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The Parables #37

The Good Samaritan – Part 7

Luke 10:25-37.

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There is one little phrase that we must yet examine. “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,” verse 35. The Samaritan had to continue on his journey but he made provision for the injured Jew. He paid for his care.

I. HOW OFTEN THE LORD JESUS HAD TO JOURNEY ON
“And he said unto them, Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth,” Mark 1:38. The Saviour was searching for His elect. “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost,” Luke 19:10.

II. HE PROMISED TO RETURN
Though departed, he did not forget the injured Jew.
So it is with the Lord Jesus. “Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven,” Acts 1:11.
“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also,” John 14:3.
He did not say how long he would be away. Neither has our Saviour BUT, He has given us some indications of the time involved in some parables He told.
“But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken,” Luke 12:45.
Note also Matthew 25:14-30. “Far”, verse 14; “Long time”, verse 19.
Another parable teaches the same. “Then began he to speak to the people this parable; A certain man planted a vineyard, and let it forth to husbandmen, and went into a far country for a long time,” Luke 20:9.
Those “hints” I am sure would have been repeated many times.

III. HE PROMISED TO RETURN TO THE SAME PLACE
“Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south,” Zechariah 14:1-4.

The Parables #36

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The Good Samaritan – Part 6 – Luke 10:25-37.

We have already mentioned the “Compassion” Good Samaritan and how he ”Came” to the man. Now please consider:

HE CARED FOR THE MAN
“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,” Luke 10:34.

1. He countered the actions of the robbers. They had opened the wounds and started the bleeding. He tended the wounds and stopped the bleeding. “He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds,” Psa 147:3. 1 John 3:5, Heb 9:26.

2. He soothed and cleansed his wounds. That is what the oil and wine (the produce of Canaan, a picture of the blessings of heaven) would do.
Notice he had these items with him! Christ possesses all that is needed for our healing. He is the “Great Physician”, He is “The Balm of Gilead” – Jeremiah 8:22. “Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?” See also Luke 5:31; Isa 53:5; 1 Pet 2:24.

3. He continued to help and succour him. Verses 34-35. He ‘set him’, ‘brought him’, ‘cared for him’. He stayed overnight with him and then appointed a carer to look after him.
That is what the duly appointed officers of the church are. 1 Tim 3:2-5, Acts 20:20.

Peace like a river is flooding my soul,
Since Christ, my Saviour, maketh me whole;
Sweet peace abiding my portion shall be;
Jesus, my Saviour, is precious to me.

4. He asked nothing of him. He bore the cost of the man’s recovery! He paid for ongoing care. Isaiah 55:1-2.

Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

The Parables #35

The Good Samaritan – Part 5

Luke 10:25-37.

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I wish to examine a little more closely the actions of the Good Samaritan with us ever bearing in mind that he is for us a wonderful picture of the Lord Jesus Christ.

1. HE HAD COMPASSION FOR THE INJURED MAN

“But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,” Luke 10:33.
That was totally absent from the hearts of the priest and the Levite.
The Samaritan’s heart was “moved, stirred with pity and concern” for the man.

The hymn says:

There is no love like the love of Jesus,
Never to fade or fall,
Till into the rest of the house of God
He has gathered us all.

There is no heart like the heart of Jesus,
Filled with a tender love;
No throb nor throe that our hearts can know;
But He feels it above.

There is no eye like the eye of Jesus,
Piercing so far away;
Ne’er out of the sight of its tender light
Can the wanderer stray.

“Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not,” Luke 7:12-13.

He not only spoke but He acted and raised her son and so removed her sorrow!

“And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge,” Eph 3:19. It cannot be known without divine help!

“In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins,” 1 John 4:9-10.

II. HE CAME TO THE INJURED MAN

That only took only a few steps for the Samaritan but what a journey for the Saviour! See Php 2:6-11. Please read these verses and that many, many times.

“As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men,” Isa 52:14. “But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people,” Psa 22:6. “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not,” Isa 53:3. “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God,” Heb 12:2.

The Parables #34

The Good Samaritan – Part 4

Luke 10:25-37.

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1. There was little help for the poor wounded traveller. “And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side,” verses 31 and 32.
The word “chance” means “by accident”! They stumbled upon the man. They had no intention of going to him to help!
Mere religion has nothing to offer the poor sinner! Rather it exists to benefit from he sinner!  The priest and the Levite would have been happy to see the man in the temple and have taken from him his gifts and offerings but they had nothing for him in his hour of need!

2. Help came from a very unexpected source. “But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, 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,” verses 33-34. 3. Seven things about the deliverer.

a. He was a Samaritan. How despised was the Samaritan in the yes of the Jew. “He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God. Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil?” John 8:47-48. The Samaritan was as a ‘devil’!!

b. He felt differently toward the man.

c. He acted differently from the levite and priest.

d. He placed himself in danger. Is that not what jesus did for us?

e. He picked him up and carried him to safety. “And  . . . . set him on his own beast,” verese 34. He place him where he had been seated. “ . . . they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years,” Revelation 20:6. That is how high Christ will lift us up!

f. He covered all his costs.

g. He promised to return for him. Praise God jesus is coming again one day! Back for us individually. “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord,” 1 Thessalonians 4:17.

The Parables #33

The Good Samaritan – Part 3

Luke 10:25-37.

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1. The path of Christ-rejection and disobedience to God is a dangerous road to travel. The road to Jericho was a robbers’ stronghold! A notoriously dangerous place. Many places where the robber can hide on the 15 miles of the roadway!

The word “fell” carries the meaning of being encompassed, like fish in a net. There was, history tells us, a place on the road called “bloods” because of the bloodshed that regularly was shed there. How many sorrows and grief man meets on the road of life! “Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god,” Psa 16:4

“Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about,” Ps 32:10

“Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate,” Ps 34:21.

“Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed,” Proverbs 13:21.

“Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him,” Isaiah 3:11.

“There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.” Isaiah 57:21.

“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows,” 1 Tim 6:10.