March 2015

Living Globally. Teaching the Good Samaritan

Display the word: neighbor. Ask your children to define what the word means.

Ask them to reflect non-verbally on the follow statement: Who is my neighbor?

Using a modern or child’s version of the Bible, read The Good Samaritan from Luke 10:25-37 .

Ask your children to imagine the situation.

What do you think happened to the man who was beaten up? (What had he been doing to earn the money that was stolen from him? Were robbers hiding and waiting for him? How long do you think he was lying in the road?)
Why did the priest and the Levite avoid the injured man?
Help the children consider the fact that these men couldn’t touch blood — and would lose their jobs if they touched a dead body. How is that similar to our lives today?

Why do you think the Samaritan stopped to help the man?
Explain that the Samaritans and the Jews of Jesus’ time didn’t get along, and the Jews didn’t respect the Samaritans’ beliefs or their way of life. The fact that a Samaritan would be kind and merciful would have been a surprise to Jesus’ audience.

What ways did the Samaritan help the man? (ex.: time, energy, resources: gave the man first aid, put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn, gave the inn- keeper two days’ wages to cover expenses and promised more money if needed, promised to make another trip to the inn later . . .)

Can you imagine how the same kind of situation could happen today?
If we were telling the Good Samaritan story in a modern way, who would be the injured man? Who would be the people who crossed the street and left the man suffering? Who would be the person we didn’t really like or respect that ended up being the true neighbor?

What does the story of the Good Samaritan say about how Jesus wants us to treat other people — even people we don’t know or like? Who are our neighbors today? From this discussion, lead your children to see that we live in a global community and therefore have neighbors around the world.

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