This is Exactly What the Good Samaritan Did
The Ten Commandments do not teach us to be Good Samaritans or to love our enemies. The Jews despised the Samaritans, so the Good Samaritan did in fact love his enemy when he cared for the Jew who was attacked on the road by robbers.
The Good Samaritan is More than a Story about Doing Charitable Deeds, it Represents the Two Covenants!
The Good Samaritan: Represents those who do not have the law, but have the law of love in their hearts. The Levite and the Pharisee: Represents those who lived under the law, but did not love one another.
Which of the Ten Commandments motivated the heart of the Good Samaritan? The Ten Commandments were a law of DO NOT’s! Love not only teaches us to refrain from the DO NOTS! Love gives us the Do’s that the Ten Commandments “do not!” Love teaches us to be kind, gentle, long-suffering, patient, merciful, and forgiving. The Good Samaritan demonstrates love is greater than keeping the law the Levites and Pharisees observed. They kept the law, but did not love their neighbor.
Love is truly the GREAT COMMANDMENT
Not only does love teach us not to lie, or steal, Love teaches us what the Ten Commandments did not. Love teaches us to be forgiving, merciful, long-suffering, patient, and compassionate; and to have empathy, to give food to the hungry, clothing to the desolate, and shelter to the fatherless and widow. Love teaches us to do no harm to our neighbor.
The New Covenant law to Love, is superior when compared to the Old Covenant Ten Commandment law. Not only does love teach us to refrain from adultery, it teaches us not to lust. Not only does love teach us not to murder, Love teaches us not to be angry with another without a cause, or to hate. Love not only teaches us not to covet, Love teaches us to esteem the needs of others as greater than our own Philippians 2:2-4.