The Most Misunderstood Parable (Luke 10:30–37)
Parables are really the most direct connection with our Lord revealing truth to His disciples and hiding it from His rejecters. This parable, therefore, will be misunderstood by non-believers. It will be flattened out into a simple story of showing kindness. We kind of expect that. For believers, it should be clearly understood. We have ears to hear and eyes to see, but we do need a little help along the way, I think. For example, if you go back in church history, you get some very bizarre interpretations of this story in allegorical form. And if you follow church history through the intervening years to the present time, you get more misrepresentations of the story. Even today, it has become a very, very popular story in defending the church’s interest in social justice. Forms of socialism, even Marxism, lean on the story of the Good Samaritan.~ John MacArthur
MacArthur closes his sermon with these words… This story is not to make people feel guilty about not giving their money to poor people. It’s not to make people feel guilty about not taking care of those that are suffering. This story is designed to make people feel guilty for not loving God perfectly and loving others perfectly, and then running to the One who alone can provide forgiveness for that sin and eternal life.
This story is designed to make people feel
guilty for not loving God perfectly and
loving others perfectly, and then running
to the One who alone can provide forgiveness
for that sin and eternal life.
*Emphasis Mine-Pictures Not Mine.