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         The Gospels in Harmony               Sermon #273  Posted 10/9/19

Luke 10:30-37
The Gospels in Harmony  Sermon #273-10919

 

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.
Luke 10:30-37


      We continue with the certain lawyer who was questioning Jesus about inheriting eternal life by works and by choosing the right people to show kindness and charity toward.
Let's review our scripture from our last sermon to bring us up to a full introduction to the parable of the Good Samaritan.
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?
Luke 10:25-29
   In our last sermon we were able to conclude the true intent of the certain lawyer questioning Jesus and we were able to conclude the intent of Jesus toward him and all who walk in this man’s path of self righteousness.
    Jesus knew this man's heart as He knows all men's hearts.
So, after answering with a question to which the lawyer was able to answer correctly, Jesus gave Him thumbs up to proceed in the correct direction.
However, this fellow was still eager to justify himself without any further effort toward holiness. In other words, he did not want to change anything about himself in order to be accepted by God.
    His query about who really should be considered his neighbor is proof of his intent to justify himself in his present thoughts and actions. Jesus was once again quick to bring an example of what a neighbor really is and how we are to think and act toward them. In doing so He once again makes the lawyer answer his own question with the obvious truth in order to be blessed by it or condemned by it.
Blessed if he accepted the truth and changed to follow the truth of God's Word; condemned if he refused the truth and continued in his self righteousness.
     Let's read through our parable verse by verse and consider the emphasis Jesus puts on the different characters and their actions. Actions received and given.
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.
Luke 10:30
    We start with--- a certain man--- a nondescript person. The point is it doesn't matter who he is the parable is all about who you are.
----fell among thieves, --- The road from Jerusalem to Jericho was steep and treacherous which made slow traveling and it had many great vantage points for someone waiting to apply their trade as thieves and ruffians.
----which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
Luke 10:30
    They took his belongings including his clothes. Wounded him which means he was quite surely injured to the point of bleeding. We can only assume the extent but the implication is he was beaten and cut to the point of being unable to help himself.
    There is one of the points I would like all of us to grab hold of.
Unable to help himself.
Stop for a moment and consider your calling as an evangelist of the Gospel.
Who are you reaching out to? Is it not the lost, the sick, the weak, the half dead in this world of sin? Do we pick and choose who we will tell about the love of Jesus Christ? Do we decide who is in need and who we should pass by?
31  And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
Luke 10:31
    How many times have you seen someone who really needed to know the love of God but you just let them remain in their miserable state while you went on your way? How many times have we all kept quiet when just a kind word of truth would have made a difference in their lives?
9  But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
1 Peter 2:9
      If you are saved you are a member of a royal priesthood and as such you are obligated to help all who are in need.
32  And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
Luke 10:32
    The Levites were of the tribe of Levi who were not given a portion of the Promised Land but given the honor of assisting the priests in maintaining the Tabernacle. The priests were also Levites but were specifically descendants of Aaron. However members of the priestly tribe had no excuse for wrong doing or passing the buck.
    How many so called good, church going folk, leave the preaching, teaching and evangelizing up to the pastor? Are we not all members of the body of Christ? Do we not all have a purpose and a service to God? How are we to show our praise and thankfulness for our salvation by grace through faith?
Pass by the needy and let the pastor do all the work? Or maybe let someone else altogether take on the responsibility of bringing the needy to a place of refuge and healing?
33  But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
Luke 10:33
    Compassion and charity go hand in hand.
They are like knowledge and wisdom.
Compassion comes first and when it is applied it becomes charity.
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.
Luke 10:34
    The first two who were supposed to be far more dedicated to righteous acts of compassion and charity were on their way to continue their religious appearances without lowering themselves to help this one desperate soul.
Wow, that right there is a picture of most church attendees this very day and age. But a Samaritan who was looked down upon with thorough distain was far more compassionate and charitable. He did not consider himself to be less of man because of his lineage. He only considered the salvation of this man.
     Is that how we look at others? Do we humble ourselves to lift others no matter who they are? Are we prepared to give without expecting anything in return from those who are in desperate need?
Notice the Samaritan took this poor man to a place where he would get better care. Is that not our ministry through Christ and to Christ?
But just getting someone to a place that can help is not what we are called to do. Compassion will lead us to continue to care for them in need. They become our purpose, our responsibility until they are well enough to rise on their own. Dedication to seeing a soul survive the onslaught of evil in this world is what makes the difference between a confessing Christian and a professing Christian.
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.
Luke 10:36-37
    The Samaritan of course is the neighbor to the man who fell among the thieves. He was not likened by men to do so but chosen by God to do and be filled with holiness beyond religion.
The Samaritan put nothing including himself ahead of mercy, and compassion and charity. Those are three things religion will only have in formality. They only come through knowing and living for Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
Love for all mankind is why God sent Jesus to be our savior.
We all are or have been that certain man on that steep and treacherous rode through this world of evil and sin. But Jesus will not pass you by if you choose to love God and your neighbor as yourself.
It is Jesus who will bind your wounds and take you to a safe haven. It is Jesus who has so much compassion for you that He will not leave you to fend for yourself. It is Jesus who will come back for you.
If you know Jesus as your savior, think about how He saved you. Think about who He sent to give you the Good News. Who He sent to be your Good Samaritan in this world.
Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
Luke 10:37
     There is the explanation of a neighbor and how we are to think and act towards them. All human beings are our neighbor and all who have and are falling by the will of Satan in this world are in need of a Good Samaritan.
2  Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.
3  Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.
Luke 10:2-3
Amen!!

 

Pastor Steven Freede
Cornerstone Independent Church
10/9/19

 

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