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Defining Neighbor 110312

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Psalm 119:1-8Psalm 119:1-8 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%20119:1-8&version=MSG

Numbers 9:9-14 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Numbers%209:9-14&version=MSG

Luke 10:25-37 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%2010:25-37&version=MSG

 

 

Defining Neighbor 110312

 

The book of Luke discusses our relationship to our neighbor, and I think, expands the concept of neighbor to include all who are in need, beyond just those who are like us, or who are nearby, but to anyone, anywhere who is in need.

 

But it also extends to the giver of help a certain glow. I have seen it in others, and recognize it from afar. I don’t think these disciples even would call it happiness. Instead, it might be called simply trying to live like Jesus.

 

And Jesus promises life.

 

 

Pray for peace.

Bill

 

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Psalm 119:1-8

Numbers 9:9-14

Luke 10:25-37

Psalm 119:1-8

The Message (MSG)

119 1-8 You’re blessed when you stay on course,
walking steadily on the road revealed by
God.
You’re blessed when you follow his directions,
doing your best to find him.
That’s right—you don’t go off on your own;
you walk straight along the road he set.
You,
God, prescribed the right way to live;
now you expect us to live it.
Oh, that my steps might be steady,
keeping to the course you set;
Then I’d never have any regrets
in comparing my life with your counsel.
I thank you for speaking straight from your heart;
I learn the pattern of your righteous ways.
I’m going to do what you tell me to do;
don’t ever walk off and leave me.

 

Numbers 9:9-14

The Message (MSG)

9-12 God spoke to Moses: “Tell the People of Israel, If one or another of you is ritually unclean because of a corpse, or you happen to be off on a long trip, you may still celebrate God’s Passover. But celebrate it on the fourteenth day of the second month at evening. Eat the lamb together with unraised bread and bitter herbs. Don’t leave any of it until morning. Don’t break any of its bones. Follow all the procedures.

13 “But a man who is ritually clean and is not off on a trip and still fails to celebrate the Passover must be cut off from his people because he did not present God’s offering at the set time. That man will pay for his sin.

14 “Any foreigner living among you who wants to celebrate God’s Passover is welcome to do it, but he must follow all the rules and procedures. The same procedures go for both foreigner and native-born.”

Luke 10:25-37

The Message (MSG)

Defining “Neighbor”

25 Just then a religion scholar stood up with a question to test Jesus. “Teacher, what do I need to do to get eternal life?”

26 He answered, “What’s written in God’s Law? How do you interpret it?”

27 He said, “That you love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and muscle and intelligence—and that you love your neighbor as well as you do yourself.”

28 “Good answer!” said Jesus. “Do it and you’ll live.”

29 Looking for a loophole, he asked, “And just how would you define ‘neighbor’?”

30-32 Jesus answered by telling a story. “There was once a man traveling 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 angled across to the other side. Then a Levite religious man showed up; he also avoided the injured man.

33-35 “A Samaritan traveling 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.’

36 “What do you think? Which of the three became a neighbor to the man attacked by robbers?”

37 “The one who treated him kindly,” the religion scholar responded.

Jesus said, “Go and do the same.”

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