Digging Deeper

Digging Deeper – June 3, 2020

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“He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him.”

Luke 10:34 (ESV)



In May, 1953, two men became the first in history to climb to the top of Mt. Everest; Edmund Hillary, a New Zealand beekeeper and explorer, and his Sherpa guide from Nepal, Tenzing Norgay. They reached the summit together and attained instant international fame. On the way down from the 29,000-foot peak, Hillary slipped and started to fall. He would almost certainly have fallen to his death, but Tenzing Norgay immediately dug in his ice-axe and braced the rope linking them together, saving Hillary’s life. At the bottom the international press made a huge fuss over the Sherpa guide’s heroic action. Through it all Tenzing Norgay remained very calm, very professional, very un-carried away by it all. To all the shouted questions he had one simple answer: “Mountain climbers always help each other.”


Jesus is teaching in Luke 10 that love always helps. In the parable of the Good Samaritan, the Samaritan doesn’t give a second thought to using his supplies to help bandage the wounded man and get him to safety. There are times when we see someone in need and simply pray for them. There are other times when we see the need and throw a little money at the problem but not get too involved because we don’t want to get our hands dirty. Proverbs 3:28 says, “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.” If we have the ability to do good for someone else we should do it out of love for God and love for them. The next time you see someone hurting and are tempted to walk away ask yourself, “Why am I hesitating?”

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