Jesus the Healer
In this session we are going to look at the importance of knowing the Goodness of God, the Mercy of God and the Love of God. These are the foundations of the Revival message, the culture of Revival, and the Reformation the Lord wants to bring thru the Refuge.
As a Community committed to revival culture, we need to give ourselves to the pursuit of the heart of God. It is from the place of personal revelation that we become awestruck with Him and become confident in His love for us and others. We are going to see these things in the Parable of the Merciful Samaritan, and build the hunger for the passionate pursuit of Jesus, that compels us to minister in power and love.
a) The expert in the Law seeks to test Jesus – The word in the Greek means to test thoroughly, put to the test, or test the character of God. It is ironic that a man who assumes to be the keeper and interpreter of the Law tests Jesus, God in the flesh.
b) The religious spirit often assumes to be the expert of the Law or the Word and makes claims of superiority in terms of interpretation and theology, and puts others to the test.
c) Eternal Life – The expert in the Law was asking for AIONIOS ZOE – Life that has no beginning or end – life that will always be.
a) Teacher – DIASKALOS – Greek – for teacher or one who thinks to be a teacher. The expert of the Law did not use Rabbi. There is a hint of dishonor in addressing Jesus as Teacher and not Rabbi in the context of their culture.
b) Jesus answers the test with another test. What is written on the Law? How do you read it?
c) The Law of God is first focused on the nature and character of God. Then as one is illuminated by the nature and character of God, he becomes humble and other focused. Galatians 5:14 – For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” – 1 Timothy 1:8-9 – But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully, realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane……
a) The expert in the Law wanted to prove that he was righteous and validate his identity as an expert in the Law. The one who follows Jesus in humility never needs to prove his ministry, or make his ministry his identity. Our identities and righteousness are imparted to us by grace from the Lord.
b) Neighbor – PLESION – Friend – any other person, and where two are concerned, the other (thy fellow man, thy neighbor), according to the Jews, any member of the Hebrew nation and commonwealth – according to Christ, any other man irrespective of nation or religion with whom we live or whom we chance to meet – Jesus always elevates the standard in regards to the Law, because He is the perfect Law Keeper and the Living Torah who knows the heart of the Father.
c) Jesus is about to change the paradigm of who is a neighbor – It only takes one encounter with Jesus to change a paradigm.
a) Jerusalem to Jericho – Symbolism – Jerusalem is the city of God or the place where God puts His Name. Jericho is a symbol of the dwelling of the ungodly. It was the first city destroyed supernaturally by Joshua and cursed by Joshua. What we have here is a picture of one leaving the dwelling place of God to go to a godless place. When we choose to leave the safety of God’s presence in our lives we move to a very vulnerable place open to attack.
b) Robbers – LESTES – Greek – plunderer, freebooter, brigand – The robbers are symbolic of the devil and his hordes who plunder and harm people.
c) The man lost his clothes – Symbolic of being stripped of covering and shamed by the enemy. Mankind has lost the covering of Eden, and is exposed the harm of satan and the effects of the corruption of the world.
d) To be beaten – The man was beaten badly and left to the point of death – Jesus said the enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy. We have a clear picture of the assignment of the enemy towards all people. He strips them of identity as God’s Children, beats them with shame and sin, and leaves them for death.
a) Priest – Greek – HIEREUS – one who is busied by sacred rites and service. This man is an allegorical example of the religious person who is too busy with religion or the tasks of the ministry to care about others.
b) For a priest to touch a dead body was to become ceremonially unclean. The priest did not want to touch the man in order to not be made unfit to serve in the Temple.
c) Jesus touches the unclean, heals them and loves them.
a) Levite – one who is from the tribe of Levi, but not of the sons of Aaron. These men served in the Temple maintenance and care, or the work of the Temple.
b) The Levite is symbolic of the religious laity who are too busy to minister to the hurting and spiritually dead. He did not want to become ceremonially unclean as well.
a) The Samaritan was considered a half breed, and not a part of Israel, as they were descended from the unfaithful Northern tribes of Israel who were lead away captive by the Assyrians. The book of 2 Kings tells the history in detail.
b) The Samaritans were considered separated from Israel, and illegitimate sons of Abraham. As of the census of 2012 in Israel, there are 751 Samaritans. The Israeli Department of the Interior to his day does not officially recognize intermarriage between a Samaritan and a Jew. This separation still exists today.
c) Jesus uses the Samaritan, the most unlikely to show mercy and kindness to a Jewish person, as the example of one who is the good neighbor. In a sense Jesus is using the parable of the Samaritan as an allegory of Himself. The experts of the Law, Pharisees and the Sadducees, did not regard Jesus as the legitimate Messiah and the Promise of Abraham.
d) Jesus always has mercy for everyone.
a) Just as the Samaritan bandaged the wounds, Jesus bandages our wounds and cares for them and brings healing.
b) The oil – symbolic of the Holy Spirit anointing that brings life to us, and gives us the oil of gladness and joy.
c) Wine – a disinfectant in the natural – A symbol of the cleansing of the Holy Spirit and the process of the sanctification of the believer.
d) Donkey – the burden bearer – Jesus offers us His yoke that easy and light, and gives us rest. Jesus takes to the rooms of revelation, illumination and peace so that we heal and walk in eternal life.
e) The Samaritan paid the price for the healing – Jesus paid the price for the healing of all those who would come to Him. Isaiah 53 tells that Jesus heals the whole man, by His wounds. Jesus death on a cross and resurrection from the dead paid the price for our sin and released life to us. The man who had been robbed had no means of paying for his healing. We too are bankrupt have no means to pay a debt to God. This is a shocking revelation of grace and the goodness of God towards all people.
a) The expert in the Law was schooled!
b) This parable teaches us that the heart of the Father is goodness, mercy and healing.
c) This parable teaches us that we are conduits of goodness, mercy and healing. We reflect the nature and character of God when we minister in kindness, love, mercy and healing. A revival culture is marked by its ability to represent the heart of the Father, the power of Jesus and the anointing of the Holy Spirit.