Verses 25-28 [Thou shalt love the Lord thy God]
“And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? 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 neighbour as thyself. And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.” The lawyer who was speaking with Jesus, quite clearly knew at least some of the commandments of God, which were confirmed by Jesus as a requirement for eternal life.
Verses 29-31 [Who is my neighbour?]
“But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour? And Jesus
answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.”
Verses 31-35 [He brought him to the inn]
“And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, and he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw hm, he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.” Both the priest and the levite would certainly have been familiar with God’s commandments, and yet they looked the other way and refused to render compassion and assistance to their neighbour, who being from Samaria, was greatly disliked and shunned by the Jews. Jesus’ message was that every man is to be considered the neighbour of everyone, and we are to show them love, forgiveness, mercy and compassion in abundance.
“Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? And he said, He that showed mercy upon him. Then said Jesus unto him Go, and do thou likewise.” Cutting directly to the heart of man as only Jesus is able, He commanded the lawyer to go and put the laws and commandments of God into practice. The important lesson for all of us to heed, is that simply “knowing” the commandments is not enough, we must live them, hide them in our hearts and apply them every day in our lives.
My prayers are with you all,
February 2nd, 2011