Who is Your Neighbor

The end of the Good Samaritan story goes that, “The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”  Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”” (Luke 10:37)

The Samaritan wasn’t accepted by the Jews – they were considered unclean. And yet, in the face of rejection, the Samaritan forgives the prejudice against his people, he sacrifices his comfort (riding on his own donkey), he sacrifices his own sustenance (wine for hydration (wine was used to cover the taste of bad water, not get drunk)), he offers his own money without seeking reimbursement, and the Samaritan came back to check on the man to see if he was in good health and to pay any unpaid debt.  

Mercy is not deserved, and it’s not something that is expected to be paid back. Showing mercy to another person is to show the heart of God. 

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What you'll need:

  • Printer
  • Scissors
  • Coloring tools

Child Involvement:

  • Coloring and role play

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INSTRUCTIONS

  • Color and cut out. 
  • Cut down the ridge in the background so the robbers can hide behind it. 
  • Tell the story using the characters! Use the story for teachable moments. Ask questions like, “Why do you think the Samaritan helped the man when the other two religious men didn’t?” “Have you ever not wanted to help someone? Let’s talk about that.” “Have you ever been hurt by someone? Did you show them kindness or did you want to hurt them back?” 
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