Hidden Gospel in the Good Samaritan tract
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Jesus told his disciples that he spoke in parables, (stories told which illustrate a deeper truth), to fulfill prophecies which foretold that he would teach using parables, and to see who was listening to God's Spirit and who was not.
His parables had at least two meanings, usually they had a fairly straightforward, clear meaning, as well as at least one other meaning that was "hidden" if-you-will, within the text; a meaning that you could only understand, if the LORD revealed it to you.
After Jesus told the parable commonly known as the Parable of the Sower, he then, privately with his disciples, revealed the "hidden" meaning of the parable, revealing that each key word or phrase had a dual meaning; one, a literal meaning, as well as an underlying, or "hidden" meaning, with a deeper spiritual context.
Assuming the formula holds true for each of Jesus' parables, and using the revealed meaning of the Parable of the Sower as a sort of blueprint, we ought to be able to work out the deeper meanings of any and all of Jesus' parables...with the LORD's help of course.
Ask the LORD to open your understanding, then read the parable of the Good Samaritan, and see if you can discern that "hidden" meaning, keeping in mind that, each key word or phrase in the parable of the Good Samaritan, has a deeper spiritual connotation.
(Luke 10:25-36 NKJV) And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” (26) He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?” (27) So he answered and said, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” (28) And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.” (29) But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” (30) Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. (31) “Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. (32) “Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked and passed by on the other side. (33) “But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. (34) “So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring in oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. (35) “On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’ (36) “So which of these three do you think was the neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?”
Now, using the blueprint from the Parable of the Sower, we can overlay the key words and phrases, with the words that they allegorically stand for, or symbolize.
We know from the Parable of the Sower that the birds, who were thieves, symbolized Satan; so, replacing the word thieves in the parable of the Good Samaritan, with the word Satan, should give you a good starting point.
Eventually you may end up with something that looks like the following.
A certain man = Adam
went down = rebelled/fell from grace
from Jerusalem = peace with God
to Jericho outside of relationship with God
thieves = Satan and demons
stripped him of his clothing = stole his authority, his dominion over the Earth
wounded him = caused entropy, leading to all infirmities and diseases, and eventually physical death
half dead = spiritually dead in sin
Priest = temporary animal sacrifice
Levite = the Tabernacle/Temple
Samaritan = Jesus Christ
as he journeyed, came where he was = Jesus left his throne and came to earth on a mission of mercy
And when he saw him, he had compassion = JESUS LOVES YOU! He was moved by the plight of mankind to take action in his behalf
bandaged his wounds = broke the power of sin and death
oil = His Holy Spirit
wine = His blood
set him on his own animal = gave us his own power
brought him to an inn and took care of him He brings us out of the world system, and restores our souls by teaching us to take up our cross and daily deny ourselves, and live for him
when he departed = He ascended into Heaven, where he is building us rooms to live in
two denarii = two days wages/two days which = two thousand years. (Plus whatever more)
gave them to the innkeeper = gave us his Holy Spirit to guide us
when I come again = He is coming back to claim his bride
Now, with these new words and understandings in place, we can re-read the parable this way:
Luke 10:25-36 And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” (26) He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?” (27) So he answered and said, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” (28) And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.” (29) But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” (30) Then Jesus answered and said: “Adam rebelled and went from a place of peace with God to enmity, and fell among Satan and his demons, who stripped him of his authority and dominion; sin caused physical disease and death, and left him spiritually dead." (31) “God instituted animal sacrifice to temporarily cover sin, but a more permanent solution was still needed." (32) “God's manifest presence was able to rest in the Tabernacle, so long as stringent rules were followed, but he wanted a home, or tabernacle, built without hands." (33) “But Jesus, the Messiah, left Heaven and came to Earth, on a mission of mercy." (34) “So he overcame the power of sin and restored man's spirit, by pouring in his own Holy Spirit and his blood; and he gave mankind his own authority, and brought those who believe in him, out of the world and restored their souls. (35) “After his death and resurrection he went back to heaven, first paying the brides dowry, and giving believers the Holy Spirit, to live within them, teaching them and guiding them in all things; and someday, after the approximately two thousand years period known as the time of the Gentiles is fulfilled, he will come back to take his bride home." (36) “So which of these three do you think was the neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?”
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