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Make every effort to show mercy to those in need

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In Luke 10:25-37, several types of people appear. The lawyer would more accurately be called a theologian, a specialist in the Torah, the books of the Law. He probably was not trying to 'tempt' Jesus, but was instead "testing Him. Theological discussions were common in the Jewish religious culture of Jesus' day.

The Priest-(vs. 31) was probably a Sadducee. Priests could prepare and wait for years for a few days when they were finally privileged to handle religious duties or sacrifices at the Jerusalem temple.

The Levite-(vs. 32) would have been responsible for general maintenance and upkeep of the temple facilities. He would have considered it a privilege to be born into the tribe that handled holy things.

A Jew - would have despised the Samaritan. Samaritans were considered "half-breeds," descendants of foreigners who practiced an "impure" religion. Samaritans adhered to the Torah, but maintained several distinctive, such as worshiping on Mount Gerizim rather than the Jerusalem temple.

A Good Samaritan - could have been either of the above; unfortunately it was neither of the above. Pride, prejudice, and religious piety prevented each one from being a humanitarian. What does a title or position mean without love for you fellow man. Love is the only true physical evidence that you have to prove to the world that you love God.

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