#3 – Walking with…the good Samaritans

Scripture: Luke 10:33
“But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion.”
  • Jesus gave the Disciples a command at the beginning of their ministry…
Matthew 10:5–10
“These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: “Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans.6But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.7And as you go, preach, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’8Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.9Provide neither gold nor silver nor copper in your money belts,10nor bag foryourjourney, nor two tunics, nor sandals, nor staffs; for a worker is worthy of his food.”
  • They were not willing
  • They were not ready…
  • But at the end He gave them a very different command…
Mark 16:15“And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”
  • Let’s look at what happened in between and the people the Lord Wants us to walk with and what He wants us to learn from them!
  • I want to introduce you to The Good Samaritans…  plural…  more than one…

People who are generous and compassionate

Luke 10:30–35
“Then Jesus answered and said: “A certainmanwent down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, woundedhim,and departed, leavinghimhalf dead.31Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.32Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side.33But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion.34So he went tohimand bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.35On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gavethemto the innkeeper, and said to him, “Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.”
– Generosity beyond prejudice
– Compassion beyond limits
– We have much to learn from this guy…

People who are thankful and worshipping

Luke 17:11–19
“Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.12Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off.13And they lifted uptheirvoices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”14So when He sawthem,He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed.15And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God,16and fell down onhisface at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan.17So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But wherearethe nine?18Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?”19And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”
One out of ten – AND he was a Samaritan!
– Attitude of thankfulness – came back, the only one…
– Attitude of worship – thanks God not just good fortune…
– We need to learn to walk in thankfulness and worship…

People who are thirsty and open

John 4:5–15
“ So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.6Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied fromHisjourney, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.7A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.”8For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.9Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.10Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”11The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water?12Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?”13Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again,14but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”15The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.””
  • Much has been said about the woman at the well but one important truth is ours today – she was thirsty and open.
  • If you are thirsty and open,  your thirst will be quenched and your emptiness will be filled…
  • We need to walk with thirsty and open people…  We need to walk as thirty and open people!
  • Not just the woman at the well was open and thirsty…
John 4:39–42
“And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all that Ieverdid.”40So when the Samaritans had come to Him, they urged Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days.41And many more believed because of His own word.42Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heardHimand we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.”
Who are you walking with? 
I want to be walking with the Samaritans…  the good Samaritans…
People who are generous and compassionate
People who are thankful and worshipping
People who are thirsty and open