Who Is My Neighbor?
Introduction: The setting for the teaching or this parable began with a question, the kind of question asked by those who don't want an answer. It was asked by someone who thought he knew the answer.
The one asking the question was a religious Jew, an expert in the law of Moses.
Such men were sometimes called lawyer or the other word was scribes.
They were people that had mastered the Jewish law, the first five books of the Bible or Torah.
25 And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, ''Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?''
Jesus answered him by asking a question.
26 He said to him, ''What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?''
The religious Jew answered by quoting two Old Testament scriptures.
First was Deuteronomy 6:5 and Leviticus 19:18
27 So he answered and said,'' 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,' and 'your neighbor as yourself.'''
Jesus commended him but knew the man was not really interested in the truth.
This lawyer was only trying to trap him by forcing Him to give an answer that went against Old Testament law.
After the lawyer had asked correctly by answering from the Torah.
But he had only a head knowledge but did not practice what he knew!
Jesus answered by saying ''It is not enough to answer correctly if you want eternal life'' he said in essence ''You must do he law-not just quote it- in order to live.''
28 And He said to him, ''You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.''
Now backed into the corner, knew that Jesus had put him on the spot. This man was not finished yet. The law said ''Love your neighbor''. So he lashed back with a loaded question.
29 But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, ''And who is my neighbor?''
One can almost see Jesus smile thinking I thought you would never ask. In answer to the question H ...
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