the bad Samaritans



Luke 9:51-56

Luk 9:51 Then when the days drew near for him to be taken up, Jesus set out resolutely to go to Jerusalem.
Luk 9:52 He sent messengers on ahead of him. As they went along, they entered a Samaritan village to make things ready in advance for him,
Luk 9:53 but the villagers refused to welcome him, because he was determined to go to Jerusalem.
Luk 9:54 Now when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do you want us to call fire to come down from the sky and consume them?”
Luk 9:55 But Jesus turned and reprimanded them,
Luk 9:56 and they went on to another village.

the bad Samaritans

Jesus was shunned by these Samaritan villagers because he was a Jew, and he had plans to visit Jerusalem. They were not good Samaritans. They were bigots, and regarded the Jews as inferior, and did not want to have anything to do with Jewish prophets.

But when James and John wanted to punish these bad Samaritans, Jesus reprimanded them. Our task as citizens in God’s kingdom to come is not to punish those who hate us. Our task is to seek those who will listen to our message, because God loves the world. As far as it depends on us, the world needs to be one — not split into factions. The only limit to our preaching his word should be set by the bad Samaritans, not us.

LORD, forgive us for our racism and bigotry. May our love and concern be as blind as yours.

About Jefferson Vann

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1 Response to the bad Samaritans

  1. Nickel Boy Graphics says:

    I especially enjoyed this post. Maybe because of the title? (Because we so often hear about parable of the Good Samaritan”?) Anyway, great post with a great reminder for us all.

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