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Beyond Silver Coins – The Parable of the Good Samaritan Luke 10

September 29, 2006

When it comes to the parable of the Good Samaritan it’s almost as if there is nothing new to say on it. We are so familiar with the story that we seem to know it from every angle. Not only that, but the language of the story has entered common parlance. Even those who have never read the bible are familiar with the phrase the Good Samaritan, and have a vague sense that it has some connection with doing good.

The difficulty we face is that our very familiarity with ‘doing good’ drains all colour and nuance from Jesus’ teaching. As Christians we have no reason to read it because we know it. It is hard to be surprised by it.

So here is my confession.

I am no longer convinced that we are required by this story to be like the Good Samaritan. In fact, to lay this burden on us is too much. When Jesus asks at the end of the story ‘which of these three was a neighbour to the man?’ (:26), there is nothing in the story that compels us to consider the Samaritan as one of the three.

I do find myself in the story however, just not in the character of the donkey owner.

From → Parables

  1. so where are you?

    the economy of care is an interesting theme here…the samaritan got what he paid for from the inn keeper….

  2. Did he Gail?….he wasn’t around the following day to see what the guy did with his money.

  3. Some dude permalink
    Listen to Oct 22nd.
    Trust me.

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