29But the man attempting to further justify himself,
said to Jesus; And who is my neighbor?
30And answering, Jesus said; A certain
man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell among robbers, who stripped him
of his clothing and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
31And by coincidence a certain priest came down that way
and seeing him, he passed by on the opposite side.
32And in the same way a Levite, also being at the place,
coming and seeing him, he passed on the opposite side.
33But a certain traveling Samaritan came upon him, and
seeing him, he was filled with pity.
34And coming near, he bound up his wounds, pouring on oil
and wine, and set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn, and took care of
35And going on the next day, he took out two denarii and
gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, Take care of him. And whatever more
you spend, when I come again I will repay you.
36Then which of these three, do you think, was neighbor
to him who fell among the robbers?
37And he said, The one doing the deed of mercy to him.
And Jesus said to him, Go and do likewise.
- Jesus spoke this parable to a scribe, a teacher of the law, (a Jew)
who was trying to further justify himself.
- The Jews did not interact with the Samaritans.
- The priest and the Levite who passed by, did so to keep from becoming unclean.
Concerned about keeping their religious laws and traditions rather
than showing compassion.
- The Samaritan who gave aid to the man, is seen as the neighbor to the Jewish
man, who asked Jesus the question. Notice: the Jewish man would not even say
the word, "Samaritan".
|We can viewed this as a gospel message and the telling of Christ's return.
- The man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, symbolizes the fall of man.
- And he fell among thieves, symbolizes this wicked world or the devil come to steal, kill
and destroy, John 10:10.
- The priest that passed by is symbolic of the law, the law cannot save us.
- The Levite that passed by is symbolic of keeping all of the religious rituals,
rituals cannot save us..
- The Good Samaritan is a picture of Jesus / God, Jesus, (the Sun of righteousness),
Malachi 4:2, came to us on the fourth day of creation,
There is none good but One, that is God,
Matthew 19:17, Mark 10:18, Luke 18:19.
- The good Samaritan poured oil and wine. Oil signifies the Holy Spirit and
wine signifies the birth of the new covenant.
- The good Samaritan brought the man to the inn, (signifying the church) and gave the inn
keeper 2 denarii, (equivalent to 2 days wages), telling him to, "take care of him,
and when I come again," (speaking of His return).