CULTURE WARS | The Servant that Serves

Luke 10:25-37 - One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?” 27 The man answered, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” 28 “Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!” 29 The man wanted to justify his actions, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 Jesus replied with a story: “A Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road. 31 “By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. 32 A Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side. 33 “Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. 34 Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. 35 The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’ 36 “Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked. 37 The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.” Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.”

I. What is a Levite?

A. Lineage

  • Abraham, the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob (later called Israel) Jacob has 12 sons
  • The 12 sons of Jacob are the patriarchs of the 12 Tribes of Israel.
  • Rueben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph, Benjamin.

B. Levi

  • As the priestly Tribe, Levi was given no land. [Num 18.20, 18.24] Instead of land, God gave Levi the tithes of the people of Israel. 
  • So, the Levites didn’t get any land when Joshua divided up the Promised Land. What they did get was a calling. To take care of the people and the temple.

C. The difference between a Priest and a temple Assistant or Levite

  • Priest came from the lineage of Aaron only. God made Aaron, the brother of Moses, the first High priest and all priest from then on came from his line.

D. What did a Levite do?

  • They were still experts in the law. They had to know the law as well as the priest. The Lawyer that is asking the question was probably a Levite.
  • They fed the people, helped the poor, cleaned the temple, slaughtered some of the sacrificial animals, and performed the music during temple worship (1Chr 23-25) They were officers and judges, They were gatekeepers, Inspecting people and animals for flaws. 

So a Levite was born into service. There was no ambiguity in his role. It is who he is, not what he does.

II. Application

A. PICK-coo-ah Nefesh (Pikuach Nefesh), To treat human life as sacred.

  • The principle in Jewish law that the preservation of human life overrides virtually any other religious consideration. When the life of a specific person is in danger, almost any mitzvah lo ta'aseh (command to not do an action) of the Torah becomes inapplicable.
  • Our Levite comes over and looks he sees the man lying there and disregards this principle.
  • Here is a man whose identity is to serve and he didn’t.

B. The identity of us.

  • Nobody wants to get involved.
  • So, what I want you to see here is that this wasn’t this guys job it was who he was. 
  • He Had just been to worship God (love God), but did not help the wounded man.
  • His refusal to love his neighbor casts doubt on his love for God.

C. We are the same. We a born into Service. (born again)

  • It is who we are. Not just to represent God like last week, but to also serve. To do what needs doing.
1 Peter 4:10-11 - God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. 11 Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.

When God saved you, he equipped you to serve. It is no longer what you do it is who you are.

III. We have a Purpose.

A. We cannot ignore the imperative!

  • There is no ambiguity in your role.
Matthew 5:14 - You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
  • Let your light shine, Let your good deeds point others to Christ.
  • Some may hate us but it is His loving kindness that leads to repentance.
Hebrews 5:2 - He is able to deal gently with those who are ignorant and are going astray, since he himself is subject to weakness.

B. Love to serve

His example:

John 13:13-15 - You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. 14 And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. 15 I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.

You serve Him:

Matthew 25:35-40 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’37 “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’

Let's serve our world together. 

Summary

You are a chosen priesthood, a holy nation! Born and equipped to serve. To show His compassion.
Let’s not stand over our world choosing whether we will help. Let's embrace who we are who we are born to be.

Galatians 5:13 - For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

Pray for a revival of service. Of who we are. Embrace the purpose of leading others to New life!

Psalm 100:2 - Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!