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Summary: What to do about disagreeable people! What did Jesus do? Must you think like me to receive my service to you? Does someone you hate need you?

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My Enemy My Friend

October 13, 2013

One afternoon a small boy was playing outdoors, using his mother’s broom as a horse, and he had a wonderful time until the sun went down. As he came in he left the broom on the back porch.

His mother was cleaning the kitchen when she realized her broom was missing, so she asked her son, “Do you know where my broom is?”

“I left my horse on the back porch,” he replied.

“That’s fine,” she said, “but I need it, so go get it for me.”

The boy hesitated so his mom asked, “Go on, get the broom.”

“I’m afraid of the dark,” he whimpered.

Through her laughter she said, “The Lord is out there too, so don’t be afraid.”

With a look of relief the boy opened the door a little and said, “Lord, if you’re out there, hand me the broom.”

We continue in Luke, focusing on the 17th chapter, verses 11 through 19. As mentioned before, this series in Luke did not begin intentionally but happened because these stories are so full of important information that leads humanity to better understand this person we call Messiah, the Master. The other information gleaned from Luke is virtual instruction on what our relationship with God should be and what we will do while in that bond. Some teachers have complained that there is so much about money in Luke that it is repetitious to a fault. This lesson is sort of a break in the trend.

The story in these eight short verses is familiar, and typically taught as our need to be thankful for what God does for us. Such deduction is correct and sound teaching, but as you might expect from these messages, there’s more.

The incident of the ten lepers being healed happened in a place not particularly friendly to Yeshua and His followers. Do you remember how James and John visited a Samaritan village, only to be rudely told to leave? And remember how the two disciples asked the Master to bring fire from heaven and kill them all? We don’t know if this is the same village that rejected them, but it wouldn’t matter if it was because the Master was not in favor of annihilating any Samaritan village.

Samaria was a geographical region occupied by people who followed a different Torah, or Bible, than what was taught in the Temple at Jerusalem. Today we might equate the differences in belief taught from the Book of Mormon verses the Catholic Bible verses the Bible as accepted in evangelical churches. We just don’t mix our audiences either. This religious disagreement might as well have been a wall between Samaria and Jerusalem, intended to keep the two separated while both sides insisted on their rightness, and that they had God on their side of the argument while the other side was wrong. Even the word Samaritan comes from the Hebrew shaw’-mar, meaning a hedge about to protect self, to look narrowly and preserve and save one’s self. Missions or the plight of others was not on their minds.


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