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1. Luke 10:30-37

1.1. Jesus is Challenged by a Jewish Lawyer.

1.1.1. Question: Luke 10:25 (NLT) 25 One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?” Scholars go both ways as to whether or not the lawyer was authentic in his seeking knowledge. Most, think that the lawyer was trying to trap Jesus. I tend to think he was trying to trap him.

1.1.2. Jesus answers a question with a question: Luke 10:26 (NLT) 26 Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?” The Socratic method Socrates became best known as a questioner of everything and everyone. His style of teaching—immortalized as the Socratic method—involved not conveying knowledge, but rather asking question after clarifying question until his students arrived at their own understanding.

1.1.3. The lawyer's answer: Luke 10:27 (NLT) 27 The man answered, “ ‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ” Neighbor Pronounce

1.1.4. Ding Ding He gets a prize: Luke 10:28 (NLT) 28 “Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!”

1.1.5. The Lawyer gets uncomfortable: Luke 10:29 (NLT) 29 The man wanted to justify his actions, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” He's looking to bolster his claim that he is righteous. The lawyer needs to limit the demands of the law. The lawyers response should have been to ask, “How can I do this? I am not able. I need help.” We always missed the point when we tried to find the "limits" to God's commands. "Do I need to stop… To be a Christian" There's no such thing as a little sin We are all a work in progress becoming more like Jesus every day.

1.2. Let me tell you a story

1.2.1. The Trip A man is going from Jerusalem to Jericho. Luke 10:30 (NLT) 30 Jesus replied with a story: “A Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem down to Jericho,...

1.2.2. The Trouble He is attached by some robbers who take his money, best him, and leave him for dead. Luke 10:30 (NLT) 30 Jesus replied with a story: “A Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem down to Jericho, ...

1.2.3. The Test God permits three men to pass his way, testing their compassion in helping one in need. The first two fail the test

1.2.4. Jesus is saying to the lawyer "these people are like you" Your "religion" misses the point completely Spoiled brat, old fart Christians.

2. Our text is Lk 10:30-37 There is Similar but different conversation verse in Mark 12:28-34

2.1. Mark 12:28–34 (NLT)

2.1.1. 28 One of the teachers of religious law was standing there listening to the debate. He realized that Jesus had answered well, so he asked, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”

2.1.2. 29 Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The LORD our God is the one and only LORD.

2.1.3. 30 And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’

2.1.4. 31 The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”

2.1.5. 32 The teacher of religious law replied, “Well said, Teacher. You have spoken the truth by saying that there is only one God and no other.

2.1.6. 33 And I know it is important to love him with all my heart and all my understanding and all my strength, and to love my neighbor as myself. This is more important than to offer all of the burnt offerings and sacrifices required in the law.”

2.1.7. 34 Realizing how much the man understood, Jesus said to him, “You are not far from the Kingdom of God.” And after that, no one dared to ask him any more questions.

2.2. "Love your neighbor as yourself" was at the core of what Jesus was communicating, it is no doubt that he talked about it many many times.

2.2.1. Particularly with the religious folks because they misunderstood at the most.

3. The Samaritan The only one to pass the test

3.1. Why a Samaritan

3.1.1. The attitude of Jewish Religious people Even Jesus said not to go to their towns Side note about Bible translations

3.2. Luke 10:33 (NLT) 33 “Then a despised Samaritan came along, ...

3.3. Who they are is complex

3.3.1. Suffice to say they were despised

3.3.2. Seen by the Jews as siding with the us Syrians and engaging in polytheism,

3.3.3. It was a really big deal that Jesus would have anything to do with his Samaritan.

4. Sources


5.1. Eyes, Ears Compassion

5.2. Time, Trouble , Treasure

5.3. Different from you

5.3.1. Food sacrificed of idols

5.3.2. Temple of the unknown god

5.3.3. They are unlike you How they see the world How you see the world Something in us inherently believes "different from me is less then."

5.3.4. They dislike you

5.3.5. They offend you

5.4. Justifying oneself, the most dangerous lies are the ones you tell yourself.