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. 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. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He 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. The 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.'” (Luke 10:30-35, NIV)
The priest, the Levite and the Samaritan had an equal opportunity given to them…an opportunity to help the beaten, wounded man who is half dead and had no more clothes and possessions. But only the Samaritan grabbed the opportunity to help the dying man.
The priests among the Jews during JESUS’ time were considered as the holiest men for they offer sacrifices in the temple and they would avoid any ritual impurity. Levites on the other hand were next to the priests where they worked in the temple and still abiding the religious regulations of purity. Both of these groups were highly regarded in the society during their time. Their most influential deed in showing to people their piety is giving alms to the poor…but in this instance, they just couldn’t help the wounded man.
Yet, Samaritans during JESUS’ time were considered outcasts in society for racial, nationalistic and religious reasons. Jews would not intermingle with the Samaritans and they had this belief that eating bread of the Samaritan is just like eating the flesh of the pig. They really put down the image of a Samaritan to the lowliest of the low. But here, JESUS pointed out that the Samaritan, whom considered as the outcast, is the hero of the story.
What can we learn from this parable?
The Samaritan, even though he is an outcast and considered as an outsider or the lowliest of the low, did not stop him to grab the opportunity. He was R.E.A.D.Y.
(1) He was Responsive (quick to respond) – and when he saw him, he took pity on him
(2) He was Equipped (ready, prepared) – He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey
(3) He was Available (unfilled, untaken) – took him to an inn and took care of him
(4) He was Dedicated (committed, enthusiastic) – The 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.’
(5) He was Yielded to GOD’s Will (knows the heart of GOD) – Love your neighbor as yourself
You may see the need of the sick people in your area that most of us don’t see. Seize the opportunity. Don’t count yourself that you’re not worthy to help and love. Be a good and R.E.A.D.Y. Samaritan.