Covenant Assembly
Apostolic House Church
2203 Beaver Bend Road
Houston, TX 77088
(Heather Glen Subdivision)
713-851-2314 or Pastor Daniel & Deborah Garcia 281-587-1614

The Story of the traveler on the road to Jericho is a very symbolic story which leaves a richer meaning to the reader once the symbolism is brought to life.  For most the story is taken as a natural thing that  talks about a Samaritan being a good neighbor.   However, it is much more that this.

The city of Jericho was down in location from Jerusalem.  The traveler left the holy city, or Jerusalem and proceeded to go down in his experience.  Jerusalem is the city of God.  Notice in Revelations, it is a New Jerusalem that is coming out of heaven manifesting the glory upon which the Lord places upon the city.  When Jerusalem was to be overrun, Jesus wept.  It's literal meaning is; "founded peaceful".  This reminds us of the city of Salem from which Melchizedek was king brought forth bread and wine to Abraham. He was the priest of the Most High God.  He was also likened to our great king of Peace Jesus Christ.  He was from everlasting to everlasting, without natural origin.  Jesus, our God, is the same in Spirit.  Salem also means peaceful.  What the world seeks after is peace.

The story goes, and man went
DOWN from Jerusalem to Jericho.  Jericho has to do with a sent, or fragrance.  Ah yes, the fragrance from the world smells so good to the flesh, that the gentlemen left the peaceful city and journeyed down. For it was at a lower estate that Jericho was found.  He had forgotten that as his mind was kept on the Lord, He would keep him in perfect peace.  Jesus is the Prince of Peace.  The fragrance of Jericho was so strong it made him forget.

Could we say it was like sliding backward?  As he willingly slid, he fell from his high position with God to the lower position among spirits of worldliness, among thieves.  Who does God's word describe as a thief, but satan,?  So this gentleman fell among many satans or demon spirits and hurtful lust that stripped him of his robe of righteousness leaving him spiritually dead.
Like Adam and Eve, they realized through their sin that they were naked.  At this point also, they were spiritually dead.

Since the man had lost interest in the things of the peaceful city, his life fell among the robbers of the immortal soul. 

They depleted him of all that he was given just as the prodigal son was depleted of the things that was given to him by the father.  He spent these things in riotous living and having a good worldly time.  It gave off a good fragrance to the flesh.  The flesh heard Jericho calling in the wind (or spirit).

So that instead of living by every word of God, the traveler wanted to free himself of the "boring and restrictive" life.  The enemy of the soul wounded him with the disappointments of this life; he could have robbed him of things committed to the Peaceful city, all of his sacrifices before God.  He could have been robbed of his family, and position in life.  Maybe his good name.  At any rate, the demons came to steal, to kill, and to destroy.  They left him as one that they destroyed, attempting to take the spiritual life that was in him.

The priest could be used to represent high official of a church or the religious people of the day.  He could even represent the Jewish religious hierarchy which the Lord would later abandon for a people not so royal.  Though called; he was going
down as well.  When he saw his fellow saint, he simply crossed the street, opposite him.  He didn't have the time to be bothered, too busy serving God.  He, showing no concern for the damaged condition of the backslider hurried on to church. Jesus on the other hand left the ninety and nine and sought the one sheep that was lost.  Though the Lord used the Priest in his service, his position had not taught him the inherent part of living in God's peaceful city.  Love is the foundation of all that is to be done there.  Instead of showing compassion, he simply passed by on the other side. Cain once said, "Am I my brother's keeper.  Not realizing the answer to this question was yes, his actions "profited nothing". 1Corinthians: 13:3: And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not love, it profiteth me nothing.
The regular church worker, or Levite did likewise as he was taught by the priest.  They merely had time to assist in the work of the church, and not to put up with those who we feel don't really want of serve the Lord.

herit eternal life?
26: He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?
27: And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
28: And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.
29: But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?
30: And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
31: And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
32: And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
33: But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
34: And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
35: And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.
36: Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?

37: And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.