March 28: The Good Samaritan (an Allegory)

Luke 10:30-35

New King James Version (NKJV)

30 Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. 33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’

Today I want to present an allegory from the story of the good Samaritan.  An allegory is the figurative, symbolic treatment of a subject.  It does not replace, nor conflict with the literal meaning.

30 Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 

  • Certain man = Adam
  • Jerusalem = Heaven
  • Jericho = Earth
  • Thieves = Satan
  • Stripped of clothing = Poverty
  • Wounded = Sickness and Disease
  • Half-dead = Spiritual Death

31 Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. 

  • Priest and Levite = The Law
  • Samaritan = Jesus

 34 So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 

  • Oil = Holy Spirit
  • Wine = The Blood of Jesus
  • Inn = The Church

35 On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’

  • He Departed = Jesus’ Ascension
  • The Innkeeper/Host = The Holy Spirit
  • Two Denarii = Two Day’s Wages (a day is as a thousand years)
  • When I Come Again = The Second Coming of Jesus

So in the story of the Good Samaritan, we can see the entire presentation of the Gospel.  Have you been left half-dead in this world, without hope?  Allow Jesus to bring you new life today.

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