The man, walking down the road when the sun was high in the sky, suddenly saw shadows behind the rocks. He was taking a trip and was going to stop in the nearest town at sunset. As he passed the large rocks, some bandits jumped out at him. The rest was a blur. When they left him, he was injured, dirty, and left with no money or food. The man knew he couldn't make it to the town, so he hoped someone would pass by soon.
A priest was passing by. He was going home from visiting his brother. When he saw the man, he stopped. Ugh! he thought. I suppose bandits left him there. Hurried by thoughts of bandits, the priest crossed to the other side of the road.
A Levite was also passing through. He saw the man, but he hated getting dirty. The Levite passed on the other side, too.
The situation was getting worse and worse. The man was losing consciousness, and he wasn't able to yell for help. The sun was going down. Then, all of a sudden, he heard hoof beats on the road a few feet away. It was a Samaritan and his donkey. They got close, and when they saw the man, the Samaritan stopped his donkey and knelt down beside the man. "What's your name?" He asked, opening his pack and taking out oil and wine. "Stephan," came the reply. "Well, I'm Joel, and we'll have to hurry if we're going to make it to the town." said Joel, smiling. He finished bandaging the hurt man and then picked him up and put him on the donkey They hurried toward the town and arrived just as the sun was going down. Joel took Stephan to an inn and took care of him. The next day Joel told the innkeeper, "Take care of him. When I return, I will pay you back for any extra expenses you may have." Then he gave the innkeeper two silver coins.
Luke 10 :30-35 (NIV)
Grace be with you,