PREVAILING VOICE DAILY
Topic: LESSONS FROM THE SAMARITAN.
Text : Luke 10:33-35.
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.
A careful look at this account brings us some important lessons, getting the lessons are important, applying the lessons are absolutely important. Jesus was trying to answer the question of a lawyer, the lawyer was trying to justify himself. He asked Jesus in verse 29 of Luke chapter 10: who is my neighbor?
Jesus thought of the best way to answer and there came about the story in our passage. My focus here is not the lawyer but what to pick from the life of this good Samaritan; we won’t appreciate what the Samaritan has done if we don’t consider other parties in the story.
THE PRIEST: in verse 31, a priest was passing that way, but he passed the other side, he went another way, probably there was an urgent meeting, or an important assignment to carryout in the temple, he wouldn’t want to be late, maybe someone was waiting for him, there is always something that keeps a man moving, there is something he considered more important than saving the life of the dying man.
THE LEVITE: in verse 32, a levite also came and passed the other side, he was probably considering the time it will take to help him, the amount of money he would spend, and probably the chance of surviver of the dying man.
THE SAMARITAN: he also had an appointment, someone was probably waiting for him, he wouldn’t want to be late too, but he made sacrifices, sacrifice of time, of money, he was stressed, he denied himself of some pleasure, the money spent was meant for something else.
The Samaritan proved that there is no best time to help anyone, anytime you have an opportunity to help, do without delay. He proved that helping others demands self denial, requires suspending your own pleasure to help someone, those who give, most times, are not giving because they have surplus, they simply felt this person have urgent need than I do.
Helping others requires self denial, sacrifices, stress, replacing one’s pleasure with pressure to save a soul. You can be sure that great will be your reward as you do. God bless you.
* Oh Lord, give me a compassionate heart in Jesus name.
READING THROUGH THE BIBLE (RTB)
Isaiah 1, Roman 10.
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