The man we all admire
We have laws named for him.
He even made the dictionary! Good Samaritan: “a person who gratuitously gives help or sympathy to those in distress” (www.dictionary.com).
Jesus’ parable features four kinds of people:
First, the violent. Thugs mugged a traveler, leaving him half dead.
Second, the victimized. The Greek word used for his wounds is trauma.
Third, the callous. When the priest and Levite came along, they “passed by on the other side.”
Fourth, the compassionate. It says that the priest, Levite, and Samaritan all saw the injured man. Only one is said to have felt compassion.
The man we should all be like
The Samaritan moved quickly from empathy to aid, giving his time, money, and himself.
Jesus concludes by telling the listener, “Go and do the same” (Luke 10:37).
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/
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