The Good Samaritan (Luke 10: 25 – 37)

I had a challenge finding a hymn for this one.  The bad news is that I could not find anything from CH4 or Mission Praise to describe the story.  After the service, I did have a thought and my immediate reaction was why did I not think of that earlier.   But more about that later.

Therefore, I searched and the best I could find was…

CH4 562 Through the Love of God our Saviour verse 2 and CH4 231 that is verse 2.  Interestingly both can be sung to tune 562 ‘All through the night’

Verse 2 of CH4 562

2 Though we pass through tribulation,
all will be well.
Ours is such a full salvation,
all, all is well.
Happy, still in God confiding,
fruitful, if in Christ abiding,
holy, through the Spirit’s guiding,
all must be well.

Verse 2 of CH4 231
Please see the words of verse 2 here ‘For the fruit of all creation’

The two hymns – that is one verse each were sung as the Anthem

Below is the story of the Good Samaritan from Luke 10:25-37 King James Version (KJV) of the Bible.

25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?

27 And he answering said ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself’.

28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.

29 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?

30 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.

31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.

32 And likewise, a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.

33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,

34 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.

35 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.

36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?

37 And he said He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.

Our minister highlighted the importance of willing hands.  That is willing hands that God can use in the time of an emergency,  In this case, those helping/willing hands came from a Good Samaritan (The Samaritans were not liked by the population in those days).

Now, what was the hymn I had forgotten about?   Simply, it was “He put in the oil and the wine”.   You can hear it here.


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