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The Good Samaritan! by guest blogger David Stallings

Posted by Scott on January 14, 2008

The Good Samaritan

Jesus replied and said, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho , and fell among robbers, and they stripped him and beat him, and went away leaving him half dead. And by chance a priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion, and came to him and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn and took care of him. On the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, “Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I return I will repay you.” Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers’ hands?” And he said, “The one who showed mercy toward him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do the same.” Luke 10:30-37

This popular parable emphasizes the meaning of neighborliness and the importance of true Christian compassion. Responding to a lawyer who asked, “Who is my neighbor?”,   Jesus makes it clear that any human being in need is our neighbor. By casting one of the Samaritans (men much despised by the Jews) in the role of the compassionate neighbor, Jesus challenges His audience. He seems to be saying: If a Samaritan, whom you consider an outcast, will rescue a Jew in trouble, what a reflection it is on you and your religion if, in indifference, you pass by those in need.

What side of the street are you walking on these days?

About the Author
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Dave Stallings lives in Phoenix , Arizona with his wife of 36 years, Barbara, Who also suffers a serious chronic illness, and their dog, Captain Jack…along with their kids and grand kids ! Dave is a semi-retired pastor and loves to blog on his personal web page since being diagnosed with Stage IV incurable non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma two and a half years ago..his motto is “It is what it is and God is not surprised”….his blog is http://www.nowwhataz.blogspot.com/, his personal testimony can be read at http://www.nowwhataz.org/ and he can be reached by email at mailto:dstallings2@qwest.net.

-Scott Bailey 2008

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3 Responses to “The Good Samaritan! by guest blogger David Stallings”

  1. name said

    Very useful. I found this to be a joy to browse in. ,

  2. Rick and Joanne said

    Ditto. And hats off to Ralph Pasquet, a true Good Samaritan and angel in disguise, who helped my wife (suffering from MS) and I when we were stranded on I-10 in the searing heat last year. He couldn’t do enough to make sure she was comfortable, got our car up and running again then went on his way. God Bless and keep him and if he ever reads this, Ralph, we owe you big time.

  3. Name said

    This world could use more Good Samaritans like Dave Stallings and Ralph Pasquet et al., and Scott, my family can’t thank you enough for your inspiring words. Keep up the good work.

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