Parable of the Good Samaritan
Delivered By
Paster Doug Groen
Delivered On
July 10, 2016 at 10:00 AM
Central Passage
Luke 10:25-37

Luke 10:25-37New International Version (NIV)

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

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’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]

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 neighbor?”

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. 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. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, 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[c] 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.’

36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor 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.”


Pastor's Summary of Luke 10:25-37

Jesus has prepared disciples for a missionary journey beyond Israel. He has given them advice on how to introduce receptive people to his message of peace and eternal life, to entry into the Kingdom of God.

Perhaps the "lawyer", a person expert in the interpretation of Jewish law, has heard Jesus' words about mission to Gentiles. He asks: How much must I do...? Jesus speaks to him in his terms (v. 25). The lawyer answers with a verse from Deuteronomy and another from Leviticus, both books of the Law (v. 27). Jesus echoes a verse in the Law (v. 28). At the time, Jews debated whether all fellow Jews (or just some) were their neighbors. The lawyer seeks to prove his entitlement to eternal life by defining the limits of his duty to neighbors, but Jesus reinterprets the Law in the story of the Good Samaritan (vv. 30-35). The "priest" (v. 31) stands for Jewish religious leadership; Levites (v. 32) assisted priests in the Temple. the man may be dead; if either touches him, he risks ritual defilement. Each keeps the law literally. Jews saw Samaritans as religious deviants, but they did keep the Law; each group despised each other. so for a Samaritan to risk becoming unclean is to act according to the spirit of the Law rather than the letter. ("Oil and wine", v. 34, were medications.) In v. 37, the lawyer recognizes that the Samaritan has acted properly (but can't bring himself to say Samaritan.) The neighbor argument is irrelevant. the lawyer must see behind the Law to love of all. Even non-Jews who demonstrate this love can enter the kingdom.