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The Good Samaritan

“The Good Samaritan,” Friend, May 1999, 39

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you (John 13:34).

One day a lawyer asked Jesus Christ, “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” The Savior asked what the lawyer thought that the law said he needed to do, and the lawyer replied, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.”

“Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live,” Jesus said.

“Who is my neighbour?” the man asked.

Jesus answered by telling him a parable.

A Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho when thieves attacked him. They took his clothes, beat him, and left him near death.

When a Jewish priest came down the road and saw the wounded man, he crossed to the other side of the road to avoid him and continued his journey.

Next a Levite, also a citizen of Judah, approached. He looked at the wounded man, then he, too, crossed the road and went on his way without helping the man.

Finally a man from Samaria came along the road. The Jews and the Samaritans were bitter enemies, but the Samaritan saw that the injured man needed help. He bandaged the man’s wounds, put him on his pack animal, took him to an inn, and cared for the injured man there. When the Samaritan left the next day, he paid the innkeeper to look after the man until he got better. He promised that if caring for the man cost more, he would pay the innkeeper the next time he was there.

“Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?” Jesus asked the lawyer.

When the lawyer said, “He that shewed mercy on him.” Jesus said, “Go, and do thou likewise.” (See Luke 10:25–37.)

We should each follow Jesus Christ’s example by loving and caring for one another. As we do, we will know that Jesus’ teachings are true and our faith in Him will grow.

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The Good Samaritan: Forgotten Symbols

Symbol An Early Christian Interpretation
Good Samaritan Jesus Christ
Victim Man wounded with sin
Jerusalem Paradise
Jericho World
Priest Law of Moses
Levite Prophets
Beast Christ’s body
Inn Church
Manager of the inn Head of the Church

By John W. Welch

Brigham Young University professor, J. Reuben Clark Law School, and editor in chief, BYU Studies

Filed under: Lesson 20: Parable of the Good Samaritan, ,

The Good Samaritan

“Funstuf,” Friend, May 1991, 14, 23

The Good Samaritan

“The Good Samaritan,” Friend, May 1991, 14

To complete Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan, fill in each blank with the correct word from the list. (See Luke 10:30–36.) Then retell the story, using the pictures, in a family home evening.

“A certain ____________ (a Jew) went down from Jerusalem to ______________, and fell among_____________, which stripped him of his raiment (clothing), and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half____________.

“And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other____________.

“And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and _______________ on him, and passed by on the other side.

“But a certain Samaritan (Samaritans and Jews were enemies), as he ________________, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him.

“And went to him, and ________________ up his wounds, pouring in ______________ and wine, and set him on his own _____________, and brought him to an _________________, and took care of him.

“And on the morrow (the following day) when he departed, he took out two _____________, and gave them to the host (innkeeper), and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou ________________ more, when I come again, I will repay thee.

“Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was ______________ unto him that fell among the thieves?”

beast journeyed pence
(pieces of money)
bound looked dead
man side
inn neighbour
spendest Jericho oil

Filed under: Lesson 20: Parable of the Good Samaritan, Primary: 7 New Testament, ,


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