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May 20, 2018

Sermon: Who Is My Neighbor

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Scripture Lesson

Luke 10:25-37

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. ‘Teacher,’ he said, ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ He said to him, ‘What is written in the law? What do you read there?’ He answered, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbour as yourself.’ And he said to him, ‘You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.’ But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbour?’ Jesus replied, ‘A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan while travelling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, “Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.” Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?’ He said, ‘The one who showed him mercy.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go and do likewise.’

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
Who Is My Neighbor
Luke 10:25-37

I. Introduction: Pickles
II. The Parable of the Good Samaritan (Lk. 10:25-37)
     A. The classical interpretation
         1. “Who is my neighbor?” (10:29)
         2. Doing good
     B. The parable
         1. A man traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho (10:30)
         2. The priest and the Levite (10:31-32)
         3. The Samaritan as the “good guy” (10:33-35)
     C. How badly did Jews hate Samaritans?
         1. Half-breeds from 722 BC
         2. “Pretend” Jews
             a. Separate scriptures and sanctuary
             b. Formally forbidden from the temple
         3. Go out of way to avoid contact
         4. Call fire down (Lk. 9:54)
     D. Concluding the parable
         1. The lawyer cannot even say, “Samaritan” (10:36-37)
         2. “Go and do likewise” (10:37)
III. Can this apply to us?
    A. Who is/are our Samaritan(s)?
    B. What if we don’t discriminate?
    C. What does it mean to be a neighbor?
IV. Conclusion: Daniel Barenboim, West-Eastern Divan Orchestra


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