Luke 10: 29 - 30 But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”   Jesus replied, “A man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho…”

We western thinking people are “bottom line,” thinkers.  Don’t bore be with the details just cut to the bottom line.  Eastern thinkers, on the other hand are all about the “way” you get to the bottom line.  Tell me an answer and I will forget it shortly.  Teach me the way to find the answer and I will remember it forever.  Jesus is not a western thinker, he is eastern all the way.  “Who is my neighbor?”  Jesus could have said, “Every one.”  And in a short time the man asking the question would have forgotten the answer.  Jesus tells a story and lets the man figure out who is neighbor is.  That way he will never forget.  Jesus tells us parables so that we figure out who and what God and his Kingdom are like.  Amen.