A CERTAIN SAMARITAN (Continued)
Scripture Reading: Luke 10: 30-37
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 neighbor 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.
Before his departure, the certain Samaritan 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. The Greek tells us two pence was a silver coin or denaris. The meaning of the word denaris is containing ten. Ten is the Biblical Number for Law. The lawyer that Jesus was addressing this parable to (Luke 10: 25-19) was being fully introduced to the higher law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus. He was about to see succinctly that the letter kills but the Spirit giveth life II Corinthians 3:6)!
By the certain Samaritan taking out two pence, he was demonstrating that the Law was being fulfilled and the sin debt fully paid. The whole purpose for the Law was that man would become aware of sin (Romans 7:7). The complete healing of the man in this parable became imminent because sin had no place for operation in him once the two pence were given to the host.
The two pence also were equal to the shekel of the sanctuary of Exodus 30: 12. "When thou takest the sum of the children of Israel after their number, then shall they give every man a ransom for his soul unto the LORD, when thou numberest them; that there be no plague among them, when thou numberest them." Yes, the same as the ransom money! It did not matter whether one was rich or poor, the amount of the ransom money was the same. Thank You, Jesus!