Martin Luther King, Jr., in his "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech, on the day before his death, described the road as follows: In the time of Jesus, the road from Jerusalem to Jericho was notorious for its danger and difficulty, and was known as the "Way of Blood" because "of the blood which is often shed there by robbers". Read Bible verses relating to the Good Samaritan lesson below and may this story inspire you to love your neighbor as yourself just as the Good Samaritan. So they avoided the Samaritans at all costs. Christian Love Whenever someone asked Jesus which of God's commandments was the most important, Jesus said these two are the most important of all: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind" and "Love your neighbor just as much as you love yourself." For this reason, the parable of the Good Samaritan was a surprise to those who heard it. As you read this story, pay attention to the way the Samaritan is a good neighbor. Jesus instructs us to be like the Good Samaritan, helping others in times of suffering, and not the Priest and Levite who neglected their neighbor. The Jews did not like the Samaritans. The Bible story of The Good Samaritan. The Samaritans did not worship God in Jerusalem like the Jews did.