The Boston Marathon Bombing
After the horrible bombing crime in Boston, the American people, realizing the extend of death and misery, the loss of limbs and other permanent injuries, have opened their hearts and pocketbooks and helped those at the Boston Marathon in their recovery. I will not tell you how you can help because there are charity fraudsout there and I don’t want to lead you to a bad fund. But you can decide yourself how to do it.
It reminds me of the Story of the Good Samaritan, the man who did not shun a road mugging victim as did a Priest and a Levite, but helped the man to get to an inn and guaranteed payment to the inn keeper if more help was needed. The man needed food, clothing and shelter and protection from further crime. Now the Priest and the Levite were sworn to help the needy man. They were afraid that they might be attacked. And the story implies that the victim was a Jewish man. Yet, a Samaritan, whom the Jews despised and would not associate with, saved the poor victim.
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
New King James Version (NKJV)
25 And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?”
27 So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’[a] and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’”[b]
28 And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.”
29 But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30 Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. 33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 On the next day, when he departed,[c] he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’ 36 So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?”
37 And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.”
Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
John T. Jones, Ph.D.
Home Church International
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