Be The Heretic…

i am currently going through the story of the good samaritan, and there is some really interesting stuff in there when read from the Aramaic (the language of Jesus). Some of the basics: Jews and Samaritans were ethical and religious enemies. They both had the Torah (first five books), they each had the Ten commandments — yet the Samaritan tenth commandment was all about where they would worship (Mt. Gerizim — this is the conversation that Jesus has with the women at the well). This question of where they should worship was central to the division between the Jews and Samaritans. The road from Jerusalem to Jericho was quite a windy one that led into a valley of sorts, it was a good place for robbers. Okay, let’s move forward. Jesus tells us that the guy is on the ground. The ground was dirty, only slaves could touch the dirt. It also meant that they were unclean (another play on images when Jesus scribbles in the sand –He was saying He was just like the woman caught in adultery). Then the victim was also bloodied and left for dead. Again, very unclean and would have made anyone who touched him unclean and who would have been forced to camp outside the city for a week or more. Then the two priests come along and walk way out of their way and knowingly kept going and left the man for dead. Ironically, the Torah had made exceptions for becoming unclean in light of preserving the life of another. Life is sacred. Yet, they had a party to go to. Then the story goes on to say that the Samaritan (the heretic) went ahead and used olive oil and wine. Olive oil had medicinal properties, Vitamin E to be specific, which brought healing. Then wine. Wine was also used in consecration. In making things HOLY. This is where the story takes a turn. The heretic makes someone holy. The heretic heals another. Before anyone who religiously was obligated to help another (The Priests), the Samaritan (the half-breed unclean enemy of the Jew) was the first to help someone in need. I think part of the story is that we must become more like the heretic. less focused on all kind of religiosity or saving things like doctrine, because the very things we think that are helping the body and those outside it (whom Christ chased after) are the very things that are getting in the way of healing those in need. And maybe, part of the Body is what needs to be healed before we can heal others. Part of that healing process is letting go of those things that are holding us back and then proactively move forward into the lives of those hurting and to bring healing…

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2 comments

  1. societyvs · June 4, 2009

    “less focused on all kind of religiosity or saving things like doctrine, because the very things we think that are helping the body and those outside it (whom Christ chased after) are the very things that are getting in the way of healing those in need.” (Traveler)

    Couldn’t agree more!

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  2. travelersnote · June 9, 2009

    yeah. the christianity we have adopted isn’t the christianity we should be living out! thanks for the comment!

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