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Renewing Our Mind - Part 3

A LOVING MINDSET            Page 3
V.29 (cont'd)

** Do you remember the Pharisee's teaching on the amount of love that we are to offer others?

Matthew 5:43-44 "You have heard that it was said, [by the Pharisees] 'You shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy'. But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you..."

John 7:45-49 Read passage..."But this multitude which does not know the Law is accursed."

The teaching of the Pharisees was that you shall "love your neighbor, the Israelite". Buy they even narrowed that down to those that agreed with their self-serving interpretation of the Law.

V.30 ** As our Lord answers the question, "...who is my neighbor?", we will learn the three components of "A Loving Mindset". Before that happens, what is the setting of Jesus' parable?

A man (most likely a Jew) is traveling from:

Jerusalem (3000' above sea level), down to Jericho (1000' below sea level), a distance of 17 miles over a very steep and dangerous terrain.

He fell among robbers (lit. the robbers surrounded him), they stripped him, beat him and left him for dead. This hypothetical scenario is ripe for someone with "A Loving Mindset" to enter.

V.31 ** Who is the first one to happen by this poor victim?

A priest! Who knew the Law. cf. Leviticus 19:34

** What did he do when he saw the helpless man?

Incredibly "he passed by on the other side"!
All see - Matthew 23:1-7 Totally self-consumed!

V.32 ** Who comes by next?

A Levite! An assistant to the priest! Like the one who went before him, he had learned the practice of remembering the Law while forgetting the love of God towards all men.
cf. Hosea 4:6-10

** So what did he do when he saw the man?

The same thing, he "passed by on the other side"!

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