1. There was little help for the poor wounded traveller. "And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side," verses 31 and 32.
The word "chance" means "by accident"! They stumbled upon the man. They had no intention of going to him to help!
Mere religion has nothing to offer the poor sinner! Rather it exists to benefit from he sinner! The priest and the Levite would have been happy to see the man in the temple and have taken from him his gifts and offerings but they had nothing for him in his hour of need!
2. Help came from a very unexpected source. "But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, 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," verses 33-34. 3. Seven things about the deliverer.
a. He was a Samaritan. How despised was the Samaritan in the yes of the Jew. "He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God. Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil?" John 8:47-48. The Samaritan was as a 'devil'!!
b. He felt differently toward the man.
c. He acted differently from the Levite and priest.
d. He placed himself in danger. Is that not what Jesus did for us?
e. He picked him up and carried him to safety. "And . . . . set him on his own beast," verse 34. He place him where he had been seated. " . . . they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years," Revelation 20:6. That is how high Christ will lift us up!
f. He covered all his costs.
g. He promised to return for him. Praise God Jesus is coming again one day! Back for us individually. "Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord," 1 Thessalonians 4:17.