What a great discussion we had here last week. I really appreciate the time and consideration so many of you gave in posting your thoughts. Having said that, I’m not trying to put anyone under pressure to make comments now…I’m just sayin’ it was cool last week.
This Sunday we’ll be reading Luke 10:25-37, the story of the Good Samaritan.
Why do you think the Scribe (Lawyer) was testing Jesus on this point? Think about where they are and what has happened in the first part of the chapter. The Scribe is concerned with how one achieves eternal life. That is, how does a person get in on the Kingdom of God when it gets revealed (keeping in mind what the 1st century Jewish view of the Kingdom of God). He’s basically asking “what is the core of our faith, what is our highest priority?”. It all boils down to two things…what two things are of highest importance?
Notice that Jesus never answers the Scribe’s questions directly, but answers with a question, or tells a story followed by a question. Who then provides all the definitions in this story?
Samaritans were hated by the Jewish people. They were the traditional bad guys. If you were to put this story on a contemporary stage, who would the Samaritan be to you? Why do you suppose Jesus turned the tables like this, what was his point?
Applying this parable to real life, how does it challenge you?
Looking forward to exploring this on Sunday! See you then.