Leaders of What?
Verses 31-32 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.
Yesterday we looked at the pain of the victim. Today we see him further victimized.
Sometimes we put people on pedestals because of the title they hold. Some are proven to be worthy of high regard but sadly a large number tumble from their positions because they find themselves prideful of their status. When they tumble there is often people that become crushed because they looked up to the person. It is so easy to focus on a person in leadership and forget to look past them to God whom they are supposed to be serving. That is where we find ourselves today. We have two Temple leaders who show that they weren’t in their position because of a desire to serve God.
If our priest and Levite were on their way to their duties they would have been walking the hard grade uphill. There would also have been the concern for being ceremonial clean for their duties. Since all the various priests and Levites had to await their turn to serve, this opportunity didn’t come around every day and so why would they have wanted to make it so they couldn’t serve their turn. An injured man was something that they couldn’t let get in the way of their serving. But the super sad thing is that they weren’t headed for service, they were headed home from Jerusalem. They shouldn’t have been concerned of dirtying themselves.
This is a narrow road. It isn’t as if crossing on the other side of the road takes you that far from the injured man. But at least they felt they weren’t being defiled. That was one of the religious leaders’ issues with Jesus, He interacted with people they would never be caught associating with. They did everything they could to keep themselves pure on the outside with little to no thought to the inside.
That can be an issue in our lives too. We don’t want people to think bad about us and so we don’t engage with people that aren’t like us. Sadly by not getting out of our inner circle of people, we are missing opportunities to reach out to the suffering and dying. Many are along the road of life, beaten and ravaged by the robbers of life – depression, addiction, abuse and much more. Does your life look like the priest and Levite?
Making It Personal
Have you ever had someone you looked up to that slipped from your high-esteem? Do you find it hard to associate with people who aren’t like you? What is something you can do that will be showing the love of Christ to someone you normally wouldn’t give any attention to?
Making It Personal Kids
Do you find it hard to like some people? Does Jesus want you to be nice to people who aren’t just like you? Think of someone that isn’t like you that you can do something nice for and then do it.
Father, thank You for reminding us that You alone are perfect. Help us to not think about ourselves first but to treat everyone as You would have us treat them. In Jesus’ name, amen.