Monday, October 3, 2011

Pause for the Good Samaritan

Pause for the Good Samaritan
25. And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
26. He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?
27.  So he answered and said, “'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’
28. And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.”                                         29. But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30. Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 
31. Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 
32. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, 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. 
34. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 
35. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’ 
36. So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” 
37. And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.”
Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
38 The certain lawyer continued to test Him, saying, “Teacher, is there more to this parable or is eternal life rewarded so easily?”
39. He said to him, “The certain man returned to his family and reported all that happened to him.
40. ‘Now by chance, when the man returns this way, for I will know him, we might kill him and pay off our debts.’
41. His wife warned him that great evil would fall upon the family if he took advantage of the Samaritan’s charity and spilled innocent blood. 
42. But the man argued that once they were free of debt and the possibility of slavery, they would not think more of the means.
43. The man lie in wait and as the Samaritan passed his way, he approached him.
44. ‘Tis I you have saved,’ said the man, and the Samaritan opened his arms to embrace him.
45. ‘Truly you are my neighbor,’ the man said as he buried the blade into his stomach. 
46. The Samaritan died while the man searched his possessions and robbed him of his valuables. 
47. So for whom is eternity’s inheritance easy to gain?”
48. And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” 
49. Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise. 
50. But let him who is wise take heed and perceive the danger of doing good in evil times.”

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