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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 question was an important question; one that every person should ask. It was an individual question. It is an issue that involves everyone, not just this lawyer.
What about you? Has this great question been answered in your life? Do you have eternal life? Has the issue of where you will spend eternity been answered and settled in your heart? If not, it certainly should. It is with great rejoicing that I can say, "The old account was settled long ago."
We then see THE QUESTION WITH WHICH JESUS ANSWERED THE LAWYER. The lawyer approached Jesus with a question and Jesus answered him with a question. "He said unto him, 'What is written in the law? How readest thou'" (Vs.26). Jesus was saying, "You have read the law. What does it tell you about inheriting eternal life?"
"And he answering said, 'Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself'" (Vs.27). He answered Jesus by quoting the scr ...
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