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Rev. Dr. Delesslyn A. Kennebrew, J.D., M.Div.

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Salvation and Stilettos Blog



Posted on August 2, 2012 at 10:56 AM
Good Samaritan INTRODUCTION & THE WRONG QUESTION #bloggingontheGO Copy and Paste Link to LISTEN NOW: Luke 10:25 NIV On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to TEST Jesus. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" INTRODUCTION & THE WRONG QUESTION... Greetings! BlogFam, On today we begin a NEW journey in the Word of God in the Gospel of Matthew. For the next few days or so, (BlogFam, you know how I do.... I take my time in the word in this space) we will explore a Parable that Jesus tells in the Gospel of Luke, The Parable of the Good Samaritan. Does that ring a bell? I hope so and if not, your journey with us will be even more special. I am excited about every series we begin for a number of reasons. I am excited because the Word of God is LIVING and so even if you have read or heard this parable time and time again, you can still read or hear something in it anew! I am excited because so many times we rush through familiar passages and assume that we know it but because in this space we take our time, sometimes verse by verse, sometimes phrase by phrase, we are all able to do our best to maximize the opportunity for the Holy Spirit to speak in and through us. AND I am excited just because I LOVE to write and what I share in this space are simply my thoughts about the Scripture as inspired on the day they are written. So, BlogFam, will you join me? Will you walk through this scripture with me? I hope so and I hope to hear from you over the next few days as we journey with God and reflect on the The Parable of The Good Samaritan as told by Jesus and as recorded by Luke. Friends, our usual practice is to read through the passage in its entirety first and then day by day we will take our time to excavate the text. THE PARABLE OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN Luke 10:25-37 NIV On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" "What is written in the Law?" he replied. "How do you read it?" He answered, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" "You have answered correctly," Jesus replied. "Do this and you will live." But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" In reply Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. 'Look after him,' he said, 'and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.' "Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?" The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him." Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise." AMEN This is the Word of GOD for the people of God.... Now on today, BlogFam, I want to take a moment to begin our excavation with the very first verse of this group of verses... Luke 10:25 NIV On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to TEST Jesus. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" BlogFam, over the course of our lifetime there are so many questions we would have asked the Lord in prayer about our life, love, family, ministry, career, school, children, spouses, girlfriends, boyfriends, destiny, possibilities, pain, frustration, healing, health, and on and on. I personally do not take issue with questioning God for if there is anyone in this universe who has the answers about my life, its God. So why would I SEEK God with my declarations of adoration and not also with my interrogatories of clarification so that with all wisdom, I get understanding. And NOBODY best knows or understands my life, your life, than God! Besides, I believe that somewhere in the Word it says that GOD knows the plans for my whole life and if I want to know Gods divine plans, I need to SEEK out God's plans through various spiritual practices asking God questions along the way. I believe that we can be faithful and still have questions. I believe we can be faithful and ask those questions of the Creator. I believe we can be faithful and expect GOD to answer the questions we ask. I know that many might disagree. We are not to question the will of God. We are not to ask God about what God allows. We are not to pursue that kind of inquiry with the Almighty. Welllll I can say that I am not in agreement with that school of thought, though I understand it. However, I am of the opinion that God actually does have all the answers and a way that I honor God and remain faithful to Gods word, will, and way is by seeking Gods answers with my questions. Besides, if the people in the Bible did so and God answered, we might as well give it a try! In this verse leading up to the actual parable Jesus is asked a question. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" This is a great question. It's somewhat akin to the question, Lord, what must I do to be saved? As much as Jesus had served and taught up to this point, this type of question could have been refreshing to Jesus. This question could have been a clue that these people are finally getting the message I have been preaching for all of this time. This is a good question. It is a question that was asked then and is still being asked on today when the Gospel message has been taught, preached, or lived in such a way that compels a man, woman, boy or girl to want to know more about having a relationship with God. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" Again, this is a good question but in this context it is not a faithful one. WHAT!?!? Now I know. I know. Delesslyn I thought you just made a case for questioning God as a way that we are faithful. I did and I stand by that BUT I am also clear that the one who holds all of our answers also knows every sincere and impure motive behind the questions we ask. Your question can be twisted and tainted if your motivation for asking your question is to accuse, discredit, attack, or dismiss the Almighty God. This is what we see here. He asks a good question. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" BUT the first part of this verse reveals to us his true motivation for presenting this question to Jesus. "On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to TEST Jesus." This "expert's" motivation behind his question tells the truth about why he was coming to Jesus. He wants to TEST Jesus...accuse Jesus, discredit Jesus, attack Jesus, and dismiss Jesus as a fraud! Thus, his question truly takes on an entirely different meaning because his heart was not to gain an understanding of God's will through holy inquiry but to attempt to disqualify the message of love and hope that is central to the Gospel! My friends he asked the wrong question simply because his heart was not in the right place. BlogFam, what have you asked the Lord lately? More importantly, HOW have you asked God sincerity or with impurity? You cannot handle testing God. You are not smart or strong enough to test God. But in your own life's tests GOD welcomes your questions when you are striving to be faithful and remain in the center of God's will, gain an understanding of God's word, and sustain your walk in God's way! So, ask your questions, but check your heart first!!! GOD LOVES YOU AND I DO TOO! Blessings, Delesslyn FOLLOW on Twitter @AudraSunshine and @SpiritedConcept SUBSCRIBE now to get an automatic email and LISTEN ONLINE to Kids Korner every Sunday evening at 4:15cst/5:15est at

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