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Jesus Rebukes the Pharisees—Part 1

Jesus Rebukes the Pharisees—Part 1

Overlooked Needs

“There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.”
Luke 16:19–21
I read about a remarkable study conducted at Princeton some years ago. A group of theology students (who did not know they were being studied) were assigned one at a time to go across campus to speak on the story of the Good Samaritan. The researchers had hired an actor to take up a spot along the route and pretend to be suffering from a physical illness when the students came by. The final touch was to tell the students that they were running late and needed to hurry. Ninety per cent of the students who were going to speak on the Good Samaritan ignored the suffering person they met on the way. The resea