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The Good Samaritan

Benjamin Ng
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  • August 20, 2021
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Lord, thank you for seeing us safely through this past week and were just so thankful for so many things you are such a great and wonderful god, a giver of so many blessings in all of our lives. And even now, as we come to study a word, we're thankful even for your word. We're thankful lord that you desire to give us more than anything else, the holy spirit. And so we're asking for the presence of the holy spirit this evening to teach us and to guide us and to lead us into all truth. Please lord, be with us now illumine our hearts and minds help us to understand your word. We pray in jesus name, aim man. As I said already, we are studying a very familiar parable and we are looking at the good samaritan. However, before we get into the parable itself, let's have a look to see why jesus told this parable in the 1st place. He must have had a reason. What was it that happened that gave jesus this reason to give us this parable? Let's start by going to our 1st tax. Luke chapter 10 and verse 25. Luke 1025. The bible says and behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tented him saying, master, what shall i do to inherit eternal life, friends? Who was it that came to jesus? The tech said that it was a lawyer. And I want you to notice here that look, the lawyer in those days was not someone that went to court that stood up in front of a judge and defended people that, that were guilty of committing a crime or that were accused of committing a crime. No, a lawyer is not what we know. It's a day who worked in the government all was in the secular world. The lawyer here was one that worked in the church. She was an expert in the mosaic law, meaning this person was a religious person. That's why I said he worked in the church, he was in the sanctuary, or at least in relation to that. And so this lawyer now comes to jesus and he asked jesus what he needed to do in order to inherit eternal life. Obviously he was wanting to hear something in regards to the law rights. I mean, in those days the jews focused so much on the law and the form of religion and all these ceremonies that what they needed to do in order to get to heaven. I mean for example, the pharisee who stood at the street corner and most of all his works. All the things that he did. I mean he, he paid tied of everything that he owned. He fastened twice a week. All he was focused on was his seeming works. Hence, a question from this lawyer was not something that was unusual. That would raise eyebrows. That would cause people to, to go. Hm. What is it that he's talking about? No, this was just a very simple question. In those days, and so how did jesus reply? Let's continue reading. Luke 1026. And he said to him, what is written in the law? How reduced thou, what does jesus do? He points this man to the law. He points him to the 10 commandments, and how happy this lawyer must have been to have been asked such a simple question and especially something just up his alley. In regards to his work right for he was a lawyer after all. And so how does he reply? luke 1027 to 28. He answered and said, thou shalt love the Lord, thy god with all thy hearts, and with all thy soul and with all thy strength and with all thy mines and thy neighbor as thyself. This is the lawyer speaking, and he, jesus said unto him, thou hast answered right. This do, and thou shalt live. And so this lawyer, he replies by stating that the law tells us to love god and love our neighbor. He summarizes the 10 commandments into a lore of love, which exactly is what it is. Jesus said, you got it. He agrees with a lawyer and he tells him, if you do that, you will live, you will have eternal life. And so the fact is further corroborated by jesus own words in the book of matthew matthew chapter 22 and verse. 40 on these 2 commandments. Hang all the law and the prophets. Jesus says that all the law and the prophets hang on these 2 commandments. Love to God and love to man. It seems like an ease encounter doesn't it? It seems like the lawyer is a pretty good man. I mean, jesus asks him a quite well he asks jesus a question and then jesus replies with a question back to him. And he understood that the 10 commandments will more than just and laws, but it really summed up the essence of what love was. And so that was the spirituality of the law that many people even miss to day in our time. But you see he got it, he was pretty close to heaven. So you can imagine that the lawyer was feeling pretty good about himself at this points. And so he dares to ask jesus one more question. What is it? This is the question that he asks before jesus jumps into the parable. Luke chapter 10 verse 29, but he willing to justify himself 7 to jesus. And who is my neighbor? noticed the bible says you that the the lawyer he wanted to justify himself. One more time, he wanted to make sure that he was on the right path to probably prove to himself and others around him, that he was righteous. And he was a good man and he was on the right path to heaven and eternal life. After all, he was a lawyer, but teacher of the law. So he was feeling pretty self satisfied at this point that he was ready for it on a life because he got the 1st question, right? So surely he would be that person that was loving god and loving his neighbor. And so he asks the question, who is my neighbor? And was that question? Jesus jumps into the parable. So let's get reading to it. Showy. Let's go to luke chapter 10 now and verse 30 loop 10 verse 30 jesus answering and said a certain man went down from jerusalem to jericho and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raymond's and wounded him and departed, leaving him half dead. This man who was travelling from jerusalem to jericho must have been a jew. Anyways, he falls into the hands of season, thieves of robbers. And not only do they strip him of all that he has and leave him half naked, but almost ready to die. They must have beaten him up pretty bad. And he who does he represent? Obviously he represents all of us on the earth to day hurt by the devil, hunt by sin. And what happens next though? Let's continue reading, shall we? In luke chapter 10 was 31 to 32. We continue reading and by chance there came down a certain priest that way. And when he saw him, he passed by where on the other side. And likewise a levite when he was at the place came and looked on him and passed my also on the other side. So there were 2 people that passed by this man who was half den. First was a priest. The 2nd was a leave lights. However, both of them saw this man and both of them did not help both of them passed by. On the other side. Were they neighbours? Did they love their neighbor? Obviously not right. Even though they were all jews, even though they were all of the same race, but not only that, these 2 people, the priest and the levites, they will religious people, the priest, he was in the temple in the sanctuary. He was definitely a religious person. Palmer to leave lights. What do we know about leave lights? You see a leave right? Was called such because they were from the tribe of levi. And these were the people, the only tribe that was allowed to work in relation to the sanctuary. Now not every priest of upon me, not every leave heights was a priest though, so the priest was a levite. Yes, every single priest, only the priests are only the leave. Whites could be priests, but you see the leaves white, not all were priest, but they all did work in relation to the sanctuary. Some were assigned to take care of, of the material, the hangings that the fence, the, the plates and balls the golden spoons and all that, that the incense, all those things. So they were working in relation to the church, but not all were priests. However, this is one thing that we conclude can can conclude, pardon me. They all worked in the church and remember who's the lawyer? He was an expert in the laws of moses in that the customs and the festivals and all those things. He was a teacher of the law and so he worked in relation to the church as well. And friends, he is a very important our little application that we have here just because you know the law. It doesn't mean that you are a true neighbor just because you're a religious person and you're paid and you to, to work in the church itself. It doesn't mean that you truly have love for your neighbor. This was a rebuke to the lawyer. Why? Remember, he was trying to justify himself. He was trying to justify himself. He got the 1st question right. But he was trying to tell jesus that he loved god and he loved man as well. But through this parable, jesus is showing him that not every one that can recite. The 10 commandments will have eternal life. Not every one that can recite the 10 commandments truly loves god and their neighbor. However, jesus continues on and story. Let's keep reading, shall we. Luke chapter 10 versus 33 to 35. But a certain samaritan, as he journeyed came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion on him and went to him and bound up his wounds pouring in oil and wine and set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn and took care of him. And on the morrow, when he departed, he took up 2 pence and gave them to the host and said unto him, take care of him. And whatsoever thou spend a small, when I come again, I will repay thee. So by and by a samaritan comes along and he comes and he takes care of this man. He puts him on his own animal. He brings him to an inn. He cleans him up, and he sits there all night taking care of him. And when he has to go, he promises to the innkeeper. I will come back and take care of all the expenses. You just make sure you continue to take care of him. Okay. And so jesus, he turns back to the lawyer and he finishes his conversation. Now with him, let's continue, was 36 to 37. Now which of these 3 think hast thou was a neighbor unto him that fell among the thieves? And he the lawyer said he that showed mercy on him. Then said jesus unto him, go and do thou. Likewise, jesus asks him who was the neighbor to the man that had been beaten up and left half dead by the thieves. And the interesting thing here is how the lawyer replies, what does he say? He said he that showed mercy on him. She that showed mercy on that man. What's so interesting about this, you see he could not even bring himself to say that it was the samaritan. That was the one that was the neighbor that showed mercy on him that showed love from god to him. He couldn't bring himself to say that someone he hated some one that he considered a heathen was the one that was actually keeping the commandments of god. The law of love and showing love to the neighbor. How did the jews view the samaritans that would lead him to this point that he couldn't even say it was a samaritan? He couldn't bring himself to admit that in this such parable, which was probably a true story that had happened on the way. How was it that even this lawyer, this man who was meant to love every one, could have such hatred for the samaritans? Well, let's have a look. John chapter 4 verse 9. Then saith the woman of some. Maria answered him speaking to jesus. How is it that thou being a jew, ask us drink of me, which I am a woman. Awesome, merrier. For the jews have no dealings with the samaritans. This was the woman that jesus met at the well in samaria. And jesus started up this conversation with her beyond business. You see it was small talk and she was surprised. Why? Because the jews never made small talk with the samaritans, they were arch enemies. They hated each other. And the only time that they would communicate with each other was when it was necessary to buy food, to do some sort of business trading with each other. But apart from that, they never mixed with each other. And what's interesting is those from samaria? Were there close cousins? You see the only thing about the samaritans is that they had fallen into idolatry and worshipped other gods. The a pasta sized o way from the true god that they all including the jews come at that time. They all worship together. But because of this and the separation of the kingdoms after the time of king solomon in israel, you know, they, they were, they would later become israel, samaria and judah, they just gradually grew more and more apart. The northern kingdoms was west, some merry a was. And that had 10 tribes and the southern kingdom, which was on when judah was, and where the temple was in jerusalem was that was where the jews would eventually congregate. And an interesting fact, as this, when you study the history of the kings, the northern kingdom of israel, hardly had any good kings, hardly any, if any, at all, all the good kings were found in the southern kingdom, the kingdom of judah. And this is how idolatry eventually crept in and overtook the whole country, which would then eventually become the samaritans. So the jews, they really hated the samaritans. And furthermore, we read this text in John chapter 8 verse 48, then answered the jews and said unto him speaking a jesus, savory not well that thou art a samaritan and hast a devil. Can you see that they even classify the samaritans as being demon possessed, possessed with the devil. So this is the reason why the lawyer could not bring himself to even say the word samaritan in a good light. That's how much he hated the samaritans. The neighbor was some one who simply showed mercy and you know, friends, this is really one of the main points of this parable and of the story. Our religion in many times can just be all fall. It can all be just about maybe just going to church listening to a sermon hanging out with a few christian friends. And that's it. I mean, many of us, we maybe have even memorized the 10 commandments and know the law is summarize into 2 points. Love to God and love to the neighbor, but the question that we must ask ourselves is this, are we really loving our neighbor? I'll be really showing love to all those around us. More than just our family and our close friends and those that we like to hang out with. Do we really have compassion for every one around us? Or have we just become so insular and so focused on our souls that we just become selfishly absorbed in our own interests, our own lives, our own everything. It's one thing to be polite and courteous and, and kind to everyone that we come across to the person that's helping us with our groceries. You know, maybe they're a bit slow in scanning all our products and, and, and packing everything up. They take a bit longer and you don't lash out of them. You're patient, you're a bit more long suffering. And yet that's not what it means to love our neighbor. According to this parable, you see, I'm sure the, the priest and the leave whites what, what kind gentleman that they were loving and patience. I'm sure they didn't think evil thoughts when they looked down at the man that was hurts and bleeding about ready to die. But they just moved on quickly and didn't want to help. They will probably more worried about their own safety and their own convenience and their own lives. Rather than taking the time to help this man, this person in real need. They knew that if they stopped to help, it wasn't just offering some water and some bread and you know, some food that would have been easy, right? But looking at this man who's ready to die, they did some quick calculations in their head, and they figured out that it was probably gonna take a lot more effort and a lot more time that will be taken from their own personal life. It was probably gonna take some money, take some sacrifice. It was probably gonna take some adjustments to their schedule. Maybe the priest was on his way to, to, to work in the temple. And if he was to stop, he would have to call in to say, I'm sorry, I need to take some annual leave to help this man. And so they will probably more worried about their own personal life rather than this man that was lying there. Ready to die? The all important questions for us today is this. What kind of neighbor are you? I want you to consider in the light of this all to familiar parable? That question. What kind of neighbor are you? The samaritan, he put this man on the door on his donkey. He bandaged him up, poured out some oil and wine, and brought him to a nearby inn. Said he could dress and guess what? The samaritan was already paying for the current expense at that hotel. But he went even further and he told the innkeeper the next day to allow this man to continue to stay and his in until he was better. And he would come back and repay everything. Do you know what that is equivalent to friends. He had take my credit card, let this man stay here until he's better and you know, I think many of us wouldn't do that, right. I'm not saying that you should do that today, but I think many of us we would think of all that monetary cost and all that sacrifice and we back out. It's too much. But friends, jesus is saying, this is what it really means to love your neighbor. If you're willing to sacrifice for others that you don't even know sacrifice, self sacrificing love. You know, let's take a bit, a little bit of time just to dig a little deeper into this story. Because many of us we see it as it is as I've described it. But you see there is a little bit more detail that we can squeeze out of this as well. The good samaritan, he obviously represents jesus. And that man beats him by the wayside who is ready to die. That's us, right. And look, let's look at some details here. Let. Let's go back to luke chapter 10 and verse 33. But a certain samaritan, as he journeyed came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion on him. The samaritan here, compassionate on this man, jesus also has compassion on us. Look at, he was full 154. We do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses. But we have one who has been tempted in every way just as we are yet he did not sin and I ve version. Jesus has a lot of compassion on us and not just compassion. He has empathy. He's been in our shoes. He knows how to empathize with us, not simply sympathize, but on only that. What does a good samaritan do? He pours out oil and wine upon the that the wounds of this, this man that has been huts and look at luke chapter 10 was 34. He went to him and bound up his wounds pouring in what oil and wine and set him on his own beast, brought him to an inn and took care of him. Friends, what does oil and wine represents? Well, let's start with the wine. Let's go to matthew 2627 to 29. The bible says this, and he took the cup and gave thanks and gave it to them saying, drink ye all of it. For this is my blood of the new testament which is shed for many, for the remission of sins. But a saying to you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruits of the vine until that day when I drink it, new with you in my father's kingdom. This was the institution of the communion, the last supper that jesus had with the disciples. And we know that he had great juice, he had wine and that wine, he said there represents his blood, the blood of jesus christ that he was just about to pour out on the cross. It is by his stripes, we are healed. It is by his sacrifice that we are healed. Look at 1st, john chapter one and verse 7. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another and look at this, the blood of jesus christ, his son, it cleanses us from all sin. So the wine, literally that wind, that he poured out upon the wounds of this man was full cleansing. And we know that the blood of jesus christ cleanses us from all sin. Well, let's have a look at the oil as well. We know this all to, Well we study this many times. What does oil represents? zachariah chapter full versus 3 through 6 and 2 olive trees by one upon the right side of the bowl. The other upon the left side there off. So I answered and speak to the angel that talked with me saying, what are these my lord than the angel that taught me aunt and sentence of me? No, is not what these b. And I said no, my lord. Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, this is the word of the Lord unto the rubel, saying not by might nor by power, but by my spirits, saith the Lord of hosts. Friends, what does the oil represents? It represents the holy spirit. When do we need, what do we need? The holy spirit for friends. First peter chapter one and verse 22. What do we, the holy spirit, full? Seeing you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through spirit, unto unfeigned love of the brethren. See that you love one another with a pure hearts fervently. What does the holy, what do we need the holy spirit for? We need so we need the holy spirit that we can obey, but not only that that we can love one another with what true love. After all the fruits of the spirit is love. That's the 1st characteristic that comes up in galatians chapter 5. And so what do we need? The holy spirit full. We need it. Full love, friends, jesus, he wants to forgive us of our sins. He wants to cleanse us. But then he wants us to have to be filled with the holy spirit, to be filled with his love. And let's keep going. Let's keep going before we wrap up the sin and bring this all in. Let's look at a few more representations here, shall we. You see in the good samaritan story, at the, in that he gives the innkeeper something as well. Let's go to luke chapter 10 and verse 35. And on the morrow, when he departed, he took out 2 pence and gave them to the host. And said unto him, take care of him and whatsoever thou spend a small, when I come again, I will repay thee. You see this good samaritan? He takes out money from his own purse and he gives the innkeeper 2 pence, 2 pennies. It was like a down payment for current expenses and probably for the next few days. Right. And so what is represented by these 2 pennies today? What deposit or what? What down payments has jesus given to us as a promise that he would return? Well, let's go to ephesians, chapter one and verse 13 and 14. In whom ye also trusted. After that, ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, in whom also after that you believed you were sealed with that holy spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until read the redemption of the purchase possession unto the praise of his glory, friends, do you know what that would earnest means? They're in verse 14, it means down payments. It means down payments like a down payment that you pay for a house. I'm going to give a down payment. One percent, 5 percent. It's a promise that I'm going to come and I'm going to buy the whole house. What is the down payment that jesus has given us to day? It's the holy spirit. And the good se mountain says when I come again, I will repay you. If you spend extra, i will repay you friends. That's the 2nd coming when jesus says, when I come again, that's his 2nd coming. And jesus says at the 2nd coming, i will give you reward. She will repay all that he has spent. And we know that the reward that we will get in the future will far outweigh anything that we have spent in this world to day. Anything that we have sacrifice for ourselves to take care of somebody else. Yes, this sacrifice? Yes, there's inconvenience. Yes. This some expense, jesus says that will we will incur if we ought to be a good neighbor. Just like the good samaritan. And yet jesus says, hey, let me give you 2 pence 1st. Let me give you down payments. Let me give you my holy spirit's, because without that you cannot be a good neighbor. You see friends, i want you to notice this detail that is really, really important. In this parable, the good samaritan, he passes on his duties from himself, being a good samaritan to who the innkeeper, the innkeeper. Do you see that he's expecting the innkeeper to now be the good samaritan to do as he has done but not for free? He gave him something he given to pence, and likewise, we cannot be a good samaritan or could I say, we cannot be a good innkeeper. Because a good samaritan is jesus. We are represented as the innkeeper whom jesus says, I will give you my spirits. And then you take care of other people you do as I have done. Look at what it says in John chapter 13 versus 30 form 35. He says, a new comments i give unto you that you love one another. How as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this shall all men know that you are my disciples. If you have love for one another friends, the commandments that jesus has given to us to day. Yes, to love god. But to love each other as well. Not just in word, but indeed as well. Jesus wants us to be the good samaritan today. He's called each and every one of us to do that. And you know what, friends, if we really want to be this good samaritan, if we really want to be like jesus, we got to be filled with his love. We got to be filled with his spirit. Friends is not enough just to keep the 10 commandments. But how are you impacting the lives of those around you? Are you really just caught it with your own self and your own life? Sure, she has a good place to, to take inventory of your own spiritual life is not just about going to church friends and, and listening to a sermon. That's a small part of it. But it's also the other 6 days and how we live in how we serve in how we treat others in how we love our neighbor is not just being kind to a person to open the door for them or keep the lift open for them or, or watering your neighbors plans. No. How do you shall love to them? How do you treat other people? Are you sacrificing yourself for the sake of others? Is not just oh, I'm just being patient here while I wait. You cause I'm just doing my groceries. This not just being a nice person everywhere you go. But the good samaritan he sacrificed himself he sacrificed his time. He sacrificed his means. He sacrificed his possessions just to save somebody who was ready to die. And friends. There are many people out there. Not just physically that are ready to die, but who are spiritually outside the gates of heaven who have never known about the name of jesus, who never accepted the love of jesus into their hearts. And if we want to win them to heaven, if we want to be able to to give them that eternal life that jesus so desires to give them, there has to be sacrifice on our part. There has to be and you know what friends, at every turn, the Human nature fights against it. We are naturally selfish. We are naturally inclined to look at our own lives, our own convenience, our own desires and once, and needs. We are naturally filled with sinful desires just for self. We don't like to keep serving other people all the time. When we get to that point is because we are filled with the spirit of christ. And this is, there is no other clear representations a day in this parable than jesus said of you. I feel that my spirits, you will have self sacrificing love. You will go out of your way out of your own schedule, out of your own normal life. To share jesus with somebody we will be willing to go out of our comfort zone just to share christ with somebody. Friends. That's what it means to be a good neighbor. Not a good neighbor where you're living next to somebody in all I, you know, I don't cause any trouble. I'm a quiet person. I keep to myself and all these things, no friends, that know what it means to be a good neighbor. In the context of the good samaritan. It's self sacrificing, giving of yourself for the sake of others. And whether that's you literally, or whether it's your time, whether it's you, any of your possessions, any thing that you own that you're willing to give to people. Friends that is born out of a love in our hearts that only jesus can put there. That's where you know, if you really keep the commandments or not love to God and love to man, what does the law say? Love to God and love to man. The motivation is not about what can I do to inherit the tunnel life? The motivation is, what do I need to do now that I have eternal life so that others can have eternal life. And friends, i'm telling you it will tire you out. You, you will work longer, alice. Because you're sacrificing for the sake of others. That good samaritan, he stayed up all night just to care for this man. Sacrifice of his sleep and his rest, even in france today, jesus is calling you to sacrifice for the sake of others. Let's take our focus away from ourselves just for a moment. Let's focus on those around us. Let's ask jesus to fill us with his love to day. A love that is self sacrificing for god so loved the world that he gave. And he gave all that he could. Let us pray that we can be like christ to day to be like the good to be like the good samaritan. Let us pray, shall we, father in heaven. Please fill us with your love to day fill us with the holy spirit. Help us to be like jesus, lord, we cannot do it unless you help us. Please, father, we are naturally selfish. You got to create in each of us a clean hot as you write your law in a hearts and minds create in US a new creature that is just like jesus. That is just like the good samaritan. Please lord, help us just to day to take our own eyes off our own lives, the focus away from our own lice. Just to focus on jesus, lord, help us to that end guide and lead us. Give us your love love not for our own life. Love for other people. We pray in jesus name, amen. This media was brought to you by audio verse. A website dedicated to spreading god's word through free sermon audio and much more. If you would like to know more about audio verse, if you would like to listen to more sermons, leave visit w W W dot audio verse dot org. Mm.

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