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Parable Of Good Samaratin

Why doe Jesus tell us the parable of the Good Samaratin? Why does Jesus tell us that it was the pagan who showed compassion to the poor man whilst the man of faith walked on by?

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When Herod had John the Baptist beheaded and Jesus found out, He went out and healed a bunch of people. If you remember, that woman in John 4 went back to her own city and brought the men to Jesus and they believed. It was a major stumblingblock to the Jews that Jesus would commend a Samaritan much less save one....and probably even a rock of offense that it was a Samaritan that helped a man not even his own could help much less want to.
---Linda on 5/23/08


Ed you summed it up beautifully. Couldn't have said it better myself.
Yes, the Good Samaratan is a great example to us. Especially Christians should take notes. Sometimes we become so holy we have no time or attention for the things that matters, most in life. Loving and helping others and desiring the will of God. Forget about self for a while and do something to ease anothers burden.
---Robyn on 6/6/07


Jared
The irony is, of course, that some of us take ourselves so seriously (I mean our egos - salvation, itself, is not a light matter) such as the man of faith in the parable, that he ignores the poor man in the ditch.
It is not surprising that those who suffer the most in this life (i.e the poor - from my experience backpacking - the sick, and so on) often have the best sense of humour, where as those at the top, in positions of power and wealth, often have the worst sense of humour.
---Ed on 6/6/07


This parable tells us many things. The first being just because they look right with God they aren't, and that God will use the most unlikely people to further his kingdom. It is quite funny that Jesus used a Samaritan as the hero. Jesus has a great sense of Humor.
---Jared on 6/5/07


Notlaw
Fair point.
But let's not miss the real point of the story, in my view, and that is it was a scum-Samaratin (scum in the views of some/many Jews then) who helped the poor man in the ditch, not the orthodox Jew who thought he was so important that he didn't have to show compassion.
---Ed on 6/5/07




Ed Samaritans were not pagans, they were Jews who inter-married with non Jews after the Assyrian exile. Their hatred by the Jerusalem Jewish community was more for political reasons then religious.
---notlaw99 on 6/4/07


John
The point is that Jesus is making a point that the loathed Samaratin (a pagan) showed compassion, where as the so-called 'man of faith' did not. It is a humbling thought for us Christians not to think we have ever done enough to stop showing compassion to others. Never forgetting that God is also present in the beggar, even though he might live in a ditch.
---Ed on 5/27/07


John
The point is that Jesus is making a point that the loathed Samaratin (a pagan) showed compassion, where as the so-called 'man of faith' did not. It is a humbling thought for us Christians not to think we have ever done enough to stop showing compassion to others. Never forgetting that God is also present in the beggar, even though he might live in a ditch.
---Ed on 5/27/07


Ed. You say Samaratins are pagans? It may be that the majority are but is it lawful to label them all pagans? That one fellow sure didn't act like one. Is that just an opinion or is it Scriptural that all Samaritans are pagans? In Luke 17:16 we see a Samaritan praising and giving glory to Jesus. He was a Samaritan but not a pagan.
---john on 5/27/07


No Johannes.
The man of faith in the parable is full of his own self importance and self righteousness. He has no compassion.
But the pagan does show compassion. Jesus is saying that compassion is one of the cores of Christian faith. And we must never believe that we are beyond having to share it.
---Ed on 5/24/07




Johannes, that was an excellent tidbit of information. One who sees everything bad that happens as God's retribution will not help or even be empowered to do so.
---Linda on 5/24/07


The Jewish priest was under the Deuteronomic law of retribution and saw the man as being punished by God and he was not going to interfere with Gods work. The Samaritan was not under the law so he helped.
---johannes on 5/24/07


Just on the news this morning, out in broad day light a 92 year old man gets beat up and robbed and the people around him are just walking by watching this man get bashed in the head, no one, coming to his rescue.
---Cynthia_1 on 5/24/07


Samaratin's were Jews who intermarried with other peoples that Esarhaddon (B.C. 677), the king of Assyria, brought from Babylon and other places and settled in the cities of Samaria, instead of the original inhabitants whom Sargon (B.C. 721) had removed into captivity (2 Kings 17:24; comp. Ezra 4:2, 9, 10). After the Assyrian exile Samaritans were not allowed to help rebuild the temple in Jerusalem. The purpose of the metaphor is to select a group who the Jews hated to be the benefactor of compassion.
---Phil_the_Elder on 5/24/07


John
Samaratins were pagans.
---Ed on 5/23/07


Some good answers here. 2 days ago I was thinking about this parable and possibly posting a question about it. What came to mind, is the man was attacked by robbers/thiefs. We too can be attacked by the thief satan, left broken and bledding, and the "church" may look the other way.
---christina on 5/23/07


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For me it is still an important parable as it speaks to our fundamentalist brothers and sisters who still live under the law instead of grace.
---randy on 5/23/07


This is the state of many even today that refer to themselves as a Christian, the Bible says ''by their fruit, you will know them'' You may see a Christian with beautiful green leaves, and get closer to them, no fruit. THEY TALK THE TALK, but don't walk the walk, These are like the Saducees, and Pharisees, that Matthew 5:20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in NO CASE ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.
---Cynthia_1 on 5/23/07


Ed. I can't find it written that Jesus tells us it's a pagan who showed compassion. The Samaritans actions prove that he wasn't.
---john on 5/23/07


you must understand the discust that the jews had for the people called semaritans in jesus,s time.this is part of the parable.jews believed they were pagans unworthy of anything,and did not associate with them.showing that only the pagan had compassion was like an insult.
---tom2 on 5/22/07


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Simply stated, the so called "man of faith" was a religious foney. A hypocrit. Greedy. One who seeks the praises of man, wealth and status in the WORLD. His heart was hard.
---jody on 5/22/07


God touched me on this one. The priest [preacher] heart was cold to the things of God. The Samaratin was a man who knew what it was like to be in straits. He put himself in this poor helpless man's shoes "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you". How Jesus was abused by His enemies. Also, the people that you would think least likely to help may be the most compassionate of all.
---catherine on 5/22/07


Simply stated, the so called "man of faith" was a religious foney. A hypocrit. Greedy. One who seeks the praises of man, wealth and status in the WORLD. His heart was hard.
---jody on 5/22/07


God touched me on this one. The priest [preacher] heart was cold to the things of God. The Samaratin was a man who knew what it was like to be in straits. He put himself in this poor helpless man's shoes "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you". How Jesus was abused by His enemies. Also, the people that you would think least likely to help may be the most compassionate of all.
---catherine on 5/22/07


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It comes back to who does the will of the Father. The Jews were in a covenant with God, but they took if for granted. Gentiles did not fully know God, yet some were doing God's will. As Paul said the Gentiles were circumcised not in the flesh but in the spirit and that is part of the reason why the door to salvation was opened to us of non-Jewish origin.
---lorra8574 on 5/22/07


It is a lesson that we much check unfortunate and worse off people around us, and offer help. Our lives aren't about self-egotism; We need to share Concern,Love & compassion with those who have less (read our Lord's lesson of Mark 10:21 ).
---rosem4839 on 5/22/07


When the Priest and the Levite seen this man was wounded, they walked on by. They (like today) don't want to get involved. They don't want your problems become their problems. Jesus told us to love our neighbor as we do ourselves. Jesus told us that to give an example that the good Samaritan had compassion upon this man. To show us how we need to be toward others. Many people are like that today. We are supposed to carry one another's burdens.
---Rebecca_D on 5/22/07


This story is Jesus' answer to the lawyer who asked Him, "Who is my neighbor?" In this story, Jesus is showing the lawyer who was trying to trap Him by the Law that the the present priesthood and Levitical descendancy is unable to help a man found half dead on the roadside; that though one was a priest or from the right tribe, something they didn't have was needed to help this man.
---Linda on 5/22/07


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I don't find it any coincidence that it was a Samaritan (those totally rejected by the Jews) that Jesus chose to illustrate this point and it was a Samritan Jesus went to see when He was rejected by His own (John 4). When rejected by His own, He went to another rejected by His own and gave her what He desired to give those who rejected Him. That is how He fought...by bringing the kingdom to others.
---Linda on 5/22/07


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