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11/03/2014

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The One Who Cared


"Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?" (Lk.10:36)

Jesus had just replied to a lawyer's question. The question was this: "And who is my neighbor?" What Jesus related to him and us was perhaps the most famous of His parables, The Good Samaritan... I will not recite the parable here today, as most of you probably know it word for word. It is so good, that maybe you will want to read and meditate upon it today. Two men of Jewish heritage passed by a man who had been beaten and robbed on the way to Jericho, and left him there bleeding. One was a priest, who presided over sacrifices in the temple and taught the Law to children in a synagogue school. The other was a Levite who assisted the priests...Both of them would have known this: "Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself, I am the Lord" (Lev.19:18). A Samaritan man not only stopped, helped, and ministered, but took the man to an inn and paid for the expenses. I want everyone to take notice of this... Jesus made no indictments here. In the parable, the priest, Levite, and Samaritan stand on their own merits. Jesus prejudged no person here on the basis of his occupation or racial or ethnic stock... He didn't even identify the ethnic heritage of the man who was beaten and robbed. After the parable, Jesus asked the lawyer the question in today's verse. The lawyer answered; "The one who had mercy on him..." (V 37) Jesus replied; "Go and do likewise..." What a great lesson for all of us. Our actions in life will always show whether or not we are good neighbors. How are we doing?

Have a great start to your week. Begin it with a RAK or two... Love mark Phil.4:11

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