The Priest, the Levite, and the Samaritan

When Jesus told the story of the good Samaritan, why you suppose he chose a priest and Levite to represent the two uncaring individuals who passed by the victim without giving any care?

Obviously, priests and Levites were the clergy of their day – analogous to today’s Christian leaders.  The Samaritan had no religious standing at all.  Was the Lord trying to send us a message?

Maybe He was trying to tell us that religious services don’t matter in the kingdom of God.  What matters is giving care to those who need it.  Why don’t we just forget the religious services?

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