“Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world” James 1:27
“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. Philippians 2:3-4
” Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them. If you can help your neighbor now, don’t say, “Come back tomorrow, and then I’ll help you” Proverbs 3:27-28
“In helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us– Flora Edwards
The positive impact it has on you! You see when you lend a hand because you can, you don’t think much of it, but when you assist because it is your desire, it’s so thrilling knowing you managed to make someone else’s day better. I remember a long time ago telling myself:
In my last post, the value of observing the Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth, I shed some light on the right way to read the Bible. If you haven’t yet read it, please do so. This point will make much more sense. There is only one problem with this parable: the name. Looking at it from the parable’s perspective, the meaning of it has got nothing to do with the Samaritan! Before saying anything else about it let’s take a look at first:
Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.” Luke 10:25-37
Character studies is normally a very good thing to do when reading the Bible because it gives you a different perspective on common parables, stories and so on. Here the expert in the law challenged Jesus by asking, “who is my neighbour?” The important thing to note about him is that he was a man who looked down on priests and despised Samaritans. This is why he wanted to “justify himself,” kind of like double checking to see if he was on track with everything, including that.
Jesus spoke Aramaic. Obviously those in Rome and Ephesus would not have been able to understand Him, so everything He said was translated to Greek. The word for “parables” Jesus used was methal. In Aramaic that would mean “riddle.” It was translated to Greek as parabole- parable. Concerning Jesus’ principal ministry, the kingdom of God, He spoke to them about its secrets in parables which they perceived (according to the language He spoke) as riddles. That way they could see but failed to see, they heard and even understood the parables but not in a way that led to obedience.
The parable of the Good Samaritan actually involves the expert in the law. He knew what the law talked about but wanted to be in the “safe zone” concerning his hatred towards priests and Samaritans. The parable indicates how the priest and pharisee did not help the man. That, basically, was a straight insult to the expert in the law! Samaritans in general were looked down upon, see John 4:7-9. After the man was assisted and Jesus asked about the one who was more neighbourly, the man replies, “The one who showed him mercy.” That was a huge slap in the face to the expert in the law! As the term suggests that’s something he’s supposed to know already. In essence the conversation went this way:
There have been moments when I have thought more about myself than anyone else. Then if I continued doing that, even without knowing it, it turns into everything me and nothing for anyone else. All me, no you. I am much better now and improving as I take it a step at a time. The problem with our survival instinct is that we put more focus on taking care of ourselves first then someone else. Those full of conceit tend to embrace that mindset and the saddest thing is they don’t even know it! The more we do that the more we think about others less when we should actually think of ways to help them more. Remember it’s not about me, it’s up to me.