Luke 10:29 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour? Knowing that he did not love everyone, he asked, " Who is my neighbour?" Jesus speaks of this in another place. Mat 5:43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
Mat 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
Mat 5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
Mat 5:46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
Mat 5:47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
Jesus would use a parable to get his message across.
Luke 10:30 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.
This man was in need of help.
Luke 10:31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
He ignored the need of the wounded man, perhaps he was thinking about preaching a message of love for the Sabbath service? We can be so involved in our ministry, that we miss the Lord.
Luke 10:32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
The Levite was dedicated to the Lord's service, but he was only caring about the temple meeting place, not the needs of people outside in the streets.
Luke 10:33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
The Samaritans were hated by the Jews, because their beliefs were all confused. Jesus loved all who were in need. Remember the Samaritan woman at the well? She knew enough to know that a Messiah was to come. She even was given the knowledge that Jesus was the Messiah from God. Jesus loved the Samaritans too.
Luke 10:34 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.
The Samaritan met the needs of the wounded Jewish man. Wine and oil were used as medicines, he applied medicine to his wounds. He placed him on his own donkey and brought him to an Inn, a place to stay, and cared for him personally.
Luke 10:35 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.
He left money and his authority to the inn keeper, so that the man would be cared for until he was able to travel. Any expense would be charged to his account. Jesus did this for us. We were helpless in sin, he came to us, he stayed with us and left his authority for us in his word and promises, so that we would be restored. Any need that we would have would be covered by His blood and was paid in full.
Luke 10:36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?
Luke 10:37 And he said, He that showed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
Who is our neighbor? Anyone in need, and all need Jesus.