In this encounter, Jesus redefined "neighbor" broadly and inclusively, a violation of Jewish tradition and understanding. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Next, within the Parable of the Good Samaritan itself we see an individual caring for a stranger. ... only someone with the same zeal for the Law could be a good neighbor. The “neighbor,” it would appear, is the man going down from Jerusalem to Jericho who was beaten and left for dead (Luke 10:30). His most comprehensive definition of neighbor came in response to a lawyer's question, “Who is my neighbor?” (Luke 10:29). The Samaritan had kept the Law as God intended by loving his "neighbor" as he loved himself. The neighbor is the object, the one of whom the three other characters encounter. Who is your neighbor? Jesus sought to broaden the definition of neighbor. That means only fellow Pharisees qualified as good neighbors, or חברים (chaberim), as they called themselves. This is the story of a traveler who was robbed and left for dead by his attackers. Jesus then gives the parable of the Good Samaritan to correct the false understanding that the scribe had of who his neighbor is, and what his duty is to his neighbor. The good Samaritan: Love your neighbor. Jesus tells us that to love your neighbor is of extreme importance; in fact, it is second only in importance to loving God. A priest saw the man but passed by on the other side of the road, presumably in order to maintain ritual purity. Neighbors included your enemies. Proverbs 4:20-22 SAYS: My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. (Matthew 22:37-39.) Yes, we may all know the parable of the Good Samaritan, but it can be a little confusing. The answer that Jesus gave was a parable, commonly called "The Parable of the Good Samaritan" (Luke 10:30-37). 36, 37). God appoints you neighbor through a call to compassion. Love meant doing good for them (Matthew 5:44). Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. If you are in need of healing, there is good news! The term now included the least expected. Jesus responded, "Go and do the same" (vv. Recall that Jesus told this parable to define a neighbor in order to explain the meaning of “love your neighbor.” He used the actions of the Samaritan to explain that compassion is an effective way to show love to your neighbor, thereby defining compassion as a manifestation of love. A Jewish legal expert had put Jesus to the test, asking Him to explain the commandment to “love your neighbor as yourself”; specifically, he asked Jesus to define the word neighbor. The Parable of the Good Samaritan tells the story of a man traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho, and while on the way he is robbed of everything he had, including his clothing, and is beaten to within an inch of his life. The most recognized Samaritan in the Bible is the one in Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:29–37). A Levite also refused to assist the beaten, half dead traveler. Jesus focuses on how this man defines who his neighbor is.