Who Is My Neighbor? by Mike Kiser

Luke 10:29

  1. Two questions resulted in a great parable: The Good Samaritan.
  2. The lawyer knew the answer. Theory vs. Practice!   MOTIVE?
  3. Jesus reversed the last question: To whom am I a neighbor?

The Places and People in This Story:

  1. Jerusalem – the holy city sat on a mountain.  Jericho was to the north about 20 miles away; downhill and a dangerous road.
  2.       The Characters:
  3. The Robbers: infested the way.  They practiced the IRON RULE, “What is thine is mine, and I will take it.”
  4. Priest.  He was important to the practice of Judaism.  SILVER RULE, “What is mine is mine, and I will keep it.”
  5.       Levite.  He also was a man of God and a teacher of the law.  Deuteronomy 33:10; 2 Chronicles 17:8, 9.  What did that law require?  Deuteronomy 22:1-4.  A SILVER RULE man too!
  6. Samaritan.  Looked down on by the Jews as a half-breed.  A GOLDEN RULE man.  Matthew 7:12

WWJD- What Would Jesus Do?  What Did He Do?

  1. When men were hungry, He fed them. Matthew 14:15-21.
  2. When they were in sorrow and trouble, He comforted them. Matthew 8:23-27;  Luke 7:11-16
  3. When they were sick and suffering, He healed them. Matthew 4:23, 24; 15:30; 20:30-39.
  4. When they were misguided, He taught them. Matthew 22:29
  5. When they were in spiritual danger, He warned them. Matthew 11:20-24; 12:41, 42.
  6. When they had gone wrong, He prayed for them. Luke 23:34

 

The Golden Rule Comes Into Play.  Matthew 7:12; Luke 10:37

  1. Assist those who are in need. James 2:15, 16; I John 3:17; Galatians 6:10; Romans 12:20
  2. Comfort the broken-hearted. Romans 12:15; I Thessalonians 5:14.
  3. Minister to the afflicted. James 1:27
  4. Warn the unruly. I Thessalonians 5:14
  5. Pray for all sinners. Matthew 5:44-47; I Timothy 2:1-3.
  6. Teach those who are lost in sin. Matthew 28:18-20.
  7. Restore the fallen. Galatians 6:1; James 5:19, 20.

 

  1. Does the world see Jesus in you?
  2. Will this matter at the judgment? Matthew 25:31-46