Day 15

Overcoming An Attack
The parables were given to us by Jesus are often a description of our loving Heavenly Father. These parables may go by the name of the event or the situation of Jesus teaching, but the real teaching is about God the Father. John 17:1 (CSB) “Jesus spoke these things, looked up to heaven, and said, ‘Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you,’” … . Jesus came to give glory to God the Father. Jesus gave up His life as a sacrifice for our sins. This brought glory to God the Father! Therefore, several of Jesus’s parables provide us with a view of God the Father in realistic language.

Luke 10:30-35 (CSB) [Jesus said] … “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him, beat him up, and fled, leaving him half dead. 31A priest happened to be going down that road. When he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32In the same way, a Levite, when he arrived at the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33But a Samaritan on his journey came up to him, and when he saw the man, he had compassion. 34He went over to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on olive oil and wine. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him. When I come back I’ll reimburse you for whatever extra you spend.
Let’s bring this parable to life. We do not know the traveler. Jesus’s parable could represent us. We are travelers in life on our journey from birth to eternity. In our journey, we get attacked, abused, stripped, and left alone. These may be physical or emotional abuses. Either way, we are abused, robbed of our possessions, and stripped of our dignity. Then left to suffer alone! The two other travelers may represent family or so-called friends who abandon us when our tough times come. No matter, they pass us by and leave us to try to fend for ourselves.

The Samaritan represents God the Father. He sees us beaten and bleeding, has pity on us, stops, bandages the external and internal wounds, and provides whatever we need to heal. He never even asks for a thank you. But he does promise to return for us and willing to pay any price for us.

Along your life’s journey, you have been knocked down and even abandoned. But God the Father is there for you. He offers healing for all wounds, external and internal. He loves you more than you could ever imagine. He sees your wounds and stops to care for you! The wounded traveler could have refused the Samaritan’s help by demanding to be left alone. But that would have been crazy. God the Father is there for you. Do not push Him away.

Hebrews 13:5-6 (NLT) Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” 6So we can say with confidence, The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?”      
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