The Greek New Testament text reveals some significant behind the scenes explanations of the parable of the Good Samaritan. Greek is a language that can be understood in different ways, depending on the situation it is used. Like many languages, how you say what you say has significance. But in the written Greek language, specifically placed words can pass on greater meaning to those who are able to understand them.
When a black man calls another black man “nigga,” it has a different context compared to a racist calling a black man a “nigger.” One term can be considered endearing (like a brother), while the other term is derogatory (like a slave).
At the outset of the restoration, being called a “Mormon” was considered derogatory. Today, we not only claim it, we host website advertisements that promote it. Likewise in the days of the early Christians, being called a “Christian” was also considered derogatory. The early Christians titled themselves as being “Followers of the Way.” To be a “follower of the way” was not only to believe in Christ. It also meant to know Christ personally. Those outside looking in only saw the “followers of the way” as being Christ copy-cats. Thus, in the city Antioch, the saints were nicknamed Christians. That title stuck, but those who knew better, recognized that to be a follower of the way meant more than mimicking Christ’s attributes; it also meant having a personal relationship with Christ and the Father.
Parables are well known for having multiple meanings. Multiple meanings were used to hide messages that separate those who were disciples of Christ from those who were anti-Christs. All who were present at the delivery of the message spoke the same language. However, depending on your understanding of the context, that would identify if you had ears to hear and eyes to see the INTENDED meaning of the words of Christ.
John the beloved was a master at speaking in multiple meanings. The Pharisees (the descendants of the Deuteronomists) could not understand what the parables meant. Their ignorance caused them to see Christ as an enemy. They wanted a savior to support their endeavors and they wanted it done their way! They wanted an earthly ruling king. Their eyes could only see the way the world views the circumstances they were in. Those who understood Christ’s mission had the ability to see the real message behind the parables. This brings us to the parable of interest, the Good Samaritan.
First, a quick recap of the story of the Good Samaritan: A traveler has come from a distant land. He is found beaten by a robber and left almost about to die on the side of a main road. Other travelers of high official status pass him by. The Samaritan stops, gathers the beaten man, takes him to the inn, pays the inn keeper to tend to the mans wounds and restore him to be whole again. Before he leaves, the Samaritan tells the inn keeper that whatever more the cost for repairing the man, the Samaritan would return and repay the inn keeper. That is the end of the story. But the value of the story is found in the symbolism of the characters. Next we will uncover the greater meanings of the characters of the parable.
The traveler: The traveler is the elect of God. The traveler that comes from a distant land has come from the heavens. Our pre-mortal existence is the distant land. There is much we don’t know about life after death, but we know even less about life before birth. What we do know is that we came with certain priesthoods and glory, because we kept our first estate. However, in the journey we had to come through a veil, and we lost our memory of our original identity.
The Robber: Satan is the robber. Satan has no veil and knows who we are (our priesthoods and our glory). For that reason he has beaten us senseless with his worldly tactics, until we are left on the side of the road, with only a little life to spare. He uses gold and silver, armies, navies, and false priests who oppress to accomplish his purposes of beating the elect (bruising our heal). We somehow don’t play the dog-eat-dog game, that everyone else is willing to do, in order for us to succeed in the ways of the world (our treasure is in heaven), so we get beaten up by the system of the robbers, of Satan.
The Passerby’s: The passerby’s are the Pharisees and the Sadducees that succeed in the ways of the world (whose heart is on the treasures of the earth). The ancient Pharisees and Sadducees sought out a savior in the form of a military leader, to conquer Rome and the world. They wanted a financial miracle producer. They wanted a savior to help them succeed in the ways of the world. When Christ told them that he wasn’t that type of Savior, they left him, refused to follow, and eventually became Christ’s biggest enemy.
Our modern Pharisees and Sadducees are those that claim power and authority through scholarship and bloodline, whose success are in the ways of the world, and have not the ability to feed the sheep the living waters of Christ. They are the successful in the ways of the world, who know very little about the dealings of God with men. They are those whose ways are not the same as God’s ways. They have very little help to offer the beaten and down trodden. They talk of Christ with their lips, but their hearts are far from him.
The Good Samaritan: The Good Samaritan is Christ! Let me explain the title of Samaritan. By the time Christ comes, the main-stream temple ceremonies were mostly lost and reduced to burnt offerings and vain repetitions. In the days of King Josiah the old Hebrew temple ceremonies (the original ceremonies) were rejected and changed, removing many of the symbols found in the temple of Solomon (the original Hebrew temple ceremony). Some of the major changes include the following:
- The veil was completely torn out.
- The Holy of Holies was no more.
- The High Priests in the old Hebrew temple ritual went into hiding (in desert caves) because they were considered opposers of King Josiah.
- The arc of the covenant was exchanged for money, and eventually lost.
- The tree of life (the menorah candlestick) was considered an idol, and was thrown out and destroyed.
All that remained was the ordinances of the outward type, the sacrifices and the incense burning.
The High Priests from the old Hebrew temple rituals continued to practice the old Hebrew temple rituals in the desert caves. These were the Samaritans. Historically they were shepherds, both in their occupation and in their offices of the old religion. The shepherds were the first called Episkipoi (the original word for Bishop). Christ’s birth was in a temple-cave-community. Christ was born in a cave (a temple-cave), not a stable. The manger was really an altar. Angels were “chosen-ones” who were called men (a correlation to the name: Son of Man). Men who hadn’t completed their ascension where called animals (AKA: sheep). The “swaddling clothes” was another mistranslation for the holy robes of a sanctified high priest. The veil is sewn by the mother of Christ (the veil of birth). The mother of Christ is the tree of life of which the fruit comes from. These symbols were removed from the main-stream temple of the Jews at the time of the birth of Christ. The compilers of the scriptures in Nicea had no idea about the symbols of the original records, so the records were reduced to our modern nativity scene. The apostasy removed many of these plain and precious truths. These are all symbols of the Samaritan temple cult of which Christ came from.
Because the Samaritans were so familiar with the old Hebrew temple rituals, the Samaritans immediately recognized the truths in Christ’s message, and were converted, becoming followers of the way (Christians). The Pharisees and the Sadducees did not have the old Hebrew temple rituals, and they hated the Samaritans for not conforming to the reduced temple rituals. Because the Samaritans refused to conform to the acclaimed scholars and noble blooded rituals, they were the target of the hatred of the Sanhedrin (Pharisee and Sadducee judges and government authorities). Christ was also the target of the Sanhedrin. That is the background of why Christ is the Good Samaritan.
The Inn-keeper: The inn-keeper is the a character that most pay little attention, yet it is the innkeeper that seems to be the missing puzzle in our modern day. The inn-keeper is a figure of a Father. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were all inn-keepers, or Fathers. They are the ones who have completed their ascension into the presence of Christ. They have loved God with all their heart, mind and soul. These are the Fathers that Malachi tells us to turn our hearts to. They have kept the first great commandment by ascending. They have become complete.
The word perfect comes from the Greek word “perfectos,” which correctly translates into “complete.” It is not to be without flaw, …our word for “perfect.” The scripture, “be ye therefore perfect…” is more correctly translated into an invitation to “be ye therefore complete…” Being complete points to ascending into the presence of Christ. It has little to do with being without flaw (a popular “unbelief”). Since the inn-keeper has made and ascension, become complete, have had their identity restored (veil removed), they know how to instruct others to do the same. The second great commandment is so heavily misunderstood (…love your neighbor as yourself). Until you have entered into the presence of Christ, you really haven’t loved yourself. If you haven’t yet loved yourself, how can you love your neighbor …as yourself?
It is the inn-keeper in the parable that is the one who the good Samaritan brings the beaten traveler to. The inn-keepers have loved God and are instructed to nurse the beaten traveler, or to love their neighbor as themselves. The Samaritan permits the inn-keeper to help the beaten traveler restore their memory, to become complete. Then the Samaritan says that He’ll be back to repay the inn-keeper of any expense accrued in the process of caring for the beaten traveler.
The offices in administration is not the same as being complete. There are only so many office openings in our administrative structure. The limited office availability would also limit the quantity of those who were complete. It would also make aspiring to authority very important to obtaining salvation, which is not correct. Ascension is available to all who love God with all their heart, mind and soul. Finding and inn-keeper, whose only certification is their own ascension, who will assist you in becoming whole, is not an easy task. The only way to find such an inn-keeper is to know the words of Christ.
Conclusion: The parable of the Good Samaritan has huge significance in the world we see falling apart around us. We are the beaten travelers that are missing the memories of our greater knowledge, lost when we passed through the veil. We can find ourselves beaten on the side of the road because we refuse to follow the ways of the world. Or we find ourselves successful in the ways of the world, and can thus identify with the passerby’s. That is our choice.
The travelers trying to live the ways of the old Hebrew temple ways, found in the words of Christ, will find themselves beaten up by the world, as an enemy to the world. It will be Christ who binds you up and brings you to an inn-keeper, one who is complete, who has ascended, who is a Father. The inn-keeper will spend what funds (time) he has been given to assist you, to restore your memory, to make you whole again. That is the hidden promise of the parable.
To those who have ears to hear, let him hear. Feast upon the words of Christ. The words of Christ will tell you all things what you should do!