Sunday, August 16, 2015

The Lawyer and the Law!

And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying,  Master,  what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

He said unto him,   What is written in the Law?  how readest thou?

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 neighbor as thyself.

And he said unto him,  Thou hast answered right: this do,  and thou shalt live.

But he, willing to justify himself,  said unto Jesus,  And who is my neighbor?

Who indeed is my neighbor?  The Jewish people did not get along with the Samaritan's.  The Priest's were Jewish, and the Levites were the tribe that Priest's were selected from.

Jesus created a story, tailor made, for the lawyer,  The hated Samaritan was the hero, and a priest a 'passer-bye'!.  So those who made a career of love and compassion, failed to show it.


Fell Among Thieves!

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.


'fell among thieves' , you could hardly get more of a picture from any set of three words!  Imagine him lying on the road, naked, bleeding, half-dead ! Today we could call 911, but the 'passer-bye's' did not have that option,  without any help, the victum may have died!

 There's that ageless question that Cain first expressed  , in the garden of Eden,  "Am I my brother's keeper?"  Today we might say,  'Not my job!' or "Let someone more qualified than me.",   but to truly love your neighbor, as yourself, it is, your job to do what you can.

Fellow Travelers!

And by chance there came down a certain Priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.

And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him,  and passed by on the other side.

Don't you know, they made a wide circle around him, looked the other way, two in the study of love, and compassion.  I wonder if they even 'prayed'  for him.   If you were hungry, or hurt, would you want to have someone pray for you, or have someone provide food or service, or both!  In doing what we can, we have truly shown love to our neighbor 'as ourselves!