by J. Gerald Harris

Takers, Observers, and Givers
Dr. J. Gerald Harris
Luke 10:25-37

Today we come to pay our tribute to those who have died so that others might live. And we have come to honor military personnel and public servants who place their lives on the line every day so that we might live a life of peace and tranquility.

I struggled over a text for this message. But when I came to this passage in Luke 10, I said to myself, "That's it. That is the passage that I will use for my Memorial Day message."

The story of the Good Samaritan told in Luke 10 is one of the most beautiful stories of all time.

A lawyer came to Jesus asking questions, and unfortunately he was not an honest inquirer. He was trying to trap Jesus. First of all. He asked, "Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"

The lawyer answered his own question in verse 27 when he said, "Thou shalt love the Lord they God with all they heart, and with all they soul and with all they strength, and with all they mind; and thy neighbor as thyself."

And then he asked Jesus the question, "Who is my neighbor?" and in response to that Jesus told the story of the Good Samaritan. And in the story you have three categories of people

I. The Takers

Look in verse 30. We are told that the road from Jerusalem to Jericho was infested with thieves and robbers of the worst sort. Jesus declared that a certain man was traveling down that highway when he fell among thieves. These thieves stripped him of his clothing, wounded him and left him for dead. They obviously took from him everything that he had. Their philosophy was "whatever is thine is mine and I'll take it." The thieves represent the takers. John 10:10 says, "The thief cometh not but for to kill, steal and destroy..."

Our society is filled with takers, parasites, leeches, predators. Their creed is greed and their god is gold and their philosophy is to take and destroy.

As a young boy I remember quite distinctly an experience I had one Mo ...

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