DO WE LOOK AND PASS BY ON TO THE OTHER SIDE?
A crowd had gathered to listen to Jesus as He taught. A man who was a law professor, one skilled in religious dogmas of Jesus own tradition, a kind of "Ph.D." in rabbinical studies, stood up to ask a question. The crowd was no doubt, stunned to silence, for it seemed that a real confrontation had begun. A crowd likes a confrontation. Jesus, the barefooted son of a carpenter, on the one side and this Rabbinical expert, with his scholar's shawl draped over his shoulder, on the other. The question is asked. vs.25. (Discuss & read through vs. 28) He pressed further vs. 29.
Jesus said, vs. 30. A certain man
He wouldn't give away the identity of the man's
*tribe *his social class
*his race *his dialect or even
*his clan *the language He spoke
We don't need to know any of that. Why do we need footnotes of him? Jesus left all that information out! A certain man .. Could have been anyone on this Jericho road.
The journey was 17 dangerous miles through lonely rocky, rough desert. And it's still 17 lonely miles. Robbers & muggers were known to attack travelers. They stripped him.
1. We cannot identify him by his clothes
2. We can't tell anyt
No special class or race, just a human being in need, half dead, beaten and robbed. A priest came by and saw the man would not get near him. That new Christian who doesn't know where they fit in. When we come in contact with a person with a bad attitude3. The question on the floor this morning is (Title) Do we see the prostitutes, drug pushers, abused children, hunger, homeless, illiterate, hopelessBut it's hard to identify unless you've at least been there. Praise God!He dealt with the man's sufferings. He was too "unclean" from birth ever to enter the temple, one whose son could not date the professor's daughter, one who would never be invited to dinner at the Levities apartment, and one who might have been beaten on that road himself just for being a Samaritan. Hung up on class and station and tribe and clan as he was, he too passed on the other side. When we come in contact with a person who barely speaks2. We don't know what family he came from nor what side of town he lived on. I don't deserve what I have, and You don't deserve what you have, the good or the bad.