Bible Stories for Adults

The Good Samaritan

Luke 10:25-37

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    Next Week - The Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31)
    Note: Ten "I"s for today's lesson are taken from speech by Tom Claus (Chief and Pastor of Mohawk tribe) at 1996 Promise Keepers in Dallas (10/26/96)

Opening Prayer

Inquire (Luke 10:25)
    What situation led to Jesus telling the parable of the good Samaritan?
      Luke 10:25
    What would Jews do to find God's will in a given matter?
      Judges 18:5-6
    Could just any prophet be used to inquire of the Lord?
      1 Kings 22:6-7
    How could 400 other prophets be so wrong? Wouldn't they be statistically right?
      1 Kings 22:20-23

    Why did the lawyer inquire of Jesus about a heavenly topic?
      Luke 24:19
    Why don't we have to go to a priest or prophet to inquire of God's will for our lives?
      Hebrews 7:24-25
    How do we inquire of the Lord through Jesus?
      John 14:13-14

    Will God always answer when we inquire through Jesus' name?
      Ezekiel 20:31
    How can we be certain whether we will be answered?
      John 15:5-7

Inform (Luke 10:26)
    How did Jesus reply to the lawyer's inquiry?
      Luke 10:26
    Why would Jesus point the lawyer to God's Law for an informative answer?
      Joshua 1:7-8
    Why would Jesus point to the Scripture to inform the lawyer?
      2 Timothy 3:16
    Is it important that we are informed by the Scriptures?
      Matthew 22:29

    Does the Scripture inform us about eternal life?
      1 John 5:13
    How are we informed about what we are to believe?
      John 20:21

Inclusive (Luke 10:27)
    What answer did the lawyer give to inclusively summarize God's Law?
      Luke 10:27
    Would Jesus agree with this reply as an inclusive summary of God's commands?
      Mark 12:28-34
    Was this greatest command of loving the Lord a new summary to the Jews?
      Deuteronomy 6:4-9
    Was the second command of loving our neighbor a new summary to the Jew?
      Leviticus 19:18

Instruct (Luke 10:28)
    How did this summary of God's Law instruct the man what he must do to inherit eternal life?
      Luke 10:28

    How does loving the Lord relate to keeping His commandments?
      John 14:21, 23
    How do we know what God wants simply by loving Him and living with Him?
      Romans 8:5, 9-10
    What promise are we given if we love the Lord and allow the Spirit to live in us?
      Romans 8:11, 28

    Why is the second command to love our neighbor essential to receiving eternal life?
      1 John 4:20-21
    How do we know what it means to love our neighbor?
      1 John 3:16-18
    Was this John's idea or was it God's?
      John 15:12-13, 17
    How important is love?
      1 Corinthians 13:1-3, 13 (Romans 13:10)

Interpret (Luke 10:29)
    Was this what the lawyer was looking for or did he want something more specific?
      Matthew 19:16-18a
    How did Jesus point out that you have to give your whole self, not just a part?
      Matthew 19:18b-23, 29

    How did the lawyer show that he wanted an easy task to earn his way into heaven?
      Luke 10:29
    Did the lawyer have a valid question when asking who should be treated as a neighbor?
      Leviticus 19:33-34
    Did the Jews practice this love of foreigners?
      Acts 10:28
    How was this barrier between foreigners destroyed?
      Ephesians 2:13-16

Inflict (Luke 10:30)
    How did Jesus find it best to help the lawyer understand who was his neighbor?
      Luke 10:30
    Why would Jesus use a story about someone who was inflicted to show who we are to love?
      Luke 4:18
    Who are we actually serving when we serve others in love?
      Matthew 25:37-40

    Notes: While Jericho was only 17 miles from Jerusalem, it was 3600 feet lower
      Road was narrow and rocky with sharp turns - prime area for robbers
        Known as the Red Way or Bloody Way because of its danger
      Many had few extra clothes, making them valuable to steal

Ignore (Luke 10:31-32)
    How did upstanding Jews respond to the situation of their brother?
      Luke 10:31-32
    How would this half-dead Jew have felt?
      Psalm 142:3-4

    What was the priest and what was his job?
      Numbers 3:10
    Why would the priest feel he should ignore the half dead Jew and pass around him?
      Leviticus 21:1-2
    How was this even stricter for the high priest?
      Leviticus 21:10-11

    What was a Levite and what was his job?
      Numbers 3:5-7
    While not prevented like the priest from touching a dead body, why would the Levite avoid the man?
      Numbers 19:11-12
    Why might the Levite have not just ignored his brother's need and gone around him?
      Numbers 19:14

Involve (Luke 10:33)
    After being ignored by two leading Jews, who finally involved himself with the inflicted Jew?
      Luke 10:33
    What was a Samaritan?
      2 Kings 17:22-24, 33
    Did the Jews accept Samaritans as their brothers under God?
      Ezra 4:1-3
    How well did Jews and Samaritans get along during Jesus' time?
      John 4:9
    What did Paul later explain that the Samaritan already understood?
      Colossians 3:11-14

Invest (Luke 10:34-35)
    How did the Samaritan invest himself and his resources into serving this Jew?
      Luke 10:34-35
    How are Christians called to emulate this Samaritan?
      Romans 12:13
    How does the Samaritan's actions stand out above the sacrifices made by the priest and Levite?
      Hebrews 13:16
    What did the priest and Levite miss about the importance of being clean for sacrifices?
      Hosea 6:6 (1 Samuel 15:22)

Instrument (Luke 10:36-37)
    Did this parable help the lawyer understand how to be an instrument of God's love?
      Luke 10:36-37
    Are we simply called to have compassion and feel for the needs of others?
      Philippians 2:1-4
    How did Jesus respond when he had compassion on those in need?
      Matthew 14:14

    How does Jesus further describe our calling to be His instrument?
      Luke 6:32-36
    But isn't faith needed to be rewarded with eternal life? Why are good deeds needed?
      James 2:14-17

Closing Prayer

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