The Parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37 is such a well know story that everyone knows what a “good Samaritan” is, or at least has their idea of what one is. The story has so much nuance in it that you can spend days studying it.
I think one thing that gets overlooked quite a bit is why Jesus tells it. A man asks Him, testing Him, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus answers his question with a question. “What does the law say?” The man quotes the law, and then asks Jesus to interpret the law.
We don’t know the man’s intentions, but if you know me, that doesn’t keep me from guessing. And given Jesus’ other interactions and the slightly confrontational nature of the exchange, I think there’s some good clues there. I believe the man had preconceived notions of who he wanted to be and what he wanted the scriptures to mean. He wanted to know that he could love some people and ignore or hate others. But the story Jesus told him gave him no out. Jesus picked someone the Jewish community viewed as a parasite to help the helpless man and said “go and do likewise.”
When we read the Word of God, what do we read? Are we made in the image of God or is do we construct Him into ours?
This week I urge you to read deeply into scriptures and parts of Jesus that make you uncomfortable. I encourage you to listen carefully when God speaks to you through those scriptures and it’s not quite what you thought he would say. I implore you to hear His voice when He says something that interrupts your view of who you thought He was. Most of all, enjoy the new revelations He gives you and the closeness you feel by knowing Him better and the mission He has for you.