Who is my neighbor?

In Luke, chapter 10 verses 25 through 37 we read, “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 neighbour 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 neighbour? 
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.

The first thing I would draw your attention to here is that there are no descriptors of this man . I mean that outside of ” a certain man” we know nothing about him, not his age, his religious affiliations, or whether he is wealthy or poor, who his family is, we know absolutely  nothing!

 
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.

We have a little more information about these 2 men, we know that they have definite religious affiliations. the problem is that they have no concern for the injured man. This problem still exist today, there are those who have religion, but have no concern with the state of anyone else, it’s kind of like ” I got mine, you get your own”, and there in lies the problem with religion. Religion worships man-made doctrine and tradition, not God. If I follow some man-made set of rules of my own choosing with a dogmatic zeal, I am no closer to God than someone who rejects salvation altogether.


But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him
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. 
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.

The first thing here I would like to direct your attention to is this, the Samaritan, what is a Samaritan, to my understanding the Samaritans were Jewish people who during the captivity of Israel had inter-married with those in whose countries they had been captive, and the Jewish people could not stand them. This fact did not hinder the Samaritan who found this man, all the Samaritan knew was that this man needed help and didn’t care who the man was, he stopped and helped him, even going so far as to take him to an inn and paying for all his expenses that he may accrue in the process of being returned to health. The Samaritan was not concerned with reward or acknowledgement, he was concerned about the person.


Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? 
And he said, He that showed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.”

This is the commission, “Go, and do thou likewise.” Christians go into the world seek out those who have fallen among the thieves and are stripped and left half dead. Do not be concerned about reward or praise, be concerned about people, and God’s will. If we as Christians can do this, we will see God’s kingdom increase, and don’t be so preoccupied with the leading of people to Christ that once they’ve accepted the Lord, that you feel your work is done, but nurture these new believers in Christ and help them grow, no one would after spending 9 months and however long in labor would walk away from their new-born infant saying “alright your here now good luck”. 

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