25 有一個律法師起來試探耶穌，說：夫子！我該作甚麼才可以承受永生？ 26 耶穌對他說：律法上寫的是甚麼？你念的是怎樣呢？ 27 他回答說：「你要盡心、盡性、盡力、盡意愛主─你的 神；又要愛鄰舍如同自己。」 28 耶穌說：「你回答的是；你這樣行，就必得永生。」 29 那人要顯明自己有理，就對耶穌說：誰是我的鄰舍呢？ 30 耶穌回答說：有一個人從耶路撒冷下耶利哥去，落在強盜手中。他們剝去他的衣裳，把他打個半死，就丟下他走了。 31 偶然有一個祭司從這條路下來，看見他就從那邊過去了。 32 又有一個利未人來到這地方，看見他，也照樣從那邊過去了。 33 惟有一個撒馬利亞人行路來到那裡，看見他就動了慈心， 34 上前用油和酒倒在他的傷處，包裹好了，扶他騎上自己的牲口，帶到店裡去照應他。 35 第二天拿出二錢銀子來，交給店主，說：你且照應他；此外所費用的，我回來必還你。 36 你想，這三個人那一個是落在強盜手中的鄰舍呢？ 37 他說：是憐憫他的。耶穌說：你去照樣行吧。
25On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” 27He answered: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” 28“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” 29But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. 35The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ 36“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” 37The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
- With who do I most identify with in this story? Why?
- Who have been Good Samaritans in my life? What was the situation? How did that person help me? What impact this has on me?
- Listen to Jesus’ calling to me, “Go and do likewise.” To whom do I need to be a Good Samaritan this week? Write down his/her name and needs. Pray for this person. Plan a practical way to offer needed help. Decide on the date and write down specific things I will do for him/her. Make plan to accomplish it.
Vv25-37 is the famous parable of the good Samaritan. Then read Jesus’ question (v36), the expert’s answer (v37), and Jesus’ command (v37). Help your family determine who a neighbour is and how a neighbour acts toward others. In this context ask family members to list persons who qualify as neighbours. Plan to help one neighbour this week.