Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
But a Samaritan who was traveling came to where the injured man was, and when he saw him, he felt compassion for him. Luke 10.33
Jesus often had experts of the law to ask him questions. Usually, these questions were not asked for clarification or instruction. They were asked to test Jesus.
An expert in the law stood up to test him with a question. Jesus responded by asking a question which the expert answered. He had responded correctly and Jesus encouraged him to act accordingly.
However, the expert wanted to justify himself and asked another question. Jesus replied to his question by telling a parable or story of a man who was traveling. He was robbed, stripped, beaten and left for dead. Both a priest and a Levite walked down the same road and came upon the man, passing on the other side of the road without helping him. When a Samaritan came along and saw him, he felt compassion for him. He went up to him, treated his wounds, put him on his own animal and carried him to an inn, where he continued to care for him until the next day. He left money and instructions to take care of the man and stated he would return to pay what was owed the innkeeper.
Jesus asked a final question of the expert of the law. Of the three who passed that way after the robbery, who became a neighbor to the man who was hurt? It was not that he already knew the man, he did not. But the man needed help and the Samaritan showed compassion and mercy.
“Go and do the same.”