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Summary: In the aftermath of violent deaths this week in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Dallas, Texas, we speak to a nation that is overwhelmed with anger, grief, frustration, and despair. We have to address these issues.

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Jesus Teaches the Lawyers Neighbor Hood Skills

Scripture Lesson

Luke 10:30-37 (The Parable of the Good Samaritan)

This parable is packed with invisible truths of our lives.

Jesus Teaches the Lawyers Neighbor Hood Skills

Scripture Lesson

Luke 10:30-37 (The Parable of the Good Samaritan)

This parable is packed with invisible truths of our lives.

In the aftermath of violent deaths this week in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Dallas, Texas, I thank the church has to respond and provide a word on what it means to be a good Neighbor.

The deaths of young black males in encounters with white police officers call for the need of a bi-partisan political and legal response, beyond (but including) the statements and prayers of the church.

Speaking of Bi-partisan is there any socieital devid any worses then that Hatred between Jews and Samaritans it was fierce and long-standing. In some ways, it dated all the way back to the days of the patriarchs. Jacob (or Israel) had twelve sons, whose descendants became twelve tribes. Joseph, his favorite, was despised by the other brothers (Gen. 37:3-4), and they attempted to do away with him.

Later, Israel divided into two kingdoms. The northern kingdom, called Israel, established its capital first at Shechem, a revered site in Jewish history, and later at the hilltop city of Samaria.

The people who now inhabited the former northern kingdom—the Samaritans—vigorously opposed the repatriation and tried to undermine the attempt to reestablish the nation. For their part, the full-blooded, monotheistic Jews detested the mixed marriages and worship of their northern cousins. So walls of bitterness were erected on both sides and did nothing but harden for the next 550 years.

There are countless modern parallels to the Jewish-Samaritan enmity—indeed, wherever peoples are divided by racial and ethnic barriers.

In the text it tells us that That The Main Chacter is a Samaritan and out cast. Growing up and attending seminary in ATL I am a life long fan of OutKast wthey often remind me that at sometimes its ok to be proud of being an outcast.

But be fore we get to the Healing story we have a set up!

“Just then a religion scholar stood up with a question to test Jesus. “Teacher, what do I need to do to get eternal life?””

Luke 10:25 MSG

http://bible.com/97/luk.10.25.msg

This however was not just a question it was a test, the lawyer wanted to show the Jesus couldn't not handle the law so he yelled out bible 101? Jesus tell me about eternal life how does someone get into heaven. This is key because Jesus ministry was focused on earthly situations the here and the now. They wanted to move Jesus from the here and now to the pie in the sky and Jesus's turns it on their heads. But Jesus focuses the question on the idea of neighbor hood our Neighbors in the hood.

“He answered, “What’s written in God’s Law? How do you interpret it?” Luke 10:26 MSG

http://bible.com/97/luk.10.26.msg


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