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September 27, 2015

The Oil Station

Sunday Morning Podcast September 27, 2015. Bro. Dave Goble.

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TEXT: LUKE 10:29-37 

29 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?
30  And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
31  And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
32  And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
33  But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
34  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.
35  And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.
36  Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?
37  And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.

“The Oil Station” is from the thought, of refueling, or helping one in their need.  Who is my neighbor?  This is the question (the lawyer, Luke 10:25)  asked of Jesus, in his hopes to justify the efforts he had already made, (verse 29).  In this parable, Jesus told of a injured, and dying man, that lay by the roadside.  A priest, and also later a Levite,  had passed the injured man by, ..essentially ignoring his desperate needs.  Only the Samaritan took the time to help (Verses 34,35) pouring oil and wine into his wounds.   Jesus at the conclusion of sharing this parable with the lawyer, asked him, which one showed himself a neighbor to the one who had fallen among the thieves? (Verse 36).  The lawyer correctly answered “He that shewed mercy.” (Verse 37)  Christ’s command then, was, ” Go, and do thou likewise.”

The injured man in this text, represents anyone literally, or spiritually, that has a great need.  In the area and era of this story, the people were a mix of all nations and stations in life.  A “melting pot” of sorts.  Many of these different peoples, had customs that forbade them to intermingle with ones of a different sect.  A mentality of being exclusive, was at their core of beliefs.  Jesus’s mission, here, was to enlighten any, that would listen, to the mission He set forth to not be a respecter of persons.  A mission to show mercy, and compassion to any in need.  This Samaritan saw his neighbor, identified the need, and ministered to him accordingly. Essentially the Samaritan was “the oil station” for the man’s wounds.

Are we also a “oil station” for the needy to find help?  In Matthew 28:19, Jesus tells us to “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations……….”  If we don’t reach out in compassion for someone’s temporal needs, how can we go and minister to them for their spiritual ones? Are we passing by the needy just as the priest and Levite did?

Are we a “oil station” that leads souls to Jesus?