|Possible Points of Jesus
- THE PARABLE ITSELF
- THE CHARACTER OF THE JUDGE – Lk 18:2
- One who did not fear God nor regard man
- An unjust judge, for which this parable is sometimes known as “The Unjust Judge”
- THE DISTRESS OF THE WIDOW – Lk 18:3
- She has some adversary who has wronged her
- She seeks the aid of the judge to avenge her
- THE DIFFICULTY SHE FACED – Lk 18:4a
- The judge would not help her at first
- Repeated attempts seem to fall on deaf ears
- AT LAST THE JUDGE HEEDS HER COMPLAINT – Lk 18:4b-5
- Not out of any sense for what was right in the sight of God or man
- But only to avoid being wearied by her constant appeals
- THE PARABLE APPLIED
- HEAR WHAT THE UNJUST JUDGE SAID…
- He was moved by the persistence of the widow
- Even when he was not moved by reverence for God or regard for man
- SHALL NOT GOD AVENGE HIS OWN ELECT?
- This is an argument from the lesser to the greater
- If an unjust judge will heed a persistence widow…
- …how much more will a Just God heed His chosen people!
- Our assurance is even stronger when we note the following contrasts:
- A stranger
- Only one
- At a distance
- An unjust judge
- On her own
- Pleads her own case
- No promise of an answer
- Access limited
- Asking provoked judge
- His elect, 1Pe 2:9-10
- We are many
- We can come boldly, He 4:15-16
- A righteous Father
- God is for us, Ro 8:31-32
- We have an Advocate, Ro 8:34
- Promise given, Lk 18:8a
- Access unlimited (can pray to God anytime)
- Asking delights God
- If persistence paid off for the widow, how much more for God’s elect who pray?
- GOD WILL AVENGE HIS ELECT!
- He may bear long with the prayers of His persecuted people… – Lk 18:7b
- For example, cf. Re 6:9-10
- His longsuffering may be to give the persecutors time to repent – 2Pe 3:9
- But when His vengeance comes, it will come swiftly!
- There is a Day coming in which God will take vengeance – cf. 2Th 1:7-9
- And when it comes, there will be “sudden destruction” with no way of escape – cf. 1Th 5:1-3
- BUT WILL THERE BE FAITH ON THE EARTH WHEN HE COMES?
- The Lord will come, avenging His elect
- But His delay may prompt some to lose faith (implying lack of prayer is indicative of a lack of faith!)
- The Lord’s concern over this matter is what prompts this parable!
- That men always ought to pray
- That men not lose heart
- Have you begun to lose heart? Has your faith weakened?
- The state of your “prayer life” reveals the true condition of your faith!
- If you do not pray “always” (cf. “without ceasing” 1Th 5:17), your faith is waning!
- But the Lord has given us reason to believe in the power of prayer in this parable…
- Especially when we are persecuted for the cause of Christ
- For we do not serve an unjust judge, but a God who has made us His elect people!
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