Episode 088 – Parable of the Good Samaritan Pt 5: The Common Humanity
Key Passage(s): Luke 10:25-37; 2 Chronicles 28:1-15; Leviticus 19:18
Did you know that Jesus didn’t manufacture the Parable of the Good Samaritan out of thin air? He was actually drawing upon a story from the Old Testament (his Bible). And it’s one of the most incredible war stories on loving one’s enemies. It’s sitting behind the parable, and this story coupled with Leviticus 19:18, gives us a window into how we can love all people well, and how we must find the common humanity in others long before we highlight the differences. This is the final episode in this series on the Parable of the Good Samaritan, and so we must ask, “Have we become the neighbor Jesus has asked us to become?” Let’s find out.
- What was your biggest takeaway from the teaching?
- Before this teaching, were you aware of the 2 Chronicles 28 story? If not, how did that enhance your understanding of the Parable of the Good Samaritan? Were you once again reminded of the importance of understanding the Old Testament to understand the teachings of Jesus?
- Where have you focused too much on loving yourself well first that you have not loved others well?
- Where do you find yourself highlighting the differences in other people long before affirming the commonalities? How can you become more like a child and affirm the common humanity first?
- Based on the 4 aspects we’ve highlighted in this series on “Becoming a Neighbor” (1. Shift the Focus, 2. Empathy and Action, 3. Imagine the Good, 4. Find the Common Humanity), are you becoming the kind of neighbor Jesus has asked us to become?
- In thinking through the series, what is the most significant thing you’ve learned or been challenged with?
- How will you begin living out the truths of this teaching or this series this week?
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