Morning Message of Motivation

The Compassion of Christ: 8
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

The “Good Samaritan” broke through three major barriers to help the wounded Jewish man.
*•Ethnic/Tribal barrier*
The Samaritans were of a mixed race, though they dwelt in Israel territory. After the death of king Solomon, Israel was divided into two nations. The “Northern kingdom” was called Israel and its capital was Samaria.
The “Southern kingdom” was called Judah and its capital was Jerusalem.
God’s judgement came upon the “Northern kingdom” because of continuous idolatry, and they were conquered by the Assyrians and taken into exile.
2 Kings 17:6 NIV
“In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria captured Samaria and deported the Israelites to Assyria. He settled them in Halah, in Gozan on the Habor River and in the towns of the Medes.”

Some of the Jews however remained in Samaria. The Assyrians sent Gentiles to replace the exiled Jews in the land of Samaria.
2 Kings 17:24
“The king of Assyria brought people from Babylon, Kuthah, Avva, Hamath and Sepharvaim and settled them in the towns of Samaria to replace the Israelites. They took over Samaria and lived in its towns.”

The remnant Jews and these Gentile settlers intermarried over the years, and this mixed race of people became the Samaritans.
*•Religious barrier*
The “Woman by the well” asked Jesus about a major religious dispute between the Jews and the Samaritans.
John 4:19-20 NIV
“Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”

The Samaritans worshipped mountain gods.
John 4:22 NKJV
“You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.”

*•Social barriers*
The Jews and the Samaritans had never had a good relationship. The Jews believed that the Samaritans were impure because they were a mixture of Gentile and Jewish blood.
John 4:9 NKJV
“Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.”

The Good Samaritan, overcame all these three barriers, because of compassion.

May you be empowered to break through all barriers and limitations. May all negative generational tendencies, be broken, in Jesus’s name.


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