THE GOOD SAMARITAN Luke 10: 25-37
A possible ‘way in’ to the parable for children…
- Have you ever heard a child asking a grown-up a cheeky question?
- Would you ever dare ask Jesus a cheeky question?
- But sometimes people did, especially those who thought that they were better than everybody else…
- Jesus told a story to show them that pleasing God is not by keeping lots of rules but when we help others
A scholar of religion stood up with a question to test Jesus. “Teacher, what do I need to do to get eternal life?”
Jesus answered, “What’s written in God’s Law? How do you interpret it?”
The scholar said, “That you love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and muscle and intelligence—and that you love your neighbour as well as you do yourself.”
“Good answer!” said Jesus. “Do it and you will live.” Looking for a way to trick Jesus, he asked, “And just how would you define ‘neighbour’?”
Jesus answered by telling a story. “There was once a man travelling from Jerusalem to Jericho; on the way he was attacked by robbers. They took his clothes, beat him up, and went off leaving him half-dead. Luckily, a priest was on his way down the same road, but when he saw him he moved across to the other side. Then a Levite religious man showed up; he also avoided the injured man.
“A Samaritan travelling the road came on him. When he saw the man’s condition, his heart went out to him. He gave him first aid, disinfecting and bandaging his wounds. Then he lifted him onto his donkey, led him to an inn, and made him comfortable. In the morning he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take good care of him. If it costs any more, put it on my bill—I’ll pay you on my way back.’
“What do you think? Which of the three became a neighbour to the man attacked by robbers?”
“The one who treated him kindly,” the religion scholar responded.
Jesus said, “Go and do the same.”
Reinforcing the parable through drama…
Adult narrating, children playing the parts.
Implement two rules during the acting: (a) No physical contact during the attack scene! (b) No laughter (or the drama element is lost). The scene can, of course, be acted out twice.
Emphasise the fact that:
- There wasn’t a police force or ambulance service to come to help.
- Jews and Samaritans usually hated each other… but this man was different; he was only concerned with the injured man’s welfare.
- A ‘neighbour’ is not just someone who lives next door… we can and should be kind and good to anyone we meet
- Even if we don’t like someone, the Spirit of God helps us to do what is right.