The Samaritan Miracle

16 Jan

The Samaritan Miracle…

In Israel today, there live in the mountains a few hundred Samaritans. But in modern Western culture, the Samaritan shortage is even more acute. There’s a real absence of Good Samaritans.

Most people are too much into themselves that the virtues of duty, sacrifice, heroism, and laying down one’s life for another count for very little.

In New York City, a mailman was shot by a sniper. He went into a building lobby dripping blood but was ordered out because he was staining the floor.

In Oklahoma City, a woman unexpectedly gave birth on a sidewalk; bystanders turned away and a nearby hotel refused the woman a blanket.

In Dayton, Ohio, several people watched a woman drive her car into the Miami River. The woman screamed that she couldn’t swim. The people didn’t do a thing. She drowned. Why?

It wasn’t their business. Is that you? Are you so into your own walk that you won’t leave it to be like Jesus? You see – you are to be the Good Samaritans of this world. Start today – by reaching out, blessing, or helping a stranger in need.

On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ “You have answered correctly,” 

Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 

A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 

But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 

The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” Luke 10:25-37

Read about the Good Samaritan today. Then find something that you can do to be a blessing to someone in need.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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