Scripture: Luke 10:25-42
There are well known stories in the Bible, and then there are well known stories in the Bible!
The parable of the Good Samaritan is probably the most well known story Jesus tells. There are Good Samaritan laws in place, which protect individuals from being sued because they stop to help someone in need. We call people Good Samaritans because they are helpful, you see the name used in the news and other places regularly.
The challenge of looking at this story is that people will think they’ve got it all figured out and there’s nothing else to know. This is a danger we can face when we don’t let the Holy Spirit reveal something new to us each time we pick up our Bibles.
We want to carefully read our Bibles, trying to ignore our preconceived notions as to what it means just because we heard some preacher say something that one time. It’s when we carefully read our Bibles that God can speak to us in a new way about how we interpret, how we see ourselves in the story, and how the story impacts us not just as readers, but as people who want to learn and live out the teachings of Jesus Christ.