The good deeds of Syrus the just are well known. We find him in his shop in the marketplace, and he gives time off, so his young worker can see the Master when he comes tomorrow. Is it so easy to do a favor when a man of poor reputation asks for one? His reputation for kind favors seems to stem from being shrewd, and helping those who might help him back.
At home, young David talks with his wife, Rebecca about what he witnessed with Syrus, and his favors.
The matter bothers him, and he plans to seek answers from the Master. In the middle of the teaching, David sets out to do the right thing.
Sampson needs more money than David has to lend, but imagine the amusement Syrus has when he’s asked by David for the loan. Is he just going to be throwing his money away? Syrus smugly gives it to him to prove a point. Will disappointment be proved out? An emergency changes everything. Children are trapped in a landslide. Even David’s life is in danger.
No amount of money will convince the townsmen to risk their life to go to the rescue. With no reputation, or anything to lose, Sampson goes in to rescue David and his son. Later, Sampson tells why he avoided David earlier, and a lesson is taught to the shrewd Syrus about risk, and doing favors.