Parable of The Good Samaritan

The parable of the Good Samaritan is a parable told by Jesus. It is recorded in the Gospel of Luke. A traveler stripped of clothing, beaten, and left for dead!

Initially a priest and later a Levite comes along, but neither offers empathy or compassion.

Finally, a Samaritan comes along. Note that Samaritans and Jews despise one another, and yet the Samaritan ignores protocol and comes to the desperate man’s aid. Jesus is described as telling the parable in response to a lawyers challenge: "And who is my neighbor?".

In response, Jesus tells the parable, the conclusion of which is that figuratively THE NEIGHBOR in the parable is the man who shows MERCY to the injured man—that is, the Samaritan.

Mark Henderson