Neighbors in the New Milennium
Text: Luke 10:25-37
by Robert J. Young


  • Our text is familiar, yet unknown. We have heard, but have not heard.
  • Textual references may send us to Matthew 22 or Mark 12 as parallels, but there are significant differences in timing, placement, and details.
  • Luke is a gospel of reversals.
  • The Samaritan references in Luke are especially significant against the generally recognized universality of this gospel; 9:51ff; 17:11ff.
  • The parable of the Good Samaritan reminds us that the rules of Jesus are significantly difference than those of the world.
  • Jesus does not call this Samaritan good, but the modern world has noted this difference from the norm.
  • Who are the "Samaritans" of our world?


    The Parable Lessons


  • The parable suggests a two-fold answer to the question--a vertical component and a horizontal component.
  • What must I do to inherit eternal life? We have taught well the vertical component, love the Lord, obey him, be loyal, live for him. Learning of and accepting Jesus, respond in repentance, and mark the new beginning with baptism for the remission of sins.
  • What must I do to inherit eternal life? We have focused much less on the horizontal component. Love your neighbor as yourself, do good to others, live like Jesus.
  • As long as we only discuss, we are like the lawyer. We must act! Will you pass the test? Go and do likewise!
  • Whose neighbor am I?

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    Last updated April 15, 2002.