Being the Good Samaritan.

Scripture:
If you see that your neighbor’s donkey or ox has collapsed on the road, do not look the other way. Go and help your neighbor get it back on its feet! – Deuteronomy 22:4

Observation:
Moses gave some miscellaneous regulations to the people in order for them to live their lives. One such rule was that they were not to turn a blind eye to the goings on around them. If they saw some one in need, they were to render aid to the person.

Application:
Jesus gave the parable of the Good Samaritan to teach us who our neighbor really is. It is anyone around us, especially those in need. The Law established the practice of helping people in need, as stated here by Moses. However, over time, many elitists began to interpret the letter of the Law to the point of neglecting other parts of the Law. Thus, they were guilty of breaking all of the Law because of violating even one part of it. God only has one standard, holiness.

Thus, not out of obligation to the Mosaic Law, but out of Love for our heavenly Father, we should be willing to stop and render aid to anyone in need. There is no one person better than any other, for we are all in need of God’s loving, saving grace. You do have a moral obligation to stop and help others in need. It’s not because it’s the Law, but it’s just the right thing to do. As Jesus said, Do to others as you would have them do to you.

Prayer:
Father, help me to live out the 2nd greatest commandment out of my love for you. I want the Golden Rule to be the cornerstone of my heart and the force behind all of my actions, words, and thoughts. May your love flow through me to the person in need, and may I never turn a blind eye to a person in need. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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