October 20, 2019 AM
Dr. Michael Catt - 1927
#3 in series
Speaking in Parables
ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS
When I was in college, a professor told me that a parable is a “heavenly truth wrapped in earthly language.” The word parable refers to a Greek word which means a symbol, type, figure, or illustration. These stories from the lips of our Savior were a mystery to many, but the Lord had a purpose for speaking in parables. Parables have been depicted in art and stained glass, and their truths have been communicated for thousands of years across all cultures because they are easy to identify with. Last week we talked about the sower, the seed, and the soil and examined our own hearts to see how well we are listening.
For further study, this series is available online at sherwoodbaptist.net/messages.
Today we look at one of the most familiar of all the parables of Jesus – the parable of the good Samaritan. This is one of the most dramatic and challenging parables in the Gospels.
I. THE LAWYER’S TEST AND JESUS’ RESPONSE
II. THE SETTING OF THE PARABLE
The road from Jerusalem to Jericho was rough and steep. It went from 2,593 feet above sea level to 700 feet below sea level. It was 17 miles long with deep caverns and canyons. Bandits and robbers hid all along the road.
III. THE CHARACTERS OF THE PARABLE
THE MAN WHO WAS BEATEN AND ROBBED
“In the time of Christ, the bitterness between Jew and Samaritan was so great that Jews traveling from Galilee to Jerusalem often would cross over to the east side of the Jordan and come through Perea rather than go through the country of the Samaritans.” – Neil Lightfoot
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