We heard the parable of the Good Samaritan again this morning in our devotionals And I heard something new as the parable ended.
There’s a second Samaritan, so to speak, mentioned by Jesus but with no further details given about him. After describing how the first Samaritan brings the wounded to an inn with him, Jesus tells of the instructions he leaves with the innkeeper.
Luke 10: 35. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. `Look after him,’ he said, `and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
The first Samaritan paid out of his own pocket. He assures the innkeeper that any extra expenses incurred will be covered in full. But it will now be up to the innkeeper to finish looking out for the man. Without saying so, the first Samaritan is blessing the innkeeper with an opportunity to share in the Lord’s approval of the intervention. After telling the story, Jesus asks the question: who was the neighbor to the wounded man?
37. The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
The innkeeper has been given the same instructions, to continue to show the kindness initially demonstrated by the first Samaritan. And he has been promised it won’t even cost him anything because any expenses he has will be paid back to him.
I realized Melanie and I have been lovingly surrounded and cared for by Second Samaritans for the past couple of years. Often, when we’ve tried to pay for the grocery or other errands they’ve run for us, they won’t allow us to do it. I guess they’ve already been promised repayment in full when the First Samaritan returns. They are blessing us with their kindness in the meantime.