Pastor Greg is teaching a ten-part series on the ‘Ōlelo Hawai’i word Kaleo. It’s actually a very interesting word because it is a Greek word and it is a Hawaiian word and they are spelled the same, and essentially pronounced the same and they have a similar meaning. In Greek, Kaleo means “to call or invite in a loud voice; to be given a name or called by a name, title or purpose.” In ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, Kaleo is a name for a male person and it means “the sound or the voice.” Isn’t that interesting that in both languages Kaleo refers to a voice, to the sound of a calling? Pastor Greg is spending ten weeks covering five different callings God gives to Christ-followers. He is spending two weeks on each calling. Tonight is The Kaleo of Compassion (Part 1.)
“To this you were called, (That’s the word Kaleo in Greek) because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps.” ~ 1 Peter 2:21
But I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, so that I also may be encouraged when I learn of your condition. For I have no one else of kindred spirit who will genuinely be concerned for your welfare. For they all seek after their own interests, not those of Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 2:19-21
Splangchnidzomai (splanknidz-oh-ma-hee) (GREEK)
Compassion. to have a yearning in your bowels, to be deeply moved in the core of your being, to feel deep sympathy. It means to ache so much on the inside that you are moved to action!
“When [Jesus] went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and felt [splangchnidzomai] for them and healed their sick.” ~ Matthew 14:14
…Moved with [splangchnidzomai], Jesus touched their eyes; and immediately they regained their sight and followed Him.” – Matthew 20:34
The people saw them going, and many recognized them and ran there together on foot from all the cities, and got there ahead of them. When Jesus went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and He felt [splangchnidzomai] for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things.” – Mark 6:33-34.
“A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, and they stripped him and beat him, and went away leaving him half dead.” ~ Luke 10:30
“And by chance a priest (or we could say a pastor) was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.” ~ Luke 10:31
“Likewise a Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.” ~ Luke 10:32
You will always have an excuse to justify not getting involved.
“But a Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion. ~ Luke 10:33
“[The Samaritan] came to him and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn and took care of him.” ~ Luke 10:34
The next day (after spending the whole night taking care of this injured man) [the Samaritan] took out two denarii (that’s two days wages – think of what you make in a week and give two days wages away to take care of a total stranger) The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ ~ Luke 10:35
Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers’ hands?” And he said, “The one who showed mercy toward him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do the same.” ~ Luke 10:36-37
That’s Jesus’ answer to the lawyer’s question: What do I need to do to inherit eternal life?
So the big question for you and for me tonight is Are we going to answer Akua’s Kaleo of Compassion? How will you answer the Kaleo of Compassion?