MAY 17 - Proverbs 17 and Luke 10:30-36

MAY 17 - PROVERBS 17:3 and LUKE 10:30-36
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the Lord trieth the hearts."
Proverbs 17:3
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"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 to him, Take care of him, and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbor unto him that fell among the thieves?"
Luke 10:30-36
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Illustration with 17 - The #1 is a stick man (good Samaritan) with his body to the right extending his arm upward. With the #7 I utilize the top platform as a road and draw a stick man lying down (wounded man.) Following the slant of the #7, I sketch two stick men on it (1 sort of on top of the other,) who are walking away from the wounded man.
This illustration displays the power of compassion over the power of religion; a look at the heart "in the raw." Christ affords opportunity to try and test each man's heart, and often utilizes the harship of another to do so.
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God is deeply interested in the spiritual DNA of the human heart ... and so He tests it.
He places a beaten and impaired individual on the side of the road, waits for church to get over, and studies the responses of three men who will encounter him on their way home.
Hmmm.
Interestingly, the two religious individuals (priest and Levite) are repulsed by this untimely and unsightly prospect laying by the side of the road. Governed by pretense and manicured judgement, they walk around the man and cross over to the other side choosing to do nothing. Lacking conscience, conviction, courage, and compassion, we witness the hearts of religious men who honor God with their lips but refuse Him with their hearts (Isaiah 29:13.)
Through the exposure of need ... God exposed the mens' hearts;
And found them wanting and not at all like His own.
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Registered as a half-breed in the Jewish books, the Samaritan comes along and beautifully, wonderfully, and with immediacy, applies every kind of CPR to the wounded man that one can think of: he tends to the wounds, the hurts, the care-giving, the financial undertaking of a stranger ... all in an effort to see to the "wholeness" of the wounded man.
He wants him treated and healed.
And it is the "lesser" man who performs the "greater" task who has the deepest grasp of what it means to know God.
Through the exposure of need ... God exposed a man's heart;
And found it exemplary and much like His own.
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God isn't interested in man's religiosity or the words he professes on a Sunday morning; He's interested in the story after. 
He's interested in our capacity to love, show compassion, display concern, and identify with  the wounded.
This story isn't about a wounded man; it's about you and me and what we "do" with the wounded man.
So far as I can see we have two options:
We identify with the wounded ... or we walk away.
Christ will expose you to need in order to expose your heart;
Be careful little heart what you do; 
He's "trying" you.
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How many times have I walked away from the wounded, Lord?
How many times have I excused myself of care-giving and walked to the other side of the road? How many times have I chosen to talk about the wounded man instead of taking care of the wounded man? How many times have I displayed that I have no concept of what You did for me on the cross?
O God ... forgive my religiosity and and make me an individual who displays a true grasp of what it means to know You and be loved by You.
Show me how to identify better with the wounded ... so that I look a little more like You and a little less like me.
Amen
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THREE QUESTIONS:
1) One of the characters in this story is "you." Who are you?
 2) When have "you" walked to the other side of the road?
 When have "you" been left on the other side?
3) Who has Christ placed before "you" in order to expose your heart ... and what needs to change?