Saturday, July 21st, 2012
Good Samaritans (Part 1)
The Set Up
Do we not say rightly that You are a Samaritan and have a demon?
John 8:48 (NKJV)
Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?
Luke 9:54 (NKJV)
The biblical enmity between the Jews and the Samaritans dates back to King Solomon's death and the ascension of his son, Rehoboam. Under King Rehoboam's corrupt administration, Israel was divided into a Northern nation (Samaria) and a Southern nation (Judah).
As the centuries passed, Samaritans intermarried with pagans from idol-worshipping empires. They supported enemies against Jerusalem. Although Samaritans began as sons of Abraham, they separated themselves from God's purpose by the company they kept and the path they took.
Yet many loved God and believed the Torah (the first five books of the Bible).
By the time of Jesus' arrival, Samaritans were the arch enemies of the Jews. Same origins. Similar cultures. Kind of like rival football teams--but the playing field was epic and the stakes were life and death. Seemingly, the leaders of both sides had sold out.
Nevertheless, the Jews remained God's chosen people. Among them, Jesus was born. To them, He first came. Today's key scriptures reveal the Jews' long-term hatred of the Samaritans. They were considered traitors and sinful adulterers in relation to God's elect.
After all, who do we hate more? Foreign invaders, or our own people who have betrayed us with them? So why does Jesus tell us about good Samaritans? And how does this apply to the entertainment industry?
Consider actors, models, and talent for Christ to be stand-ins for Jesus on the airwaves of media. We are the adopted sons of Abraham: 'That is, it is not the children of the flesh who are children of God, but the children of the promise are regarded as descendants' (Romans 9:8).
Consider others within this field to be our long-lost brothers... even good Samaritans. They may have ignorantly or willfully gotten cozy with the enemy, but many of them want to get clean and come home.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Good Samaritans series.