Questions Jesus Asked #89

Luke 10:36-37 – “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

      The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

      Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”  NIV

Jesus concludes the Parable of the Good Samaritan with this question. He told the parable in response to an expert in the Law’s question, “And who is my neighbor?”  Jesus didn’t directly answer the man’s question, but asked him to draw his own conclusion from the parable.  I think that sometimes Jesus asks us to draw our own conclusions from what is written and how it is acted out in life.  Many times the answer is surprising to us as it appears to be surprising to this expert in the Law.  Jesus had just related a story in which the hero was a Samaritan.  Most devout Jews despised Samaritans for a variety of reasons including their mixed ethnicity, their separation from the Davidic Kingdom, their acceptance of only the Torah as Scripture, and their mixture of pagan elements into worship of Yahweh. Continue reading

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