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You're the Neighbor - by Michael Phillips
Study in Luke - Part 42 of 94
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Luke 10:25-37
Dec 15, 2002 am - Don't you love to hear a good story? If you do, you ought to love the Lord Jesus Christ-for nobody ever told a story as well as He did. The stories He told are called parables. Many Christians read them as though they were allegories in which every item in the story stands for something else. One of my heroes, St. Augustine, did this to the parable we've just read. To his way of thinking, the traveler is the sinner, the robbers are Satan and his angels, the priest and Levite are the Law and Prophets, the Samaritan is Christ, the inn is the Church, and the Samaritan's return is the Second Coming. This is very ingenious and you've got to admire the man for spending that much time thinking about it, but what in the world does this have to do with the Parable of the Good Samaritan? The story wasn't told to answer the question: How does Jesus Christ save sinners? No, it was an answer to the man who-wanting to justify himself-asked, "Who is my neighbor?" The story, then, is about loving your neighbor-or, toput a finer point on it: which neighbors you ought to love. Before we get to the parable, though, let's look at the man and the questions that brought it on. THE FIRST QUESTION ... More >>>

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