"Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him." (NLT)
The Samaritan Soothed His Wounds
The Sequoia tree above with my wife and her twin sister in front of it, has been severely wounded. The Sequoia has a very thick bark and is able to withstand forest fires of great heat and continue to live and, in fact, continue to grow. The man in Luke 10:34 was also wounded, but he was not able to heal himself, to continue to live and grow. A Samaritan, despised of the Jews, did not pass by. He stopped and helped. He went above and beyond the usual rules of helpfulness; he took him to an inn and cared for hm, binding up his wounds and soothing them with olive oil and wine. The parable continues with the man leaving money and instructions for the innkeeper. He also included a promise to pay whatever it cost for the man. I've never done that, but Jesus has, He has done that for each one of us. He stops to talk with us. He binds up our wounds. He soothes and heals our wounds with His own blood and promises to pay whatever it takes to fully return our lives to the way God created them, intending for us to live forever with Him. Jesus, as was the Samaritan, is hated by many, but He doesn't let that stop Him from His rescue work.