“Good Samaritan” a charitable or helpful person (with reference to Luke 10:33).
Does “Good Samaritan” have application in our lives today? If so, how?
online dictionary: noun
1 (usu. good Samaritan) a charitable or helpful person (with reference to Luke 10:33).
2 a member of a people inhabiting Samaria in biblical times, or of the modern community in the region of Nablus claiming descent from them, adhering to a form of Judaism accepting only its own ancient version of the Pentateuch as Scripture.
3 the dialect of Aramaic formerly spoken in Samaria.
ORIGIN from late Latin Samaritanus, from Greek Samareitēs, from Samareia ‘Samaria.’ The New Testament parable of the Good Samaritan reflects a proverbial hostility between Jews and Samaritans.
As stated “the Good Samaritan reflects a proverbial hostility between Jews and Samaritans.” Does this affect us in today’s society in anyway when we reach out in a charitable way to be helpful?
The Good Samaritan as found in Luke 10:25-37 CEV
“An expert in the Law of Moses stood up and asked Jesus a question to see what he would say. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to have eternal life?” Jesus answered, “What is written in the Scriptures? How do you understand them?”
The man replied, “The Scriptures say, `Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind.’ They also say, `Love your neighbors as much as you love yourself.’ ”
Jesus said, “You have given the right answer. If you do this, you will have eternal life.”
But the man wanted to show that he knew what he was talking about. So he asked Jesus, “Who are my neighbors?”
“As a man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, robbers attacked him and grabbed everything he had. They beat him up and ran off, leaving him half dead.
A priest happened to be going down the same road. But when he saw the man, he walked by on the other side. Later a temple helper came to the same place. But when he saw the man who had been beaten up, he also went by on the other side. A man from Samaria then came traveling along that road. When he saw the man, he felt sorry for him and went over to him. He treated his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put him on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. The next morning he gave the innkeeper two silver coins and said, “Please take care of the man. If you spend more than this on him, I will pay you when I return.” Then Jesus asked, “Which one of these three people was a real neighbor to the man who was beaten up by robbers?”
The teacher answered, “The one who showed pity.”
Jesus said, “Go and do the same!”