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A Certain Lawyer That Had a Certain Samaritan for a Neighbor (4 of 11)
Ken D. Trivette
Robert Frost once said, ''Good fences make good neighbors.'' G.K. Chesterton wrote, ''The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because generally they are the same people.'' Another has written:
To love the whole world
For me is no chore;
My only real problem's
My neighbor next door.
In the familiar story before us we meet several ''certain ones'' in Luke. There is a ''certain lawyer,'' a ''certain priest,'' a ''certain man,'' and a ''certain Samaritan.'' Jesus gave to the ''certain lawyer'' a parable that told of a ''certain Samaritan.'' In doing so, Jesus taught the Lawyer an important lesson on neighborly love and what it was to be a real neighbor.
Stuart Briscoe says of this story that it is ''one of the world's superb short stories.'' Let's consider this superb short story and learn the lessons that Jesus taught in the story.
First we see:
1. NEIGHBORLY LOVE DISCUSSED!
The story begins with a ''certain lawyer'' coming to Jesus and asking him a question. A lawyer in Jesus day was not only someone who was considered to be an expert in legal affairs, but was also considered to be an expert in the law of God. A lawyer in those days was someone who devoted much of his time to the reading and studying of the law of God. In their discussion there came up the subject of neighborly love.
We see first THE QUESTION WITH WHICH THE LAWYER APPROACHED JESUS. ''And behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted Him, saying, 'Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life''' (Vs.25). Luke tells us that his motives were impure. His purpose in asking the question was to tempt Jesus. It was not so much that he was interested in eternal life as he was in tricking Jesus.
Yet, there could be no greater question with which one could concern themselves: What about eternal life? How can I have eternal life? His qu ...
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