Look for the questions that prompted the Lord’s answer… The Good Samaritan Luke 10: 25-29 Luke 10: 30-37 What was the Lord saying to the lawyer?
1 st Century Understanding of the Parable Symbol Good Samaritan Victim Jerusalem Jericho Priest Levite Beast Inn Early Christian Interpretation Jesus Christ Man wounded with sin (Us) Paradise World Law of Moses Prophets Christ’s body Church
Luke 10 A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho And fell among thieves Which stripped him of his raiment And wounded him… Leaving him half dead Genesis 37 And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stript Joseph out of his… coat of many colours that was on him; And they took him, and cast him in a pit.
The Koran Children of Adam, We have created for you raiment which covers your nakedness and is a source of elegance; but the raiment of righteousness is the best.... Let not Satan seduce you, even as he turned your parents out of the garden, stripping them of their raiment that he might show them their nakedness.
On the other hand… Can we ‘clothe’ ourselves in other types of destructive raiment?
1991 Movie- City Slickers The search for “the ONE THING”
The “One Thing” 38 Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him unto her house 39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. 40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. 41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: 42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
Michael Wilcox More times than we like to admit, we "need" to sit quietly and rest while we listen to the words of our Lord and Master. As strange as it sounds, we sometimes need to stop serving in order to listen more. Eventually, this will help us serve more effectively. In the Kirtland Temple dedicatory prayer, we are told that in the temple we would be prepared to "obtain every needful thing." Obviously "every needful thing" encompasses our need to sit, rest, and listen at the feet of Jesus. This is "that good part which shall not be taken away.“ House of Glory: Finding Personal Meaning in the Temple ( 1995)
The Return of the King (The Triumphal Entry) Matthew 21: 1-9 What is the purpose of “Spreading their garments” in the way? Might there be a difference between spreading palm branches and garments?
Title of Liberty Alma 46 Now this was the covenant which they made, and they cast their garments at the feet of Moroni, saying: We covenant with our God, that we shall be destroyed, even as our brethren in the land northward, if we shall fall into transgression; yea, he may cast us at the feet of our enemies, even as we have cast our garments at thy feet to be trodden under foot, if we shall fall into transgression.
J. Reuben Clark To them of the Last Wagon I would like to say something about the last wagon in each of the long wagon trains that toiled slowly over the plains, up mountain defiles, down steep, narrow canyons, and out into the valley floor that was to be home—….. The Saints buoyed up the Brethren out in front with encouragement, with praise, and sometimes even with adulation. Knowing the Brethren were prophets of God, the Saints gave them full confidence, daily, almost hourly, expressed. The Brethren lived in a world of commendation from friends and the tried and true Saints. Rarely was their word or their act questioned by the faithful Saints. This was as it should be and had to be to carry out the Lord’s purposes. But back in the last wagon, not always could they see the Brethren way out in front, and the blue heaven was often shut out from their sight by heavy, dense clouds of the dust of the earth. Yet day after day, they of the last wagon pressed forward, worn and tired, footsore, sometimes almost disheartened, borne up by their faith that God loved them, that the restored gospel was true, and that the Lord led and directed the Brethren out in front. Sometimes, they in the last wagon glimpsed, for an instant, when faith surged strongest, the glories of a celestial world, but it seemed so far away and the vision so quickly vanished because want and weariness and heartache and sometimes discouragement were always pressing so near.
When the vision faded, their hearts sank. But they prayed again and pushed on, with little praise, with not too much encouragement, and never with adulation. For there was nearly always something wrong with the last wagon or with its team—the off ox was a little lame in the right front shoulder; the hub of the left front wheel was often hot; the tire of the hind wheel on the same side was loose. So corrective counsel, sometimes strong reproof, was the rule, because the wagon must not delay the whole train. But yet in that last wagon there was devotion and loyalty and integrity, and above and beyond everything else, faith in the Brethren and in God’s power and goodness. For had not the Lord said that not even a sparrow fall[s] unnoticed by the Father [see Matt. 10:29], and were they not of more value than sparrows? And then they had their testimony, burning always like an eternal fire on a holy altar, that the restored gospel was true, that Joseph was a prophet of God, and that Brigham was Joseph’s chosen successor. (July, 1997 Ensign)Matt. 10:29 J. Reuben Clark To them of the Last Wagon