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.
The next step in the restorative aid of the certain Samaritan is that he is brought to an inn. The Greek word used for inn is different than found in Luke 2 where there was no room for Mary and Joseph in the inn. This was a public house for receiving strangers versus a lodging place. Sounds similar but there is a difference. In fact, there is a major difference from a spiritual point of view.
The heavenly truth is that Jesus is a public House for receiving believers. Our registry changes the moment we are born again. As believers we confess as those of Hebrews 11:13 that we are strangers and pilgrims on the earth. The Apostle Peter referred to us in the same manner. We are strangers on the earth but not strangers of the household of God where we are fellow-citizens of the saints (Ephesians 2:19).
Did you notice the man was borne by the certain Samaritan to the place where strangers are received? Consider this point. Although we read where the children of Israel walked out of Egypt, spiritually, the Word declares in Exodus 19:14, "…how I bare you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto myself" They were actually being borne of God while He simultaneously routed the Egyptians. Further, from the moment the certain Samaritan came to the man, the man was at his mercy. What a powerful position! If only we would allow Christ to have such control in our lives.