Our series through some of the parables Jesus gave continues with a look at the Parable of the Good Samaritan.
P’SHAT – Surface. The truth that is found on a P’shat level can be incredibly profound and profoundly applied.
REMEZ – Hints. The rabbi has hidden a special treasure that is unlocked with a familiarity of the Old Testament text.
DRASH – Inquire or Seek. Drash is the idea of truth hidden in story. Once a student has found the hint in the Old Testament text, they are given tools that are going to help them unlock and understand the deeper meanings of the rabbi’s teaching. It should be noted here that the Remez in a teaching is always up for debate.
SOD – Secret or Mystery. Sod is connected to mystery and cannot be learned or taught. Sod is a supernatural gift from God (or we might even say the Holy Spirit). An example of this is Peter’s great confession (Matthew 16) where Jesus remarks that “man has not revealed this to you, but only my Father who is in Heaven.”
2 Chronicles 28:8-15
- Your love for God is best measured by how well you treat those who consider you their enemy.
- When we choose to justify ourselves, we may impress man, but we will never impress God.
- We are called to love everyone! 4. Our love should look like God’s. 5. Loving our neighbor will cost us!
Discipleship Conversation Starters:
- In what ways do my actions not match up to my beliefs?
- In what ways do I attempt to justify myself?
- Who do I fail to recognize as my neighbor?
- Who do I still struggle to love?
- In what ways do I limit what I am willing to do for my neighbor?