Presentation on theme: "Go And Do Likewise Luke 10 : 25-37 25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. ‘Teacher,’ he asked, ‘what must I do to inherit eternal."— Presentation transcript:
25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. ‘Teacher,’ he asked, ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ 26 ‘What is written in the Law?’ he replied. ‘How do you read it?’ 27 He answered, ‘“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind”; and, “Love your neighbour as yourself.”’ 28 ‘You have answered correctly,’ Jesus replied. ‘Do this and you will live.’ 29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbour?’ (Luke 10)
Tragedy On The Jericho Road 30 In reply Jesus said: ‘A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half-dead. (Luke 10)
The Priest & The Levite 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. (Luke 10)
The Samaritan 33 But a Samaritan, as he travelled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. “Look after him,” he said, “and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.” (Luke 10)
The Samaritan By his actions the Samaritan compensated for the robber, the priest, and the Levite, in inverse order … with the Samaritan acting to remedy each wrong done to the injured man. The Levite could at least have rendered first aid to the man, which was the Samaritan’s first action. The priest could have taken him to safety on his donkey, which the Samaritan proceeded to do. The robbers took his money and left him half-dead; they had no intention of returning. The Samaritan paid from his own pocket, leaving the man provided for, with a promise to return and pay more if needed. The Samaritan first cleaned and softened the man’s wounds with oil; then he disinfected them with wine; and finally bound them up. The Levite could have rendered first aid, but he did not.
The Samaritan The imagery can be understood to have Christological implications. The language used here is very similar to the language of Hosea 6. Further, the oil and wine were not only standard first-aid remedies, they were also sacrificial elements in the temple worship. “Pour” is the language of worship. The priest and the Levite were the religious professionals. They knew the prescribed liturgy. They were the ones who poured out the oil and the wine on the high altar before God. But it was the hated Samaritan, not the priest or the Levite, who poured out the libation on the altar of this man’s wounds. He was the one who poured out the true offering that was acceptable to God.
The Samaritan Next, the Samaritan put the man on his donkey and led him to the inn. The priest could have used his animal to take the man to safety, but he did not. Finally, by his actions the Samaritan compensated for the robbers. They robbed the man; the Samaritan paid for him. The robbers left him dying; the Samaritan left him in the hands of the innkeeper to be cared for. The robbers abandoned him; the Samaritan promised to return. Thus in inverted order the Samaritan undid everything that had been done to this man. (John Hanneman, “Who Is My Neighbor?”)
Who Was A Neighbour? 36 ‘Which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?’ 37 The expert in the law replied, ‘The one who had mercy on him.’ Jesus told him, ‘Go and do likewise.’ (Luke 10)
Doing Like The Samaritan An Interruptible Life Interruptions are a theme in Scripture. We have a God who is continually interrupting us – interrupting our routines, our patterns of inequity, the status quo. Abraham’s life was interrupted. Moses’ life was interrupted. The gospels are stories of interruption after interruption. Jesus was at a wedding in Cana when his mother interrupted him and said, “They have no more wine.” (Shane Claiborne, “Follow Me To Freedom”)
Doing Like The Samaritan A Compassionate Heart What the Samaritan sees evokes a visceral response that catapults him into decisive action: touching–binding–lifting– transporting–taking care of–sparing no expense. While the robbers stripped him, he binds up his wounds; the robbers beat him, he pours oil and wine on his wounds; the robbers leave him half dead, he puts him on his own animal and takes him to an inn; the robbers rob him of his money, he spares no expense to care
Doing Like The Samaritan A Compassionate Heart for the man, laying out several days’ wages “upfront” to assure the innkeeper that he will take care of any additional expenses that may accrue. The Samaritan has become a paramedic, an ambulance driver, a hospital receptionist, a physician, a night nurse, and the insurance company that subsidizes all the medical costs from the ambulance fees to rehabilitation. In other words, compassion doesn’t stop until the man is completely restored. (Brian Morgan, “Love In All The Wrong Places”)