Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

Who is my neighbor?

Sunday, November 7, 2004

Lombardi believed that if you want to win at anything in life, you had to perfect and master the basics.

MAR 16:15 “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”

Getting the message across the states and across the world is not basic to Christianity, it is getting it across the street.

When we begin to drift off track, we need to return to the fundamentals and for Christians, that means being compassionate and caring for others.

Strict orthodox Jews wore around their wrists little leather boxes called phylacteries, which contained certain passages of scripture; EXO 13:1-10, 11-16; DEU 6:4-9; 11:13-20.

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MAT 5:29 And if your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out, and throw it from you;
DAN 6:22 “My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not harmed me,”

TLJC congratulates him for his right answer, but He also challenges the lawyer to go beyond Scripture memory and start putting his knowledge into action.

A man who had taken a treacherous journey from Jerusalem to Jericho, where the way was rocky and steep and the altitude dropped thirty-six hundred feet over a distance of twenty miles.

It was called “The Bloody Way,” a threatening and dangerous road for a person traveling alone.

The first was a priest of Jerusalem’s temple, a man whose life was set apart for the worship of God.
The second, a Levite, was an assistant to the first.

JAM 2:15-17 For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, “Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit! and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup – where does that get you? Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?

If you traveled in the first century from Judea down south to Galilee up north you would have to go through Samaria.

It is not that a Jew helps a Samaritan, it is that a Samaritan is helping a Jew.

The object of hatred is helping the one who hates.

Sympathy is feeling sorry for someone, empathy is feeling what he is going through, but compassion is doing something about his need.

Unlike Jerusalem’s religious elite, the Samaritan went the extra mile for this man in need.

The Lord skillfully shifts the original question from, “Who is my neighbor?” to the more important question, “What kind of neighbor am I?”

Our degree of mercy depends on whether people fit the description of a worthy neighbor.

The real issue is not, “Is my neighbor really lost?” but, “Are we our neighbor’s neighbors, living in the fruits of salvation?”

Who we are determines what we see, and what we see determines what we do.

Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.

Money does not make people compassionate, pain does, and identification.

2CO 1:4 God comforts us in all our affliction so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

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