Friday Devo

Scripture Reading:

Luke 10
30 Jesus replied with a story: “A Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road.
31 “By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. 32 A Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side.
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.’
36 “Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked.
37 The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.”
Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.”

Commentary from the ESV Study Bible: 

10:30 Jericho. The route of the Jericho road, still visible today, included long stretches of rocky terrain that made it a useful base of operations for robbers. The road descended (down) about 3,200 feet (975 m) from Jerusalem to Jericho along this 18-mile (29-km) route.
10:31 priest. A descendant of Aaron who had priestly responsibilities in the Jerusalem temple. passed by on the other side. A tangible way of describing his unwillingness to love his neighbor.
10:32 Levite. A member of the tribe of Levi but not a descendant of Aaron and therefore not a priest. The Levites assisted the priests.
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.
10:36 Which of these … proved to be a neighbor …?? Jesus’ question corrects the lawyer’s improper question (v. 29). The question is not “who is my neighbor?” but “how can I be a neighbor?”

Study Questions:

  • Finally, we learned on Sunday that through the parable of the good Samaritan Jesus answered, "How is a person SAVED?" Not only are we called to be the good Samaritan in our own lives, but we are also the Jewish man that was beaten and left for dead. Jesus, who was our enemy, who was despised and rejected, came to our rescue. He helped us and rescued us. He took the wine of his blood and poured it out for us. He gave us the oil of the Holy Spirit to heal us. He paid for everything we owed or would ever owe. So, who is the ultimate good Samaritan? It is Jesus! Have you ever seen this parable in this light? What does it do to your Spirit to put yourself in the place of the beaten man, knowing that Jesus showed you such compassion and mercy? What should our response be?

  • Based on all we've talked about this week, and based on the way Jesus says we should be caring for people, what has God been stirring in your Spirit? In what ways is he trying to grow you? Is there a theme that is emerging in your heart? Take some extra time today to pray and journal. Ask God to speak to you! 

Pray:

  • That you would remember all Jesus has done for you.
  • That God would speak to you and grow you today.

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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