Those of us that have been initiated into an understanding of The Mystery Revealed understand that Jesus, God's only physical son gave God's people the reason of the whole Law of the Old Testament and he summed it up into 2 great commandments. Which is "...thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these." (Mark 12:30, 31) And we understand the commandment to us today in this Grace Administration in which it is available to become a spiritual son or daughter of God is to simply love. But not just love... but... LOVE! (Galatians 5:14) To release the spiritual love we've been filled with by our Father... Who IS Love. It has the potential to have great effect on this realm. But that power can be weakened, if not wasted, by the parasite of ignorance and misunderstanding of God's Word concerning this concept. Which should then beg the question, HOW does a son or daughter of God actually do the ... LOVE!... thing?
Funny you should ask that. It directs us to the section of scripture I want to get to! A couple of things to understand here. A "lawyer" in the days of Jesus in Israel is not the same as we think of today. A lawyer in that time was one who studied and was considered expert in the Law of the Old Testament. This lawyer should have, and did know the answer to his own question. The word "tempted" in verse 25 is actually the word for "try" as in "trial". The lawyer wasn't asking to learn. He was asking with the attitude of examining, or proving Jesus' knowledge of the law. Jesus perceived that attitude and turned it back on the lawyer. Which led to the lawyer's attempt to justify himself and gave Jesus an opportunity to actually teach him something. And keep in mind the Samaritans of this time were looked on as lower life forms. Even though they were of the bloodline of Abraham and had legal claim to the promises of God, having their bloodline mixed with the peoples of unbelieving nations made them not as "pure" as of the bloodline of the Hebrews in the mind of the Hebrews. They were consider "half-breeds." Which is why a Levite is used in Jesus' teaching. A Levite was a tribe of Israel given the charge to teach and to help the chosen nation of God's citizens which made up Israel. The priest also would be someone who most would think would help.