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Renewing Our Mind - Part 3

A LOVING MINDSET            Page 4

V.33 ** Finally our hero of the story enters, who is it?

A Samaritan!

** Who were the Samaritans and how did they get along with the Jewish people?

They were a mixed breed of Jew and Gentile, that for centuries had been hostile toward Israelites. cf. John 8:48 (Jews) and Luke 9:51-53 (Samaritans)

** What did the Samaritan do that was exactly the same as the priest and Levite?

"...he saw him..."

** What happens next in the story is the first component of "A Loving Mindset". What did the Samaritan do?

"...he felt compassion..." [splagchnizomai] lit. "to be moved in the inward parts". Unlike the cold, stoic, religious leaders, the Samaritan had a response which reflected God's heart of compassion. cf. Matthew 9:36, 14:14, 15:32, 20:34, Mark. 1:41, 6:34

V.34 ** That immediately puts into motion the second component of "A Loving Mindset", do you see it at the end of the verse?

The Samaritan "took care of him". He bandaged his wounds, poured oil and wine on them, placed him on his animal (choosing to walk himself) and brought him to an inn.

V.35 ** If feeling compassion and exercising care for another are two components of "A Loving Mindset", what do you suppose the third component is?

Covering the Cost! This Samaritan paid two days wages for the care of a complete stranger. Not only a stranger, but very most likely an enemy, in that he was an Israelite.

** How did the Samaritan go the extra mile in Covering the Cost?

He instructed the inn-keeper to "Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I return, I will repay you." This is not saying, "Sorry, but I gave at the office." This is a commitment to cover the cost of someone else in need and reflects "A Loving Mindset".

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