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Parable of the good Samaritan (another look)

In the gospel of Luke, in chapter 10:27-37, we find the wonderful parable of the good Samaritan.  Jesus uses this to teach several valuable lessons.  We should help others and sacrifice at times for the sake of others, but several years back it dawned on me that it seems to give a hint about the time of the second advent.  I decided to bring it up again because of something posted on this site about the return of Jesus. I will simply focus on part of the parable.  Below is verses 33,34, and 35....

 33"But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,

34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee."

You will notice in verse 35 that the Samaritan gives the innkeeper money.  Most translations indicate that this is two Danarii, and some will add a note that this is about two days wages.  after this the Samaritan says he will return.  Now think of the verse where it says that to God a 1000 years is a mere day, although the number 1000 is often used to indicate completeness (note Psalm 50).  To cut to the chase, the good Samaritan is Jesus, who is going to return in about 2000 years.  The injuries suffered by the man are attacks from the devil on people, likewise the oil and wine are representing both spirit and blood of Christ, which heal us.  The inn and the keeper might represent the true church and its overseers.. This might be indicating 2032 or so as the final coming.  Maybe I am reaching a little, perhaps thinking too much on this but it is interesting.

pastor Zomok

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  • This is an interesting analysis of the parable Steve, I have to admit that those points have never struck me, interesting.

    This parable has always been regarded as an indication that Jesus had a sense of humour.  Samaritans were despised by the Jews, they were known as half-breeds, half Jewish and half Gentile and they were the butt of many nationality based jokes, it would be regarded as xenophobic in our age. This is why Jesus used a Samaritan in this parable because he would be the least likely to ever help a fellow Jew. So you can almost hear the laughter from the Jews sat listening, saying, “As if,” chuckle, chuckle.

    I do agree with you about the year of the second coming though, 2032 is a strong contender, of course it all depends upon the actual date (year) of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, which is not recorded and much of the information we have about His age, when He started His ministry and when it ended are mostly conjecture. Even Jesus' exact age at the crucifixion is debatable. He certainly was not born in zero, or one AD, more like 4BC, some even suggest 7BC. We are also at the mercy of the various calendar systems, the Hebrew calendar, Julian and Gregorian as well, which I have attempted to justify with the Hebrew calendar using a spread-sheet, so my range is between 2028 and 2036, so your estimate lies right in the centre of that range.

    I found this to be a very interesting and thought provoking blog.

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