Then along comes a Samaritan, someone that for all intents and purposes is our perceived enemy, our opposite, someone that we have nothing to do with in our daily walk.
The Good Samaritan
We can learn a lot from this parable. I have always considered this parable to have a practical as well as a spiritual application.
It is important to note that this certain man was on his way DOWN, from Jerusalem to Jericho when he fell among thieves. The thieves, beat him, stripped him of his raiment, and left him half dead. It is usually when we find ourselves heading down in the wrong direction that we are beset by situations that place us in a bad predicament.
This man, while lying alongside the road, could not help himself, he was desperate and in need of deliverance. We are spiritually much like this man, unable to save ourselves, we need for someone to pass by our way and do for us what we could not do for ourselves.
In the parable a priest and a Levite walk by but both refuse to stop and offer help to the man. Sometimes in life we ignore or allow things external and internal to prevent us from helping those in need. With our mouths we profess one thing but our actions say otherwise. We are living a dual life.
Then along comes a Samaritan, someone that for all intents and purposes is our perceived enemy, our opposite, someone that we have nothing to do with in our daily walk. Then all of a sudden that person comes along and with them mercy.
The Good Samaritan had every reason culturally to walk on by, after all, the man lying on the road was someone that had nothing to do with his "kind," of people. But instead something different happened . The Samaritan, in an act of compassion and mercy, knelt down, poured oil in the mans wounds and placed him on his beast and took hom to a nearby Inn.
The current environment in which we live in today could use some Good Samaritans. When we are able to see the humanity of a person, their name, the color of their skin, their nationality, their gender all disappears and we can see ourselves in their place and empathize with their hurt and anguish. It is then that we can see and more properly understand how God must have viewed us in our fallen estate. It is then that we can better understand the true nature of His mercy toward us.
When God made man in His image and after His likeness he made one race, the Human race. We have all sinned and come short of the Glory of God. The bible teaches us that God has a people of every kindred, nation and tongue upon this earth.
The white man is my brother. The white woman is my sister. The black man is my brother. The black woman is my sister. The red man is my brother. The red woman is my sister. The yellow man is my brother. The yellow woman is my sister.
We are all one in Christ Jesus The Lord!
Praise His Holy name! What God has joined together let no man put asunder!