The Good Samaritan

“The Good Samaritan,” Friend, May 2002, 11

The Good Samaritan

Jesus taught with parables

Jesus told many stories to teach people, to help them learn the truth.

Who is my neighbor

One day, a leader of the Jews came to Him and tried to trick Him. The leader asked Jesus how to get into heaven. The Savior asked the leader what the scriptures said. The leader said that a man should love God and should also love his neighbor. Jesus said that the leader was right. Then the leader asked, “Who is my neighbor?” Luke 10:25–29

Man robbed on the road to Jericho

Jesus told the leader a story about a Jew who was walking on a road to Jericho. Thieves stopped him, took his clothes, and beat him. They left him on the road, almost dead. Luke 10:30

Priest passed him by

Soon a Jewish priest went by and saw the man. The priest should have helped him, but instead he walked by on the other side of the road. Luke 10:31

Jewish temple worked went by

A Jewish man who worked in the temple went by. He also should have helped the injured man. But he, too, walked by on the other side of the road. Luke 10:32

Samaritan helped the man

Then a Samaritan came along. The Jews and the Samaritans did not like each other. But when the Samaritan saw the man, he felt sorry for him. Even though he knew that the man was a Jew, the Samaritan took care of his wounds and put clothes on him. Luke 10:33–34; John 4:9; see also “Samaritans,” Bible Dictionary, page 768

Paid for his stay at the inn

Next, the Samaritan took the Jew to an inn and cared for him until the next day. When the Samaritan had to leave, he gave money to the innkeeper and told him to take care of the man. Luke 10:34–35

Who helped the man?

This was the story that Jesus told the leader of the Jews. Then He asked the leader which of the three men was the injured man’s neighbor. Luke 10:36

We should be like the Samaritan

The leader said that the Samaritan was the neighbor because he had helped. Jesus told the Jewish leader to be like the Samaritan. Luke 10:37

Illustrated by Paul Mann