Blessings from Unlikely Channels

SERIES – The Hard Sayings of Jesus

Luke 10:25-37 GNV

25   A teacher of the Law came up and tried to trap Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to receive eternal life?”

26   Jesus answered him, “What do the Scriptures say? How do you interpret them?”

27   The man answered, ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind’; and ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ “

28   “You are right,” Jesus replied; “do this and you will live.”

29   But the teacher of the Law wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?”

30   Jesus answered, “There was once a man who was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho when robbers attacked him, stripped him, and beat him up, leaving him half dead.

31   It so happened that a priest was going down that road; but when he saw the man, he walked on by on the other side.

32   In the same way a Levite also came there, went over and looked at the man, and then walked on by on the other side.

33   But a Samaritan who was traveling that way came upon the man, and when he saw him, his heart was filled with pity.

34   He went over to him, poured oil and wine on his wounds and bandaged them; then he put the man on his own animal and took him to an inn, where he took care of him.

35   The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Take care of him,’ he told the innkeeper, ‘and when I come back this way, I will pay you whatever else you spend on him.’ “

36   And Jesus concluded, “In your opinion, which one of these three acted like a neighbor toward the man attacked by the robbers?”

37   The teacher of the Law answered, “The one who was kind to him.” Jesus replied, “You go, then, and do the same.”

1 Kings 17:6, 24 GNV6 He drank water from the brook, and ravens brought him bread and meat every morning and every evening. 24 She answered, “Now I know that you are a man of God and that the Lord really speaks through you!”

Luke 9:51-55 GNV51 As the time drew near when Jesus would be taken up to heaven, he made up his mind and set out on his way to Jerusalem. 52 He sent messengers ahead of him, who went into a village in Samaria to get everything ready for him. 53 But the people there would not receive him, because it was clear that he was on his way to Jerusalem. 54 When the disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?”  55 Jesus turned and rebuked them.

John 8:48 NIV – The Jews answered him, “Aren’t we right in saying that you are a Samaritan and demon-possessed?”

John 4:9 NIV – The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)

  1. What’s yours is mine and I’m going to take it.

James 5:1-5 GNV1 And now, you rich people, listen to me! Weep and wail over the miseries that are coming upon you! 2 Your riches have rotted away, and your clothes have been eaten by moths. 3 Your gold and silver are covered with rust, and this rust will be a witness against you and will eat up your flesh like fire. You have piled up riches in these last days. 4 You have not paid any wages to those who work in your fields. Listen to their complaints! The cries of those who gather in your crops have reached the ears of God, the Lord Almighty. 5 Your life here on earth has been full of luxury and pleasure. You have made yourselves fat for the day of slaughter.

  • What’s mine is mine and I am going to keep it.
  • What’s mine is yours and I am going to share it.

Non-church folk, many times, out-church church folk.

God often uses people outside the church to do the work of the church.

  1. Misdeeds
  2. Missed deeds
  3. Deeds

Matthew 25:40 GNV – The King will reply, ‘I tell you, whenever you did this for one of the least important of these followers of mine, you did it for me!’

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