Church of Christ New Richmond, Wisconsin
Church of Christ           New Richmond, Wisconsin

Where to Find Us

Church of Christ

 

1491 County Road A, P.O. Box 65

New Richmond, Wisconsin 54017 

 

Web Address

www.cocnr.com

 

Email

churchofchristnr@gmail.com

 

Contact  

Jack Phillips, Preacher

(715) 491-0460

 

Mark Knutson, Member

(715) 497-7596

 

Our Mission

To serve God by teaching the scripture in spirit and truth and to have unity of the spirit in that truth through our love for Christ and for each other.

 

                                                                  “THE GOOD SAMARITAN”

 

INTRODUCTION:

1) scripture – Luke 10:25-27

 

2) Although Christ sought to establish “thoughts of righteousness” among

        those around him, there were always those thinking they would “show him up”,

        that they could “trap him” with their questions and make him look as  the  “bad guy”

 

         -a. a lawyer stood up to put him to the test  - verse 25

         -b. he meant to do no good, not truly seeking a correct answer

         -c. this was a “lawyer”… i.e. a teacher and interpreter of the Mosical laws  

 

3) Christ, instead of answering the question then asks the lawyer,

          “what is your understanding under the law for this question” – verse 26

         -a. the lawyer responded “quoting the scriptures”

         -b. from Deut.6:4-5….Lev.19:18

         -c. Christ then responded, ”you answered very well” – verse 28

 

4) This is a “summation” of all the laws  of the Mosical age...

         -a. another time, another “lawyer” had ask him the same question –Matt.22:35-40

         -b. Christ set forth that all the laws are “summed up” within these two thoughts

         -c. Matt.22:40………..devotion to God

                                              service to man               referring to the main question. verse 25

                                                                                                       “…what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”

    

    -d. this lawyer gave the correct- lawful- technical answer

 

 

5) BUT(back to Luke 10:) as this “lawyer” in Luke 10:  sought to TRAP HIM, he ask  another question,

         wherein he received an answer he- was- not- expecting.

         -a. and HE was set forth as the “guilty one”

         -b. the “set-up question”  was “and who is my neighbor?” – verse 29

                                                                      ***“he wanted Christ to agree with him”***

       

        -c. verse 29 sets forth the thought

                        “he was wanting an answer to justify his actions”

                        “he was wanting an answer to give him a clear conscience”

 

                  NOTE: the Jews taught only other Jews were “neighbors”

                                  all others were as the filth of the earth

 

    Barnes Notes states:

                 Desirous to appear blameless, or to vindicate himself, and show that he had kept the law.           

                The Pharisees held that the "Jews" only were to be regarded as such, and that the obligation did not  

                extend at all to the Gentiles. The lawyer was probably ready to affirm that he had discharged faithfully his

                duty to his countrymen, and  had thus kept the law, and could justify himself

    

   -d. the lawyer came to expose Christ and his teachings,

              but in the end, Christ exposes the lawyer and his teachings!

 

6) Setting for this parable:

        -a. As Jerusalem was the “spiritual city” of the Jews(temple,altar,all sacrifices)

        -b. Jericho was nearby, down the mountainside about 20 miles

        -c. many priests(1000’s) lived in Jericho, and would go and serve their “work shifts” at the

                   temple, and then, return home to Jericho.

        -d. winding down and around thru valleys, rock ledges, caves many in number,

                a perfect place for robbers to thieves, and they did kill and steal for a living!

 

                Josephus writes, “Herod the Great after the building of the temple

                                         dismissed 40,000 men who became highwaymen(robbers)..”

                                                                                                                   (Josephus “Antiquities,” xv. 7)

        -e. the road was called “the bloody way” in N.T. days

    

                 verse 30.. “a man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho...”

                  verse 31…”going down on that road…”

 

        -f. As the parable begins, a man(surely Jewish) was going from Jerusalem

               to Jericho, and robbers stripped him of his possessions, beat him, and left him

               there assuming he was dead.  – Luke 10:30

 

          With the beginning question, one of the greatest parables comes forth

                            and the character God seeks from our lives

 

7) What “rule of thought” do we put forth towards others?

       Let us notice 3 possible thoughts from this parable”

 

THOUGHTS:    

(I) DO UNTO OTEHERS BEFORE THEY DO UNTO YOU”

 

   1. Luke 10:30..

       -a. these robbers sought ONLY for their own good.

 

       -b. “MIGHT MAKES RIGHT” was their treatment towards others, and nothing

                  else mattered.

 

   2. There will always be those who “want what others have” and nothing else matters

                 -a. James 4:1-2

                 -b. contrary to others good, the advancing of self

 

   3. money, possessions, glory, lands

            -a. selfish –

                                                        Phil.3:19

            -b. covetous –

 

            -c. answering unto no one but self – Exo.5:2

 

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(II) “DO NOT DO TO OTHERS HOW YOU WANT THEM TO TREAT YOU”

 

  1. No, they did not necessarily oppress, hurt, nor harm, but neither did they do anything

        to help others in their distress.

 

               Here was one of his own people in the extremity of need--if the sufferer had not been a Jew,

                  Jesus would have had said that.   But he hurried by, for nobody saw him, perhaps not even the sufferer—

                  nobody but God” 

 

 

  2.  But,  the fulfilling of the “laws” from- the- heart was left UNDONE- Matt.23:23

 

               “you tithe mint, anise, and cumin, and have neglected the weighter matters

                 of the law, justice, mercy, and faithfulness, but these are the things you

                 should have done without neglecting the others…:”

 

 

                      “care for self” is at the center of their thoughts

 

  3. Even in religion, priests and Levites did all required:

                                                                             -a. offered sacrifices

                                                                             -b. paid tithes

                                                                             -c. attended the religious feasts

                                                                             -d. taught the laws

 

  4. examined themselves by their own thoughts/beliefs – Luke 18:9

 

 

 5. We find that the priest, as well as the Levite

              -a. seeing this man in need

              -b. crossing to the other side of the road to avoid his “body” –Luke 10:31-32

 

      NOTE: KJV, as compared to some other versions has a different wording here in verse 32

                        -a. verse 31- states that the priest saw him

                        -b. verse 32- concerning the Levite, it  refers to his coming and looking a little 

                                           closer,  and then passed by on the other side of the road

                        -c. Levite looked a little closer at the situation, and then kept going

 

  6. In seeing this man, as one who ”offered unto them nothing in return”

            -a. making choices as to who they would “offer help”

            -b. possibly dependent upon what they might get in return – James 2:2-4

            -c. the priest and the Levite in “seeing their own” countryman would not

                         render aid

 

 7. Following all the specific laws, but without a heart…compassion, sincerity,

          -a. and we can do the same – Rev.2:2-4

          -b. for Christ shall tell some to “DEPART”, who believe they deserve goodness

                 Matt.25:41-45

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(III) “DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM DO UNTO YOU”

 

 1) Luke 10:33…

        -a. now then, a Samaritan having compassion, acts in a righteous manner

               does everything necessary to give health and life to this one who was hurt.

                           -1-. cleansed his wounds

                          -2-. bandaged them

                          -3-. brought him to a safe place

                          -4-. paid for his care

 

 

         -b. a “Samaritan” being a “half-breed”—(Jew-Gentile mix) and therefore treated

                harshly by the Jews, as the “filth of the earth”

                          John 4:9  “…for Jews have no dealings with Samartians..”

 

  2) This Samaritan actually demonstrates the true meaning of a “neighbor”

              as had been ask earlier by the lawyer

 

  3) Matthew 7:12

 

  4) Throughout the scriptures, we are encouraged to g-r-o-w- in a correct attitude

           towards others,

                  something that a life in this world often teaches against

                        -a. Gal.6:10

                       -b.

  5) He opened:

                   (A) his heart

                         -a. all three saw him

                         -b. two had other things to do and places to go

                         -c. we see that he had “compassion” – Lk.10:33

 

 

                  (B) his hands -

                         -a. two of them like many, thought about him, and kept going

                         -b. love, compassion towards others is evidenced by actions – I John 3:17-18

                         -c. Samaritan not only “cared for him”, but “took care of him”

 

 

                 (C) his pocketbook -

                         -a. with his “own money” he sought to help as he could at the time

                         -b. our reason for working is that we might be able to help others –Eph.4:28

                         -c. our faith is demonstrated by the actions of our lives

                                    we have a part to play as others are in need – James 2:14-16

 

                         NOTE: we see that he had compassion,

                                    then followed by actions which is the definition of “mercy”

 

    6) James 2 seems to be the application for us to be guided by in this respect

         -a. James 2:1-8

               -1-. vs.1 – holding the “truth” of God, and at the same time showing favoritism

               -2-. vs. 8 -James speaks of the “royal law” by treating others as self

 

 7) The “Jericho road” for us may be one in our family,

                                                                 a neighbor having problems

                                                                 a person in the community in need

 

8)  Luke 10:36…

              -a. Christ not only “identified”, but as well “defined” who is a “neighbor”

 

 9) Luke 10:36..

             -a. as Christ ask this question

             -b. he made the “lawyer”, become his “own judge”, and condemn his own beliefs

 

 

             -c. There MUST be the keeping of the laws,

                    but as well the heart, the sincerity that those laws should lead to as well

 

       ***-d. Luke 6:31-35

 

                      Matt.12:7 ------------  “I desire mercy, and not sacrifice…”                                                                        

 

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CONCLUSION:   

1) From the very beginning of this setting, it actually began with the question,

             “what must I do to have eternal life?” – Luke 10:25

 

2) after setting forth the character and actions of the Samaritan, we then read…

                   “go and do likewise”

 

       -a. that still has not changed

       -b. this character is STILL that which we are to seek to have in this life

 

 3) many do “likewise” –as the priest and Levite

      some will do “likewise” as the Samaritan

 

 4) Matthew 5:7

                                       “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy”

 

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