Who is my Neighbor? One day, a lawyer asked Jesus what is the greatest commandment of all Jesus answered by saying, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself But the lawyer then asked Who is my neighbor?
Who is my Neighbor? Is our neighbor simply the person who lives next to us? What does God mean when he tells us to love our neighbor as ourselves? Jesus answered the lawyers question by giving a parable (a story)
A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho.
And on his way there, robbers caught up with him.
They stripped him of his clothes, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead.
The man desperately needed help, and three people passed by him.
A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side.
So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, he passed by on the other side.
But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, He took pity on him
He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him.
Who is my Neighbor? After Jesus told the story, He asked the lawyer who acted like the poor mans neighbor? The lawyer answered correctly and said that the Samaritan man would be considered a neighbor. The Lord told the lawyer to go and do like the Good Samaritan man who took care of the wounded man
My Neighbor is… From the story, we learn that the neighbor is anyone who does good to another As a good neighbor, we are to do what Christ told us, which is to love our neighbor as ourselves.
Memory Verse You shall love your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12:31)
Q1- Where was the man going? Next
Q2–How many people passed by the man when he was beaten?