Have you ever been helped by a Good Samaritan, or perhaps been one yourself? Well, you are in good company. This commonly used phrase appears in the tenth chapter of the Gospel of Luke. It is amazing that the most important historical document given to mankind over 3,000 years ago is still influencing everyday language in the 21st century.
In one of Jesus’ many teachings on human compassion He gave a parable of a severely beaten man who was passed up on the street by two religious people and left to die. It was a kindhearted stranger from Samaria who came to the victim’s rescue by bandaging his wounds and taking him to an inn to recover. What an incredible example for us to follow. Hence, the many Good Samaritan laws around our country that protect well-meaning citizens who step in to help in an emergency.
“I was the scapegoat.” At least one time in a person’s life will they be made the scapegoat in a situation. It could be someone subtly passing the blame on to us for something they did wrong, or a far more malicious act like false entrapment. In the Old Testament book of Leviticus the Lord required two goats to be presented to Him as a temporary atonement for sin. Then one goat would be chosen to be sacrificed, while the other got to go free – the scapegoat.
“Chariots of fire” Many may have seen the movie or at least heard this phrase used before in some context. It comes from one of the greatest Bible stories of all time. The prophet Elijah was a mighty man of valor who performed numerous miracles around 900 B.C. He is one of only two men in Bible history who did not taste death, but ascended to heaven in a blazing chariot of fire. Can you imagine? He was just standing there talking to Elisha, his protégé, when –poof– he was whisked away to God’s side. What an amazing departure from this life!
“I don’t believe in blind faith.” Well according to Scripture, that’s exactly what faith is. For analytical, scientific, and logic driven people (a huge majority) they cannot believe in something or someone they can’t see. But that is the essence of faith. In anything. We have faith that the corporate executives of our jobs will pay us in exchange for work. We have faith that our kids will turn out right and not shame us after they leave home. We have faith that the one we say I do to will continue to love us till the end. But what about God… and Heaven? For some, that is too tall an order to conceive. Which is why you must just trust where your heart is leading you when you sense God’s presence, but cannot explain it.
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” – II Corinthians 5:7