TRUE COMPASSION MOVES PEOPLE TO RESPONSIVE ACTION
JESUS WAS MOVED WITH COMPASSION
(Mark 6:34) And Jesus, when he came out [of the ship], saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd [to lead, guide, protect, and feed them. They were wild (chaos) rather than tame or domesticated (order)]: and he began to teach them many things [the remedy!].
1. compassion = Greek: to have the bowels yearn, i.e. (fig.) feel sympathy, to pity /// inward affection, + tender mercy.
2. compassion = Synonyms: sympathy, empathy, concern, kindness, consideration, care.
3. compassion = Dictionary: 1. a feeling of sorrow or pity for the sufferings or misfortunes of another.
4. Commentary: Compassion is an action word describing an interactive circumstance that originates from one person focused toward another. It is a composite feeling that is not still and static, but mobile and alive; an inner feeling that arises quickly like a warm wave of water poised to wash ashore, that washes over while thoroughly embracing the suffering or misfortunate person. True compassion moves people to responsive action. Jesus “was moved with compassion” (Mat 9:36; 14:14; 18:27; Mark 1:41; 6:34).
COMAPASSION IS LOVE
(Luke 10:25-29) And, behold, a certain lawyer [Gk: an expert in the (Mosaic) law] stood up, and tempted him [Gk; to test thoroughly], saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and [love] thy neighbour as [you love] thyself. And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live [eternally in heaven]. But he, willing to justify himself [“determined to acquit himself from reproach” Amplified Bible] [determined to self-justify himself], said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?
(Luke 10:30-34) And Jesus answering said, A certain man [a Jew] went down from Jerusalem to Jericho [about 17 miles northeast of Jerusalem], and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment [his worldly covering], and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead [i.e., in the process of rapidly dying]. And by chance there came down a certain priest [a Jew] that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite [a Jew], when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan [a person of a mixed race contaminated by foreign blood and false worship], as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds [an allusion to binding the demons], pouring in oil and wine [symbols of the Holy Spirit], and set him on his own beast [an allusion to his provision being borne by the church: (the body of Christ); “Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass” Mat 21:5], and brought him to an inn [“because there was no room for them in the inn” Luke 2:7], and took care of him [“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you” 1 Pet 5:7].
1. King James Bible Commentary: He [the certain man] was probably a Jew. The way down [from Jerusalem to Jericho] is approximately 2600 feet above sea level to approximately 800 feet below sea level and is through a treacherous wilderness. Thieves and robbers waited for lonely travelers. This man was attacked, beaten, robbed, and stripped of clothes.
(Luke 10:35-37) And on the morrow when he departed [“and a cloud received him out of their sight” Acts 1:9] [contrast to Luke 10:30 when the thieves of the world departed], he took out two pence [two day’s wages, i.e., 2,000 years: 2 Pet 3:8; Hosea 6:1,2], and gave them to the host [“Unto the angel of the church” Rev 2:1,8,12,18; 3:1,7,14], and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again [the Lord’s Second Coming], I will repay thee. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? And he said, He that showed mercy on him [“tender mercy”]. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
1. (2 Pet 3:8) But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
2. (Hosea 6:1,2) Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After two days [two thousand years] will he revive us: in the third day [during this present time] he will raise us up, and we shall live [eternally] in his sight.