Aerial view of the old Jericho road

The good Samaritans of the OId Testament

We’ve all heard of the #GoodSamaritan (Luke 10:25+), but have you ever heard of the good samaritans in 2 Chron 28:15? I hadn’t until recently…

It all began in about 740BC. Judah’s king hadn’t been following God’s ways and despite years – indeed generations – of warnings, it got to the point that the people of Judah reaped what it sowed and got the protection of the mute idols the nation worshipped. In other words, none.

The kings of Israel and Syria rose against Judah, defeated God’s people, killed many, took 200,000 people captive and seized their wealth.

However, in 2 Chron 28:9, the prophet Oded (which means “restorer”) warned Israel that its sin against its brethren had reached up to heaven.

Then certain men took what they had stolen and sought to *restore* those they had injured. The parallels with Jesus’s parable in Luke 10:25 are uncanny:

2 Chronicles 28 Luke 10
2 Chron 28:15 says the men “clothed all who were naked among them” and “gave them sandals” = Luke 10:30 “…A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes”
“provided them with food and drink, and anointed them” = Luke 10:34’s “He…his wounds, pouring on oil and wine…brought him to an inn and took care of him”
“…and carrying all the feeble among them on donkeys” = “he put the man on his own donkey” in Luke 10:34
Still in 2 Chronicles 28:15, where was this all happening: “they brought them to their kinsfolk at Jericho” = Luke 10:31 – “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers”

But here’s the kicker. The last sentence of 2 Chronicles 28:15 is “Then they returned to Samaria”. The Old Testament men pictured here loving their enemies were literally good samaritans!

I asked Biblical languages expert Dr PJ Williams whether he had ever seen this parallel, which was new to me that morning:

Which is food for thought!

Having done all this, I found a 30 year-old academic article on the subject. So, if you want to dig into this in more detail, click here:


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