Readings for February 17 to 23

Parable: The Good Samaritan
February 17, 2013
Luke 10:25-42

Key Verse: “[Jesus asked,] ‘Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?’ [The lawyer] said, ‘The one who showed him mercy.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go and do likewise.’” Luke 10:36-37

Time: 27-30 C.E.

Since Last Week: As word of Jesus spread, arguments arose about who was in with Jesus and who was out. Jesus did not judge based on wealth, status, religious standing, education, or public disgrace, all of which would have been acceptable at the time. Instead, he showed kindness and favor to everyone except those who rejected him and his word outright.

Background: Again in Luke, Jesus indicated that insiders and outsiders were not determined by Jewish status. Rather, God’s kingdom was open to all who followed Jesus. The parable of the Good Samaritan helped a young lawyer discover for himself that in God’s eyes, one’s actions spoke more loudly than one’s status.

Community: How does your community identify insiders and outsiders? How might your community look different if it judged on faith, service, and love, rather than wealth, culture, gender, or religious affiliation?

At Home: How might you be a neighbor to someone this week? What will motivate you into action?

Read This Week:
Monday: The Lord’s Prayer and Persistence in Prayer, Luke 11:1-26
Tuesday: Jesus Criticizes Pharisees and Lawyers, Luke 11:27-53
Wednesday: Parable of the Rich Fool, Luke 12:1-21
Thursday: Do Not Worry, Luke 12:22-34
Friday: Be Alert, Luke 12:35-48
Saturday: Jesus the Cause of Division, Luke 12:49-59

Next Week: Parable: A Fig Tree That Bears No Fruit, Luke 13:1-9, 31-35

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