OUR BROTHER'S KEEPER

The inquiry of Cain (Gen. 4:9), "Am I my brother's keeper?" is answered in the second great commandment given by Christ Jesus (Matt. 22:39), "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself."

Christ Jesus is our Exemplar, and his parable of the good Samaritan in the tenth chapter of Luke illustrates the qualities of character which were typical of the Master's own life of loving service among men. According to the Bible narrative, the good Samaritan was not personally acquainted with the individual who had fallen among thieves. The Levite and the priest had passed by the helpless and wounded man without stopping to give him aid. The good Samaritan had nothing to gain humanly when he stopped to assist the stranger by binding up his wounds, taking him to the inn, and providing financially for his care until he had recovered. Obviously the only reward for this loving service was the unselfish joy of helping someone in need, and thus he was a genuine keeper of his brother.

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