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Along The Jericho Road

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Who Is My Neighbor?

Luke 10:29-37And he, determined to acquit himself of reproach, said to Jesus, And who is my neighbor?

30Jesus,taking him up, replied, A certain man was going from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him of his clothes and belongings and beat him and went their way, unconcernedly] leaving him half dead, as it happened.

31Now by coincidence a certain priest was going down along that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32A Levite likewise came down to the place and saw him, and passed by on the other side [of the road].     33But a certain Samaritan, as he traveled along, came down to where he was; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity and sympathy [for him],

34And went to him and dressed his wounds, pouring on [them] oil and wine. Then he set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35And the next day he took out two denarii [two day's wages] and gave [them] to the innkeeper, saying, Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, I [myself] will repay you when I return.    36Which of these three do you think proved himself a neighbor to him who fell among the robbers? 37He answered, The one who showed pity and mercy to him. And Jesus said to him, Go and do likewise.

Today’s Reflection: Can you relate to the man along the Jericho Road? He was making a journey along the Jericho Road. During his journey he fell among robbers, they stripped him of his clothes, belongings & beat him and left him for dead then went on their way. The first man passes by who was a priest, he saw this man but he choose to pass by on the other side. This man avoided him. The next man came and was a Levite he saw him and he also passed him by. Then a Samaritan came along and he was moved with pity & sympathy. He not only was concerned but decided to do something about it. (Read verse 34-36) and see all he did for a total stranger.

Just like this man on the Jericho Road we have a journey & a path to walk on. We might find ourselves amongst enemies who take advantage us, steal from us, persecute us & leave us helpless hoping that we won’t survive. The enemy comes to steal, kill & destroy, but God has come to give you a life that is full. If we’ve been like this man, our hearts will be moved for those that we see who are in the same situation we were once in. We can be like the priest or the Levite and decide that’s not my calling, I’m too busy or I’ll pretend I don’t see them. Or we can be like the good Samaritan. We can see the person and have pity & sympathy for them. They are lost & without hope & we can restore their hope by helping them and showing them the love of Jesus Christ.