Go Thou and Do Likewise
by George Kirkpatrick 


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Many times when we read the Bible, we come across a word or phrase we do not understand the meaning or usage of, so we go on without a true understanding of what God is trying to reveal to us. One such word is parable. When God is using parables, do we seek understanding or do we look at the parable as an interesting paragraph? The word parable means "an earthly story with a heavenly meaning."

Jesus explained to His disciples many of the parables He used. Others He left unexplained. There are many other comparisons in the Bible which also reveal hidden Spiritual revelation. Jesus' disciples came and asked:

". . . Why speakest Thou unto them in parables?

He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given." Matthew 13:10-11

Parables reveal mysteries of the Kingdom of God. Jesus told His disciples that without Spiritual understanding, they could not understand the mysteries He hid in His Spiritual realm. One such parable is the parable of the Good Samaritan.

"And behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted Him, saying, master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" Luke 10:25

The lawyer asked the question that is also on many minds today, "What must I do to inherit eternal life?" As at other times, Jesus answered the lawyer's question with a question:

"He said unto him, What is written in the law? How readest thou?" Luke 10:26

Lawyers in New Testament times were those who knew the ancient Scriptures fluently.

"And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself." Luke 10:27

Knowing the ancient Scriptures, the lawyer quoted Deuteronomy 6:5:

"And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might." Deuteronomy 6:5

The only place in the Old Testament where it is said to love thy neighbor as thyself is in Leviticus 19:18:

"Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord." Leviticus 19:18

Truly this lawyer knew the ancient Scriptures (the law of God), but he did not understand the Word. Like the lawyer, many today do not understand God's written Word. Jesus gave His assurance of His written Word:

"And He said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live." Luke 10:28

The lawyer's original question was "What shall I do to inherit eternal life?" We must also remember the lawyer's words were spoken to tempt Jesus. The lawyer was attempting to trick and twist Jesus' words to bring confusion and contempt upon His declarations. The lawyer continued to try to trap Jesus by His words:

"But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, `And who is my neighbour.' " Luke 10:29

Again, trying to tempt Jesus by His words, the lawyer asked Jesus, "Who is my neighbor?" This would be a tough question for anyone of us to answer. Our normal answer would be those who live in close proximity to us. But the word neighbor used in these Scriptures has the meaning, "any other man irrespective of nation or religion with whom we live or whom we chance to meet."

If the world or God's people could learn this meaning of neighbor, it would do away with all prejudices, tear down all fences, and do away with color barriers. What a beautiful world it would become if we would only love our neighbor as ourselves.

In order for Jesus to answer the lawyers question, He put forth a parable:

"And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed leaving him half dead." Luke 10:30

Let's take a closer look at the parable of the Good Samaritan to find the hidden Spiritual meanings Jesus is revealing to us today. The first thing Jesus reveals is:

". . . a certain man went down from Jerusalem . . ."

Jerusalem represents the true place of worship. The direction down means we are going away from God. A few examples in God's Word of this are:

Israel went down into Egypt. Egypt represents the world, so Israel went down into the world where they were enslaved.

Jonah went down to Joppa, fleeing from the Lord, and ended up in the belly of a great fish.

King Saul always went down to fight the Philistines. He finally lost his head.

Going down always means we are moving away from God, but when we go up, we are moving toward God. Many times in God's Word we learn the people always ". . . went up to Jerusalem."

The next Spiritual revelation we discover in this parable is:

". . . But this certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho"

The word Jericho means "a place of fragrance." When we go away from God, it may seem like a sweet, smelling place, but we soon find out this place of fragrance will become a stink in our nostrils.

Jericho was the place of Israel's first victory in their promised land, and was where God destroyed the walls, and Israel was able to take the city. We see many today who only talk about their first victory in God. Many continually talk about when they got saved or received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, or when God used them in healing or other things that enhance their pride of life. These rarely leave Egypt. They become content where they are in God. A wise man once said, "If what you did yesterday looks big, it means you have not accomplished anything today."

We need to grasp hold of the truth, "There is no stopping off place in God." We must continue to go on in God. As Paul relates to the Hebrews:

"Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God. Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment." Hebrews 6:1-2

We must continue our journey unto perfection and leave all the foundational teachings if we are to enter into His Kingdom Age.

The next Spiritual revelation concerning God's Kingdom in the parable of the Good Samaritan is:

". . . when he came down to Jericho he fell among thieves."

John recorded Jesus' words:

"The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." John 10:10

The thief is the evil one - - - call him satan or the devil - - - he is the head of the kingdom of darkness. We are told he was a thief and a liar from the beginning. This is the same spirit that used the serpent to entice Eve in the Garden, and caused the fall of man.

So this certain man who went down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell among thieves, represents mankind in his fallen state. Looking again at the action of the thieves we discover:

". . . which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead." Luke 10:30

First notice,

". . . they stripped him of his raiment . . ."

When man fell in the Garden, his Spiritual covering was taken away. This certain man also lost his Spiritual covering and was left vulnerable to the thieves. When man was found naked in the Garden, God clothed him in animal skins. This shows us since man no longer had his Spiritual covering, he took on the beast nature, or the survival of the fittest. This is true today in every facet of life.

The next Spiritual revelation we observe in the parable of the Good Samaritan is:

". . . he was wounded. . ." Luke 10:30

The word wounded means "afflicted." When man sinned in the Garden, God's relationship with man was wounded. Because of this wounding, it was necessary for God to afflict man. He pronounced curses upon both the man and the woman. Mankind has yet to overcome these curses. The woman still has pain in childbirth, and the man is to rule over her. The man must still earn his living by the sweat of his brow.

Jesus continued His disclosure of fallen man:

". . . the thieves left this man half dead..."

When man sinned, death was pronounced on them. Man knew he would die in the day he sinned. Peter informs us:

"But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." II Peter 3:8

Every man who has ever lived, died in that one thousand year day. No one has ever lived the full one thousand year day. Methusaleh came the closest, living nine hundred and sixty-nine years, Jared lived nine hundred and thirty years, and Noah lived nine hundred and thirty years. But we have a promise of man living a full one thousand year day when he will overcome the curse pronounced upon man in the garden.

When man sinned, the Holy Spirit departed from him, and he knew he was naked. He knew he was no longer a whole being. He was still physically alive, but he was Spiritually dead.

This was the condition of the man who went down to Jericho. The thieves had stolen His Spiritual existence, just as the serpent had stolen Adam and Eve's Spiritual existence in the garden. Fallen man has been half dead ever since.

"And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side." Luke 10:31-32

Both the priest and the Levite saw the man who was wounded and half dead, but both passed by on the other side. The priest represents the hirelings who occupy the pulpits and the Levite represents the old, religious system which have no help for fallen man. All they offer is their precepts and doctrines of men. The priest and the Levite were not looking at fallen man to meet his needs. The religious system only looks at man as a way to meet their needs. They look to man to keep their collection plates full in order to pay for their building projects and to keep the priest living in comfort. When fallen man needs help they pass by on the other side.

When God reveals a negative side, He also reveals a positive side. In the priest and the Levite, we saw the negative side of the religious system. But God has a positive side and that is His true ekklesia. Through the negative, God teaches His lessons. Through the positive side, God gives us the assurance of His promises. In Paul's second letter to the Corinthians, Paul reveals one of God's hidden mysteries:

"For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things? II Corinthians 2:15-16

Paul is speaking here of those who will go from life unto life. A positive example of this is in two men who passed by to the other side; Enoch and Elijah. There was no cause of death in either of these men. The Apostle Jude informs us:

"And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of His saints," Jude 1:14

Enoch was the seventh from Adam. Seven is God's number of Spiritual perfection. Man will come into Spiritual perfection on the seventh day. Paul gave this same hope to the church at Corinth:

"Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed." I Corinthians 15:51-52

As Paul related, we will not all sleep (die). Instead, we will be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye. This will come at the last trumpet. The last trumpet will be blown at the beginning of the seventh day, at the end of God's judgment upon sinful man. This will be the beginning of our one thousand year day.

Enoch lived three hundred and sixty-five days. Enoch lived one year for every day of the year. If we live for God every day of the year, we too, can have the testimony of Enoch. We are informed in the book of Genesis:

"And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him." Genesis 5:24

The name Enoch means "dedicated." Enoch's total life was dedicated to His walk with God. Enoch's existence changed from physical to Spiritual. In doing this, God reversed what happened to Adam. Adam went from Spiritual to physical. Enoch went from physical to Spiritual. This is what will happen to those who walk every day with God.

The second man who passed from physical to Spiritual was Elijah. The name Elijah means "My God is Jehovah." In Elijah we see the time of God's wrath before the blowing of the seventh trumpet. James reveals:

"Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months." James 5:17

Elijah prayed, and it did not rain for three and one-half years. In this hidden truth, we discover the wrath of God will be poured out for a three and one-half year period. Speaking of His two witnesses, Jesus revealed to John on the Isle of Patmos:

"And I will give power unto My two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will." Revelation 11:3 & 6

The two witnesses Jesus is speaking of are natural and Spiritual Israel who will prophesy for one thousand, two hundred and three score days. This is the three and one-half years of God's wrath. These will have the same power as Elijah had. God has a promised place for His people during this same time.  [see "The Two Witnesses" by G. Kirkpatrick]

"And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand and two hundred and threescore days." Revelation 12:6

Those who walk everyday with God will be kept from God's wrath.

Elijah was taken off the earth in a fiery chariot. He was translated from the physical realm to the Spiritual realm because he was obedient to God's Word. The Elijah ministry was replaced by the Elisha ministry. This is the Double Portion Ministry upon whom God will pour out His Spirit without measure. These will have the same anointing as Jesus had when He walked the earth.  [see "The Double Portion Anointing" by G. Kirkpatrick]

Let's look again at the parable of the Good Samaritan:

"But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him," Luke 10:33

As we check our geography, we know Samaria is north of Judea. Jesus was from Nazareth, which is in the lower portion of Samaria, south of Galilee. So Jesus was a Samaritan.

After the death of Solomon, Israel was divided and Jereboam set up his capital in Samaria. In doing so, the ten northern tribes retained the name of Israel. But two tribes remained in Judea, and they became the Judeans. So the Good Samaritan that came to fallen man was Jesus Christ. When the Good Samaritan came to fallen man . .

". . . He went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on His own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him." Luke 10:34

The Good Samaritan bound up his wounds. Speaking of our Saviour, David, the Psalmist, informs us:

"The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit." Psalm 34:18

As the Good Samaritan, Jesus came to heal the broken hearted and those who have a wounded spirit. When Jesus came, He brought healing to the body of Christ.

"Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed." I Peter 2:24

It is by Jesus' stripes we were healed. These stripes were applied before He went to the cross. Even if Jesus had not died, our healing was secure.

After the Good Samaritan bound up the wounds of fallen man, He poured in the oil and the wine.

The oil represents the anointing God poured out on the Day of Pentecost. This anointing came as the cloven tongues of fire. The fire is the cleansing power in our lives to prepare his body for His Kingdom. No unclean vessel will enter into the Kingdom of God. God must purify His body. And He is pouring in the oil (the anointing) for the perfecting of His body.

The Good Samaritan also poured in the wine. The wine is the blood of the New Covenant. God's Word states, "The life is in the blood." Our Good Samaritan shed His blood that we might have life. Another application of the wine was Jesus' first miracle when He turned the water into wine. This was at the marriage supper at Cana. The body of Christ is looking forward to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.

Jesus saw six stone water pots and told the servants to fill the water pots to the brim with water. We are these water pots made of living stones which Peter spoke of in I Peter 2:4. The water is the Word of God. When our stone water pots are filled with the Word, then our Good Samaritan will turn the water of the Word into wine. When He adds His life to the Word, it will be the living water that will flow from our innermost being to bring life to everything it touches. And He has saved His good wine for this last generation. Jesus continued His parable:

". . . and set him on His own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him . . ."

Our Good Samaritan raised fallen man from his dust condition and set him upon His own beast. Man has been in his dust condition since the Garden. The prophet Isaiah prophesied of man being raised from his dust condition:

"Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem: loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion." Isaiah 52:2

Man was to raise himself from his dust condition. "O Jerusalem", we are the Holy City, the New Jerusalem that is coming down from God out of heaven, the Spiritual realm. We are to loose ourselves from the bands of the neck. This is the bondage with which the religious system has held their people.

Jesus addressed this to the daughters of Zion. Daughters in the Old Testament represent the church in the New Testament. Our Good Samaritan came to set us free from all our religious and worldly bondages.

Praise the Lord, He is going to set us upon His own beast (ass or donkey). The ass was the transportation of kings. When David made Solomon king, he told Zadoc the priest:

"The king also said unto them, Take with you the servants of your lord, and cause Solomon my son to ride upon mine own mule, and bring him down to Gihon:" I Kings 1:33

Everyone recognized the King's mule, and they knew because Solomon was riding upon the King's mule, he had been made King. When Jesus made His triumphal entrance into Jerusalem He also rode upon an ass to show His Kingship. By this we are shown that when our Good Samaritan set fallen man upon His own beast, He intended to make Him a king. Jesus revealed this to John on the Isle of Patmos:

"And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father; to Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever." Revelation 1:5-6

This is the Lord's promise to fallen man, if we allow His cleansing power to purify us and make us fit for His Kingdom. The Good Samaritan brought fallen man to an inn, a place he could be cared for. The inn where our Good Samaritan brought fallen man was His ekklesia (the church) where fallen man was to be cared for and healed. The Good Samaritan placed fallen man in the care of the innkeeper. The innkeepers are His anointed leadership He set in the church. God intended for fallen man to be totally cared for in the church:

"And on the morrow when He departed, He took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee." Luke 10:35

When the Good Samaritan left, He gave the innkeeper two pence. The word pence should have been translated "penny." A penny was a silver coin equal to a day's wages, or our Good Samaritan gave the innkeeper enough to care for fallen man for two days. This represents the two days of the church age - - - two, one thousand year days. When the Pharisees told Jesus Herod was going to kill Him, Jesus declared:

"And He said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected." Luke 13:32

Jesus foretold what duties His ekklesia were to do. They were to cast out devils (deliverances) and do cures (healings). This the church system has failed to accomplish. But this has been the emphasis of His true leadership.

He also stated it would be on the third day, that He would be perfected. It will be on the third day, that He will be perfected in His saints. The Apostle Paul declared:

"When He shall come to be glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all them that believe in that day." II Thessalonians 1:10

Our Good Samaritan has been gone for two days and He is waiting to be glorified in His saints. The Good Samaritan promised:

". . . and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come, I will repay thee."

We may ask, "What more could the Good Samaritan have done for fallen man?" But we have His promise, "When I come again." He promised to return. Praise the Lord! All His saints are looking for His return. Paul gave us further insight concerning what our Good Samaritan did for us:

"Wherefore He saith, When He ascended up on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men." Ephesians 4:8

When our Good Samaritan left, He gave gifts unto men. What are these gifts He gave to fallen man?

"And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;" Ephesians 4:11

He gave apostles to set up the church
He gave prophets to reveal God's secrets in His Word
He gave evangelists as the outreach of the church
He gave pastors to feed the flock of God
He gave teachers to train the people in God's ways.

These are the innkeepers, His anointed leadership. Why did God give these gifts?

"For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edification of the body of Christ:" Ephesians 4:12

1 For the completion and maturity of the saints
2 To do the work of the ministry
3 To edify the body

How long did God give these gifts unto men?

"Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:" Ephesians 4:13

1 Till we come to the unity of the faith
2 Till we come into the knowledge of the Son of man
3 Till we come into that perfect man
4 Till we come into the stature of the fulness of Christ

God gave gifts unto men for the above seven reasons. Seven is God's perfect number. He gave gifts unto men to bring them into Spiritual maturity.

Jesus explained the parable of the Good Samaritan to the lawyer so He could ask Him this question:

"Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?

And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise." Luke 10:36-37

Which of the three was a neighbor to fallen man? Was it the priest, was it the Levite, or was it the Good Samaritan? The lawyer, even though he asked Jesus, "Who is my neighbor?" had to admit it was he who had shown mercy on fallen man.

Jesus only stated to the lawyer, "Go, and do thou likewise." We have identified everyone except the lawyer. The lawyer was trained in the law. The law is the whole Word of God. The lawyer, with his mouth, confessed he knew the law. Today many confess they know the Word of God, but do they recognize their neighbor? Or are we like the lawyer who must ask, "Who is my neighbor?"

Perhaps we should listen to the words of our Good Samaritan who is our example and "Go, thou and do likewise." It is each of our jobs to lift fallen man from his dust condition. Paul gives us insight as to what we are to do:

"And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation." II Corinthians 5:18

We have been given the ministry of reconciliation to reconcile fallen man back to his original place in God. God has equipped us to

GO THOU AND DO LIKEWISE!


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