The Good Samaritan

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Jesus encountered growing opposition to his ministry from the religious leaders of his day. They attempted to trap Jesus by calling on him to judge a woman who was caught in the act of adultery. Jesus refused to condemn her, and shamed the leaders into leaving her alone. Religious leaders also reacted to a miracle when Jesus healed a blind man on the Sabbath. The Sabbath was a day when no work was to be performed. Though these leaders could not heal a man born blind, they viewed the act of healing as work and not as a deed of compassion.

Monday - Jesus forgives an adulterous woman.

John 8:1-59

Tuesday - Jews react to Jesus healing a blind man on the Sabbath.

John 9:1-10:21

Wednesday - Seventy sent to preach. Parable of the Good Samaritan.

Luke 10:1-42

Thursday - Instructions on how to pray.

Luke 11:1-36

Friday - Jesus rebukes the Pharisees while eating with them.

Luke 11:37-54

Eyewitnesses: Mary and Martha

Mary and Martha were the sisters of Lazarus, whom Jesus raised from the dead. They lived in Bethany, which was 2 miles east of Jerusalem. Jesus and his disciples often stayed with this family on their journeys.

Martha invited Jesus and the 12 to her home. While she made preparations, her sister Mary sat at the feet of Jesus, listening. Worried and distracted, Martha asked Jesus to command her sister to help her. Rather than give what she asked, Jesus taught Martha that her hospitality preparations were less important than being attentive to his message. (Luke 10:38-42)

When Lazarus died, Martha came to meet Jesus. She understood the resurrection, and that Jesus was the Christ (John 11:18-27). Jesus loved Mary and Martha very much. Jesus wept when He saw Mary and the Jews weeping over the death of Lazarus (John 11:32-36).

On the Saturday preceding the crucifixion, Mary anointed Jesus with expensive perfume and wiped his feet with her hair. This occurred in Bethany, at the house of Simon the leper. Jesus told his disciples that Mary would be remembered for this good deed (John 12:2-8, Matthew 26:6-13).

Did you know?

Samaritans descended from Jews who intermarried with the Assyrians and Babylonians that conquered Israel. First century Jews despised the Samaritans. Jesus spoke with a Samaritan woman, and was thanked by a cured Samaritan leper. (John 4:7-42, Luke 17:11-19)

The Good Samaritan used oil as a soothing agent and wine as a disinfectant.

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