFFERENT WAY OF OBTAINING ETERNAL LIFE, THROUGH THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS RATHER THAN THROUGH PERFECT BEHAVIOR.

ROMANS 3: 20-24

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  • DESCRIBE THE CONTEXT IN WHICH JESUS IS TELLING THIS PARABLE?

  • WHY MIGHT THE PRIEST AND LEVITE HAVE PASSED HIM BY? (NUMBERS 19: 11).

  • WHY MIGHT YOU?

 

THE PRIEST AND THE LEVITE REPRESENT THE RELIGIOUS ELITE. THESE PEOPLE WERE CHARACTERISTICALLY ARROGANT AND HYPOCRITICAL, TREATING OTHERS THEY CONSIDERED TO BE OF A LOWER CLASS, SUCH AS SAMARITANS, WITH CONTEMPT. SAMARITANS IN PARICULAR WERE LOOKED DOWN UPON. FOR THOUGH HOLDING CLAIMS ON JUDAISM, THEY WERE NOT PURE JEWS. THE JEWS HAD NO DEALINGS WITH THE SAMARITANS AND IT IS SO IMPROBABLE AS TO BE PRACTICALLY IMPOSSIBLE THAT A SAMARITAN COULD HAVE BUSINESS IN JERUSALEM.

 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  • HOW DID THE SAMARITAN LOVE WITH HIS HEART, MIND, SOUL AND STRENGTH?

  • DESCRIBE HIS ATTITUDE COMPARED WITH WHAT YOU MAY SPECULATE CONCERNING THAT OF THE PRIEST AND LEVITE.

  • WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR?

  • WHAT ACTIONS DID HE TAKE TO ENHANCE THE QUALITY OF HIS SERVICE?

  • WHAT ESSENTIAL SERVICE ARE YOU PERFORMING?

 

THE SAMARITAN’S RIGHTEOUS BEHAVIOR

  • HE SAW THE NEED AND TOOK PITY, INDICATING THAT HIS HEART WAS INVOLVED. HE WAS SINCERELY CONCERNED AND NOT SIMPLY RELUCTANTLY FULFILLING HIS RESPONSIBILITY IN OBEDIENCE TO THE LAW.

  • HE HAD A HIGH QUALITY OF SERVICE, SPARING NO EXPENSE.

  • HE MADE SURE TO COMPLETE THE JOB, MEETING ALL THE MAN’S NEEDS, AND NOT JUST SOME OF THEM.