Who are the merciful, is it nice people, perfect people, kind people or who are they? To find them we need not only the text but also the context. In Luke 10:25-30, a lawman probably a member of the high court Sanhedrin asked Jesus a question in front of people; “what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus asked him back “What is written in the law, how do you read it?” This man had studied the law he probably knew the answer. Jesus knew this man and his knowledge, however He treated him with polite and respect.
The right words from the five books of Moses, the law.
And the man picked the right words from the law of Moses, five books; 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 . He is citing from the fifth book of Moses, Deuteronomy chapter 6 and verse 5, however ads with your mind and Jesus approves it, and from Leviticus 19:18 talking about loving our neighbour. However, the lawman went on testing Jesus with another question; Who is my neighbour?
Here is the key
How do we find this neighbour? Instead of answering Jesus told the parable about the merciful Samaritan, and of course we can find the neighbour there. However, the foundation for this parable we find in Leviticus chapter 19 from 14 to 18 which talks about you as a neighbour loving your neighbour as yourself. How do you do this, here is the key, you put yourself in your “neighbours” position.
All your neighbours
Leviticus 19:14-18 tells you about many different kinds of neighbours you might meet and her they are; A deaf neighbour a blind neighbour, a neighbour being judged in court, a poor neighbour, a great neighbour, about not slandering people, actually talking about them when not being present, a neighbour needing protection, a neighbour having done you wrong, a neighbour who needs correction, and remember the vengeance belongs to Yahweh God. When you meet one of these your neighbours, imagine yourself in their position and consider how you then want to be treated. Love yourself in your neighbour’s position.
Are you “merciful”?