Today is Thursday, January 22nd, 2015; Karen's Korner #2989

A pretty familiar couple of verses in the Bible about the 'good Samaritan':

"Jesus illustration:

'A Jew going on a trip from Jerusalem to Jericho was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes and money and beat him up and left him lying half dead beside the road.

"'By chance a Jewish priest came along and when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. A Jewish Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but then went on.

"'But a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw him, he felt deep pity. Kneeling beside him the Samaritan soothed his wounds with medicine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his donkey and walked along beside him till they came to an inn, where he nursed him through the night. The next day he handed the innkeeper two twenty-dollar bills, and told him to take care of the man. 'If his bill runs higher than that,' he said. 'I'll pay the difference the next time I am here.'"

~ Luke 10:30 - 35 LAB


Bible Commentary:  "From Jesus' parable we learn three principles about loving our neighbor:  1) lack of love is often easy to justify; 2) our neighbor is anyone of any race or creed or social background, who is in need; 3) love means acting to meet the need. There is no good rationale for refusing to help.

"The story pictures the love Jesus has for us. Like the traveler, we have been wounded and left to die, and we can do nothing to save ourselves. But Jesus came along and took us to a place of healing. Our salvation is His doing, not our own."