People, including me, often say they would love to have been with Jesus and learned from Him while He was on Earth, to walk and talk with Him and to ask questions. I’m not sure any of the people who asked Jesus questions ever got an answer they could feel good about. Not even the disciples and especially not the lawyer who is questioning Jesus in today’s text.
Our text, Luke 10:25-37, features the last parable in our three session series on parables of forgiveness and love; the Parable of the Good Samaritan.
There really is no immediate context for the parable. It sits, a seeming non-sequitur, sandwiched between Jesus’ sending out the 72 and the scene at Martha and Mary’s house where Martha complains about working while Mary sits. Its only setting is “On one occasion” suggesting it is not related to any event in the text around it.