Author Topic: How can I be the good samaritan ?  (Read 210 times)


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Offline Cariad

Re: How can I be the good samaritan ?
« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2018, 04:16:53 PM »
Ok so I see you're using the King James Translation.
I love that translation, but it's important to remember that it was produced over 400 years ago, in the very early days of Modern English. Language changes over time, and even though most of the words used in the translation are still used today, it doesn't mean that those words still have the same meanings.

*Yes, I use the KJV; it is good for me personally, for it makes me really think about what I am reading. :D

"respecter of persons" more accurately means "a person who or thing which favours one person or group of people over another". By saying that God is NOT a respecter of persons, it actually means he is fair, and doesn't hold 1 person above another.

I agree, that was how I saw it too.

I'm not quite sure I understand where you're coming from.
I have re-read what you've put and am now thinking more that you feel you can't possibly hope to meet God's precedence for how we should treat other people (i.e giving to all equally, not judging, etc).

* I can only try to do so, but I am a human being and prone to fail, as we all are.

On a side note, I would recommend using a translation other than KJV, mostly because of the archaic language used, which was going out of fashion even 400 years ago. If you compare it to Shakespeare and other contemporary sources (of which there are a fair few).

* Thank you, but I do compare one translation with another if I feel I need too.  Otherwise I look to see where the words in the original Hebrew and Greek are used elsewhere in scripture and compare one scripture with another to determine how the Holy Spirit intended them to be used.  That is by far the surer way of knowing what words, divinely used, were intended to convey.

Thank you, p.m.d.,
In Christ Jesus

Offline Tes Johnson

Re: How can I be the good samaritan ?
« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2018, 12:36:28 AM »
Yes - the story of the good samaritan can be turned around, so the certain samaritan picks us/people/ up by the wayside [Samaritans hated the Jews] but this certain Samaritan was there at the right time - to do what only He could do.

Here you get a picture of the "Jesus who was born  a Jew" being cast as "a certain Samaritan"  [you could add "at a certain time" to a " certain person"

A great metaphor of Jesus breaking through cultural barriers and society barriers.

Some might contrast the "Certain Samaritan" alongside [ and coming from a different angle]  = Luke 17:16 ?15When one of them saw that he was healed, he came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16He fell facedown at Jesus? feet in thanksgiving to Him ? and he was a Samaritan. 17?Were not all ten cleansed?? Jesus asked. ?Where then are the other nine??

So as this Certain Samaritan Journeys and ventures He comes across [a person by the wayside"

Of course the other 9 lepers were Jews and there was only one  samaritan and he was the one who ran to the Priest "go show yourselves to the priest"

Obviously all would have given wonderful testimonies "as now they were no longer exiled /excommunicated from society and were able to commune once again with their Jewish famiies [think how amazing that must have been ?]

However only the good samaritan went back to thank Jesus/Certain Samaritan]

It makes you wonder how many "by the wayside people" go back to Jesus and thank Him...


Offline Tes Johnson

Re: How can I be the good samaritan ?
« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2018, 12:01:06 AM »
 I think there should be an emphasis on the "certain"

Remember certain time, certain person - God's kairos time in our chrono's time

Offline John

Re: How can I be the good samaritan ?
« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2018, 10:33:10 PM »
Jesus was making a point that the peope who had the most blessings from God were the least grateful.