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03 July 2018
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The Bad priest, the ugly Levite and the Good Samaritan

"…A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, 'Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.' So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?" And he said, "He who showed mercy on him." Then Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise." Luke 10:30-37 (NKJV)

Anyone with a little knowledge of the Bible and just a bit of mercy when analysing this scene, can see how inhumane both the priest and the Levite were. They wilfully ignored the man lying on the ground. Probably they did not recognise him, so they passed him by.

What if that man had been their son, their brother or even their father – would they have left him there?  I don’t think so!

How many Christians do we have in the church of Jesus these days who do the same as the Priest and the Levite? People who today are "blessed"! They are no longer sick, addicted, spiritually tormented and have achieved so much, but now it seems that they have forgotten where they came from.

How many members do we have who were beggars, drunkards, living in dire poverty, tormented by evil spirits, but today are passing by those who live just as they did before?  Because they do not recognise them, they pass by, becoming like the bad priest or the ugly Levite instead of being the Good Samaritan. The man lying on the ground, who was not recognised by them, and only "seen" by the good Samaritan … who was he?

His identity is revealed here "…And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me." Matthew 25:37-40

That man on the ground was the brother of the King! If they had known this, they would certainly have taken care of him and probably run to the King to report the case and earn some credit. We call this hypocrisy.

Every time you walk or drive around and you see people in suffering, know that they are your neighbour, the brother of the King.  Do not pass by him or her, pretending you do not see them! Instead, be the Good Samaritan.

"And He said to him, "You have answered rightly; do this and you will live." Luke 10:28

Look around.  There are many of the King's brothers and sisters lying on the ground, hurt, humiliated and being stepped on by the devil. They have no more strength in them to rise up. Are you going to pass by them, becoming like the priest and the Levite, or will you be the Good Samaritan?

In July, we will have the month of the Good Samaritan.  You, who want to become the Good Samaritan, will put ALL YOUR STRENGTH into looking for those sitting on piles of ashes and bringing them to the "inn", to the house of God.

The good Samaritan used what he had, his donkey and his denarii (money).  You will use what you have to bring your neighbour, the King's brother and sister to God. If you have no car, no money, nothing at all, you still have your voice or you can use sign language to bring them… "…do this and you will live."

So, here we have the Bad priest, the Ugly Levite and the Good Samaritan … which one do you want to be like?

 

God bless you Marcelo Pires

mp@mpires.org

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