The Vibe of the Good Samaritan

Jesus throws this vibe into the conversation when a lawyer asks him what ‘love your neighbour’ means. The man wants to know who his neighbour is and Jesus rattles off the tale of a traveller who is violently assaulted, robbed and left for dead by the roadside. A couple of Jewish priests who pass by actually cross the road rather than get involved but finally, a man from Samaria comes along and saves the day. He tends to the traveller’s wounds, packs him on his own donkey and pays for his accommodation at a hotel. He even leaves a forwarding address for the hotel owner to send a bill to if the patient racks up any more expenses. The vibe is a bold one – Jesus is not only telling us that we are all neighbours to each other, regardless of where we are from, he is suggesting that the Jewish priesthood is so rotten that they have better things to do that to save a man’s life. He is also saying that Jews don’t have the monopoly on being kind hearted – the Samaritan man not only isn’t Jewish, the Jews in Judea hated their Samaritan neighbours. This is a clever way of saying that one day, God’s vibe will be for everyone, not just the Jews. A compassionate, practical, helpful, humane ‘I’ll sort this out’ vibe with a sting in its tail.

General vibe of the Good Samaritan: There's no monopoly on goodness.

Factvibe: The Samaritans believed in the same God as the Jews, their mutual hatred was purely racial.
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