Episode 087 – Parable of the Good Samaritan Pt 4: Imagine The Good
Key Passage(s): Luke 10:29-37
Jesus didn’t tell the Parable of the Good Samaritan so that we would help people in need. That was a byproduct. He told the parable to smash our categories of who’s “in” and who’s “out” to smithereens. The Samaritans were the most hated people on the planet for Jesus’s audience. And yet, to their utter shock and anger, the Samaritan was the hero of the story. Tantamount to saying, “The Good Hamas Member,” Jesus’s audience was confronted with their inability to love their enemy and to imagine that they could be good. If our world is going to change, it requires a radical love that begins with a better imagination.
- What was your biggest takeaway from the teaching?
- What are you feeling right now as a result of this teaching? Hope? Anger? Frustration? Confusion? Gratitude? Why do you think you feel the way you do?
- It was stated in the teaching, “If we can’t love those we don’t agree with, then we don’t have a clue as to what it means to follow Jesus.” What are your thoughts on this?
- It was also stated, “Jesus loved and accepted people without ever watering down his values and convictions.” Where is this most challenging for you to do?
- Who do you identify as “enemies” in your own life?
- If Jesus clearly wants us to love all people, including our enemies, how well are you doing with this? If you’re struggling to do so, what in your own heart needs to change in order to love them well?
- What does loving your “enemies” look like for you?
- How will you begin living out the truths of this teaching this week?
For Further Study
- Stories With Intent by Klyne Snodgrass – Pages 338-362
- Short Stories By Jesus by Amy-Jill Levine – Chapter 2
- Poet & Peasant and Through Peasant Eyes (Combined Ed.) by Kenneth E. Bailey – Chapter 3 (in Through Peasant Eyes) addresses this parable.
- The Parables by Brad Young – Chapter 5
- Jesus The Middle Eastern Storytellerby Gary M. Burge – Chapter 4
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