To be a Good Samaritan
Bible Class 6
Common Bible Phrases #4
#4 Meaning: Someone who helps another in need with
no thought of reward or recompense.
Origin: A story told by Jesus, to illustrate what his followers’ attitude to anyone who needs help should be.
The Bible verses: Luke 10:25-37: The story tells of a man who is robbed, beaten and left for dead. Various people come by and seeing the man, depart quickly without helping. Finally, a man from a hostile country seeing the injured man, rescues him and takes him to an inn, pays for the man’s stay and care and departs not expecting any reward.
The moral of the story is that love does not depend on reward, love does what is right, simply because it is the right thing to do, just as God does, See Matthew 5:44-48.
The parable of the Good Samaritan has inspired paintings, sculptures, poetry, and films. The colloquial phrase "Good Samaritan," meaning someone who helps a stranger, derives from this parable, and many hospitals and charitable organizations are named after the Good Samaritan.
Good Samaritan laws are laws or acts in some cases obliging people to give reasonable assistance to those who are injured, ill, in peril, or otherwise incapacitated which is referred to as duty to rescue, and in all cases protecting people who do take action to help against legal action. The protection is intended to reduce bystanders' hesitation to assist, for fear of being sued or prosecuted for unintentional injury or wrongful death. An example of this type of law is: Good Samaritan Act of Ontario, 2001
Below is a selection of Good Samaritan organizations:
In the United States, Good Samaritan Day is a national holiday on March 13 every year.
I think it would be amiss if I didn’t include the following link. Below is a very well thought through and clear explanation of the Good Samaritan story. I recommend the 5–10-minute read!