Brothers can’t give each other justice. They just can’t, no matter how much they try, no matter how much they want to.
Brothers may be slightly older or younger, slightly bigger or smaller, but they come from the same stock, the same species, the same branch. They are very much alike—so much alike that what helps or hurts one brother has a similar effect on the other brother.
Justice must come from above. It can’t traverse brothers.
For punishment or reward, opportunity or confinement, brothers can’t find justice between each other separately. Brotherly justice can only be achieved together. · · · →
Jesus told the story of the Good Samaritan as an irony. Originally, like busybodies, the Samaritans complained when King Cyrus ordered Jerusalem’s temple to be rebuilt. King Darius, who came a few years later, ordered the temple to be completed anyway and for the Samaritans to pay for it.
The Samaritans brought trouble on themselves. Had they not tried to have a “better” idea than the king and just gone about their business, they wouldn’t have had to pay for Israel’s temple. In the end, they only lost.
Be a Good Samaritan. Help the injured, then mind your own business. · · · →