The Thief, the Levite, the Priest or the Samaritan

 

Are you the Thief, the Levite, the Priest or the Samaritan

 

Luke 10:27-27

 

27  And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. 28  And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. 29  But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?30  And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31  And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32  And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, 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 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. 36  Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? 37  And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise

 

We have four different type individuals who had an effect on the man who was in need.  First we have the thieves (those who brought harm to the man), next we have the priest (one who was busy with Religious activity), next we have the Levi, (served the priests in the temple) and the Samaritan (one despised by the religious crowd)

 

I.       The people involved

          A.      Thieves – those who are always taking

          B.      Priest – in charge of the religious sacrifice and teaching

          C.      Levite – in charge of assisting the priest

          D.      Samaritan – despised by the religious crowd

John 4:9, 27 – 9  Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. 27 ¶  And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her?

II.      What qualities did the Samaritan and Jesus share

A.      He showed compassion – (Have such a desire to help one that you hurt inside to help)

          1.       Compassion is not found in a religion

          2.       Religion puts religion above everything else                                                                                                                          

                          a.       denominationalism

                          b.      performance oriented

          3.       He demonstrated “real undefiled religion” – James 1:27  Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

B.      He love was shown by contact.

          1.       He made contact that could have cost him a great deal

          2.       He did not know or accuse the man

          3.       He was moved by the man’s condition

          Hebrews 4:15  For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

III.    He showed great care for the man

          A.      He used his own car (beast)

          B.      He invested what he had to help him recover

          C.      He treated the wounds by his own hand

Hebrews 4:15  For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

IV.    Which one are you most like

A.      The thief – always taking for yourself regardless of what others have to give

B.      The priest – more concerned about religious appearance than serving others

C.      The Levite – more concerned about religious performance than serving

D.      The Samaritan – Compassion, active concern for the needs of others

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