The story that Jesus Christ shared in (Luke 10:25-37) of the business man who was going from Jerusalem to Samaria and attacked by a band of robbers will be our guide in this edition of Tuesday light. The account showed that the man was not only left wounded, but he was half dead.
Luke 10:30 KJV
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.
The thieves equally stripped him of his garments, which means that he was naked. Jesus Christ used this story to teach being a good neighbour and showing love to helpless people. The instruction in this story shall be related to wounds that no one can notice. The good Samaritan saw all that happened to the certain man going down to Jericho. He saw the nakedness, the wounds, and he showed love and compassion.
On the contrary, there are people in a similar state of the man who went down to Jericho from Jerusalem, but there are no physical wounds. They have been attacked emotionally, and their joy has been taken away.
In II Samuel 22:11-23, at the command of King Saul, Doeg killed eighty-five priest in one day. Only Abiathar, the son of Ahimelech, escaped the massacre. Abiathar had clothes on, but he was naked emotionally and wounded mentally. The image of his father, brothers and relatives being slaughtered by Doeg will remain with him forever. He will be tortured all his life mentally as he recalls this unfortunate incident.
Wounds of a bad marriage, betrayal, rape, disappointment and loss of a loved one may not be noticeable. Still, it is deep, and many with such wounds are half dead—half dead to God and relationships with people. I met a sexually loose lady sixteen years ago, and I began to tell her about Jesus Christ. She told me that she had a measure of chastity before he met a man who promised her marriage.
After the man jilted her, she was on the loose. Her own method of revenge is to sleep with all men that come her away. Looking at her, she was wounded emotionally. Before God, she is a fornicator but deeper in her hearts, her wounds that left her dead to righteousness and morality.
Next time you see ladies dressed in an ungodly way or see someone behaving strangely, you may see them as normal people. Still, emotionally and spiritually, they are in the state of this man attacked by thieves in the story of Jesus.
Jeremiah 15:18 (GWT)
Why is my pain unending and my wound incurable, refusing to heal? Will you disappoint me like a stream that dries up in summertime?
There are many people out there whose lamentation is similar to that of Jeremiah. Jeremiah reported in verse 17 that he could no longer keep company with those who are laughing because of his pain. Some people also avoid social function because of their depression and discontentment.
In case your conclusion about your pain is similar to Jeremiah 10:19
Oh, I’m wounded! My wound is serious. Then I thought that this is my punishment, and I will bear it.
There is good news for you because Jesus Christ came to bind up the broken-hearted (Isaiah 61:1 and Luke 4:18). Your unseen wounds are curable. Just give Jesus a chance. Remember the woman caught in the act of adultery, Jesus Christ pardoned him because he is aware of her deep wounds (John 8:1-11)
To the wounded
- Surrender your life to Jesus Christ
- Decide that you will get all that God has to offer you in terms of restoration
- Receive the Baptism of the Holy Ghost and learn to pray in the spirit for an extended time daily
- Memorize the word of God and meditate in it
- Forget the past and see the new thing the Lord intends to do
- Walk away from the source of the wounds
- Accept Godly help
To the Good Samaritan
- Give all that God gave you to help
- Do not play God by lauding yourself over he whom God is sending your way
- God will do the healing, so allow time to play out