Are We Good Samaritans?

There is a highway, much traveled by humankind, the signposts of which are highly important to note. One leads to Jericho, and the other to Jerusalem. It is interesting to learn that Jericho was the first city to oppose the progress of the children of Israel after they had crossed the Jordan. One Bible dictionary tells us that while Jericho is noted for its fertility, its site is "unhealthy for man." To the Hebrews. Jerusalem meant "foundation of peace, secure habitation."

In the much-loved parable of the good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-35) our Master tells of a man who "went down from Jerusalem to Jericho." In its spiritual import we know that one who turns from the heavenly heights of Jerusalem is on the road down. Little wonder, then, that he "fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead."

"That which ye have"
February 8, 1947

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