The Good Samaritan, a Model for Health Care:

Luke 10:25-37 New International Version (NIV)

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.

28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side.32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denari 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.’

36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

Sometimes, I like to find modern day examples of faith in action.

Today, I’d like to bring attention to The Zarephath Health Center, in New Jersey It was started by a doctor, John Eck. His motivation came from this verse. It is a model for their health clinic:

We take our model from that of the Good Samaritan. In the Bible, Jesus tells the story of a man who was beaten and left to die on the side of the road. A minister and a religious teacher came by and walked around him, feeling that they did not have the time or means to help. Then a Samaritan, a religious outcast, stopped, cared for his immediate needs, and took him to a place where he could recover. He paid the bills as well, promising to return and pay more if other expenses were incurred. Jesus finished this story, telling those around him to “Go and do likewise.”

It is operated by donations from local churches. Doctors and nurses, and local citizens volunteer their time.

I found this to be such an encouraging article. When we see so many negative things happening in our country, to read about someone who acted on faith to make things better is so refreshing.

Here is a link to the story my husband read in The Daily Signal:

And here is a link to the clinic in New Jersey, Zarephath Health Center:

Dear God, help me to practice faith in action like the good Samaritan, and like Jesus. Help me to be a good neighbor. Thank you for churches and doctors like Mr. Eck, who are seeking to do Your will with actions. Also, help me to be wise as a serpent, but gentle as a dove. There are many who would try to take advantage of kindness, and I am naive. Help me to act in love and with Your knowledge. Keep me from being deceived, and let Your will be done. Amen.



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