Essay on Parable : The Good Samaritan
Everyone in their lifetime, at one point or another, is familiar with the parable of “The Good Samaritan;” the story in which a traveler is beaten, robbed, and left for dead in the streets. Many of his own people pass him and turn a blind eye to him. The irony of the story is that while one would expect his own kind to help him out, it is the least likely person, in those days, that actually helps him out, the Samaritan. Samaritans back in biblical times were despised amongst the Jews (the traveler’s kind). There are many lessons to be learned from this parable by simply reading over the text; but if we dive deeper into the details and analyze the parable, we find a multitude of lessons in which this parable relates to us, even in present day 21st century America.
The Samaritans were highly looked down upon by the Jews for several reasons. One reason for this is because the Jews believed that the Samaritans were unclean people. They were a mix of Jew and Gentile and were not seen as God’s people. In addition, did not follow the Law as strictly as the Jews did; and therefore, they were detested.
One aspect of this parable we need to take notice to is who Jesus is speaking to. Luke 10:25 tells us that Jesus was speaking to an apparent “expert in the law.” If this man was considered and expert of the law shouldn’t he have known these things already? While he may have been a so-called expert in the law, he was no expert in salvation. I also…