- God created the world and people.
- We rebelled against Him.
- He sent His only Son to be tortured and die as punishment for our rebellion so our relationship with God could be restored and we could spend eternity with Him
I recently read a book called The Divine Code by Steve Cioccolanti, who is the pastor of a church in Australia and the founder of Discover Ministries. ( http:/www.discover.org.au ) Pastor Steve goes into great detail about the various numbers and patterns found in Scripture. It is truly fascinating. One particular thing I found very interesting was a possible deeper meaning behind the Parable of the Good Samaritan. See if you agree.
Remember the Parable Jesus told of the Good Samaritan? Most people, even non-Christians, have heard of it. It is found in Luke 10:30-34, and I'm posting it here for those who forgot.
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.
And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
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.
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.
I've always thought this was a cool story with the moral of helping and loving your enemy, right. But what if it has a deeper allegorical meaning? Check this out.
- "A certain man" = Adam
- "Went down" = Fell into Sin
- "From Jerusalem" = Leaving a relationship with God
- "To Jericho" = "False Religion"
- "Fell among thieves" = Satan and his demons come to steal, kill, and destroy
- "Stripped him" = Satan stripped Adam of his innocence and right standing with God
- "Wounded him" = Satan wounded Adam with sin, guilt, fear, and shame
- "Leaving him half-dead" = Adam died spiritually but lived physically for many more years
- "A certain Priest passed by" = Religion offered no help for Adam's condition
- "A certain Levite passed by" = Religious, legalistic people offered no help
- "A certain Samaritan" = Jesus! Someone the Jews hated and rejected
- "He journeyed" = Christ traveled from Heaven
- "Came where he was" = Jesus came down to our level and was born a human
- "Had compassion" = One of the chief characteristics of Jesus
- "Bandaged his wounds" = Jesus healed many
- "Pouring on Oil and Wine" = Wine is a symbol of the blood Jesus shed and Oil is the gift of His Holy Spirit
- "Brought him to an Inn" =to the Church, or family of God where he would be cared for
- "When he departed" = Jesus left and ascended into Heaven
- "He took two denari" = 2 days worth of wages at that time. Could this be representative of 2000 years from the time Jesus ascended to the time he comes back????
- "Gave them to the Innkeeper" = The Pastors who watch over the Church
- "Take care of him" - Teach my people, tend their needs for the next 2000 years until I return
- "When I come again" - The Second Coming
- "Whatever more you spend" = the works that we as followers do for Jesus
- "I will repay" = When Jesus returns he will give rewards to His children who obey Him
Pretty cool, eh? I thought so. Honestly, I've never seen this great reference to the Gospel story in this parable, and it makes me wonder how many more treasures are hidden in the Word of God.
I hope that blesses you today!