Q. Who is the “host” or “innkeeper” in Luke 10:35 a picture of?
A. The Samaritan in this story is a picture of the Lord Jesus coming in grace to meet our need as sinners, pictured by the man in the ditch who had fallen among thieves. The “innkeeper” then is a picture of the Spirit of God. Often in the Bible the unnamed servant or man is used in this way. For example, Abraham’s servant sent to get a bride for his son Isaac, in Genesis 24; the servant sent to compel souls to come to the feast, in Luke 14; and the man who was carrying the pitcher of water, in Luke 22.
The “innkeeper” was instructed: “Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee” (Luke 10:35). So, the Lord Jesus said, “And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you” (John 14:16-17). The Spirit ministers to our needs in the absence of the Lord, who is now in heaven.
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