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There Goes the Neighborhood

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Luke 10:29 ESV
29 But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

When we get to Luke Chapter 10 Jesus was in the final, months of His earthly ministry, Slowly trekking to Jerusalem hitting the towns and villages in Judea

Luke
Luke 10:25 ESV
25 And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
A Lawyer was an expert in the law
To Challenge to test v. — to put to the test in order to ascertain the nature of something, including imperfections, faults, or other qualities.
He wanted to entrap him
To Challenge to test v. — to put to the test in order to ascertain the nature of something, including imperfections, faults, or other qualities.
What can I do to Enter into the kingdom = Here lies life's greatest questions
Evangelism is a recognition of Eternal Life and a Motivation to receive it
Don’t be a fault Finder
Luke 10:26 ESV
26 He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?”
They accused Jesus of breaking the law but here Jesus refers to the Law
How do you read it everyday ??
How do you see it ?
Luke 10:27 ESV
27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”
He quotes the Shama= The Summary of the entire law.
The Summary of Divine Relations
The Summary of Human Relations
Luke 10:28 ESV
28 And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”
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Do this and live= Obedience to God’s command is the ultimate in putting our faith in Him
A Four Fold Love Total and Complete devotion to God is expected
Heart : Ones emotions, will and deepest Convictions
Soul: The Immaterial part of a persons being
Mind: Reason
Strength: How a person uses the abilities and the powers that he has

The Question

Luke 10:29 ESV
29 But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
This really revels his insincerity because he tries to exclude certain people from being our responsibly
The real question should have been how can I be a loving neighbor ?
The man is trying to side step his responsibility
This really revels his insincerity because he tries to exclude certain people from being our responsibly
Jesus goes into the story and the story totally flips his question

The Man’s Trip

Luke 10:30 ESV
30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead.
This man went down from Jerusalem heading to Jericho
Jerusalem was about 3,000 miles above sea level Jericho was about 800-1000 miles below sea level so about a 4000 mile journey 17 miles
This was a very dangerous windy road with plenty of rocks and clifts for people to hide in.
This was literally called The Way of Blood
Some have called this man foolish, reckless and irresponsible
For traveling alone
Most folk travelled in Caravans

The Man’s Trauma

Luke 10:30 ESV
30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead.
This man fell into a situation that people took some things from Him
Stripped Him
Beat him repeatedly
Deserted him
Trauma
A.an injury (as a wound) to living tissue caused by an extrinsic agent
B: a disordered psychic or behavioral state resulting from severe mental or emotional stress or physical injury
C: an emotional upset 〈the personal trauma of an executive who is not living up to his own expectations—
This Man was in Critical Condition
This Man was in Critical Condition
Merriam-Webster, I. (2003). Merriam-Webster’s collegiate dictionary. (Eleventh ed.). Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, Inc.
This Man was in Critical Condition
This Man was in Critical Condition
All of us are on a trip called life

The Missed Opportunities

Luke 10:31 ESV
31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side.
Nothing just happens
This is a priest he would have known the OT
Leviticus 19:34 ESV
34 You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.
Exodus 23:4 ESV
4 “If you meet your enemy’s ox or his donkey going astray, you shall bring it back to him.
Exodus 23:5 ESV
5 If you see the donkey of one who hates you lying down under its burden, you shall refrain from leaving him with it; you shall rescue it with him.
Psalm 37:21 ESV
21 The wicked borrows but does not pay back, but the righteous is generous and gives;
Micah 6:8 ESV
8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
Mich 6 8
Luke 10:31 ESV
31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side.
He Passed by on the other side; He literally went in the opposite direction
Every Good Jew would quote this twice a Day
The Question isn't the Whats the Quality of my Neighbor but How is the Quality of my Love for my Neighbor
Luke 10:32 KJV 1900
32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
At least The Levite came and looked at Him and kept it moving
Dead Body Theory = To Bad to Help
May happen to Me Theory= If I help Him if I help them things may get worse for me
Don’t want to help a person in their dysfunction Theory = God could be punishing him
Just Simply Don’t Want to Get involved
People would rather record your
Don’t Record me Restore Me

There Goes the Neighborhood

Luke 10:33 ESV
33 But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion.
Maximum Care = Maximum= As great, as high, as intense as possible or permitted the greatest amount
Compassion: to be deeply moved (bowels) v. — to be affected deeply in one’s inner being, especially in that aspect (the bowels) characterized by sympathy and compassion.
Luke 10:34 ESV
34 He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him.
Wounds= Trauma
Bound up His Wounds = This man was completely stripped , In order for Him to bind up His wounds he had to either
A. Take from some of his own garments in his bag or
B. Tear off of some of his own clothes
Pour Oil= Not just Dab it but he lavished it on this man= Oil was a type of lubricant a softer= to sooth the wound
Wine= was to Sanitize = It was a disinfectant
1 John 3:17 ESV
17 But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?
Luke 10:35 ESV
35 And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’
Luke 10:36 ESV
36 Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?”
Luke 10:37 ESV
37 He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”
Luke 10:38 ESV
38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house.
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