Luke 10:30-37 (AMP)
30Jesus, taking him up, replied, A certain man was going from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him of his clothes and belongings and beat him and went their way, [[unconcernedly] leaving him half dead, as it happened. 31Now by coincidence a certain priest was going down along that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32A Levite likewise came down to the place and saw him, and passed by on the other side [of the road]. 33But a certain Samaritan, as he traveled along, came down to where he was; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity and sympathy [for him], 34And went to him and dressed his wounds, pouring on [them] oil and wine. Then he set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35And the next day he took out two denarii [two day’s wages] and gave [them] to the innkeeper, saying, Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, I [myself] will repay you when I return. 36Which of these three do you think proved himself a neighbor to him who fell among the robbers? 37He answered, The one who showed pity and mercy to him. And Jesus said to him, Go and do likewise.
As we read the scripture above, we read about three individuals who saw the distressed man who was left for dead.
We know that a priest and a Levite were from Jewish descent. But who is a Samaritan? One who comes from Samaria? What do we know about these people that are so important that even today we talk about a Good Samaritan?
Inhabitant of Samaria
When the Israelites went into Assyrian exile, the King of Assyria decided to bring men from Babylon, Cuthah, Avva, Hamath, and Sepharvaim. They possessed the land and dwelt in its cities (II Kings 17:23-24).
A Samaritan is not a particular nationality; it’s a mixture of various nations who mixed with those who were left from the Assyrian exile and settled/intermarried in the land of Samaria.
If we read further into the chapter, we will see that there wasn’t anything special about these people; they disobeyed just as the Israelites. So much so, that the Lord sent lions to kill some of them because they were not obeying the laws of the land.
A Good Samaritan is a person who is generous in helping those in distress. It’s a character of a person not a race, nationality, or origin of an individual.
What character did this man possess?
The man who helped the man who was in distress didn’t care about what someone else would think. He was concerned of the well being of the individual who was hopeless.
As we review the list above, do we possess any of these qualities? Jesus says, “Go and do likewise.” Are we doing what He says to do or are we too busy with other things that really don’t matter to the Lord?
Ezekiel 33:31 (AMP)
And they come to you as people come, and they sit before you as My people, and they hear the words you say, but they will not do them; for with their mouths they show much love, but their hearts go after and are set on their [idolatrous greed for] gain.
If we continue to care for the things of this world, we will not inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. It is our duty to look out for those less fortunate than us. There are opportunities every where. All we have to do is step out to where the Lord is telling you to step out and people will come to you.
I volunteer twice a month at the PIP shelter in Worcester, MA. It’s amazing to see how the Lord has gathered people with similar passion to help the needy. All the volunteers have various strengths and abilities. While the meal is being prepared for the residents, we have an opportunity to discuss various topics. The Lord’s goodness is always the subject. We fellowship, give each other advice, and network. I always leave there with an email or someone’s number or vice a versa. We extend our networks and try to do something to better the community.
We, also, have those who go out and talk with the residents. They are open to speak if you give them your time. Many things have evolved from those conversations. People have given their lives to the Lord and now attend a local church, bible studies are emerging, etc. The list is endless on the opportunities that are waiting to evolve.
Want to step out to be a Good Samaritan? Look around and the opportunities are endless.
One night while driving home, traffic was completely stopped at an intersection. Two cars in front of me and the car beside me put on their hazardous lights. So, I had no choice but to be patient and wait for whatever was going on. People were really patient and moved to other lanes to continue their journey; I just decided to wait. As it turned out, there was a man in his motorized chair who crossed the street and accidentally fell over. Four women assisted him back into his chair and sent him on his way. A Good Samaritan you may say? It took just a few minutes to assist and go on their way. The beautiful thing about it was that there was cooperation every where. No one was beeping, irate, or had road rage to cause any drama. I didn’t realize what was going on until towards the end. But the Holy Spirit just told me to wait, put my hazardous lights on and watch; that’s exactly what I did.
Just right before this, I was in a hurry to get to my destination but the Lord forced me to STOP and watch. We don’t see these acts of kindness as much as we should and I was given an opportunity to see that there is hope in that community. There are still those who are willing.
I ask that you look around and see how you can make a difference. It doesn’t have to be anything grand; something simple will suffice. The Lord wants those willing hearts to step up and out.