“THE CHURCH WITH A COMPASSIONATE HEART!” Part 2

“Leaving him half dead.” This certainly proves the truth that Satan and sin will always leave us half dead until we are saved.

Verse 31, “By chance.” That is accidentally. It means that he did not do it with a plan to help the man that was wounded.

“A certain priest.” It is said that twelve thousand priests and Levites lived in Jericho; and most of their business was in Jerusalem; and it is likely that there would be many of them constantly traveling on that road.

“When he saw him, he passed by on the other side.” He saw him lie there, but did not come near him. Did not turn out of his way even to come and see him.

 Verse 32, “A Levite…came and looked on him, passed by …” He came and looked on him more carefully, but still did nothing to relieve him of his pain.

Verse 33.  The name “Samaritan” is mentioned only to show that he was a person from whom a Jew would not expect any help or relief, because of the hostility between the two nations.

In verse 34,” brought him to an inn, and took care of him.”

This is really an interesting Greek word… Inn: Pandocheion, meaning a public place, whereas the inn in Luke 2:7, “because there was no room for them in the inn:” Kataluma – the guest chamber. Not necessarily for a whole family or for a large group.

I believe that this inn is a picture of the church of Jesus Christ. Certainly the application can be made for the church. Let’s back up just a little bit:

Verse 34, “Pouring in oil and wine.” These were often used in medicine to heal wounds. They were probably mixed together and made a potent medicine.

Notice the difference in conduct as compared to the priest and Levite! This is a beautiful picture of Christ’s teaching for us in relation to our fellow man. He does not only say in general that he showed him kindness, but he told how it was done. He stopped; came where he was; pitied him; bound up his wounds; set him on his own beast; took him to the “inn;” spent the night with him; then gave him the kind of care a keeper would have, promising to pay him for his trouble; and all this without desiring or expecting any reward.

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

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