A Hero Arrives
Verse 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.
Yesterday we met the second of set of villains of our story and today we get to meet the hero.
We meet our hero as he rides up on his trusty steed, ur uh, donkey. He is an unlikely hero as he is from an area that wasn’t considered purely Jewish and was a person who worshiped differently than the Jews. He seems to be financially sound as he has a donkey and enough money to pay for the victim’s care at the inn. Wouldn’t those things be the very things that would make him a target of the robbers himself?
When he sees the man he doesn’t evaluate what the man’s ethnicity was, he didn’t question what the man’s religion was, he didn’t wonder if the man was worthy of care. He saw a fellow human in need of help and taking pity on him, he looked at what he could do to help. He takes out his oil and wine, both used for medicinal purposes in that day, and he bandages the victim’s wounds. But he knew that the man needed more and so he puts the injured man on his own donkey to take him out of the weather and get him more care.
Once at the inn our hero cares for the other man all night. It appears that our hero travels this road often as when they get to the inn they know him enough that they agree to care for the victim when he leaves the next day and trust that he will pay any remaining balance to them upon his return.
It is so easy to see this man as the hero he is. He is everything we would like to think ourselves to be. He is kind and compassionate. We would like to think that we would do just as he did stepping in and caring for someone in need. But the fact is that we don’t really keep our eyes open for those who need our care, do we? When an opportunity arises the average person’s first thought isn’t to run to someone’s aid. We tend to come up with excuse after excuse. “I’m not trained to do that.” “I think I’m busy that day.” “I don’t really know them.” Did you notice what each of those excuses start with? “I” is such a small word but it gets in the way of our mission here on earth so often.
Making It Personal
Have you ever done the heroic thing? Have you ever felt guilty because you knew you should help someone and you didn’t? What is something you know about that you could do to help someone else today?
Making It Personal Kids
Has someone ever helped you when you really needed it? Have you ever had someone help you that wasn’t a friend? What does it mean to help someone selflessly?
Father, thank You for this example of compassion. Please help us learn to be the compassionate people You want us to be. May our lives draw people to You. In Jesus’ name, amen.