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The Vista of Freedom

The Vista of Freedom

Words of Faith 12-19-18

Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy © 2018

Faith Fellowship Church - Melbourne, FL

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Luke 19:28 

       After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.


       The hills get steeper and steeper as you approach Jerusalem.  About half way up the climb you can see and visit an old Inn.  The structure you see there today is only a few hundred years old but it marks a place where travelers have stopped for centuries on this trek.  Today there might be a few Bedouin tents and some friendly folks who will let you sit on their camel for a photo or drink some tea in the tent for a few shekels.  In the time of Jesus, this would have been a simple place of shelter for travelers who were prevented by darkness from making the last part of the journey into Jerusalem. 

       We have no evidence that Jesus ever stopped at this Inn on the way to Jerusalem but the place has been called the "Samaritan's Inn" because Jesus spoke of it in Luke chapter 10.  It was here that a certain man fell among robbers on the road from Jerusalem to Jericho.  It was here that a certain Samaritan stopped and had mercy upon the man despite the bitter prejudice between Jews and Samaritans. 

      The Samaritan tended the man's wounds, and placed him at the Inn at his own expense (Luke 10:30-36).  Because of the language in the story, many suspect that this was not a parable at all but an actual event of which Jesus had knowledge. 

        As Jesus ascended the hill, His thoughts may have drifted to the powerful image of a Samaritan who reached across social boundaries to help a Jewish victim and forever redefined the word "neighbor.”  The Psalm recited at about this place on the journey speaks of such freedom.


Psalm 129 A song of ascents.

    They have greatly oppressed me from my youth