The Parable of the good Samaritan is told by Jesus in the gospel of Luke– in the new testament of the Bible. Let’s first take a look at the meaning of parable and of good Samaritan– so that you fully understand the text.
Parable is defined by dictionary.com as a simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson, as told by Jesus in the Gospels.
A good Samaritan is defined by grammarist.com as a person who does good deeds out of compassion and not because of any hope of reward.
The story is about a traveler who was stripped of his clothing, beaten, and left on the side of the road half dead. Jesus tells this parable in response to a series of questions from a lawyer (expert in the law)-that was testing Jesus.
The lawyer asked Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus responded, asking him what is written in the law and what he read of it.
So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’ ”
And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.”
But the lawyer, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
This is when Jesus responded with the Parable of the good Samaritan.
A man set out on a journey from Jerusalem to Jericho– on his journey he came across thieves who stripped him of his clothes, beat him, and left him half dead on the side of the road. A priest happened to come by–he saw the man wounded on the side of the road–yet he passed him by on the opposite side of the road. Then a Levite happened to come by and did the same– saw the man wounded yet passed him by on the opposite side of the road. Than came the good Samaritan whom happened to come across the man on his own journey. The Samaritan saw the wounded man and had compassion. He went to him– cleaned his wounds– bandaged him up– took him to an inn and cared for him. The next day, before the Samaritan departed to continue his journey– he gave the innkeeper two denarii– and said to him ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’
Jesus than asked the lawyer which of these men did he think was neighbor to the wounded man. The lawyered responded with the one who showed mercy.
Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
I encourage every person to read it for themselves in Luke 10:25-37
The moral of the story is that everyone is your neighbor, even those who is normally considered an enemy. Choose to show love and compassion toward others– not because they do/don’t deserve it–but because through Jesus, God gives us compassion and unconditional love.
We love because God first loved us.