I watch the morning news as they pour over the “events” of the previous night and the morning traffic.
Without the advertising of the lawyers they would probably have been off the air a long time ago. In this modern society, where would we be without the lawyers?
There is a recorded encounter of Jesus and a lawyer found in Luke 10, beginning at verse 25 and continuing through verse 37. In the eyes of those who heard this discussion, Dr. Luke in particular, this lawyer was adapt at his profession. Obviously, he was prepared in his thinking, not for a moment did he feel he was going to lose his case.
“Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? (I will get to the full answer shortly.) We are on the wrong wave if we think that we can out-think the Lord Jesus! While that lawyer knew his law books and was assured in his thinking of the answer, Jesus knew all about him and his practice and led him into the trap that he had set for himself.
The lawyer answered correctly: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” However, he felt that he needed a choice morsel on his trap.
Jesus told the story of a man going down from Jerusalem to Jericho who was robbed and beaten and left for half dead. “By chance”, a priest passed by and a Levite crossed the road but both refrained from assisting. Along came a Samaritan, (Remember that he was hated by the Jews.) He cared for the man, taking him under his wing, (That is what that word includes), took him to an inn, paid the bill and promised more when he returned. That “by chance” was actually “a weaving together”. Then Jesus asks simply: “And who was his neighbor?”
The lawyer answers, incriminating himself: “The one who showed mercy!”
We talk a lot about loving and caring, but it is a Samaritan’s heart that gives evidence of our obedience to fulfilling the law of Christian conduct.
This period, in which we have been living, the corona virus has been one of the greatest opportunities to show “and who is my neighbor”. I have been favorably impressed with the availability of a special group of folk throughout our country who have seen a “stranger on the street”, and responded to their need. I have also seen the opposite by some.
That lawyer left the presence of Christ and “headed home” having to re-think what we possess, those sixty-six books called, THE HOLY BIBLE, and its Author, JESUS CHRIST!