What does it mean?
1. In what sense does the lawyer try to “test” Jesus?
2. What is the essence of the question the lawyer asks?
3. Jesus asks the lawyer what the law says in regard to his question. He quotes Deuteronomy 6:5 and gets it right. Do you think that surprised the lawyer? Explain.
4. Jesus then said, “Do this, and you will live”. Do what?
5. Then the lawyer wanted to “justify” himself. What does that mean? How did his mindset change from the beginning of the conversation where he was trying to “test” Jesus?
6. What is the essence of the question, “Who is my neighbor?” What is he really asking?
7. How do you think the lawyer thought he was going to be able to justify himself by asking Jesus the question about the neighbor?
8. What was the relationship like between Samaritans and Jews?
9. What’s the significance of a priest and a Levite walking around the man who needed help?
10. Why do you think Jesus tells the story with a Samaritan helping a Jew, rather than a Jew helping a Samaritan?
11. How would you summarize the big idea of this passage?
How does it apply?
1. When you read this parable, how do you think it applies to you?
2. Are there any “Samaritans”, folks you would consider an enemy, in your life? How do you interact with them?
3. Are there any people in your life that don’t have your best interest in mind? How do you respond to them?
4. What have you found to be the key to your finding motivation to love those who don’t love you?
5. What have you found that has increased your ability to love those who don’t love you?
6. Are there ways in which you attempt to “justify” yourself before God like the lawyer?