Encountering Jesus: The Good Neighbor
Luke 10:25-37 (NIV)
- To trap – to set up a surprise to catch something; to make someone say or do something wrong
- Eternal life – to live forever with God after you die
- Soul – spirit; the part that lives on after the body and decides how you live your life
- To reply – to answer
- To justify – to show someone is just, right, reasonable, good
- Jerusalem – the capital city of Israel
- Jericho – a big famous city in Israel, built before 3400 BC
- Robber – thief, someone who steals
- To attack – to go at something with strength and power, usually to hurt
- To strip – to take someone’s clothes off
- To beat up – to hit someone or something very badly
- Priest – religious leader
- Holy – perfect and pure like God
- Samaritan – someone from Samaria; Samaritans and Jews were enemies
- Pity – feeling of sympathy and sadness for someone else’s suffering or problems
- Wound – a hurt part of your body
- Bandage – cloth you put on a wound
- Inn – place for travelers to stay and sleep
- Innkeeper – owner and manager of an inn
- To conclude – finish what you are saying or writing
- Opinion – what you believe or think about something
- Why did the teacher of the law ask Jesus a question?
- Did he like Jesus’ answer? How do you know?
- What was the second question he asked Jesus?
- What did the robbers do to the man in the story?
- What did the robbers take?
- How many people came by the man after the robbers left him?
- Who was the first man? What did he do?
- Who was the second man? What did he do?
- Who was the third man? What did he do?
- Which of these men acted like a neighbor?
- Why do you think the teacher of the law wanted to trap Jesus?
- Why did the priest and the holy man walk by? What kind of men were they?
- How do you think the wounded man felt when they walked by?
- Why did the Samaritan stop? What kind of man was he?
- The Samaritans and the Jews were not friends. How do you think the wounded man felt when the man who stopped to help him was a Samaritan?
- Why did Jesus tell this story to the teacher? What does this story mean?
- How should we treat our neighbor?
- Who is our neighbor?
- What kind of neighbors should we be?
- What did Jesus say was most important? What was second most important?
- Why do you think the two commands are in this order?
- What must we do to have eternal life?
Thoughts for Later
- Have I ever been hurt or needing help and hoped someone would help me?
- How did I feel about the responses I got from other people?
- Is it even possible to love my neighbor as much as I love myself?
- Is there someone in my life who I have a hard time loving as my neighbor?
- Is God an idea? A power? A person? Is it possible to love God like this story says?
- Would loving God really help me to love my neighbor?
- Is there really “eternal life”? Would I like to have it?