Experiencing Christ

The Good Samaritan (1)

Luke 10:30  Jesus, taking up the question, said, A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who having both stripped him and beat him, went away, leaving him half dead.  (31)  And by coincidence a certain priest was going down on that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side.  (32)  And likewise also a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the opposite side. 1 Cor. 15:56  The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
Rom. 7:9  And I was alive without the law once; but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died.  (10)  And the commandment, which was unto life, this very commandment was found to me to be unto death.  (11)  For sin, seizing the opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me.

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The man going down from Jerusalem to Jericho fell among robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. These robbers signify the legalistic teachers and preachers of the law (John 10:1), who used the law (1 Cor. 15:56) to rob the law-keepers like the self-justified lawyer. The word “stripped” signifies the stripping by the law misused by the some Preachers. This beating signifies the killing by the law (Rom. 7:9-10). Furthermore, the robbers leaving the man half dead signifies the Law-enforcers’ leaving the law- keeper in a dead condition (Rom. 7:11, 13).
All the Pharisees, legalistic teachers of Judaism, are here likened to robbers. The legalistic teachers of the Jewish religion stripped people and beat them and then left them half dead. The priest was one who should care for God’s people by teaching them the law of God. In the parable, a priest was going down in the same way, but he was unable to render any help to the beaten one. A Levite was one who helped God’s people in their worship to God. This Levite came to the same place, but he also was unable to render any help to the dying one.
[Continued tomorrow]

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