Rolling into Tuesday, we focused on Luke 10 and the story of the Good Samaritan. In this passage, Jesus was speaking with a lawyer on the topic of what it means to be a “good neighbor” to someone. Jesus responded with the now well-known parable of a Samaritan man helping a Jewish man who had been robbed, beaten, and left for dead.
The campers were shown that being a good neighbor to someone is about being merciful and compassionate to others, just as God is merciful and compassionate toward us. Even if someone is different or has wronged us, we should be kind and show them Christ’s love.
Passages for today:
In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii[e] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
Questions to ask your camper:
- What story did you learn about today?
- The story of the Good Samaritan.
- Who is our neighbor according to Jesus?
- How should we treat our neighbors?
- With mercy and kindness.
- What did you learn about God from this story?
- He is merciful and wants us to show the same mercy to others.