The Good Samaritan

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to our first blog post of our time apart.  First I would like to say that I hope and pray you all are doing well. I know it is a different and sometimes difficult situation we find ourselves in and I would urge you during this time if you can to rekindle a passion that might have slowed down with the busyness of life. Maybe its painting, crafts, reading, writing, etc. Whatever it may be, maybe this is a time to rekindle that.

Parents with small children. I know this maybe impossible, but I hope you find peace. I pray you don’t get burned out with having the kids home all day and nowhere to take them. You will be in our prayers.

If anyone needs anything during this time please reach out to the Elders in your Shepard Groups or to me. We don’t want anyone struggling during this time, if we can help.

These blogs that I and others will be writing during this time is a way for us to interact together and keep our fellowship going.

So here is my message

As I thought about what my first blog was going to be about a story in the bible often came to mind. The story of the Good Samaritan.

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

27 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’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]

28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

30 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. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 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. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[c] 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.’

36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

The thing that struck me today with this parable. Is the willingness of the Samaritan to help at all cost. The other travellers were only worried about themselves, but the Samaritan went above and beyond. Not just helping him out of danger, not just taking the victim all the way to an inn, but also paying for the treatment and offering to pay more. 
This is not be a new interpretation of the passage and many people have talked about the Samaritan and his good deeds. I was just struck today with the extent of his help. 
I hope and pray that when I see someone in need. I may have the faith and courage to go a little farther than what is necessary. The listen and obey the words of Jesus “Go and do likewise”.
What do you guys think. What in this parable may speak to us now. Please comment below and we can get a discussion going.
P.S. Im sure there are many errors and spelling mistakes in this post. Please have grace and patience with me. God’s not finished with me yet.



  1. Daphne Robinson

    Hi Derek
    Thanks for this. And thank you for all the work and responsibilities that you have taken on. You are awesome!
    I would like to be the good samaritan in life. My concern is that I could miss the opportunity. When we are spending a lot of time at home, how do I interact? Maybe it is in being more thoughtful about others from our family in church, own families and friends and neighbours. And praying for them, which is something I am short on. Sharing things in a different way. Maybe retirees have a real role of encouragement to give even though we are at home.
    As you say, God isn’t finished with me yet!
    Love from the home of Daphne and Jim, Ebony, Emma and Jemima

  2. Heather

    Good choice of parables. Dave sought out a person sleeping on the Patio, and asked if she was alright? I think this was a good Samaritan thing to do instead of shouting for them to move along.

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