A CERTAIN SAMARITAN
Scripture Reading: Luke 10: 25-37
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.
The above Scripture provides insight to a crippling problem in most of the Church today. It begins with a dialog between a certain lawyer and Jesus, the Living Word of God. A lawyer was one well acquainted with, skilled in, and experienced in the Law. Romans 8:3 reads, "For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:"
The picture before the reader then is a passing order (Law) confronted with the New (Christ) yet the passing order attempts to continue to justify itself! Oh the self-righteousness of religious system! The New Order is by the Spirit of God, and II Corinthians 3:6 informs us that Christ Jesus has made us able ministers of the New Testament, "not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life." The lawyer sought to justify himself or make himself righteous by asking Jesus, "And who is my neighbour? This question presented a powerful opportunity for the Master to teach and provide a glimpse into all that He would accomplish in His Work of Redemption.