Like last week’s post on the Parable of the Sower, I’m sure many of you will already know the story of this parable like the back of your hand from Sunday school; to read the parable again, click here or find it in Luke 10:25. The meaning of the parable and the message that Jesus wanted to portray to us, through it, I believe is not the same as what many people believe. We know from what Paul tells us in Galatians 2:16, to inherit eternal life in heaven it is not about our actions, ‘doing what the Law requires’ but about our ‘faith in Jesus Christ’.
It all starts off, with ‘an expert of the law’, who stands up and asks Jesus exactly what we’ve just looked at in Galatians; ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ Remember, though, the man asking the question is an ‘expert’ in what obey the law involves and teaches it to others in the Jewish Synagogue. Jesus replies by asking him, ‘What is written in the law?’. Knowing all there is to know about what is written in the law, he answered, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ Indeed, that is what the law says, ‘do this and you will live.’ This is where we see the true meaning of the parable. Continue reading The Good Samaritan- not as you know it. #3