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9/23 Luke 9-11

I read 2 interesting sections of scripture from Luke 10 this morning.  The first was verses 17-20.  I thought it was interesting that Jesus states he saw Satan fall from heaven.  So that would tend to mean that Jesus was there with God when Satan was cast out and since Satan temped Eve at the creation, Jesus was there much as John writes in the first chapter of the Gospel of John.  Anyone have any thoughts?

17The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”

18He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. 20However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

Since Jesus has already overcome the enemy and if we believe and accept him as our Lord and Savior and our names are written in heaven, should we not go forth like the 72 and proclaim Jesus to all the world?  Just thinking out loud.  Then also in chapter 10 the story of the Good Samaritan.

30In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. 35The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

36“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

37The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”  Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

Have you ever been in a situation where you had the opportunity to help someone and didn’t?  Too busy, to many places to be, just didn’t have time?  How about the opposite of that?  Ever watch someone walk right by someone in need only to feel compelled to go and help that person yourself?  Jesus calls us to be a neighbor to those in need.  I think there will be some opportunities for all of us to be a good neighbor this fall.  Watch for your chance to be the Good Samaritan.

September 23, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | ,

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