Bible Studies for Life Lesson for Dec- 12- Go and Do
November 30 2010 by Catherine Painter, Raleigh speaker, author

Focal Passage: Luke 10:25-37  

A lawyer, attempting to argue theological matters, asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus responded with the well-loved parable of The Good Samaritan — a story that exposes three different attitudes toward life.

Jesus said, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell into the hands of robbers. “They stripped him, beat him, and fled, leaving him half dead” (Lk. 10:30). The robbers’ attitude was, “What’s yours is mine, and I’ll take it.”

Laying by the road, the wounded man saw someone in clerical garb approaching. Surely the priest would offer assistance. By birth and by calling, the priest was meant to be a neighbor to the wounded man. But when he saw him, the priest passed by on the other side (v. 31).

Later, a Levite, a priest’s servant, approached. He, too, saw the man and passed by on the other side. Neither inflicted additional harm to the man; they simply refused to become involved. Their attitude was: “What’s mine is mine, and I’ll keep it.”

Finally, a Samaritan, a mixed breed despised by the Jews, approached. While mercifully binding up the man’s wounds, he asked no questions and made no judgments. He neither sought reward for his help, nor felt inconvenienced. His attitude was, “What’s mine is ours, and I’ll share it.”

How recently have you and I played the Good Samaritan? Do we claim just anyone as our neighbor and see everyone as our brother? Can we be kinder than necessary and hold back judgment of others’ feelings and actions?

How about doing something good secretly, like giving money to causes that feed the hungry, clothe the poor, and offer medical help to the suffering around the world? And is there someone whose inner wounds we can help God heal?

Do we forgive those who wound or disappoint us? And do we remember to thank those who are Good Samaritans to us?

Jesus asked the lawyer in verse 36, “Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?”

“The one who showed mercy to him,” he said. Then Jesus challenged the man as He challenges us: “Go and do the same.”
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