Serving Others: The Good Samaritan Objective


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Serving Others: The Good Samaritan


  • Urge the children and encourage them to love people and help them.

Memory Verse

“When He saw him, He had compassion on him” (Luke 10:33)

“You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:31)


  • Luke 10:30-37


  • Christian life does not know selfishness nor self love.

  • Christian life always searches for others to help and assist them.

  • Let us ask ourselves: to what extent did we apply this motto in the past? What were the obstacles that we faced?

  • Read Ephesians 4:32 and Matthew 25:40.

The Story in Pictures:

You can teach the parable of the Good Samaritan on a blackboard. Draw four square: In the first square draw the road between Jerusalem and Jericho. Let Jerusalem appear in the upper corner of the road, and Jericho in the lower corner of the square. Draw some palm trees near Jerusalem and Jericho. On the road, draw a man walking from Jerusalem to Jericho. In the second square, draw a man falling down on the ground and five runaway robbers. In the third square, draw three men. Two of them are keeping away from the rich man and the third man stands by him. In the fourth square draw the inn and two dinariis (coins) (a line and a circle can stand for a man).

Lesson Outline

If a person insults you and you see him in difficulty, how will your feeling be towards him? Which of the following people is better: someone you know but does not help you or a stranger who helps you? Which of them is nearer to you indeed?

One day, a man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho. The robbers attacked him, stripped him and beat him up, leaving him half dead (Jerusalem is 830 meters above the sea level while Jericho is 276 meters below sea level so a man leaving Jerusalem for Jericho must go down). A priest and a Levite were going down that road, but when they saw the man, they walked on by, on the other side. In spite of their religious mission, they did not help the man. But the Samaritan cared for the wounded man although the Jews and the Samaritans were enemies. The Lord Christ advised the man who asked him to follow the example of the Good Samaritan.

Be careful. Do not emphasize the attitude of both the priest and the Levite lest the children should have little respect for priests.


  • The wounds could be spiritual wounds and the wounded man is that who keeps away from the church. Our service to him lies in guiding him and leading him to church and Sunday School.


  • The Servant encourages the children to perform a spiritual exercise in serving others such as visiting some poor people.

  • Ask some children to act the part of robbers, the wounded man, the Priest, the Levite, and the Samaritan. Ask another child to read the story while the others act their parts.

  • Draw a circle around the words that show the following:

    • I can be a good neighbor if I am: angry -loving -kind -selfish -bold.

    • I can be a good neighbor to: a stranger -my friends -a citizen -a lady -a boy.

  • Who is my neighbor? Make use of the following words to give the answer: mercy -who -with me -make.


Luke 10:30-37


And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"


He said to him, "What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?"


So he answered and said, "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,' and 'your neighbor as yourself.'"


And He said to him, "You have answered rightly; do this and you will live."


But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?"


Then Jesus answered and said: "A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.


"Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.


"Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side.


"But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion.


"So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.


"On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, 'Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.'


"So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?"


And he said, "He who showed mercy on him." Then Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."


The Parable of the Good Samaritan

Bible Reading:        Luke 10:25-37
Golden Verse:

"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

Matthew 11:28
Lesson Aim:

  1. Jesus teaches us to love every one. Who is my neighbor?

  2. We find comfort in the Church.

  3. Helping each other

Lesson Notes:

  1. The man is Adam.

  2. Jerusalem is Paradise.

  3. Jericho is the world.

  4. The thieves represent the devil.

  5. The priest is the law.

  6. The Levite represents the prophets.

  7. The Samaritan is Jesus Christ Himself.

  8. The Inn is the Church.


The Good Samaritan

(Abbreviated Story for kids)

  1. What must we do to go to heaven?

    1. Give time for students to answer.

      1. What sums up all these requirements?

      2. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and will all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”

    2. Who is our neighbor? (Kids contribute)

      1. Every one; even those who hate us?
      2. Review the parable of the Good Samaritan

  1. Story’s Application

    1. Applying God’s word

      1. Start at home by helping parents with daily chores.

      2. Care for the sick; serve medicine and meals at home.

      3. Comfort a crying sister, brother, or friend.

      4. Donating to the poor & needy kids.

    2. Forces that will work against you

      1. Serving takes time, energy, and money.

      2. Our society is geared towards a self-centered attitude; everyone is looking for his/her benefit.

      3. Serving could be uncomfortable:

        1. Hard work

        2. Dirty work

        3. Can be humiliating


Supplemental Notes On

Serving Others: The Good Samaritan

  1. The Jews practiced many religious rituals and worship with sacrifice offerings but were still spiritually thirsty, forcing the lawyer to ask, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” (Fr. Tadros Y. Malaty)

  2. “You shall love the Lord your God, and your neighbor as yourself.” All this teaching is held high through the two commandments, as though by means of two wings, that is, through the love of God and of humanity. (St. Ephrem the Syrian)

  3. The command by which we are to love God is distinct from our love of our neighbor. He shows mercy to us because of His own Goodness, while we show mercy to one another because of God’s Goodness. He has compassion on us so that we may enjoy Him completely, while we have compassion on another that we may completely enjoy Him. (St. Augustine)

  4. Our Lord Jesus knew that the lawyer was testing him; never-the-less, He didn’t resist him but used gentleness and kindness to win him, saying, “You have answered rightly.” (Fr. Tadros Y. Malaty)

  5. [At the same time,] as if to punish his wickedness and reprove his malicious purpose, Christ, knowing all things, says, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.” (St. Cyril of Alexandria)

  6. He who did not know his neighbor because he did not believe in Christ, answered, “Who is my neighbor?” Whoever does not know Christ does not know the Law either. How can he know the Law when he is ignorant of the Truth, since the Law proclaims the Truth? (St. Ambrose)

  7. He [the Lord] teaches that the man going down was the neighbor of no one except of him who wanted to keep the commandments and prepare himself to be a neighbor to every one that needs help. (Origen)

  8. When man goes down to worldly sins, thieves meet him; when he doesn’t guard his clothing from defilement, he feels the beatings of the thieves. The thieves first strip him of his clothing (virtues) before wounding him. (St. Severus of Antioch)

  9. Doesn’t it seem to you that the person fallen in sin is half dead (between death and life)? (St. Ambrose)

  10. The fallen victim needed the oil to soothe his pain and wine to disinfect his wounds, which here represents discipline; therefore, the oil was mixed with wine, meaning discipline was mixed with gentleness. (Fr. Tadros Y. Malaty)

  11. The Samaritan, “who took pity on the man who had fallen among thieves,” is truly a “guardian,” and a closer neighbor than the Law and the Prophets. He showed that he was the man’s neighbor more by deed than by world. (Origen)

  12. Our Lord is the Good Samaritan; “Samaritan” means guardian. When the Jews reviled Him saying, “You are a Samaritan and have a demon,” He clarified to them that He didn’t have a demon but didn’t deny that He was a Samaritan (see John 8:48-51). (Origen)

  13. You saw Him as the mercy seat in the holy tabernacle, around which stood the seraphim. He is our mercy seat for pardon of our sins. (St. Cyril of Alexandria)

  14. Here the Samaritan is going down. Who is He except He who descended from heaven, who also ascended to heaven, the Son of man who is in heaven? He became a neighbor by acceptance of our common feeling and kin by the gift of mercy. (St. Ambrose)

  15. Jericho is an image of this world. Adam, cast out from Paradise, that heavenly Jerusalem, descended to it by the mistake of his transgression, that is, departing from the living to hell. When he turned aside to worldly sins, Adam fell among thieves; who are those thieves, if not the angels of night and darkness. These first steal the clothes of spiritual grace that we have received and are then accustomed to inflict wounds. If we preserve unstained the garments that we have put on, we cannot feel the robbers’ blows. He [Adam] received a mortal wound by which the whole human race would have fallen if that Samaritan, on His journey, had not tended his serious injuries. (St. Ambrose)

  16. That Physician has many remedies with which He is accustomed to cure. His speech is a remedy. One of his sayings binds up wounds, another treats with oil, another pours in wine. He binds wounds with a stricter rule. He treats with the forgiveness of sins. He stings with the rebuke of judgment as if with wine. (St. Ambrose)

  17. The Inn is the Church which hosts and nurtures every human without rejection. (Origen)

  18. The two coins represent: (Fr. Tadros Y. Malaty)

    1. The love of God and the love of people (St. Augustine)

    2. The knowledge of the Father and the Son (Origen)

    3. The New and Old Testaments; the latter was given through the law and the prophets, and the first was given through the apostles’ teachings. (St. Severus of Antioch)

  19. What are those two coins, unless perhaps the two Testaments that contain revealed with them the image of the eternal King, at the price of whose wounds we are healed? (St. Ambrose)

  20. Our Lord, the Good Samaritan, leaves us in the flesh and ascends into heaven to prepare for us a place there. (Fr. Tadros Y. Malaty)

  21. Blessed is that innkeeper who can care for another’s wounds. A good steward is one who also spends over and above. St. Paul is a good steward, whose sermons and epistles overflow with the knowledge that he received. He followed the moderate command of the Lord with almost immoderate effort of mind and body, so that he raised many from deep sorrow by the stewardship of spiritual exhortation. He was a good keeper of his inn, in which the ass knows his master’s crib and the flocks of lambs are enclosed. (St. Ambrose)

  22. Robbers left you half-dead on the road, but you have been found lying there by the passing and kindly Samaritan. Wine and oil have been poured on you; you have received the Sacrament of the Only-Begotten Son. You have been lifted onto His mule; you have believed that Christ became flesh. You have been brought to the inn, and you are being cured in the Church. (St. Augustine)

  23. Since no one is closer that He who tended to our wounds, let us love Him as our Lord, and let us love Him as our neighbor. (St. Ambrose)

  24. Love all humans without discrimination between races and languages; every human is our neighbor. We are neighbors, all people to all people, for we have one Father. (St. Jerome)

  25. He is speaking not so much to the teacher of the law as to us and to everyone when He says, “Go and do likewise.” If we do, we will receive eternal life in Christ Jesus, to Whom is glory and power for ages of ages. (Origen)



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The Good Samaritan

Read: Luke 10:25-37

Verse to memorize:

You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

Mark 12:31

1.  I can be a good neighbor if I am:  (Circle all correct answers)
        a) Angry        b) Loving        c) Kind        d) Selfish        e) Bold

2.  I can be a good neighbor to: (Circle all correct answers)

        a) A stranger        b) An Arab        c) My enemies        d) An African-American
        e) A Palestinian   f) An old lady

3.  How many questions were asked in this Gospel section?

        a) 1        b) 2        c) 3        d) 4        e) 5

4.  The parable of the Good Samaritan was an answer to what question?

        a) What shall I do to inherit eternal life?
        b) What is written in the law?
        c) Who is my neighbor?
        d) What is the greatest Commandment?

5.  What should you learn from this parable?

   a) To be humble
   b) To be merciful
  c) To be obedient
  d) To be content

6.  The city that is not mentioned in this section is

        a) Sychar        b) Jerusalem        c) Jericho

7.  Make complete sentences using the letters in group A in group B:




(a) The inn refers to

(   ) our Lord Jesus Christ

(b) The host refers to

(   ) the Church

(c) The Good Samaritan refers to

(   ) the Bishop

(d) Thieves refer to

(   ) devils


 Prepared by Dr. Raif Yanney, St. George Coptic Orthodox Church, Bellflower, CA

 Prepared by Ossama Ekladious, St. George Coptic Orthodox Church, Bellflower, CA

References Used:

  1. The Gospel According to St. Luke (A Patristic Commentary), Fr. Tadros Y. Malaty, St. George Coptic Church – Sporting, Alexandria, 1990.

  2. Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: Luke, The Institute of Classical Christian Studies, Thomas C. Oden and Arthur A. Just Jr., 2003. (The sayings were marked by the Saint or commentator’s name)

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