But he, willing to justify himself, said to Jesus, And who is my neighbor?…
I. THE OCCASION OF THE PARABLE.
1. The general circumstances (vers. 25-28)
2. The specific question (ver. 29).
II. THE APTNESS OF THE PARABLE.
1. This parable shows the Divine idea of true neighbourliness.
2. This parable shows the grand principle and obligation of Christian endeavour at home and abroad.
3. This parable shows the secret of true happiness.
(1) The robbers who stripped and wounded their victim did not become happy in their deed.
(2) Neither priest nor Levite was happy in his cowardly selfishness.
(3) It was the good, benevolent, tender-hearted Samaritan whose soul was filled with a happifying satisfaction.Practical lessons:
1. Selfishness is not "the Divine ideal of a true and noble life.
2. Happiness is not an emotion, but the fruit of love.
3. The true good Samaritan is Jesus Christ Himself.
(D. C. Hughes, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?