Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A perspective on Luke 10

There was an occasion when a man highly educated in the Word of God confronted Jesus and said, “What must I do to obtain the life of God?”

Jesus responded with a question, “How do you interpret it?”

He answered, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind; and love your neighbor as yourself.”

“That is correct,” Jesus replied, “Now do this and live life to the fullest.”

But in wanting to justify himself he asked Jesus, “and who is my neighbor?”

Jesus told this parable…

“There was a man making his way from Jerusalem to Jericho when he was over taken by robbers. The robbers beat him and took everything he had leaving him bleeding and at the door of death.

A little later a Priest happen to be going down the same road when he came upon the seemingly dead body. The priest didn’t hesitate to move to the other side of the road to quickly bypass the stranger, for he knew God had said, “Whoever touches the dead body of anyone will be unclean for seven days.” So in obedience to God’s law the Priest moved on.

In the same way a Levite came upon the bloody man and like the priest did not think twice about walking around him, for he also knew that God had said, “Anyone who touches someone with a discharge will be unclean.” So the Levite crossed to the other side of the road being careful that not even his shadow touched the stranger in need.

A little while longer a pagan found the man lying on the side of the road. Despite of what God had said, he cared for and bandaged the man’s wounds, laid him across his own donkey, and took him to an inn where he paid to have him taken care of until he could return.”

Then Jesus said, “Now which of these do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?”

The expert in the Law replied, “The man who showed mercy by forsaking the Word of God.”

Then Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise!”

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