Wednesday Devo

Scripture Reading:

Luke 10
33 “Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. 34 Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. 35 The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’

Commentary from the ESV Study Bible: 

10:33 Samaritan. Culturally, it would have been unthinkable for a Samaritan to help a Jew (cf. John 4:9; 8:48). Thus Jesus makes the additional point that to love one’s neighbor involves showing care and compassion even to those with whom one would not normally have any relationship (cf. Jesus’ command to “love your enemies”; Luke 6:27, 35).
10:34–35 The Samaritan ministers to the injured and suffering robbery victim. set him on his own animal. The man was too injured to walk. The Samaritan brought him to an inn, where he cared for him, and gave the innkeeper two denarii (the equivalent of two days’ salary) to continue caring for him. Jesus underscores the Samaritan’s compassionate care, extending to whatever more cost and care may be needed.

Study Questions:

  • The second question from the weekend was, "What is LOVE?" Jesus' parable of the good Samaritan makes it clear that love is not an emotion. His description of loving your neighbor makes no mention of feelings. Love is action. Love is sacrifice, mercy and compassion. Read 1 Corinthians 13 for a reminder of what REAL love is. When it comes to the relationships in your life, and to people in need that you encounter, how well do you love? In what areas do you need to grow?

  • In the New Covenant, Jesus narrows down the 10 commandments, as well as the hundreds of other regulations, down to just one... "Love one another the way that I have loved you." He said that THIS was how the world would know we belong to him. It would make us stand out. It would make people take notice. What does it mean to love each other the way Jesus loved us? How exactly did he show his love? Oh yeah, by allowing himself to be tortured, humiliated and executed when he had done nothing wrong. NOTHING... as in he was the most innocent person ever. How would it look to put THAT kind of sacrificial love to work in your current relationships? 

Pray:

  • That you would grow in your love for others.
  • That you would learn to love the way Jesus does.

This Week's City 7:

Try to commit to memory! 

7. How can I trust that the Bible is still God’s Word today? I trust the Bible is still God’s Word today because Jesus rose from the dead proving He was God and said His words would never pass away. Through the Holy Spirit, God inspired the writing of the Scripture, determined the canon of Scripture and protected the copying of Scripture so that we might know Him and worship Him to this day.
(Matthew 24:35; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Revelation 22:18-19)

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