Love What Neighbor

I never got to do an outline but the following material is what I used to preach the sermon.

Title: Life Application Bible Commentary: Luke

Author: Barton, Bruce B., D.Min.; Veerman, Dave, M.Div.; Taylor, Linda K.

But in great detail, Jesus described all that the Samaritan did for this man. He
took pity, bandaged his wounds (perhaps with strips of cloth from his own
clothing), put the man on his own donkey (meaning that he had to walk), took him
to an inn and took care of him.
The wine would have been used as a disinfectant
and the oil as a soothing lotion. Apparently this Samaritan understood what it
meant to help someone in need, to be a neighbor, regardless of racial tensions.

Title: The Expositors Bible Commentary, New Testament


There is a striking reversal of roles here. The Jewish "expert" would have
thought of the Jewish victim as a good person and the Samaritan as an evil one.
To a Jew there was no such person as a "good" Samaritan. Jesus could have told
the story with a Samaritan victim and a Jewish helper, but the role reversal drives
the story home by shaking the hearer loose from his preconceptions.

Title: Warren Wiersbes Be Series: NT

Author: Wiersbe, Warren W.

Of course, the lawyer wanted to make the issue somewhat complex and
philosophical, but Jesus made it simple and practical. He moved it from duty to
love, from debating to doing. To be sure, our Lord was not condemning
discussions or debates; He was only warning us not to use these things as excuses
for doing nothing. Committees are not always committed!

One of my favorite D.L. Moody stories illustrates this point. Attending a convention in Indianapolis, Mr. Moody asked singer Ira Sankey to meet him at 6 o'clock one evening at a certain street corner. When Sankey arrived, Mr. Moody put him on a box and asked him to sing, and it was not long before a crowd gathered. Moody spoke briefly, inviting the crowd to follow him to the nearby opera house. Before long, the auditorium was filled, and the evangelist preached the Gospel to the spiritually hungry people.

When the delegates to the convention started to arrive, Moody stopped
preaching and said, "Now we must close as the brethren of the convention wish to come and to discuss the question, 'How to Reach the Masses.'" Touche!

We may read this passage and think only of "the high cost of caring," but it is
far more costly not to care. The priest and the Levite lost far more by their
neglect than the Samaritan did by his concern. They lost the opportunity to
become better men and good stewards of what God had given them. They could
have been a good influence in a bad world, but they chose to be a bad influence.
The Samaritan's one deed of mercy has inspired sacrificial ministry all over the
world. Never say that such ministry is wasted! God sees to it that no act of loving
service in Christ's name is ever lost.

It all depends on your outlook. To the thieves, this traveling Jew was a victim
to exploit, so they attacked him. To the priest and Levite, he was a nuisance to
avoid, so they ignored him. But to the Samaritan, he was a neighbor to love and
help, so he took care of him. What Jesus said to the lawyer, He says to us: "Go
and keep on doing it likewise" (literal translation).

There was the Samaritan. The listeners would obviously expect that with his arrival the villain had arrived. Barclay

had compassion--His best is mentioned first; for "He who gives outward things gives something external to himself, but he who imparts compassion and tears gives him something from his very self" [GREGORY THE GREAT, in TRENCH]. No doubt the priest and Levite had their excuses--It is not safe to be lingering here; besides, he's past recovery; and then, may not suspicion rest upon ourselves? So might the Samaritan have reasoned, but did not [TRENCH]. Nor did he say, He's a Jew, who would have had no dealings with me (#Joh 4:9), and why should I with him? JFB

The lawyer and the Samaritan

2. But there is one thing in him that is good, and this it is that the Saviour wishes to recommend to us. He had human sympathy. His mercy was not restrained by sectional antipathy and religious animosities. Conclusion: It was the Samaritan's mercy that needed to be added to the lawyer's orthodoxy, in order to a full and acceptable piety. Orthodoxy without humanity is worthless; humanity with heterodoxy is better as regards the comfort of this world; but orthodoxy with humanity -- a pure worship with universal charity -- fills out the complete picture of what the law requires, and what practical Christianity really is. (J. A. Seiss, D. D.)

(from The Biblical Illustrator Copyright (c) 2002 AGES and Biblesoft, Inc.)

The good Samaritan

2. What the Samaritan gave to the poor man was generous, but it is not comparable to what the Lord Jesus has given to us. He gave him wine and oil; but Jesus has given His heart's-blood to heal our wounds: he lent himself with all his care and thoughtfulness; but Christ gave Himself even to the death for us. (C. H. Spurgeon.) (from The Biblical Illustrator Copyright (c) 2002 AGES and Biblesoft, Inc.)

Rescue the perishing

I remember hearing the story of a little incident that occurred in the streets of Edinburgh some years ago. A coach was driving rapidly down the narrow streets of the town. A poor little child of some two years of age crept into the middle of the road, and there it was in utter helplessness standing by itself, while the galloping horses were drawing nearer and nearer every moment. Just as they approached the spot where the poor little helpless infant was standing, a woman, who had just happened to come to the door of her house, darted forth like a flash of lightning, grasped the child in her arms, and, at the peril of her own life, saved it from imminent destruction. A passer-by remarked to the poor terrified woman when she reached the other side, "Well, woman, is that your child?" "Na, ha," she said, "it's nae my bairn." "Well, woman," he said, "what for did you risk your life for a child when it was not yours?" With a beaming eye and a flushed face, the noble woman replied, "Aye, but it's somebody's bairn." That was real humanity! The true spirit of a woman asserted itself within her nature. And if that be humanity, dear friends, what ought to be Christian humanity? What would have become of us if the Lord Jesus Christ had asked the question, "Who is My neighbour?" He might have pointed to where Gabriel, Michael, and the other ministering spirits stand before the throne, and say, "Behold My neighbour." What daring intelligence of heaven or hell would ever have suggested that the Lord Jesus Christ could find His "neighbour" in a fallen world, amid the children of sorrow and the slaves of hell? Who would have ever thought that God would have chosen us to be His "neighbours?" that He should have come where we are, that He should bend over us with a heart glowing with love, and pour into our wounds the sweet solace of His own anointing oil, or breathe into our lifeless being the supernatural energy of His own eternal life -- who would so much as have suggested this? Not less than this Divine love has actually effected. Here is a call for each of us, children of God. Go to your own home as "a saviour." Go to the crowded streets, and courts, and lanes of this town as "a saviour." (W.H.M.H. Aitken, M. A.) (from The Biblical Illustrator Copyright (c) 2002 AGES and Biblesoft, Inc.) 

 This message was preached at FBC Toulon,

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