by Christina Farris
25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?
27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.
29 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?
30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.
36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?
37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise. This story can not go without looking at the man in the ditch. Was the man awake and in pain, the story does not say, but what it tells is two passed by and only a third man stopped. The two that should of stopped had no regard for the man. In fact they moved to the otherside of the rode once acknowledging a person was in the ditch. One thing I wondered about the story of the good Samaritan is did he ever talk to the man in the ditch he cared for and paid for his room in the inn. The truth we do not know, it just a parable to illustrate how man often passes by those that need help sometimes because of culture and religious reason and other times because of fear. The Samaritan fear but only see a man half dead in the ditch whether the man was Samaritan or Jew it did not matter. He became the man rescuer. He was even provided for as far having a place to stay. Yet this portion of scripture comes with a question by Jesus to the lawyer of who is my neighbor and he begins the story of the Samaritan. When finished Jesus asked the question again of who was their neighbor that fell among thieves?
The answer is simple even the lawyer got it right, but it still leaves the moral dilemna verses that law of love. Helping this man in the ditch called no legal problem only a religious one. In Jewish faith the religious leaders when performing their duties had to keep purified. In all humanity common sense says if you can not help someone go get help. Yet in the story the Levite and Priest neither helped or went and got help. The moral dilemna became not just a religious but legal issue in our world today. The stop and help law applies in many states, unless their medics on scene, and those states that it does not apply in surely has a law that says do not stop call for help. Either way someone is going to get needed help. How busy was the road, we do not know, but it was busy enough to have three walking on it that found the man needing help.
Is faith stumbling you from reaching out to those of the world that need Jesus, that need physical help, mental help and/or social help. Let us think again, it is a financial reason most understand, but if it is not that then is the reason is fear of disease, death, being the last one that person talks too, the issue of blood and gore, or just simply caring not for others in general. There are people with so much compassion that can not help, but Some have to be involved and as crazy has it sound have to much compassion need not always extending a hand in some way and allow people to do for themselves.
To talk about love and not address these problems we have to ask, how can we help, even if it does not take care of the whole problem. We stop and call an ambulance, or call for a cop. We serve someone coffee or tea that thirsty, or open a door for a man or woman that is carrying a heavy load through a door or not carrying anything. Sometimes that extended hand is about charity of aiding with finances or a helping hand on a project. Was It no big deal. Well it was a big deal for the man staying in the Inn that woke to find the room paid for I am sure of it. Scripture does not say, but one can only imagine the fact that caring for injuries and such were often done without professional medical attention. Only home remedies applied, yet the priest may of even been a doctor of the professional kind but had religious duties to perform. The list of what was done for the man by the Samaritan is only part of the issue. The priest could of sent for help as soon as another passed by, but did not and so the same scenerio for the Levite. Priest maybe could of gone to a near by inn and say there is a man down the road in need of help and I pay for his room if he still living but he did not do this either.
Pro life movement chastises woman seeking abortion but with little of how to solve their problem other then have the baby. Some prolifers have taken up the movement of extending a helping hand to the women at those clinics instead of being a bully. I was reading a story the other day where a pro lifer actually provided housing and help with finding the woman a job til she had her baby. Plus they continue assisting her after the birth of her baby. I thought way to go someone finally got what needs to be done. Not chastise but help with providing solutions if possible.
Do we look around the globe at starving people and donate only to hear that they are not getting the food sent? We have to ask how do we solve the issue? That where government has to talk to their government and explain why we are sending aid into the country because of the needs of the people, not for political gain, though it does effect people, as you gave a helping hand.
If we going to love like Christ we need to find a way to solve issues. If your only one person you may only be able to help others in small ways, but if your a group you can do more. It being that hand extended in another person's crisis or life. Everyone that wanted to see Jesus and got healed, had a physical problem being taken care. If God is the healer of all diseases we must trust him to do the work and his timing. If God does not heal instantly we need to be asking God how we can be a hand extended in the healing process that will one day come. Nurse and doctors do just that by learning about medicine and how to apply it. Rescue workers learn how to pick up and deliver people to the hospital. Sometimes it is giving a person a ride yourself or receiving a ride from someone that is the hand that is extended. The miracle of deliverance was never offer by Jesus in the story, in fact God seen the whole event and did not stop the thieves from robbing. Yet even so Jesus is showing true compassion/love is a hand extended, for the hand extended is the one everyone appreciates it when they have need of it.
Dear Heavenly Father Help us to be the hand extended to the people in the ditch that only need a hands up and even sometimes a hand out. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study:1 Corinthians 13:13 KJV
13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.