Loving My Neighbor in a Changing World
Text: Luke 10:25-37
by Bob Young


  • This story is familiar yet unknown. We have heard it but we have not heard it.
  • Many references suggest Matthew 22 or Mark 12 as parallels. There are significant differences in timing, placement, and details.
  • Context: Luke is a gospel of reversals.
  • The Samaritan references in Luke are significant given 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. The modern world has noted the difference -- this Samaritan exceeds the norm.
  • Who are the "Samaritans" of our world? Am I? Are we?
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    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 July 1, 2020