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Luke 10:25-37

DAILY DEVOTION

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MONDAY, MAY 3

SCRIPTURE:  Luke 10:25-37

By:  JOSH BOLES

Today we get to cover one of my favorite parables in the New Testament, the Parable of the Good Samaritan. There is so much weight packed into this short story. This parable today is a perfect example of how Jesus speaks to the heart of all who would listen. Jesus has no interest in surface level revelation, but wishes to change our very hearts. This can have big implications for our lives.

We see first in verse 25 that a man of the Law stood up to try and test Jesus. At first it seams that the lawyer is sincere in his question, but we will soon find out his true motives. He asks the question, “What shall I do?” In reality, he has no interest in being taught by Jesus, he simply wishes to justify his own motives. How many of us do this sometimes? We seek wisdom from the Lord, but when it comes down to it, we do not do the things we know we should do.

In response to the lawyers question Jesus asks him, “What is written in the Law, how do you read it?” For Jesus, the Old Testament has reached its conclusion, and the Kingdom of God is now at hand. Jesus realizes that the OT is the perfect standard of faith and practice. The second part of this is something that a Jewish lawyer would know full well. That is why the man quotes the Law and expresses his full devotion to God. We are to love the Lord with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Jesus responds to this by saying, “Do this and you will live.”

In the other Gospels it reads, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” This is so telling of many who practice religion, but do not have a relationship with Jesus. They know all the right answers, but are unwilling to put them to practice. We see this develop as we get further into the story.

In verse 29 we read the Lawyers true motives in wanting to justify himself. When he asks the question, “Who is my neighbor,” we see his complete lack of sincerity. The man was trying to exclude responsibility to certain people by making them non neighbors. An appropriate question would have been, “How can I be a loving neighbor?”

Then Jesus responds with a story that cuts straight to our heart. The road from Jerusalem to Jericho was about ten miles and was very treacherous terrain. That alone made it dangerous, but also thieves  hid out in the rocks waiting on people to attack. I am sure you know the story really well, so lets just skip to the really important details.

The man who was robbed was a Jewish man, and the two people that passed him were Jewish leaders. The path would have been very narrow, so it is likely that the priest and the levite would have had to take a considerable amount of effort just to avoid the man. Then, her comes a samaritan man who stops and does the right thing.

What you need to know here is that the Jews despised the Samaritans. They thought they were half breeds and were not worthy of any form of dignity. The things an average Jewish man would have said and done to a Samaritan would have been unthinkable things, yet we see the samaritan go out of his way to help this man. He bound his wombs, used his expensive oil, and even gave the innkeeper two days of wages and promised to bring back more.

As we close, Jesus asked him, “Which of these three proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robber?” The man answered, “The one who showed mercy.” Then Jesus gives the lawyer the response that we all must consider, “go and do likewise.”

What we need to understand is that being a neighbor has nothing to do with proximity, or people who are like us. It has much more to do with embodying sacrificial love. This means loving those people that are uncomfortable to us. Loving the people that require personal sacrifices of time, and resources. Do not find yourself being “not far” from the kingdom of God. Be living proof that Jesus lives in you by serving those around you. Be a neighbor this week!

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Luke 10:1-24

DAILY DEVOTION

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FRIDAY, MAY 10

SCRIPTURE:  Luke 10:1-24

By:  Jeremy Witt

Jesus extends his ministry and discipleship plan out further in today’s verses.  Just a chapter ago, Jesus sent out the 12, and now He is sending out 72 to go ahead and prepare the way in the places that He will soon visit as we read in verse one. 

Verse two is a verse that I am experiencing in a variety of ways.  How you might ask?  We need more people serving in our church.  We need more Sunday School teachers.  We need substitute teachers.  We need people willing and able to lead small groups.  We need more on every one of the greeter teams.  You don’t even have to be a “member” to serve on our greeter teams.  When we read these verses, Jesus said this because there are always more people that are needed to reach those who have not been reached yet.  Our job is never done.  Don’t let that be discouraging, but let this serve as encouragement.  You are needed.  Your service is needed.  One of the myths that people think is that they can retire from serving within the church.  Ironically enough, there is not one example of this in Scripture.  Ministry is never over until we meet Jesus.  This is true for every one of us.  So are you serving?  If so, thank you and keep it up.  If not, why aren’t you?  There is a place for you in God’s kingdom.  It might be inside the walls of the church or outside, but He has a place and purpose for your service.

Jesus essentially tells the 72 what He told the 12 in verses 3-11.  Accept hospitality.  Be gracious.  Move on when rejected and proclaim the Kingdom of God which is coming.  When we come to verse 12, Jesus refers to the town of Sodom.  Its backstory can be found in Genesis 19.  It is used throughout Scripture to refer to immorality and wickedness and will suffer on judgment day.  However, Jesus points out that towns and cities who saw and heard the Messiah but rejected Him will suffer even more.  This is the case for the town of Korazin and Bethsaida.  Both of these towns were located near the Sea of Galilee on the north side.  Jesus even singles out His adopted home town of Capernaum as well.  These three cities would be worse off than the pagan cities of Tyre and Sidon. 

In verse 17, the 72 come back and are excited that even the demons obeyed them.  They spoke in Jesus’ name and had been given power and authority from Jesus.  Jesus’ words in verses 18-20 speak briefly about Satan and His fall from heaven or possibly looking ahead to Jesus’ victory at the Resurrection.  Isaiah 14:12-17 also speak to this event.  Verse 19 is similar to those in Mark 16:17-18. 

Verse 21 is unique as Jesus rejoices in the Holy Spirit.  The Spirit has yet to be given to humanity as will happen in Acts 2.  At Jesus’ baptism, we see the Spirit descend onto Jesus from the Father, but here, Jesus is rejoicing with joy.  Notice His words.  He rejoices that God gave this to the common, not to the elite.  Again, Luke is pointing out how Jesus came for all not simply for the rich and popular.  He speaks encouragement to the people in verse 23 and tells them that they are blessed for what they are a part of and what they have seen.  The prophets, King David, Abraham and Moses all wanted to see this, but these 72 were able to see what these heroes of faith wished to see, which was the Messiah and the Kingdom of God.

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