The Parable of The Good Samaritan
- Read the scripture text of the parable.
Adults & Youth Group:
- Consider the situation that prompted this parable.
- A lawyer has come to Jesus specifically to test Him. He asked “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
- What do you think the lawyer’s expectations were? An incorrect answer? A debate?
- Jesus responds to the question with a question. Why do you think He did this?
- The lawyer quotes 2 scriptures as a summary of what must be done to be saved. (See Deuteronomy 6:4-5 & Leviticus 19:18.)
- Why is this a unique response? (See Paul’s comments on summing up the Law in Romans 13:8-10.)
- How do you think the lawyer felt when he answered his own question in front of everyone?
- Why do you think he felt the need to “justify himself”?
- Consider these things about the parable.
- Notice that we are not told any details about the man who was robbed. We are only told that he was in need.
- Notice that there are 3 sets of people in the parable with 3 different mindsets about how to treat others.
- The Thieves – What was their mindset about others?
- Do people act this way today? (See 2 Timothy 3:1-9; I Timothy 6:10)
- The Priest and the Levite – What was their mindset about others?
- Do you think they had excuses to justify their actions? (See Leviticus 5:3; Leviticus 7:21; Leviticus 15:7, 11)
- Do you ever find yourself making excuses to keep from helping others?
- Does is matter if we don’t help others in need? (See James 2:13-16; James 4:17; 1 John 3:16-18; Galatians 6:10)
- The Samaritan – What was his mindset about others? (See verse 33)
- Do you think he might have had other obligations that could have taken priority?
- How did he use his own possessions to help? Are we sometimes hesitant to use “what is ours” to help others?
- How did Jesus’ use of a Samaritan in the story force the lawyer to consider the mindsets of the characters in the story instead of the nationalities or social statuses of these characters?
- How can we “go and do likewise”?
- Consider these things.
- What was the relationship between the Jews and the Samaritans? (John 4:9)
- Have you ever felt like the victim in this story? Who was your Good Samaritan?
- How does the Good Samaritan’s actions coincide with other teachings of Jesus? (See Matthew 5:43-48; Matthew 7:12)
- Activities for Adults & Youth Group Members
- Think of someone who is a victim (someone who was bullied or harmed by others).
- Think of actions that you can take to be their Good Samaritan. (Pray for them. Send them cards. Call them.)
- Work the Bulletin insert about The Teachings of Jesus – Asking Questions to Answer Questions.
- Activities for Kids and Parents
- Read the Parable with your family and discuss the different people in the parable and what they did.
- Work The Good Samaritan – Word Ladder puzzle that is included in the bulletin.
- Watch this YouTube video about The Good Samaritan.
- Work this online jigsaw puzzle about The Good Samaritan. Notice that you can change the number of pieces, if you want.