The Good Samaritan the Most Misunderstood Parable

Luke 10:30-37- The Good Samaritan

Recently, I lost my wallet in downtown Pasadena after leaving my Doctor’s office and carefully retraced my steps, but came up empty handed. And yet, I felt peace and did not cancel my credit cards, nor my medical cards or blank check, nor driver’s license. I felt the Holy Spirit saying patiently wait, there’s a lesson here. Elizabeth carefully watched our bank balances, no change outside of our own useage. So far, so good. As my appointment for surgery loomed close which required my id’s and medical cards, we kept praying, but were exploring the issue of stolen cards and identity. Tough business recovering everything, including visits to that favorite of all bureaucratic nightmares, the notorious DMV.

Well, to make a long story short, my wife Elizabeth and Taylor our daughter returned from picking up our mail and had a slight chesire cat smile working as they handed me a package. A package? Hmm. Wonder what that could be? My wallet!! And a nice short, anonymous note apologizing that they had not sent it back sooner and for having to look inside where they found my post office box address. Nothing was missing, all was returned and we rejoiced in tears.

Because it was an anonymous return there was no way of thanking this blessed soul so I publically posted the story on Next Door where I received well over 100 responses and likes thanking all the Good Samaritans out there.

This week we read the story of the Good Samaritan found in Luke 10:30-37. Well, I found an excellent exposition of this parable by Pastor MacArthur entitled, The Most Misunderstood Parable on YouTube.

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James and Elizabeth Stephens

James and Elizabeth Stephens presently live in Southern California and have been married since 1978. In 1999, James completed a MA in Intercultural Studies specializing in Leadership Development and in 2010 Elizabeth completed an Associate in Science in Business Information Technology.

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