Over the last 2,000 years we well intentioned members of the Western Church have developed a profound misunderstanding of the parables of Jesus. In using the Greek/Hellenistic mindset we have inherited from our ancestors to study the parables we really have, for the most part, lost the plot.
This is because the Greek/Hellenistic/Western mindset lens is primarily egocentric: everything is interpreted in relation to “me,” or “I.” So when we approach the parables, we often think: what is the moral of the story for me? Who in this story am I? Or, who in this story does God want me to be?
In the original first century Hebrew context, a parable was almost without exception not egocentric. Instead, parables were “theocentric” — concerned with revealing the nature and character of God.
One of the most famous parables of all time, Jesus’ story of the Good Samaritan, is no exception. It’s captured in Luke’s Gospel, chapter 10 verses 25-37. Join us this Sunday as we consider what the message of the Parable of the Good Samaritan is through a theocentric lens. Hope to see ya there!