• William T. Howe Ph.D.

October 28, 2021

Daily Reading: Luke 10-11

Luke 10:37

And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.

The Lord’s story that is commonly called “The Good Samaritan” has intrigued Bible readers for over two millennia. You know the one. A person fell among thieves that robbed him, beat him, stripped him, and left him half dead. The priest didn’t help him, the Levite didn’t help him, but the Samaritan did. Praise the Lord for the Samaritan! He helped this half dead man where he was, ministered to his wounds, and took him to a place of safety for healing. All of his own resources.

Today we would have called the “professionals” to take care of the man and go on our way. Which would cost nothing except for a little time to make the call and perhaps wait with him as they were on their way. But wait!

Jesus told this story to give every person a challenge: Go, and do thou likewise. In the telling or meditation of this story this end result is seldom highlighted, but the very purpose of the story is to cause each and every person to face the question: “Would I be the good Samaritan?”

Notice specifically the teaching that the Lord focused on when He said, Go, and do thou likewise. Jesus asked the question, Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbor unto him that fell among the thieves? To which this lawyer (see the beginning of this conversation in Luke 10:25) replied, He that shewed mercy on him. Then Jesus said…Go, and do thou likewise. Go show mercy to others. To those beaten down, humbled, unable to care for themselves, robbed, half dead; encountering these gives an opportunity to minister mercy unto them. After all, Jesus did that for every one of His children, those born again of the Spirit of the Living God. Beaten, broken, poor, hurting, robbed, and half dead (the outer man living, the inner man dead and dying). He has mercy, He is rich in mercy, He is great in mercy, He is all about mercy. Surely then, His children that have received such a lively mercy can extend to others the same.

So, as Jesus said; Go, and do thou likewise.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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