culled from the sermon Divine Love & Prejudice by Pastor Afolabi Oladele
The parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10 is a story we heard as kids in C.R.K. Classes in Primary school or as we grew up in Sunday School. It ‘s always seemed like JUST-A-STORY/FAIRY TALE.
Luk 10:30-37 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
The rescue of Lincoln Hall by Dan Mazu, Andrew Brash and Myles Osborne and others on Mount Everest IS a present day real-life story of what Jesus was teaching in Luke 10.
Lincoln Hall, a man who had fallen ill while trying to climb Mount Everest and had been left for dead, was helped by 4 men who abandoned their dreams of reaching the summit so that Lincoln Hall could live. They stayed for hours, watching over him until the rescue team arrived.
The Levite and the Priest must have had good excuses not to help the wounded man on the way. Maybe they didn’t want to be late for their duties in the Temple OR they didn’t want to be declared unclean and thus not fit to serve in the temple JUST IN CASE the man died while they were trying to attend to him………..OR……..OR…………the list of possible excuses goes on and on.
What is your excuse?