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Sometimes I am overwhelmed by the HUGENESS of God: like when I’m gazing at a dark, inky sky lit up by a blanket of stars… Or sitting in a boat on the ocean with no land in sight – trying to fathom how many GALLONS of water lay before me…. WOW!
When you experience something HUGE, you start to recognize how incredibly small you are in the grand scheme of things. And you begin to get just a glimpse of how ENORMOUS God is – He made all of it! The starry night, every drop of water on the planet, the Grand Canyon, the universe! The God who loves us and created us is capable of so much more than we could ever imagine!
But He is also the God of intricate detail. How can the Creator of 200 BILLION galaxies, also have designed the delicate shimmery detail on a dragonfly’s wings? Or the dots on a ladybug? Or the softness and fragrance of a rose petal? He didn’t just throw the universe together - every single spec of it was done with incredible precision!
He is the God of the infinite AND the atom! And He is WORTHY of praise!
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen. ~ Romans 11:33-36

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He Had Compassion

“Jesus replied, ‘A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion.” (Luke 10:30-33)

A lawyer (scribe) shows up in Luke 10 to test Jesus and to justify himself before Jesus. He asks Jesus, “Who is my neighbor” and Jesus answers the question with the story of “The Good Samaritan.” 

A priest is strolling along “by chance” but he dodges the scene of the wounded man. A Levite does the same. The entire story pivots when a nameless Samaritan, on a journey, saw the wounded man and “had compassion.”

In the rest of the account (Luke 10:34-35), we marvel at how far this Samaritan’s compassion goes to help the man. Would it be enough to bind up the beaten man’s wounds? Set him on his animal and bring him to the inn? Take care of him? Stay at the inn that night? Pay the innkeeper to take care of him when he had to leave? He gave the innkeeper, in effect, a blank check when he said, “whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back” (verse 35).

Does this remind you of anyone? Some commentaries say the priest represents the moral law and the Levite, the ceremonial law. Things that can never save. And the Samaritan is a picture of Jesus and the great lengths He went through to save us.

What are we to learn from this? Jesus said it best: “Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” … “You go, and do likewise.” Our journeys can pivot when we, too, have the compassion of Christ.

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