The Samaritan and the Thieves
This video centers around the story of the good Samaritan. I guarantee you have never heard it interpreted this way. But the “one” who fell upon thieves has more to do with most people going to religion for answers than it does some unlucky guy who got robbed and beat. I also touch on who and what the “god of this world” is, and for many it may come as a shock but it isn’t some spooky horned and tailed red monster from the movies. I haven’t been feeling well so I am going to be taking some time away from doing these soon until the surgery is over and I am healed up, but in the mean time I want to thank you all for your support, encouragement, and especially your views.
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Samaritans were hated by Jesus’ target audience, the Jews, to such a degree that the Lawyer’s phrase “The one who had mercy on him” may indicate a reluctance to name the Samaritan. The Samaritans in turn hated the Jews. Tensions were particularly high in the early decades of the first century because Samaritans had desecrated the Jewish Temple at Passover with human bones.
Portraying a Samaritan in positive light would have come as a shock to Jesus’ audience. It is typical of his provocative speech in which conventional expectations are inverted.
An important idea in the parable is the moment the Christ spirit comes to the Samaritan:
“When he saw him, he was moved with compassion”
The Samaritan was moved by compassion and love and and it spoke to him louder then his wordly and carnel hatred for another group. To even help one of his own kind on this dangerous road is a risky thing to do and then to provide the inn keeper 2 days wage, for a common worker, to take care of this man in his absence is even more telling of how far this man is going to help another man that would, to the laywer recieving this message, be his natural enemy.
The good samaritans of this world are those that are less bound to worldly identification with groups, nations, religions and more bound to compassion, acceptance and good will.
Jesus wanted to be clear that your neighbor would be a man that your wordly beliefs would have made you blind to the mans true nature. In this parable he truly shows how the spirit of God, Christ consciousness, operates on a level below the carnal world. The carnel world is full of illusion and compassion does not align itself with these ego based illusions.
If the audience had been different he would have choosen another man as the neighbor. For example if he was speaking to Jacob he may have taken a man that represented the church to him. If he was speaking to a leader in the modern church he would have usen Jacob as an example. If he was speaking to a republican he would have choosen a democrat. If he was speaking to a police officer he would have choosen a drug addict or possibly worse.
The point is one should be careful with unbridaled hatred and affiliation. We should always look to dissolve these energies in ourselves and reveal our true nature of compassion and understanding. When we dissolve these illusions our true natures will shine and we will also know the true nature of those around us.
The church of Christ is real but it has no walls and has no laws. There is no need for these things because they are already written on our hearts. It is the wisdom within that unites us as a single force yet we remain in the world as a seemingly seperate group of people with different messages, beliefs and affiliations. We also exist throughout the history of the world in all forms of communication and the only thing that allows us to be seen as a group is a common message. We are all hands of God and we choose daily whether to apply our left hand of ego or our right hand of compassion. The rightousness of a man, and the clarity of the voice of God, is only defined by which hand he uses more often.
Keep up the good work Jacob you are definitely skilled in using your right hand more often.
Another great interpretation! I would have never seen the Good Samaritan in this light before, or should I say the naked man who was stripped, very powerful. Thanks as always Jacob!…BTW, I am really loving the book.:)