Parable of the Good Samaritan

Luke 10:25-29

A lawyer, one who was an expert in the Law of Moses, asked Jesus a familiar question: "Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" But he really didnít want to know the answer, he was only trying to trick the Lord.

Jesus responded by asking the lawyer a question in return: "What is written in the law? how readest thou?" The lawyer immediately quoted Deut. 6:5 and Lev. 19:18. You see, he knew the answer, but he wasnít doing it! He had a head knowledge, but wasnít living out the truth. Jesus told him, "Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live." (Luke 10:28)

This manís insincerity is further evidenced by the next question. ",,,willing to justify himself..." rather than responding to the Lord and seeking His help, he asked "who is my neighbor?" It was to answer this question that Jesus began to teach this parable.

Through this parable Jesus teaches us how to love our neighbors and shows us who they are. What do we see when we look at others? There are several characters in this parable. The thieves, the religious men, the Samaritan, and the Ďcertain maní. Note: v30-37

I. The thieves saw a victim to exploit. v30

II. The religious men saw a nuisance to avoid. v31-32

III. The Samaritan saw an opportunity to minister to the needs of the man. v33-35

"Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?" (Luke 10:36)

"And he said, He that showed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise." (Luke 10:37)